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NEWS BRIEF Emergency Contraception, Supreme Court, Belgium Veil Ban

April 22, 2010

Emergency Contraception: Dispelling Media Myths And Misperceptions 4/19/10 RH Reality Check: Unfortunately, the already substantial misinformation that women have about pregnancy risk and emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) is being compounded by recent media coverage of ECPs. Obama Seeks Court Nominee Who Backs Women's Rights 4/21/10 Associated Press: President Barack Obama, treading carefully on the explosive issue of abortion and the Supreme Court, said Wednesday he will choose a nominee who pays heed to women's rights and privacy when interpreting the Constitution. Belgium Edges Closer To Veil Ban 4/22/10 BBC: The new law, which enjoys cross party support, would outlaw clothing that obscures your identity - and that would include full face Islamic veils like the niqab or burka. Some have backed the legislation on the grounds of security, others that full face veils are a symbol of the oppression of women. Nike’s Women Problem 4/21/10 New York Times: Is there anything creepier than a celebrity athlete exposing himself in a night club and hitting on underage girls, meanwhile protected by an entourage of off-duty cops? Well, yes. It’s his sponsor, Nike, that continues trying to sell product with the creep as their role model. Civil-Rights Leader Sought A Bigger Role For Women 4/21/10 Wall Street Journal: In 1963, when Mr. King delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., Dorothy Height was on the dais. She had tried and failed to persuade organizers that a woman should be among those to address the crowd. Rescinding Of Title IX Model Survey Draws Praise From Critics 4/20/10 USA Today: News that the Obama administration Tuesday will rescind a Bush-era Title IX policy known as the model survey is viewed as a step forward by women's interest groups and a step backward by men's interest groups. Judicial Bouts Reveal Power Of Persuasion 4/21/10 New York Times: Judge Diane P. Wood has not shied away from dissent, especially in abortion cases, including some where she has opposed state statutes banning the procedure critics call partial-birth abortion. The Paycheck Fairness Act: Now An Economic Imperative 4/20/10 Women’s Media Center: On this Equal Pay Day, the author, executive director of the national education equity organization AAUW, argues that the nation’s recovery from the Great Recession depends on fair pay for women. More Women Than Men Get Advanced Degrees 4/20/10 CNN: As a growing number of young women obtain advanced degrees, the U.S. Census Bureau predicts more women than men are expected to become doctors, lawyers and professors. 'Motherhood Penalty' Hits Younger Moms 4/21/10 Reno Gazette-Journal: Just when to have the first child is more than just a family decision for the couple; it might have longer-term repercussions that affect a woman's lifelong earnings. Saving the Earth: What Science Can’t Accomplish 4/22/10 Women’s Media Center: As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the author describes how women have worked to break through the seemingly impervious bureaucracy at the UN to finally impress on world leaders that saving the earth depends on guaranteeing women equal rights and status. Sarkozy Orders Bill On Banning Full Islamic Veils 4/21/10 BBC: French President Nicolas Sarkozy has ordered parliament to debate a law banning women from wearing full-face Islamic veils in public, officials say. Mexico’s First Lady Quietly Takes Strong Stance 4/19/10 New York Times: The discreet first lady has taken on a public role consoling the families of victims as Mexico’s drug war claims a growing number of innocent lives. But she had not planned for her expressions of solidarity to become so visible. Turkish Probe Reignites The 'Saturday Mothers' 4/22/10 Women’s eNews: For about four years women in Turkey protested the disappearance of Kurdish detainees. Then for 10 years they disbanded. Now they're back, encouraged by a new mood in the country tied to a major intelligence investigation that is gripping Turkey. "Modest And Fabulous": Muslim Women Get New Magazine 4/22/10 Reuters India: "Aquila," which means sensible and intelligent in Arabic, was launched last month as the first magazine to cater for young, educated Muslim women with a worldly outlook who also want to remain true to their faith. Despite Advice, Many Fail To Breast-Feed 4/19/10 New York Times: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breast-feeding exclusively for the first six months of life, and continued nursing for a year, but a national survey has found that less than 75 percent of women breast-feed at all, and by one year only about a fifth are still nursing their babies. In Effort To Limit C-Sections, Two Methods Yield Different Results On Staten Island 4/19/10 New York Times: One hospital the highest rate of Caesarean sections in the city, the other the fourth lowest. They represent some of the city’s obstetric extremes, yet they sit just five miles apart on Staten Island, serving similar populations. The Power Of TV – Glee Uses Madonna To Address Sexism 4/21/10 Women and Hollywood: I thought it was brilliant how the show used Madonna and her place in the culture as a female leader and icon to talk about everyday sexist issues that high school kids (and the rest of us) deal with. Despite Anxiety And Naysayers, Composer Wins Her Pulitzer 4/21/10 New York Times: The Pulitzer committee praised Jennifer Higdon’s Violin Concerto as “a deeply engaging piece that combines flowing lyricism with dazzling virtuosity.” Samaranch Pushed for Inclusion of Women 4/21/10 New York Times: When Juan Antonio Samaranch, who died Wednesday of heart failure in Barcelona, Spain, took charge of the I.O.C., the membership did not have any women. Now 20 of the 115 active members of the I.O.C. are women. “Still not enough,” the current president said, “but you could see the change in 20 years’ time.”