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NEWS BRIEF Financial Times Editor, Laura Bush on Kagan, Iranian Activists

May 17, 2010

The Most Powerful Woman In Newspapers? 5/16/2010 The Daily Beast: As The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal bash each other, the Financial Times, led by its sharp new U.S. editor, Gillian Tett, intends to become a status symbol of American business. First Lady Laura Bush: Supreme Court Needs More Women As Justices 5/16/2010 New York Daily News: "I think it's great," Bush said of the prospect that the high court will have three women, the most ever serving on it at once. "I'm really glad that there will be three - if she's confirmed. I like to have women on the Supreme Court." Iran Jails Women Activists, Arrests Top Former MP 5/16/2010 Associated Press: Iran has sentenced in absentia award-winning women's rights activist Shadi Sadr and another fellow activist to jail and lashes over a protest in 2007, their lawyer told ILNA news agency on Sunday. Google Censors "Cougar" Ads 5/14/2010 Salon: Spots for the dating site CougarLife are deemed "adult" while "sugar daddy" advertisements are not. Why Were There So Few Women On Television This General Election? 5/17/2010 The Guardian: The British election of 2010 was extraordinary in many ways, not least for the sheer absence of female politicians taking high profile roles in the campaign, an absence confirmed by their lack of representation in the coalition government. On The Media: The Debate Over Elena Kagan's Sexuality 5/15/2010 Los Angeles Times: Most mainstream news organizations aren't questioning the Supreme Court nominee's sexual orientation, but that's not stopping the Internet, cable TV and tabloids. Ground Shifts Strongly In A Democrat’s District 5/13/2010 New York Times: In Massachusetts, as elsewhere, Democrats are bracing for a Republican tide that could wash away dozens of members of Congress in November and even sweep the Republicans to power. Why Is the Arizona Immigration Law A 'Women's Issue?' 5/14/2010 RH Reality Check: It’s about the vulnerability of the female experience as it relates to her body and health. It’s about the fact that a woman is exposed to vastly different, dangerous scenarios because of her sex. Clinton To Afghan Women: 'We Will Not Abandon You' 5/14/2010 Associated Press: Clinton said it was "essential that women's rights and women's opportunities are not sacrificed or trampled on in the reconciliation process." Sarah Palin – Feminist First, Tea Partyer Second 5/14/2010 Christian Science Monitor: Sarah Palin defends her endorsement of Carly Fiorina in the California Republican Senate primary over the tea party favorite. In speaking out against abortion, she rallies the 'pro-women sisterhood.' Sarah Palin Is Not A Feminist 5/16/2010 Huffington Post: I respect the rights of Sarah Palin and conservative women to make decisions that fit their lives and philosophy. Unfortunately, they do not respect mine or the millions of other women who stand up for women's individual freedoms and the right to self-determination that equals any man. Democrats Abandon Women On Abortion, Again 5/13/2010 Salon: In the race to fill Bart Stupak's seat, Connie Saltonstall is tossed aside in favor of an anti-choice candidate. The Marriage Thing 5/14/2010 Women’s Media Center: That the sexual identity of the Supreme Court nominee might be regarded as anyone’s business but her own strikes the author, lead plaintiff in the 1974 women’s discrimination law suit against the New York Times, as a sad anachronism. What Ever Became Of Welfare Moms? 5/17/2010 Chicago Tribune: "If it were possible to make unemployment and other entitlement programs gender sensitive — to take account of caregiving, for example, and the need for childcare — and put women into these mainstream programs instead of welfare, that would reconceive poor mothers as economic citizens, as workers with rights.” Culture Can Block Arab-American Women Seeking Health Care 5/16/2010 Detroit Free Press: "Cultural inhibitions, combined with language barriers and financial concerns, have been major roadblocks to Arab-American women when it comes to seeking health care that can save lives." A Toolkit For Women Seeking A Raise 5/14/2010 New York Times: “When a woman negotiates persuasively for higher compensation, she clears the path for other women to follow,” says Hannah Riley Bowles an associate professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Lofty Ambitions Set Woman-Owned Firms On Fast-Growth Path 5/17/2010 Washington Post: Anjali "Ann" Ramakumaran, chief executive of Ampcus in Chantilly, heads one of the fastest-growing woman-led businesses in the nation, according to a list published by the Women Presidents' Organization, a peer advisory organization for women entrepreneurs. Orgasm Inc.: Search For The Female Viagra 5/17/2010 ABC: A new documentary accuses pharmaceutical industry of risking women's health for profit. European Muslims Criticize Veil Ban Plans 5/16/2010 Associated Press: Muslims who attended a conference in Austria's capital criticized European countries Sunday for considering the possibility of banning face-covering veils, saying it is counterproductive and regressive. Kung Fu Grannies Ready To Fight Rapists 5/16/2010 MSNBC: In the dangerous Korogocho slum in Nairobi, Kenya, older women are being increasingly targeted by rapists. Officials said some rapists believe that attacking elderly women can cure AIDS, while others think it will bring good fortune. Labour Leadership: Run, Harriet Harman, Run! 5/17/2010 The Guardian: All the Labour candidates are white men in their 40s. Come on, Labour women, put yourself in the running. Pope Decries Gay Marriage In Portugal Visit 5/13/2010 New York Times: Benedict called for initiatives aimed at protecting “the family based on the indissoluble marriage between a man and a woman, help to respond to some of today’s most insidious and dangerous threats to the common good.” Kenyan Constitution Opens New Front In Culture Wars 5/13/2010 New York Times: The push to pass a new constitution in Kenya, a cornerstone of the effort to correct longstanding imbalances of power and prevent the kind of upheaval that followed deeply flawed elections here, has attracted some unexpected interference — from more than 7,000 miles away. British Filmmakers Lauded At Cannes Forced To Seek Overseas Backing 5/16/2010 The Guardian: Sophie Fiennes, whose new documentary has won critical acclaim, is among UK directors who struggle to get funding at home. After St. Joseph's: Are Women Still Safe In Catholic Hospitals? 5/16/2010 Huffington Post: As a political ideology that seeks to impose its most fanatical and potentially lethal ideas on non-believers, often clandestinely through hospital bylaws, Catholic extremism should be resisted as fiercely at home as we oppose the Taliban abroad. Disappointing Season For Broadway Women 5/12/2010 New York Times: In the same year in which Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win an Academy Award as best director, the frustration among Broadway artists over the lack of great opportunities and epic-size characters for women is anything but below the surface. No Tackling, But A Girls’ Sport Takes Some Hits 5/15/2010 New York Times: Flag football, long relegated to family picnics and gym class, has quietly become one of the fastest-growing varsity sports for high school girls in Florida. A decade after it was introduced, nearly 5,000 girls play statewide.