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NEWS BRIEF Jessica Coen, Nancy Pelosi, Congo Rape

August 26, 2010

How Poisoned Pixels Skew The Female Image: Connie Schultz 8/25/10 Any American who cares about women should know about Jessica Coen, and wish her a long and fruitful life. She is fighting for our girls, one magazine cover at a time. Pelosi: Celebrate Today, Vote In Every Election 8/26/10 Women’s eNews: Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, marks today's 90th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote by detailing several of the gains made and sketching out the distance yet to go. UN Investigates Claims Of Mass Rape By DR Congo Rebels 8/24/10 BBC News: The United Nations is investigating claims that rebel fighters raped more than 150 women and baby boys in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Candy Crowley, Veteran CNN Reporter, Takes On Competitive Sunday Morning Slot 8/24/10 Washington Post: There's no secret about what works on cable news these days. Flashy graphics and raised voices burst through the screen to jostle into our agitated, unfocused, Twitterized minds. Media Report To Women 8/2010 Media Report To Women: A compilation of industry statistics, including: Women’s portrayal in news and women’s online. A Forgotten Fight For Suffrage 8/24/10 NY Times: LOOKING back on the adoption of the 19th Amendment 90 years ago Thursday — the largest act of enfranchisement in our history — it can be hard to see what the fuss was about. We’re inclined to assume that the passage of women’s suffrage (even the term is old-fashioned) was inevitable, a change whose time had come. It's Time To Pay Back Alice Paul 8/26/10 Huffington Post: Today, Equality Day, marks the 90th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. A lot has changed in ninety years, but one fact remains more salient than most: women are a political force to be reckoned with in this country. At West Point, Hidden Gay Cadets Put In Spotlight 8/24/10 NY Times: Code words, secret societies, covert meetings, fake identities: these are tools that a certain set of cadets learn here at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Wal-Mart Asks Supreme Court To Hear Bias Suit 8/25/10 NY Times: Wal-Mart Stores asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to review the largest employment discrimination lawsuit in American history, involving more than a million female workers, current and former, at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores. Year Five: Women Of Storm Re-Energized By BP Spill 8/25/10 Women’s eNews: The group Women of the Storm gathered force after Hurricane Katrina and descended on Congress to rally lawmakers. Five years later, after the BP oil gusher, the public-awareness group is back in attention-getting mode. Mehlman Reveals He's Gay 8/25/10 Politico: Ken Mehlman, former Republican National Committee chairman and manager of former President George W. Bush’s reelection campaign, disclosed Tuesday that he is gay. Suiting Up In Jerseys Suitable For Women 8/25/10 NY Times: LADIES, if you have ever wanted to wear your favorite football jersey, you are in luck. This fall, the National Football League will begin an advertising campaign encouraging you to do just that. Women Fight Exclusion In Catholic Priesthood 8/25/10 Alternet: The church excommunicates women priests and those who ordain them -- a punishment never once doled out to any child-abusing priest, nor the bishops who protected them. Trafficking Of Iraqi Women Rampant Despite U.S. Commitment To End It 8/25/10 Alternet: Unable to support themselves or their households, thousands of Iraqi women have been preyed on by sex traffickers. Scientists Study The Ubiquitous 'Booty Call' 8/26/10 ABC: South Alabama psychologist Peter K. Jonason published a study in the peer-reviewed Journal of Sex Research: "Positioning the Booty-Call Relationship on the Spectrum of Relationships: Sexual but More Emotional Than One-Night Stands." The booty call is a "compromise" relationship, according to Jonason. For men, there's a "low-cost sexual component," and for women there's the "possibility of further commitment." How Power Has Transformed Women’s Tennis 8/25/10 NY Times: Women have certainly never hit harder and not just on account of improved equipment. They’re stronger, bigger, faster, better trained and pushed above all by the example of the Williams sisters.