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NEWS BRIEF: Michelle Obama Hits Campaign Trail, Citigroup Sued, Romania Rescue Traffickers

October 18, 2010

“Essence” Wedding Column Features Lesbian Couple For First Time Ever 10/13/10 The Frisky: Essence, an African-American women’s lifestyle magazine, is featuring lesbian couple Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills for the first time ever on the “Bridal Bliss” section of its website. “Essence.com aims to support and celebrate Black women in all their diversity,” said the magazine’s managing editor. NY lawsuit: Citigroup used recession to fire women 10/13/10 AP:Citigroup was accused in a lawsuit Wednesday of using companywide layoffs during the recent financial turmoil to purge its work force of scores of female employees to save the jobs of less- Rescuing Young Women From Traffickers’ Hands 10/15/10 NY Times: Iana Matei, Romania’s leading advocate for the victims of trafficking, had made contact with the girl and offered to wait outside the nightclub in her car, ready to take the teenager away if she could get out on the street for a cigarette break. But the girl had tried to escape before, and had been beaten severely. Ms. Matei was not sure she would have the courage to try again. Cristina Canceled: Cristina Saralegui Criticizes Univision For Canceling 'El Show De Cristina' 10/15/10 Huffington Post: Cristina Saralegui is often considered the Oprah Winfrey of Spanish media. But her 20-year-old TV talk show is coming to an end with much less fanfare than "The Oprah Winfrey Show." How to Make “Equal Pay” for Women a Sexy, Election News Story 10/14/10 Huffington Post: Election 2010 has 14 woman versus woman races: California senator, New Mexico and Oklahoma governor and 11 for the House of Representatives. Equal pay is not just a gender issue. Two-thirds of families with children rely on a woman's wages as a significant portion of their families' income. Girl Scouts Bushwhack New Trails in Media Jungle 10/18/10 Women’s eNews: "Watch what you watch." That's the Girl Scouts' new public service announcement. It's part of a project to improve girls' social and emotional well-being by teaming up with studios and advertisers to promote healthier media. Michelle Obama Hits Campaign Trail With Soft-Sell Message 10/13/10 NY Times: Michelle Obama burst back onto the campaign trail Wednesday with a highly personal, soft-sell appeal intended to prod Democratic voters — especially women — to set aside whatever disappointment they may have in her husband and go to the polls to “finish what we’ve started.” What's Next for Michelle Rhee? 10/13/10 The Atlantic: Hours after she stepped out of the maelstrom that is the D.C. public schools system, her patron, Mayor Adrian Fenty, having been bounced out of office, she launched a Twitter feed and a website, teasing would-be followers to find out what she'll be doing next. Female Candidate Finds Tough Audience: Women 10/13/10 NY Times: Every time Dolores Meehan turns on her television, there she is: Linda E. McMahon, attacking her opponent, in yet another political advertisement. Women in politics? The U.S. is failing 10/13/10 USA Today: Eighty-nine is the number of nations that still surpass the U.S. in terms of women's representation in government. Some nations not known for human rights. Nations such as Rwanda, Uganda, Tajikistan, South Africa and Cuba. Time, TIME Poll: Women giving boost to Dem Senate candidates 10/13/10 Time: Women voters are emerging as a firewall for Democrats' hopes of holding the Senate in the 2010 midterm elections, steadying Democratic Senate chances in Washington and Delaware, and providing what could be their candidates' last hope in West Virginia and Wisconsin, where support for the party's picks is fading, a new CNN/TIME/Opinion Research poll of likely voters finds. The Nation: Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina don’t want to be seen with Sarah Palin 10/14/10 The Nation: The real reason why the state’s top Republican candidates are avoiding Sarah Palin can be found in the new polls: most Californians don’t like Sarah Palin. According to last week’s Field Poll, 69 percent of the state’s independent voters say they have an “unfavorable” impression of the former Alaska governor. The Boston Globe: Fetal-pain bill under debate 10/15/10 Boston: The Nebraska law that takes effect today bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy based on the idea of fetal pain. That is a departure from the standard of viability — when the fetus could survive outside the womb, generally considered to be between 22 and 24 weeks — established by the 1973 landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade. Judge Orders U.S. Military to Stop ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ 10/12/10 NY Times: Judge Virginia A. Phillips of Federal District Court for the Central District of California issued an injunction banning enforcement of the law and ordered the military to immediately “suspend and discontinue” any investigations or proceedings to dismiss service members. Disgusting: Yale Frat Caught on Tape Chanting About Rape "No Means Yes, Yes Means Anal" and "F**cking Sluts" 10/17/10 AlterNet: This week, a YouTube clip of a Yale University Delta Kappa Epsilon pledging ritual went viral on campus. Posted Wednesday night, immediately after the events took place, the video documents the DKE pledges marching blindfolded on Old Campus—home to the majority of Yale’s freshman women—shouting chants such as “No means yes, yes means anal” and “Fucking sluts.” Ms. Magazine: Australian couple found not guilty in abortion trial 10/15/10 Ms Magazine: Late this week, a couple accused of obtaining an illegal abortion in Queensland, Australia, was found not guilty by a District Court jury. According to ABC News, it took the jury under an hour to reach the unanimous verdict. Following the reading of the verdict, applause and cheering broke out in the court's public gallery. In a TV comedy, Egyptian women gain a voice on marriage 10/16/10 Washington Post: It's rare in Egypt's pop culture to get a direct and frank look inside the minds of Egyptian women and what they really think of marriage and love. So a TV comedy became a startling voice in this conservative society's debate over the changing role of women. Australian saint a symbol of justice for the abused 10/15/10 BBC: Feisty, anti-authoritarian, a lover of the bush, a friend of Aborigines and a champion of a "fair go" for the needy. Were Australians to come up with the qualities they most wanted in their first saint, many would find themselves describing Sister Mary MacKillop. Ex-Chinese Officials Join in Call for Press Freedom 10/13/10 NY Times: A group of retired Communist Party officials and intellectuals issued an unusually blunt demand on Tuesday for total press freedom in China, stating that the current climate of censorship and government control of the press violated China’s Constitution and debased the government’s claim to represent its citizens. DR Congo women march against sexual violence 10/17/10 BBC:The Democratic Republic of Congo's first lady has led thousands of women on a march against sexual violence. Olive Lembe Kabila headed the rally in the town of Bukavu in the east of the country, where Congolese and foreign armed groups have operated for years. Plenty of Suits and Ties at Annual Women’s Business Forum 10/17/10 NY Times:The stars of this year’s women’s forum were the men. As female business and political leaders gathered in this beach resort in Normandy last week for the Women’s Forum Global Meeting, an annual conclave that has been dubbed the Davos of women, the number of suits and ties in a sea of colorful female elegance definitely stood out. Docs Fail to Find Breast Cancer in Black Women 10/14/10 Women’s eNews: African American women are more likely than white women to die of breast cancer and to be diagnosed at later stages of the disease. Now a study, released during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, links this delay in diagnosis to race. Sorting Through Mammogram Confusion 10/14/10 NPR: Almost one year after a U.S. government panel recommended that mammograms should be optional for more women, many patients remain unsure about if and when to have the procedure. Several contradictory studies about the efficacy of mammograms to prevent breast cancer deaths have created even more confusion. Time, Do I look fat? Don’t Ask. A campaign to ban fat talk 10/13/10 Time: Starting Oct. 18, thousands of young adults on at least 35 campuses will participate in Fat Talk Free Week, a national campaign to eliminate language that is damaging to students' body image. The initiative's motto: "Friends don't let friends fat-talk." Participants learn, for example, that when a gal pal asks if those jeans make her butt look big, the best answer may be to persuade her not to ask the question at all. Bosnia revokes filming permission for Jolie film 10/13/10 Yahoo News: Bosnian authorities on Wednesday revoked permission for US star Angelina Jolie to shoot part of her directorial debut film there after complaints from a women war victims group, Bosnian radio reported. Saturday Night Live to Showcase The Women of SNL 10/7/10 TV Guide: Saturday Night Live is planning a prime-time special featuring the women who have graced the Studio 8H stage over the last 35 years. The Women of SNL will include clips from past seasons along will new material from Tina Fey, Ana Gasteyer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch and Kristen Wiig, among others. USA Today: TV movie in works to tell lesbian teen’s story 10/15/10 USA Today: A made-for-TV movie is in the works about Constance McMillen, the Mississippi student who took her high school to court over a rule prohibiting same-sex prom dates. 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Trailer Released By TLC (VIDEO) 10/14/10 Huffington Post: TLC has released a trailer for its upcoming Sarah Palin reality series, "Sarah Palin's Alaska." The show premieres Sunday, November 14 at 8PM on TLC. From 10,000 Meters to 26.2 Miles in New York 10/13/10 NY Times: Shalane Flanagan has yet to run a marathon, but she has already felt the electric energy that envelops race morning. Flanagan rose before dawn along with the runners of the 2009 Boston Marathon to make sure she could ride in the press truck that is driven ahead of the leaders. She embraced the runners’ nervous anticipation. Language Labs to Help Golfers Communicate 10/13/10 NY Times: While people around her ate lunch, Na Yeon Choi sat digesting English vocabulary. In the clubhouse at last week’s Navistar L.P.G.A. Classic, Choi was bent over a workbook with her pen poised, pondering how to use the word stereotype in a sentence. Transgender Woman Sues L.P.G.A. Over Policy 10/12/10 NY Times: A transgender woman filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the L.P.G.A., arguing that its requirement that competitors be “female at birth” violates California civil rights law.

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