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NEWS BRIEF N.F.L. Addresses Boys’ Club Mentality, A Feminist Writer’s Struggle, Women at Risk In Afg

September 20, 2010

Limits on Women Reinforce N.F.L.’s Boys’ Club Mentality 9/17/10 NY Times: The N.F.L. did the right thing in addressing the inappropriate behavior by some Jets toward a female television reporter. The league sent a memo to all 32 teams, reminding them that women should be treated in a professional manner, that players should conduct themselves in a professional manner and that teams should see to it that they do. A Writer’s Struggles, On and Off the Page 9/17/10 NY Times: Her feminist war cry of a play, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf,” is Ntozake Shange’s signature work, produced on Broadway in 1976 when she was in her 20s. Now 61, her speech and movements slowed by a series of minor strokes but her intensity undimmed, Ms. Shange is having another moment, or two, this fall. Risky Climate for Women Candidates in Afghan Elections 9/16/10 BBC: Afghanistan's young democracy has brought greater freedom for these women. The challenge for the next parliament will be ensuring those hard won rights are not lost. Obama Picks Warren to Set Up Consumer Bureau 9/17/10 NY Times: Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard law professor who became a darling of the left for her championship of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, was appointed by President Obama on Friday to oversee the agency’s establishment by mid-2011, until a director is named later. Christine O’Donnell Skips Sunday Shows After Release of Witchcraft Video 9/19/10 AlterNet: Christine O’Donnell, the Tea Party candidate who won the G.O.P. nomination for Delaware’s U.S. Senate seat, decided to skip scheduled appearances on two of the big Sunday talk shows after Bill Maher released a 1999 video clip of O’Donnell saying that she had “dabbled into witchcraft” and that her first date with a witch took place “on a Satanic altar.” But, O’Donnell says, “I never joined a coven.” Palin Stumps for Others as Her Support Dips 9/16/10 NY Times: With the Republican primary season in the books, and her field of endorsed candidates either heading off to the general election or going back to the drawing board, Sarah Palin is stepping up her presence on the campaign trail to help Republicans raise money. Shortchanging America’s Women 9/19/10 NY Times: Annual earnings data released last Thursday by the Census Bureau confirm a troubling discrepancy facing women workers and their families. Full-time women employees still make, on average, only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men — a lingering gender gap that depresses women’s pay by thousands of dollars. Ranks of Women on Wall Street Thin 9/20/10 Wall Street Journal: The figures suggest that women bore the brunt of the layoffs in the recent recession. But other forces are at play. Across the economy, computers have replaced junior, back-office workers, jobs that were largely filled by women. Iranian Court Jails Human Rights Activist for 'Waging War Against God' 9/19/10 Guardian: An Iranian court has jailed a prominent human rights activist and journalist for six years after convicting her of "waging war against God" and other charges. Indian Army Awards Sword of Honour to Female Cadet 9/17/10 BBC: The Indian Army is to name a woman as its best all-round cadet for the first time in its history. Divya Ajith Kumar, 21, will receive the coveted Sword of Honour on Saturday at the Officers' Training Academy (OTA) in the southern city of Chennai. Educating Women Saves Children, Study Finds 9/16/10 NY Times: Giving young women an education resulted in saving the lives of more than four million children worldwide in 2009, according to a new study published Friday. American researchers analyzed 915 censuses and surveys from 175 countries tracking education, economic growth, H.I.V. infection rates and child deaths from 1970 to 2009 The Mood of Voters: Men Are Fuming, Women Despairing 9/20/10 NY Times: It is not exactly the year of the angry man, but it may be something close to that. A recent New York Times/CBS News poll found a striking difference in the way men and women say they are going to vote come November. U.N. to Ask $169 Billion Maternal Health Question 9/20/10 Women’s eNews: The U.N.'s $169 billion catch-up plan for global maternal health--the runt of the development-goal litter--faces a final checkup meeting in New York this week. As a maternal death clock tick-tocks in Times Square, the big question is money.

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