NEWS BRIEF: Talk Show Sexism, WikiLeaks Leaves Out Women, A Thank You To Elizabeth Edwards
December 14, 2010
The New Republic: Why does MSNBC, supposedly leading the liberal charge against conservative cable news, stand for such a dispiriting and old-fashioned gender dynamic? Anyone for a little sexism with their morning joe? Wiki Cables Give Women the Reindeer Treatment
Women’s eNews: Women are off the U.S. diplomatic map. A look at 200 WikiLeaks cables finds no mention of our rights or struggles, says Corinna Barnard, and a recent check of the State Department's Council on Women and Girls site found a top story about romping reindeer.
Slate: Connie Schultz writes that after Hillary Rodham Clinton, Elizabeth did the most to champion a new role for political wives.
Huffington Post: Author Barbara Hannah Grufferman explains how embracing feminism means embracing this fundamental truth: every human being has rights.
TBD: The New York Times' William Van Meter has declared 2010 "the year of the transsexual," and he has a list of totally not-actually-trans celebrities to prove this thesis.
New York Times: Just looking at an object intended to enhance beauty makes women feel worse about themselves, according to a study from the April 2011 issue of The Journal of Consumer Research.
Huffington Post: Demos fellow Linda Tarr-Whelan recaps the TED Women conference, and asks: how about having all TED events have half women and half men as speakers, fellows and in the audience?
Women’s eNews: The Military Leadership Diversity Commission says the Defense Department should eliminate restrictions on women serving in combat units and end all "gender restrictive policies.”
CNN: At the TED Women Conference, Secretary of State Clinton devoted her talk to the importance of empowering women and girls around the world.
About.com Women’s Issues: The death of Elizabeth Edwards reminds us that in the midst of grief we should not lose sight of the joy in knowing one another.
USA Today: The Afghan Girls Financial Assistance Fund seeks to jump-start the education of Afghan women whose studies stalled under the Taliban regime. The goal is for the women to obtain a college education to prepare them to return home and assist in the rebuilding of Afghanistan.
Jezebel: On Friday Monica Marquez became the first openly gay and first female Hispanic Colorado Supreme Court justice.
World Pulse: Photographer Nadia Todres visited the camps of Port-au-Prince to document the precarious lives of girls on the ground.
New York Times: For a new generation of women workers in India, the challenges include discrimination that is "insidious rather than blatant" and breaking into sectors and roles that have traditionally been reserved for men.
Huffington Post: From the very start, many progressive Iranians felt that the fate of women was central to change in society, writes author Azar Nafisi.
National Geographic: Afghan women suffer under the constraints of tribalism, poverty, and war. Now they are starting to fight for a just life.
New York Times: Helena Morrissey, chief executive of the money manager Newton, wants to raise the number of women on British boards to roughly a third by 2015, without using quotas.
Alternet: Anti-choice forces managed to get their hand-picked ringer - Pennsylvania Republican Joe Pitts - selected as chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health. Pitts can be expected to make an attack on women's reproductive rights a key objective in his new role.
Our Bodies Our Blog: The Center for American Progress has released a new reportthat seeks to draw attention to how policies such as the Hyde Amendment disproportionately affect low-income women, women of color, and young women.
New York Times: The latest health report card for women, issued by the National Women’s Law Center and Oregon Health and Science University, paints a dismal picture.
Ms. Magazine: A new screening test may be able to detect early signs of uterine cancer in asymptomatic, postmenopausal women with over 80 percent accuracy.
New York Times: A new review of data suggests that certain women who take estrogen to treat menopause symptoms may actually be protected from breast cancer.
Mother Jones: Singer/songwriter and feminist Ani DiFranco talks music and motherhood with Michael Mechanic of MJ.
Women’s Media Center: Is cheerleading empowering or exploiting women and girls? Is it a sport in its own right, or does it sideline girls by having them cheer for “real” (read: male) athletes? It’s easy to argue both sides, depending on where you look for examples.