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Newsbrief: Media Execs Consider Quotas for Women’s Newsroom Presence, Supreme Court on Sex-Bias Case

| March 29, 2011

Media Execs Consider Quotas to Boost Women’s Newsroom Presence

3/23/11 Fox News Latino: At a meeting of international media executives in Washington, quotas emerged as a possible solution to tackling gender inequality in newsrooms. A report from the International Women’s Media Foundation reveals that men hold 73 percent of the top executive posts in media companies and that almost two-thirds of reporters are male.

Supreme Court Takes Up Huge Sex-Bias Case Vs. Wal-Mart

3/27/11 NPR: The Supreme Court will hear arguments today to approve a class action sex discrimination suit against Wal-Mart. If approved, it will be the largest class-action suit in U.S. history.

Libyan Woman Struggles to Tell Media of Her Rape 3/28/11 Jezebel: A Libyan woman claiming to have been raped by 15 members of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s militia attempted to reach the international media at a Tripoli hotel; she was removed by security forces after resisting for nearly an hour.

NATIONAL

Behind Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's Sweetheart Deal

3/25/11 The Daily Beast: How did the pedophile hedge fund mogul escape a hefty jail sentence despite overwhelming evidence of sex crimes with dozens of young girls?

Groundbreaking Politician Geraldine Ferraro Dies at 75

3/26/11 The Daily Beast: America’s first female VP candidate has died at 75 years-old; Lynn Sherr traveled on the 1984 campaign and remembers Ferraro’s passion and grace.

Palin: Media Have Double Standard on Conservative Women

3/24/11 USA Today: In the wake of Bill Maher’s sexist dig, Sarah Palin says she is done complaining about liberal media that holds conservative women to a different standard and does not need advocacy groups such as NOW to come to her defense.

Women Missing from the Campus Ballot

3/28/11 WMC: As colleagues and commentators remember Geraldine Ferraro this week, the importance of seeing women in leadership roles is becoming increasingly apparent. Even as women outnumber men on campuses across the country, they are still missing from leadership positions.

Landmark Victory For Wisconsin Workers On Paid Sick Days

3/25/11 FamilyValues@Work: The Wisconsin State Court of Appeals made a historic decision to uphold a Milwaukee city law that provides paid sick days to workers, helping to build national momentum for a similar laws across the country.

Burning Women: Triangle Fire 100th Anniversary Illuminates Wisconsin Union-Busting

3/24/11 9 Ways: Gloria Feldt remembers the 100th anniversary of the historic fire that marked a turning point for employee unions and women’s leadership.

20 Week Abortion Ban Passes Iowa House Panel

3/25/11 RH Reality Check: An Iowa House Panel has passed a restrictive, 20-week “fetal pain” bill that will ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, if passed by the state senate where Democrats hold a majority.

Parents Angered by Abercrombie’s Push-up Bikini for Girls

3/27/11 Care2: A new Abercrombie product, originally marketed as a “padded,” “push-up” swimsuit top for girls, is drawing fire from parents.

Research Behind Craigslist Adult Services Debunked

3/24/11 Feministing: A new article debunks many of the claims and statistics in the sex trafficking study from The Women’s Funding Network, which played a pivotal role in shutting down the adult services section of Craigslist last fall.

Ohio Heartbeat Bill On Hold

3/23/11 WTOV9: The so-called heartbeat bill, which would ban abortion after the first detectable heartbeat, has been put on hold. Anti-abortion advocates had previously brought fetuses to “testify” in favor of the bill via ultrasound.

Media Matters’ War Against Fox

3/26/11 Politico: Once acting as a more traditional media critic, the group has transformed itself in preparation for a campaign of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” against Fox News Channel.

INTERNATIONAL

Former Israeli President Sentenced to 7 Years for Rape

3/22/11 JPost: Two years after being charged, former Israeli President Moshe Katsav was sentenced to 7 years in jail for the sexual harassment and rape of women who worked for him while he served in government.

Microcredit Pitfalls: Dalit Women in India

3/24/11 AWID: Often touted as a sure-fire poverty-reduction strategy, microcredit schemes in India might actually drive some women deeper into poverty.

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill is Back

3/24/11 Amplify Your Voice: The Anti-Homosexuality bill is set to be debated in Uganda’s Parliament. Homosexuality is already criminalized in the country: if the bill passes, homosexuality will become punishable by death.

Advocates Testify on Haiti’s Rape Epidemic

3/25/11 MADRE: At an Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearing, advocates testified on the ongoing crisis of sexual violence in Haiti.

Amanda Knox Gets New DNA Analysis and Hopes to Block Lifetime Movie

3/24/11 Jezebel: New tests that show DNA analysis “insufficient” is promising for Knox’s appeal of her murder conviction. Convicted by an Italian court of murdering British student Meredith Kercher, the American is the subject of a Lifetime television movie.

HEALTH

Young, Wealthy White Women at Highest Risk for Melanoma

3/21/11 MSNBC: A new study reports that young, wealthy white women are the most likely to be diagnosed with melanoma.

Womb-swapping May Soon Be Commonplace

3/27/11 Jezebel: Womb transplants could be available to infertile women as early as next year.

Sexual Preference Chemical Found in Mice

3/23/11 BBC: According to scientists in China, new research shows that the neurotransmitter serotonin plays a role in the sexual preference of mammals.

ENTERTAINMENT

Documentary Chronicles One Woman’s Triumph out of Congo Genocide

3/23/11 Technorati: A new PBS documentary makes the horror of the Congo genocide personal, following Rose Mapendo’s loss to her relocation in Arizona where she has become a voice for reconciliation and advocate for newly arrived immigrants. Pushing the Elephant will be broadcast on Independent Lens March 29, on PBS.

Video Game Lets Players Slap Women

3/26/11 Fox News: A new videogame requires players to abduct and give them a “reassuring slap.” The creator of the game said that it was intended to objectify women.

George Lopez Slammed for Comparing Kirstie Alley to a Dancing Pig

3/24/11 Fox News: The comedian compared the actress to a pig after her debut on Dancing With the Stars and was slammed by critics, like WMC’s Yana Walton, for the demeaning “joke.”

Chris Brown Throws Tantrum on Good Morning America

3/23/11 Feministing: Asked on camera about his assault on singer Rihanna, Brown said he was “past the situation.” Once the cameras stopped rolling, however, he stormed off stage, smashed a window and ran out of the building shirtless.

SPORTS

Woman Makes NCAA History by Scoring 2000th Point

3/28/11 ESPN W: Gonzaga senior pointguard Courtney Vandersloot made NCAA basketball history by becoming the first player, man or woman, to collect 2,000 points and 1,000 assists.

Lawrence Taylor Avoids Jail Time for Sex with Underage Girl

3/23/11 Jezebel: Accused of having sex with an underage girl, former Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor has made a plea bargain to avoid jail time.

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