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Newsbrief: The World’s Best & Worst Places to Be a Mom, A Paradigm Shift for Women Screenwriters

| May 10, 2011

The World's Best and Worst Places to Be a Mother

5/6/11 AlterNet: In many parts of the developing world, the day a woman becomes a mother is a day too often obscured by terrible tragedy and danger.

A Paradigm Shifts for Women TV Writers

5/9/11 Deadline: Last year was declared the worst year in a decade for women in pilot season, the crucial period when networks decide which writers' pilots to pick up. This year the earth didn't just move, it was an earthquake for women screenwriters.

Rape in High Places

5/5/11 WMC: Israeli journalist and women’s rights activist Merav Michaeli analyzes an iniquitous sense of entitlement among the leaders of nations—and women’s resistance.

NATIONAL

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Is Ready To Do Battle

5/9/11 Huffington Post: Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was elected the first woman chair of the Democratic National Committee.

A TV Project Planned on Female Leadership

5/8/11 New York Times: A new a three-year, 50-film project called “Women and Girls Lead” will put a documentary spotlight on leadership roles of women and girls and the challenges they face in the United States and worldwide.

The Queens of Media Are Falling Fast

5/9/11 CNN Money: The percentage of women in top positions in mainstream media is low and falling fast.

'Mancession' Focus Masks Women's Real Losses

5/4/11 Women’s eNews: A persistent myth about men suffering worse job-loss woes in this recession cries out for a few additional facts, along with Carrie Lukas' whopper in the Wall Street Journal about the end of the gender wage gap.

Supreme Court Denies Justice To Texas Cheerleader Who Refused To Cheer Her Alleged Rapist

5/6/11 Think Progress: Earlier this week, the Supreme Court declined to review the case of a recent Texas high school student who was kicked off her school’s cheerleading squad after she refused to chant the name of a basketball player who had allegedly raped her.

Empowering America’s Women

5/8/11 Huffington Post: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on the importance of closing the wage gap and making sure women have the opportunities and tools to excel through the ranks of our workforce.

Hillary Clinton Photoshopped Out of Situation Room Photo

5/8/11 Feministing: Ultra Orthodox Hasidic newspaper Der Tzitung edited Secretary of State Hillary Clinton out of the now-iconic Bin Laden raid Situation Room photo.

Corporate Boards Increasingly Fond Of White Men

5/3/11 Jezebel: A new study has found that in the past six years, corporate boards have actually increasedtheir share of white males.

Teen Moms Look for Support but Find Only Shame

5/6/11 Colorlines:Focusing narrowly on preventing pregnancy doesn’t address the root cause of contributing socioeconomic disparities, and turns a societal issue into an individual problem, where the blame for negative outcomes gets transferred onto the individual girls themselves.

The Heartless Way Conservatives Treat Young Women Who Choose to Have Babies

5/1/11 AlterNet: If you get pregnant outside of their very narrow parameters of what's acceptable (middle class, married, white), conservatives simply want you to suffer for it.

INTERNATIONAL

IUDs to Prevent HIV in Kenya?

5/6/11 The Nation: Willice Onyango is an enterprising university student in western Kenya who is traveling the country with an unusual offer for women living with HIV.

The Unsettling Story of a Lesbian Blogger in Syria

5/5/11 Jezebel: One brave blogger has been telling her story of life as an openly gay woman in Damascus, Syria. But now she's gone underground.

Bin Laden Death Raises Cautious Questions in Kabul

5/7/11 Women’s eNews: Bin Laden's death changed little for girls and women in Afghanistan, a rights worker wrote from Kabul this week. Her words echoed the country's last-place motherhood ranking this week, which also brought sobering U.S. news.

Vatican Ousts Bishop For Discussing Ordination Of Women

5/2/11 AP: Pope Benedict XVI has sacked an outspoken Australian bishop who had called on the church to consider ordaining women and married men.

Libyan Rape Victim Iman Al-Obeidi Escapes to Tunisia

5/9/11 CNN: The Libyan woman who escaped the house where she says she was repeatedly raped by Gadhafi's thug fled from Libya to Tunisia with the help of a defecting military officer.

The Mrs. Bin Ladens

5/3/11 Slate: The bin Laden family tree was built with many wives and complicated ties.

'Saudi Women Revolution' Makes a Stand for Equal Rights

5/4/11 CNN: Women will not be able to stand or vote in September's municipal elections, but the newly-formed "Saudi Women Revolution,"  movement is working to change of Saudi Arabia's discriminatory laws.

HEALTH

South Dakota Banning Abortion Without Banning Abortion?

5/9/11 RH Reality Check: It’s a myth that the Supreme Court decision that controls abortion rights in the U.S. is Roe v. Wade. In fact, Roe was supplanted in 1992 by Casey v. Planned Parenthood, and now South Dakota may have just managed to ban abortion without actually banning abortion outright.

Norway Is Best Place To Be A Mom; U.S. Lags

5/3/11 Jezebel: A worldwide study shows that the best place to give birth is Norway. Afghanistan comes in last — but the United States isn't doing too well either.

Hillary Clinton: Healthy Moms via Cellphone

5/4/11 UPI: The Secretary of State says a new program, the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), will use cellphones to deliver health information to new and expectant mothers worldwide. 

ENTERTAINMENT

No Woman No Cry

5/5/11 Feministing: Birth experiences are still so varied, and often so dangerous, for women around the world. Christy Turlington Burns has created a great primer on the issue for the OWN network.

"Jane Roe" Gets a Movie Gig

5/6/11 RH Reality Check: Norma McCorvey, a.k.a. Jane Roe, appears in "Doonby," a psychological thriller in which she plays an elderly woman who tries to talk the expectant mother out of going through with her plan. It was funded by $2 million from an anonymous donor.

SPORTS

Tegla to receive IOC Women and Sport Award

5/5/11 KBC: Kenyan marathon legend Tegla Loroupe has been chosen by the International Olympic Committee as one of the six recipients of the 2011 Women and Sport Awards for her philanthropic sporting endeavors.

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