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WMC Daily News Brief: Herawati Diah, Michelle Obama, Iraq

February 6, 2009

WMC Daily News Brief: Herawati Diah, Michelle Obama, Iraq Pioneer Journalist Reflects 2/5/09 Jakarta Globe: As one of only a handful of women journalists in the years following Indonesia’s independence, Herawati Diah established her reputation as a leading reporter. Michelle Expands Role As First Lady 2/5/09 Politico.com: In three short days, Michelle Obama has expanded on her role as mom-in-chief to take on new and somewhat unusual duties for a first lady – actively pitching her husband’s economic stimulus package, now facing trouble in the Senate. Iraqi Women's Affairs Minister Resigns In Protest 2/5/09 Reuters: Iraq's minister of women's affairs resigned on Thursday in protest at a lack of resources to cope with "an army of widows, unemployed, oppressed and detained women" after years of sectarian warfare. Obama's Preemptive Strike 2/6/09 Washington Post: President Obama's desire to talk -- and talk, and talk -- to the American public could cost broadcast networks millions, and millions, and millions of prime-time TV dollars. The New Yorker’s Publisher Shifts To Web Ad Sales For Condé Nast 2/5/09 NY Times: Lisa Hughes, The New Yorker’s new vice president and publisher, had been vice president and publisher of Condé Nast Traveler since 1995, making that magazine a rare island of stability at a privately held company that has been known for frequent executive shake-ups. A Nonprofit Panacea For Newspapers? 2/6/09 NPR: As the business model for newspapers cracks apart, there are those who are lamenting and those who are inventing. Some journalists now say the industry should forget about making a profit altogether and find new ways to support the news. Obama's Faith Based Office An Insult To Women 2/6/09 Huffington Post: National women's organizations have been lobbying Obama, who has said he is a feminist, to reopen the White House Office on Women's Issues. So far the answer is a big fat no - women's concerns will be under the already swamped Office of Public Liaison. Pelosi On Obama: 'We Have His Back' 2/5/09 Politico.com: As whispers of tension between the White House and congressional Democrats cloud negotiations over the stimulus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reassured her rank and file Thursday that they remain President Barack Obama's "most enthusiastic supporters." As Layoffs Surge, Women May Pass Men In Job Force 2/5/09 NY Times: With the recession on the brink of becoming the longest in the postwar era, a milestone may be at hand: Women are poised to surpass men on the nation’s payrolls, taking the majority for the first time in American history. West Africa: Female Genital Mutilation Knows No Borders 2/6/09 IPS: Laws against female genital mutilation are driving the practice underground and across borders, says UNIFEM. Religious Law Chafes Christians And Muslims Alike 2/6/09 Women's eNews: Christian women in Syria and Jordan say they share many legal and cultural constraints with Muslim counterparts. That's due to the pre-eminence of religious law--whatever the faith--over family and personal life. Recommitting To The Fight Against HIV 2/6/09 RH Reality Check: This National Black AIDS Awareness Day, actress Gloria Reuben says it's the perfect time for us to recommit ourselves to defeating the AIDS epidemic here at home, as it continues to strike some of the most vulnerable members of our society. "Be Fruitful And Multiply?" Ethical Takes On ART 2/6/09 RH Reality Check: News of a California woman giving birth to octuplets raises a pressing problem: the development and use of assisted reproductive technologies has outstripped our ethical and regulatory response. Fertility Drugs And Ovarian Cancer Not Linked, Study Says 2/5/09 NY Times: One of the largest studies to explore whether fertility drugs increase a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer found “no convincing association” with the cancer, though researchers said they would continue to follow tens of thousands of Danish women to see if their risk increased with age. In Her 35th Season At Tennessee, Summitt Reaches 1,000 Victories 2/5/09 NY Times: Tennessee’s Pat Summitt became the first Division I coach to record 1,000 career victories when the Lady Vols defeated Georgia on Thursday. Women's Basketball, Latest Recession Victim 2/6/09 Salon.com: Last week's bad economic news included fresh evidence that the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) is taking on water.  The league mandated that teams cut their rosters from 13 to 11 players this past December. Lifting The Veil For Iran's Women 2/6/09 The Australian: For the first time in 37 years, Iran has fielded a women's team in the Fed Cup.  Their participation came as a result of a decision by the International Tennis Federation to accept their team uniform -- a modified burka that allows the players to observe their religious beliefs. A Runner Knows She’s Not In Kenya Anymore 2/5/09 NY Times: When Salome Kosgei arrived at Kennedy Airport with only a change of clothes and a track scholarship, she stepped into a world she had never imagined.

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