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WMC Daily News Brief: Liz Smith, Hilda Solis, Iran

February 25, 2009

Liz Smith Bids City's Tabloids Goodbye

2/25/09

NY Times: After Thursday, the gossip columnist Liz Smith will not have a home in a New York City tabloid for the first time in 33 years. The New York Post…is dropping her column, citing hard times.


Senate Confirms Solis As Labor Secretary 

2/24/09

AP via Google: California Rep. Hilda Solis won confirmation Tuesday as President Barack Obama's labor secretary, giving the agency a decidedly pro-worker tilt after years of business-friendly leadership under the Bush administration.


Moral Victory Of Iranian Women 30 Years After

2/25/09

Women's News Network: The leadership, creativity and utilization of communication technology by the young women of Iran is setting a vibrant and energetic example for other global social movements.  Iran women are now heralding a new global 21st century women's emancipation.


Goodbye To The Age Of Newspapers (Hello To A New Era Of Corruption) 

2/25/09

The New Republic: Whether the Internet will ever support general-interest journalism at a level comparable to newspapers, it would be foolish to predict. The reality is that resources for journalism are now disappearing from the old media faster than new media can develop them.


San Francisco Chronicle May Shut Down 

2/25/09

Reuters: San Francisco may lose its main newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, as owner Hearst Corp cuts a "significant" number of jobs and decides whether to shut or sell the money-losing daily.


Murdoch Apologizes For Chimp Cartoon 

2/25/09

NY Times: Rupert Murdoch, the chairman of News Corp, which owns The New York Post, apologized on Tuesday for an editorial cartoon published last week that showed a police officer telling his colleague who just shot a chimpanzee, "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."


President Obama Announces More Key White House Staff

2/25/09

American Chronicle: President Obama said, "Each of these individuals brings deep expertise in their fields, and a strong commitment to public service."


Marian Bass: Women Police Officers Face Unique Problems 

2/25/09

Buffalo News: Overwhelming role conflicts and commitments are often compounded by the fantasized image of the female officer most commonly depicted by the media, an image that is difficult to efface. As a result, many women enter police work with unrealistic expectations.


Why We Must (Re)Claim Feminist History

2/25/09

RH Reality Check: Who do you find "teaching" feminist history on a campus like the University of Toronto? None other than Feminists for Life.


David Horowitz Vs. Women's Studies 

2/25/09

Inside Higher Ed: One thing that is notably different from some of Horowitz's previous writings on academe is that women's studies appears to have eclipsed Middle Eastern studies as the greatest threat to American higher education (in Horowitz's view).


Listening To "Filipino Voices" In The FOCA Debate 

2/25/09

RH Reality Check: While it is not surprising that many Filipino-Americans have conservative views about women's right to choose, it is not fair or accurate to depict all Filipino-Americans as rabidly anti-choice.


2 Palestinian Women Become Judges In Islamic Court 

2/24/09

AP via Google: The Islamic courts were among the last male-only bastions in Palestinian society, where women have been presidential candidates, police officers and even suicide bombers.  Now two stern-looking young women in Muslim head scarves and long black robes have smashed through the thick glass ceiling.


UAE:  Women's Participation Is The Norm 

2/25/09

IPS: In the gender-sensitive Gulf milieu, efforts by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to empower women and recognise them as partners in the nation-building process has received praise, but experts stress that the scope for improvement is limitless.


Zambia: Women Media Body Chats Agro Coverage Hurdles 

2/24/09

Times of Zambia via AllAfrica.com: The International Women Media Foundation (IWMF) has challenged the media to highlight the big role women play in the development of agriculture.


Iranian Women And The Islamic Republic 

2/24/09

OpenDemocracy: The hunger to extend and secure their rights has long been central to the experience of Iran's women. Their response to the challenges facing them continues to evolve, says Nikki R Keddie.


From Marginalized To Mainstream: A Call For Inclusive Education In India 

2/25/09

Women's International Perspective: Through our own experiences, I've come to believe that the kind of change India needs will only come when society fosters sensitivity to the concerns of special-needs individuals by mainstreaming them with typically-learning children of their own age.


Abstinence-Only Funds Still Alive And Kicking In 09 Budget 

2/25/09

RH Reality Check: Yesterday, Congressional Democrats took a tentative step towards eliminating abstinence-only funding with a $14 million reduction. That still leaves $95 million in taxpayer money thrown down the drain.


Nurse-Midwife Logs A Miscarriage, Divorce, Tears 

2/25/09

Women's eNews: In her memoir of nurse-midwifery in West Virginia, "The Blue Cotton Gown," Patricia Harman recalls the superwoman-like endurance of Nila, a mother of six who struggles with the shame of a miscarriage and a potentially dangerous divorce.


Frito-Lay Tries To Enter The Minds (And Lunch Bags) Of Women  

2/25/09

NY Times: According to Frito-Lay research, women snack only 14 percent of the time on salty foods. To figure out how to sell Frito's salty snacks to women, Juniper Park, a BBDO agency within the Omnicom Group, turned to pop neurology.


Study Documents The Stress Of Waiting For Biopsy Results  

2/25/09 

NY Times: Waiting days for the results of a breast biopsy appears to affect stress hormone levels just as much as finding out you have cancer, a new study shows.


How Ikram Goldman Became Michelle Obama's Closest Fashion Adviser 

2/25/09

Chicago Tribune: Through Ikram clients, Chicago fashion insiders and past accounts, a picture emerges of why Ikram Goldman, 41, became the first lady's most trusted fashion adviser.


Musical Show Of Unity Upsets Many In Israel  

2/25/09

NY Times: Achinoam Nini, a singer and peace activist, has long stirred controversy here. Known abroad by her stage name, Noa, she has recorded with Arab artists, refused to perform in the occupied West Bank, condemned Israeli settlements there and had concerts canceled because of bomb threats from the extreme right.


Women's Professional Soccer League Gears Up With New Unis 

2/24/09

USA Today: Two days after the ad hoc fashion gallery of the Academy Awards' red carpet, Women's Professional Soccer held a fashion show of its own, unveiling the new league's uniforms Tuesday in New York.


Marta Has Come A Long Way, Takes On New Challenge In U.S. 

2/25/09

LA Times: The Brazilian star will be the biggest name for the new Los Angeles Sol and Women's Professional Soccer.

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