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WMC Daily News Brief - Sexism in Media, Troops, Northern Ireland

July 23, 2008

Sexism Against Clinton: 'Sharp Reality' in Media 7/22/08 Multichannel News: "We always tell our daughters you can do anything-but I think the sharp reality was portrayed in Hillary's race," Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D.-N.Y.) said at a Lifetime Television-sponsored event Monday, referring to "a big undercurrent of sexism, misogyny and stereotyping" against Hillary Clinton during her campaign for president. Sexually Assaulted Female Troops Struggle To Recover 7/23/08 CNN: It took Diane Pickel Plappert six months to tell a counselor that she had been raped while on duty in Iraq. While time passed, the former Navy nurse disconnected from her children, and her life slowly unraveled. MPs Pushing Abortion Rights In NI 7/23/08 BBC News: The 1967 Abortion Act was never enacted in Northern Ireland. The amendment was tabled on the last day of the parliamentary session and MPs will not debate the amendment until the Autumn at the earliest. CNN Trains Its Lens on Race 7/23/08 NY Times: In a year that marks both the 40th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Barack Obama's rise to become the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, CNN set out to explore how black people are feeling, thinking and doing. Female V.P.s Leave Hillary Loyalists Cold 7/23/08 Women's eNews: In both parties, women's names are flooding the talk about vice presidential candidate discussions like never before. But that's whetting little interest among female activists still stung by Hillary Clinton's failure to win the nomination. Estelle Getty, 'Golden Girls' Matriarch, Dies at 84 7/23/08 Estelle Getty, whose portrayal of a crabbily charming octogenarian on the television sitcom "The Golden Girls" gave new prominence to elderly characters in prime time and endeared her to viewers of all ages, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. She was 84. Georgia Transgender Woman Sues for Wrongful Termination 7/23/08 The Advocate: A former state employee claimed Tuesday in a federal lawsuit that top Georgia legislative officials fired her because she said she would come to work dressed as a female as she prepared for a sex-change procedure to transform from man to woman. Immigration Law Means a Borderline Existence For U.S. Wife Of Mexican 7/22/08 LA Times: Heather, a Kentucky native, didn't know how drastically her life would change after she married Evaristo Suarez, an illegal immigrant. The couple assumed that Evaristo would be eligible for a green card once they got married. But because he had crossed into the United States illegally more than once, he was denied a visa and must wait 10 years before reapplying to return legally. New Legislation Threatens American-Indian Women's Reproductive Health 7/21/08 Alternet.org: When it comes to their health, American Indian women face extraordinary barriers -- from high disease risks to increased incidents of sexual violence. They now face another obstacle, rooted in the political battleground of abortion. Italy Overturns Ruling That Women Wearing Tight Jeans 'Cannot Be Raped' 7/23/08 Telegraph, UK: The Court of Cassation provoked international outrage in 1999 when it that it  would be impossible to forcibly remove a woman's tight jeans if she resisted. However, in a separate appeal by a 37-year-old man convicted of sexually assault the court ruled that: "The fact that the girl was wearing jeans was not an obstacle" for the man. Anglicans Could One Day Be Led by a Woman: Bishop 7/22/08 Washington Post: The Anglican Church's most senior woman bishop said she believed that one day the church would be led by a woman Archbishop of Canterbury. "The signposts are pointing in one direction," said Victoria Matthews, for 15 years a bishop in Canada and now moving to minister in Christchurch, New Zealand. Fertile Women Having Less Kids 7/23/08 The Australian: In 2006, 37 per cent of women aged 30-34 had no children, according to the latest Australian Social Trends. This was up from 29 per cent in 1996. Income and education continue to contribute to birth rates. Female Condom Introduced In Malawi 7/21/08 AfricaNews.com: Malawian women are now ready to embrace more power as they make sexual reproductive health decisions through the introduction of female condoms on the rather conservative Malawian market. 18-year-old Michelle Wie to play on PGA Tour again 7/21/08 AP via TCPalm.com: Fresh off a disqualification on the LPGA Tour, Michelle Wie has decided to tee it up against the men, again. Wie will play next week in the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open, the first time she'll play on the PGA Tour this year, tournament organizers said.

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