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WMC News Brief: BBC, Marriage-Equality, Chinese Editor

January 4, 2010

Harriet Harman Blasts BBC For Dumping Older Women
Mirror, UK: Harriet Harman yesterday blasted the BBC and other broadcasters for snubbing older women presenters.

Marriage-Equality Advanced In 2009; Maine Balked
Women’s eNews: Marriage equality was a big story in 2009 for New England states and nearby New York. But while the year raised hopes for a rainbow-hued region, Maine’s November referendum repealed same-sex marriage and dealt a blow.

Pioneering Editor Takes Over New Magazine In China
NY Times: A pioneering editor who resigned amid controversy last fall from Caijing, a Chinese business magazine that specialized in investigating government corruption and corporate fraud, has been named editor in chief of a new publication.

Diane Sawyer Ratings: No Immediate Changes At “World News”
Huffington Post: Anchor changes at ABC’s two biggest newscasts did nothing during their first week to shake NBC’s dominance in the ratings.

Former Post Ombudsman Helped Break Glass Ceiling
Washington Post: Deborah Howell, a trailblazing newspaper editor who led the innovative Washington bureau of the Newhouse News Service before serving as ombudsman of The Washington Post, died Jan. 2 in an accident near Blenheim, New Zealand.

Newcomer Stirs Up Connecticut Senate Race
NY Times: Linda McMahon is a political novice seeking to unseat one of the most powerful Democrats in the United States Senate.

WIC Guidelines Add To Breastfeeding Push
Women’s eNews: Families who set their holiday tables with help from WIC vouchers this year may be serving more fresh fruits and vegetables as a result of new nutritional guidelines that are also designed to encourage women to breastfeed.

8 Deaths In A Small Town, And Much Unease
NY Times: Every few months for the last four and a half years, someone driving the back roads of Jefferson Davis Parish has come across a body of a young woman.

Philadelphia To Handle Abuse Calls Differently
NY Times: Responding to a sharp increase in homicides stemming from domestic violence, the Philadelphia Police Department announced plans this week to change how officers handle domestic abuse cases.

Meet The Lipstick Entrepreneurs
Times, UK: Trendspotters are forecasting huge gains for women in business over the next decade. We meet the new band of sisters doing it for themselves.

Violence Against Arab Women In Gaza Increases?
Examiner: The Palestinian Women’s Information and Media Center located in Gaza, finds increased violence against women since June 2007 and the advent of Hamas control.

‘I Am For Sale’
LA Times: A passionate young Afghan has dreams for her life, but her three brothers have another plan: Marry her off to an older cousin for $20,000.

The Gap Widens
The Hindu: Several recent reports put India at the bottom when it comes to gender equality.

What An Anti-Climax: G-Spot Is A Myth
Times, UK: A study by British scientists has found that the mysterious G-spot, the sexual pleasure zone said to be possessed by some women but denied to others, may not exist at all.

“If You Want To Be A Great Writer, Be A Man”
Salon: The lack of women authors on one best-of list might not mean much by itself, but its part of an ugly big picture.

Carlene Hatcher Polite, Novelist, Dies At 77
NY Times: Carlene Hatcher Polite, an experimental novelist of the 1960s and ’70s whose work focused on the uneasy confluence of racism and sexism in the lives of black people, died on Dec. 7.