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WMC News Brief: Rachel Maddow, Abortion Restriction Law, Saudi Women Lawyers

February 22, 2010

'Meet The Press' Ratings Burst With Maddow Appearance 2/19/10 Huffington Post: "Meet the Press" has benefitted from another Maddow Bump. Okla. Strikes Down Law That Would Have 'Undressed' Women 2/19/10 ABC: Oklahoma Court Calls 2009 Abortion Restriction Law Unconstitutional. Saudi Women To Be Allowed To Argue Cases In Court 2/21/10 BBC: Saudi Arabia is planning to bring in a new law to allow women lawyers to argue cases in court for the first time. Exclusive: 'SNL' Close To Landing Betty White! 2/21/10 Entertainment Weekly:  When a grassroots campaign involves both Facebook and a beloved Golden Girl, the scope of its influence cannot be underestimated. Gay Soldiers Don’t Cause Disruption, Study Says 2/22/10 NY Times: A new study on foreign militaries that have made transitions to allowing openly gay service members concludes that a speedy implementation of the change is not disruptive. Xerox’s New Chief Tries To Redefine Its Culture 2/21/10 NY Times: Xerox's New Chief, Ursula Burns, Tries to Redefine Its Culture. Deportation Of Mothers In Iowa Tests Local Charity 2/21/10 Women's eNews: A 2008 immigration raid in Iowa separated women from their children through arrest and deportation. Health Executive To Lead N.A.A.C.P. 2/21/10 NY Times: The N.A.A.C.P announced Roslyn M. Brock as its first new board leader in more than a decade. For Women In America, Equality Is Still An Illusion 2/21/10 Washington Post: We're suffering under the mass delusion that women in America have achieved equality. After Feminism: What Are Girls Supposed To Do? 2/21/10 Guardian, UK: Today's teenagers are struggling to cope with the expectations imposed by media images and peer pressure, the reality of low-paid work and a sexist culture. Yulia Tymoshenko Drops Ukraine Election Challenge 2/20/10 BBC: PM Yulia Tymoshenko has dropped her legal challenge against her rival's victory in Ukraine's presidential election. Mother Mary Mackillop Becomes 1st Australian Saint 2/19/10 Yahoo: Pope Benedict XVI approved sainthood for Mother Mary MacKillop, making her known for her work among the needy. Lula's Party Endorses Presidential Pick Dilma Rousseff 2/20/10 BBC: The governing Workers' Party in Brazil has endorsed the president's chief of staff as its candidate for presidential elections in October. Women At War: How Roles Are Changing 2/18/10 BBC: Ian Brimacombe reports on a woman who fought in the Eritrean struggle for independence from Ethiopia. The Breast Whisperer 2/21/10 NY Times: About 74 percent of American mothers tried breast-feeding their newborns in 2006. Kathryn Bigelow As Best Director? Bring Her On! 2/22/10 Women's eNews: The media is fixated on the story of Kathryn Bigelow vying with ex-husband James Cameron for the best director Oscar. Let's stop treating a director as someone's ex-wife. That Unmistakable Streepness 2/21/10 NY Times: Has Meryl Streep received too much recognition or too little? "That Down Syndrome Girl" Fires Back 2/19/10 Salon: “Family Guy" actress says Sarah Palin has no sense of humor. The Real Women Of The Games 2/18/10 LA Times: The Winter Olympics is providing interesting insight into what female athletes actually weigh. Skier Marjan Kalhor Carries Hopes For Iran, Iranian Women 2/21/10 USA Today: Iran has never before sent a woman to the Winter Games. U.S. Media In Better Mood After Vonn's Victory 2/18/10 Vancouver Sun: The mood among commentators took a definite upswing with Lindsey Vonn's gold medal triumph.