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WMC News Brief: Sharia Law, Nobels, Iraq's Widows

October 9, 2009

Barack Obama Adviser Says Sharia Law Is Misunderstood 10/8/09 Telegraph, UK: President Barack Obama's adviser on Muslim affairs, Dalia Mogahed, has provoked controversy by appearing on a British television show hosted by a member of an extremist group to talk about Sharia Law. Women Are Winning Nobels, Natch 10/8/09 Forbes: For the first time ever there are four female laureates at the Nobel Prizes. Finding Husbands For Iraq's Widows 10/9/09 ABC: Some Iraqis embrace the program; others say efforts to help widows remarry are exploitative. Democratic Women In Senate Speak On Behalf Of Health Legislation 10/8/09 NY Times: Women Democratic senators took to the floor to describe the proposed health care legislation as crucial for American women. Women More Likely To Be Expelled Under 'Don't Ask' 10/9/09 AP: Critics of the 'don't ask’ policy say that new figures reflect deep-seated sexism in the armed forces. Why Black Women Are Happier Today 10/9/09 USA Today: Researchers found that black women are becoming happier as white women's happiness decreases. The Choice Myth 10/8/09 NY Times: The Motherhood Project at the Institute for American Values report says most mothers, given free choice in an ideal world, would choose to be employed. Men Put Heels Down 10/9/09 Tampa Bay News: Men marched in high-heels today at USF to raise awareness for violence against women. Ghana:  Shelter From The Storm 10/9/09 All Africa: Although Ghana has the lowest HIV/AIDS infection in West Africa, women are disproportionally affected, and constitute about 150,000 of all cases. The Failure Of Anti-Trafficking Efforts 10/9/09 Wall Street Journal: India has witnessed an alarming rise in the sex-trafficking of women and girls in recent years. Created In God's Image, Women Wait On Religious Rights 10/9/09 Yedioth News, Israel: Women insisting on their right to be part of public religious life and worship still have long road ahead, but waiting for long-harbored hope to be realized not something foreign to Judaism. 29 Million Women Blind Globally 10/9/09 Leadership, Nigeria: As the world celebrates the World Sight Day, 29.25 million women have been reported blind globally according to statistics from the World Health Organization. What Do Women Really Want? 10/9/09 BBC: Report findings suggest that women "regard masculine materialist values as ultimately dissatisfying and reject a system fuelled by consumption”. But is it true? Anglicans, In Row, May Cut Women Bishops' Powers 10/9/09 Reuters: The Church of England could restrict the powers of some women bishops under a plan designed to end a rift between traditionalists who want to keep the all-male senior clergy, and liberals demanding equality. Women On Pill 'Like Less Macho Men' 10/8/09 UK Press Association: Research has found that the use of the contraceptive pill may cause women to choose less masculine men as partners. Sexist!? Misogynistic!? Chauvinistic!? 10/7/09 The Root: With black publications folding left and right, the onus is on mainstream publications to celebrate black beauty. Leach Wins US Women's Mid-Amateur 10/8/09 AP: Martha Stacy Leach won the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur on Thursday to join sister Hollis Stacy as a U.S. Golf Association champion. Only Few Women In Sports Policy Positions 10/9/09 Play The Game: Chair of the IOC’s Committee on Women and Sports, Anita DeFrantz, says not enough women take part in the policies of sport.