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All-Night Session Fails to Break Republican Filibuster; Rally has Tremendous Turnout

Senate Democrats, in an effort to expose the Republican filibuster on the Iraq war, held an all-night session and rally last night. Despite many Republican senators verbally breaking with the White House, only four Republicans -- Senators Olympia Snowe (ME), Susan Collins (ME), Chuck Hagel (NE), and Gordon Smith (OR) -- voted to end the filibuster in a vote this morning. Both Senators Smith and Collins are up for re-election in 2008.

In the Zone

Nor is Hawaiian Tropic Zone a strip club. “No nipples,” Riese said. “You’re never, ever going to see a girl nude.” He continued, “I’m such a feminist. I love women and believe in them. And I’m not being P.C. by saying that men and women like to look at the woman’s form—it’s been going on since Michelangelo, you know, since they were doing statues of Venus de Milo. So I really believed that I was creating a restaurant that was going to appeal to men and women. I used colors that are very feminine in this place.” He gestured toward a tropical mosaic and toward a pair of soft-orange overhead lights shaped—as are the salt and pepper shakers—like breasts.

GOP Presidential Hopefuls Tiptoe Around Plan B

Republican candidates are either dodging discussions of emergency contraception or quietly opposing it. Pro-choice Republicans, however, think front-runners are all more moderate on the topic than the Bush administration

Hillary Clinton's Tentative Dip Into New Neckline Territory

She was talking on the Senate floor about the burdensome cost of higher education. She was wearing a rose-colored blazer over a black top. The neckline sat low on her chest and had a subtle V-shape. The cleavage registered after only a quick glance. No scrunch-faced scrutiny was necessary. There wasn't an unseemly amount of cleavage showing, but there it was. Undeniable.

Obama Abortion Dodges Blessed by Planned Parenthood

When Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., voted "present," rather than "yes" or "no" on a handful of controversial abortion votes in the Illinois state senate, he did so with the explicit support of the president and CEO of Illinois Planned Parenthood Council.

Nothing But Red - The Inspiration

n April 2007, seventeen-year-old Dua Khalil was pulled into a crowd of young men—some of them family members. They proceeded to stone and beat her to death, a supposed “honour” killing for being in the company of a man of a different faith.

The police stood by and did nothing, and several members of the crowd filmed the incident with camera phones. You can find the video on both CNN’s website and YouTube (We have not linked to the video. A simple search will find it for you.).

One month later, popular writer and filmmaker, Joss Whedon, posted his complete despair and outrage on a fan-run news blog, Whedonesque.com. Among his words was a call to action. This is how some of us responded.


Democrats Attack Bush on Women’s Health Issues

Mrs. Clinton, of New York, argued that the Bush administration and its conservative allies had undermined and underfinanced longstanding education and family planning programs while heavily favoring abstinence education. She added, to cheers, “I want you to know that when I’m president, I will devote my very first days in office to reversing these ideological, antiscience, antiprevention policies that this administration has put into place.”

Mr. Obama, who was repeatedly interrupted by applause, said the recent Supreme Court decision upholding a federal ban on a type of abortion was the beginning of a profound retreat on women’s rights, and should be presented that way to the voters.


Richardson courts women voters in N.H.

Presidential hopeful Bill Richardson said he will not concede the women’s vote to rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and opened his courtship of the important Democratic voting bloc Monday by pledging to protect the right to abortion.
The New Mexico governor and former Clinton cabinet member launched his Women for Richardson effort with pledges to support pay equity, limited Social Security credit for family leave and appoint judges who would uphold abortion rights.
"This is not a constituency issue. This is not an issue of women being a special interest. Women are the majority in this country," Richardson said. "What I’m doing here is addressing the interests of the majority."


Women Learn to Make Change Count After Abuse

Helping women gain financial strength while they transition away from their abusers is receiving a new focus from advocates who work with survivors of domestic violence. Second in our "Dangerous Trends, Innovative Responses" series.




In the Courts

Three 'honour' murderers jailed for life

Three men who murdered a young Kurdish woman in an "honour killing" during which she was tortured and raped were today sentenced to life imprisonment.

Giuliani: Abortion Not a Test for Judges

"Abortion is not a litmus test. Roe v. Wade is not a litmus test. No particular case is a litmus test. That's not the way to appoint Supreme Court justices or any judge," Giuliani said.

Florida Adopts Domestic Violence Leave Act

A new law recently went into effect in Florida to protect victims of domestic violence from losing their jobs due to necessary time off to seek medical attention or counseling, or to take legal action. Employers with 50 or more employees are now required to provide up to three days off to victims. Compensation for the time off is left to the discretion of the employer. All information about the domestic violence situation is to be kept confidential.

EMU President Fired After Rape and Murder Cover-Up

Eastern Michigan University President John Fallon, along with two other university officials, was fired after being accused of attempting to cover up the rape and murder of a student in an on-campus dormitory room. In December 2006, a police investigation concluded that the death of EMU student Laura Dickson was suspicious. Shortly thereafter, however, EMU officials released a statement declaring that "at this point, there is no reason to suspect foul play." Two months later, a fellow student was arrested and charged with Dickinson's rape and murder.

$660 Million Settlement Reached in Archdiocese Scandal

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed late Saturday to pay a record $660 million settlement to 508 victims sexually abused by the clergy. The resolution comes after four years of legal battles and just two days before the trial in the case was scheduled to begin

Louisiana: Governor Signs 3 Anti-Abortion Measures

Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) signed three bills last week that restrict women's access to abortion. Two of the bills, HB 614 and SB 161, ban so-called "partial birth" abortions, making Louisiana the first state in the country to adopt its own laws after the US Supreme Court upheld a federal ban earlier this year. While the two bills contain the same major provisions, the Louisiana Law Institute, a legal panel dealing with state legislative technicalities, will be responsible for codifying the two statutes, though the Senate version will likely take precedent because it was passed first.

The Politics of Stillbirth

A new movement seeks to award special certificates to fetuses that are stillborn, but pro-choice advocates worry that this is yet another step toward fetal personhood that could endanger abortion rights





Women Around the World

First Lady runs in Argentine poll

Argentina's First Lady, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, has launched her campaign to become the country's first elected woman president.

Female circumcision holds sway in Egypt

During a recent meeting on violence against children, Egypt's First Lady Suzanne Mubarak branded the practice, widely known as female genital mutilation (FGM) as "a form of violence against our girls". She is also pressing for a law to criminalise the practice.

Days of Rage

On that particular May day, the overwhelming majority of the protesting barristers were men. Yet at the center of the group was a fragile-looking, diminutive woman in a crisp white shalwar kameez, a neat black jacket, and heavy tortoiseshell spectacles, named Asma Jilani Jahangir. She is in many ways a symbol of the values that the lawyers are fighting for. Pakistan is a notably patriarchal society, but Jahangir is its most visible and celebrated—as well as most vilified—human-rights lawyer.

Mexico City's Abortion Law Hits Stop-and-Go Signs

Federal officials here are challenging Mexico City's new law legalizing first-trimester abortion. But as the Supreme Court decides whether to take their case, city officials and activists are doing what they can to ease its implementation.

The Maldives Appoints First Women Judges

The president of the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, has appointed the country's first two women judges, and a third is expected to join them this week. Aisha Shujoon Mohamed and Huzaifa Mohamed were sworn in as judges for the Civil Court and for the Family Court, respectively. The appointments follow recommendations by UN Special Rapporteur Leandro Despouy to end gender discrimination within the Maldives' judiciary by nominating women judges.

Sex Education Creates Storm in AIDS-Stricken India

Moves to bring sex out of the closet in largely conservative India have kicked up a morality debate between educators who say sex education will reduce HIV rates, and critics who fear it will corrupt young minds.

It's an emotive issue pitting modernists against conservatives in a country with the world's highest number of HIV cases at about 5.7 million, a figure that experts say may balloon to over 20 million by 2010.


India gets first woman president

India got its first woman president on Saturday in a victory hailed as a special moment in a country where discrimination against women is often deep-rooted and widespread.

Pratibha Patil, 72, won 65.82 percent of the votes cast by national lawmakers and state legislators, said P.D.T. Achary, the secretary-general of Parliament. She had the support of the governing Congress party and its political allies, and had been widely expected to win.




Voices

'The barrister ripped into me'

Kerry Lorimer reports on a proposed scheme in Scotland to protect rape victims while also aiming to boost convictions.

'Who needs men? Our cats are the purrfect partners'

They treat them to designer clothes, smoked salmon dinners, luxury hotels and even buy £2,500 beds so they can spend the night together.

Who needs a man? These women have got purrfect partners


Birmingham Clinic Protests Stir Haunting Memories

Protesters this week are targeting a Birmingham, Ala., clinic that provides abortion. Gloria Feldt says it brings back Technicolor bad memories and she demands that any illegal violence be met with the full force of the law and social outrage.

The Salon Interview: Elizabeth Edwards

On her confrontation with Ann Coulter, why she backs gay marriage -- and why Edwards is a better choice for women than Hillary Clinton

Doing Time on the Outside: Falling in Love with a Prisoner-for-Life

After meeting through a prisoner's writing program, Bridget Kinsella found herself getting close to Rory Mehan, a 30-year-old man serving life without parole for a revenge murder -- eventually falling in love with him



Health

Ingesting the placenta: Is it healthy for new moms?

The practice, known as placentophagy, is far from widespread and is received with great skepticism by more traditional medical experts. But among a small but vocal contingent of expectant mothers and proponents, it is strongly believed that the organ created by the woman's body to pass nutrients between mother and fetus and is expelled after birth is rich in chemicals that can help mitigate fluctuations in hormones believed to cause postpartum depression.

Profit Knows No Borders, Selling Gardasil to the Rest of the World

How Gardasil is being marketed in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand

Women in hijabs 'need sunlight or risk illness'

Muslim women who wear the hijab are at risk of serious illness because they do not get enough sun, doctors have warned.

They said an alarming number of women who cover their skin are suffering bone deficiencies over a lack of vitamin D.


Prospective Associations of Co-Rumination With Friendship and Emotional
Adjustment: Considering the Socioemotional Trade-Offs of Co-Rumination


Co-ruminating, or excessively discussing problems, with friends is proposed to have adjustment tradeoffs.
Co-rumination is hypothesized to contribute both to positive friendship adjustment and to problematic
emotional adjustment. Previous single-assessment research was consistent with this hypothesis,
but whether co-rumination is an antecedent of adjustment changes was unknown. A 6-month longitudinal
study with middle childhood to midadolescent youths examined whether co-rumination is simultaneously
a risk factor (for depression and anxiety) and a protective factor (for friendship problems).


Women in Government, Merck's Trojan Horse

An in-depth look at Merck's push to make HPV vaccinations mandatory for adolescent girls.

The Politics and PR of Cervical Cancer

Many women, including the author, have been affected by cervical cancer or Human Papillomavirus (HPV) at some point in their lives. Part one of a series of articles examining HPV and Gardasil -- the facts, the hype, and what Merck stands to gain





Business and Financial

Mom's in the House, With Kids at Home

For Congresswomen With Young Children, a Tough Balance

Woman's game for teens helps her land dream job

Her dream was to teach teenagers how to manage finances with the help of a board game she was developing. Starting a business rather than job hunting might not fit the game's teaching scenario of making conservative decisions.

Minnesota Pioneers First-Ever Report on the High Cost of Sexual Assault

In an effort to initiate a statewide plan for sexual assault prevention, the Minnesota Department of Health released a first-of-its-kind report illustrating the economic implications of sexual assault, placing the final figure at approximately $8 billion dollars in 2005. "This is a major public health and safety concern, not only because of the financial costs, but for the devastating effects these assaults have on the victims and their families," Dianne Mandernach, Minnesota Commissioner of Health, said in a release.

The Cost of a Working Mom's Summer Non-Vacation

There are some bills you make an effort never to add up. The annual cost of your daily latte habit. The difference between what your health insurance covers now and what it used to before you had to switch carriers. And how much you're spending on childcare so you can keep working during your kids' summer vacation.

Catering to women

When it comes to gender relations in the United States, much has changed since the middle of the last century. Women business owners, for one thing, have become a large and growing economic power -- forcing the financial institutions that cater to them to evolve.

Patronizing lending agents and sexist requirements are out. Increasingly, networking groups and targeted marketing campaigns are in.


Reaching out to recruit, retain women in accounting

Networking groups address the challenges women face in the field


Women to wait 'hundreds more years' until equality

IT WILL take Scotland hundreds of years to close the gender inequality gap unless urgent action is taken, a new report by the Equal Opportunities Commission warns.

For the first time the EOC has identified 21 leading indicators which demonstrate how many years it will take in various sectors like income, justice and family to achieve sex equality.




Science and Technology

UBISOFT UNVEILS IMAGINE VIDEO GAME SERIES FOR GIRLS

The first games in the Imagine line will launch in October 2007 for the Nintendo DS(TM) system: Imagine(TM) Fashion Designer, Imagine(TM) Animal Doctor, Imagine Babyz® and Imagine(TM) Master Chef. Imagine(TM) Figure Skater will follow in early 2008.

A 'Wild West' way of telling baby's sex?

Several companies market blood or urine tests that they claim can reveal a fetus' sex as early as five or six weeks after the mother's last menstrual period. But some scientists question the tests' accuracy, and ethicists worry that the results could lead women to terminate pregnancies if the fetus is the "wrong" sex. In addition, critics note, there is no government regulation of the tests.

"It's sort of a Wild West out there," says medical geneticist Diana Bianchi of the Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston.


Who Does the Talking Here?

It's no surprise that a one-page article published this month in the journal Science inspired innumerable newspaper columns and articles. The study, by Matthias Mehl and four colleagues, claims to lay to rest, once and for all, the stereotype that women talk more than men, by proving -- scientifically -- that women and men talk equally.

Why We're So Nice: We're Wired to Cooperate

Studying neural activity in young women who were playing a classic laboratory game called the Prisoner's Dilemma, in which participants can select from a number of greedy or cooperative strategies as they pursue financial gain, researchers found that when the women chose mutualism over ''me-ism,'' the mental circuitry normally associated with reward-seeking behavior swelled to life.

Bush's War on Women Is a War on Science

The veil over the Bush administration's war on women's reproductive health was pulled back recently by the president's own former surgeon general.

Life On The Web..

Jane magazine is closing with the August issue and Conde Nast Publications will shut down the Web site Aug. 20, but another company Web site for young women has endured far beyond its magazine's lifetime. YM.com, the digital home of the teen magazine bought and shuttered by Conde Nast in 2004, is seldom remembered, except, perhaps, by its ardent online community, and by the individuals who post on teenvogue.com and have battled it since last winter.

Feeling Secure With a Little Shocking Pink

PERHAPS the discovery of a Taser lurking in the bottom of your date’s purse does not bode well for a romantic evening. But a compact version of the electric-shock weapons — which have attracted ample controversy in their use by police officers — will arrive in stores later this month, and it will come in pink.



Religion

Recourse Rare for Witch Hunt Victims in India

Women in some parts of India remain vulnerable to accusations of witchcraft that push them out of home and family. Advocates say there is little recourse for victims. Khemi Balia was cleared of the charge by a village council, a rare vindication.

Amma's cosmic squeeze

My journey into the arms of Amma the hugging saint reminded me that humans are far more than neurologically programmed DNA machines.

Nepal's 10-year-old Goddess Gets Her Job Back

A 10-year-old Nepali girl, once worshipped as a living goddess but stripped of her privileges this month for going on a foreign junket, has been reinstated with the earlier furore proving to be the proverbial storm in a tea cup

Women chariot pullers for goddess Subhadra

The Rath Yatra (chariot festival) may be observed in style in many parts of Orissa but it is only at Baripada in Mayurbhanj district of the state that women enjoy the privilege of pulling the chariot of goddess Subhadra.

Women fight for religious authority

As females make uneven progress across faiths, some wonder why it is taking so long to reach the 'stained-glass ceiling

Head scarf forced elections in Turkey

If it weren't for a 3-foot-square piece of fabric, sometimes black and stark but more often fancy or lacy, rosy pink or flowery, Turkey's 42 million voters wouldn't be going to the polls today.

Early parliamentary elections were set in motion in April when Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, of Turkey's Islamic-influenced Justice and Development Party, nominated Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul as president.


Islam's Five Wife, Ten Breast Fantasy

We know that women, under Islamic law, are able to divorce their husbands with minimum difficulty and — in theory — have personal freedom and rights to travel, education, etc. In fact, women are accorded more respect under Islam than any other religion on earth.

The problem is: The practice of Islam is corrupted and women have never been permitted to exercise their God-given rights. Now, one might ask, what are the respective rights for relationships between men and women? Why have women been restricted to one husband at a time versus men, who can have up to five concurrent wives?


Pope to appoint more women in top Vatican jobs

Briefing journalists after visiting the Pope at his holiday retreat in the Alps, the Vatican's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said the pontiff would give women "more space and more importance". At a debate late on Wednesday, the cardinal, who runs the Vatican bureaucracy, said changes would be introduced in an expected reshuffle of senior posts.




Gay and Lesbian

Sperm donor stops lesbian parents taking their baby abroad

A court in Dublin has ruled in favour of a man who wants to stop a lesbian couple leaving Ireland with their child. The man is the biological father of the 14-month-old baby.

The High Court ruled that the child's birth mother may not holiday in her home country of Australia with the child and her partner.


Program Discusses Lesbian Health Study

Healthcare workers presented groundbreaking data from the first ongoing study of lesbian health at Center on Halsted on June 26. The talk was presented by the Sexual Orientation and Gender Institute ( SOGI ) .

The Chicago Health and Life Experiences of Women study, or CHLEW, is a crucial ongoing study because many studies don’t properly assess or define sexual orientation, according to SOGI director Braden Berkey.


New Website for Gay, Lesbian Asians and Arabs

A new website for the Asian and Arab LGBT communities and their friends has been launched.

MySalaam.com is an on-line meeting place content for both men and women and includes features, articles, blogs, message boards, community news and listings.


Supreme Court Posts Warning Signs

A red-hot warning poured out from the court this term to gay Americans -- "Tread closer at your own peril."

Civil partnerships: grandiose gays and low-key lesbians

Two British psychologists who have been studying civil partnerships have concluded that gay men love a big day out.

Dr Victoria Clarke and Dr Elizabeth Peel are from University of the West of England, Bristol and Aston University, Birmingham.


Trans academic challenges Darwin's evolution theories

The annual meeting of America's Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association has heard a damning critique of the sexual selection theories of Charles Darwin.

Joan Roughgarden, a biologist at Stanford University, says that the accepted notion that male animals compete for mates, while the females choose males with care, is "locker room bravado projected onto animals.







Entertainment


Exit strategies for television news

FOR WOMEN in TV news land, happy endings are hard to negotiate

Sarah Schenck: Feminist Filmmaker, Director, Slippery Slope

Brooklyn filmmaker Sarah Schenck’s first feature film, Slippery Slope, bills itself as “a comedy about pornography and feminism.” Those aren’t words you see together every day. All too often, the debates around the topic are polarizing and volatile.

Faith Hill's 'Redbook' Photoshop Chop: Why We're Pissed

Imagine a scenario in which a powerful, self-made, self-possessed woman deigns to follow the orders of a much-less powerful, egomaniacal foreigner and crash-diets herself to aesthetic "acceptability" so she can appear on the cover of an American magazine available to the public for, at most, 4 weeks.

Why does the Guardian still need a women's page? Because the feminist revolution is only half made

How did the Guardian women's page become so influential? It helped that as the feminist movement of the 1960s and 1970s got under way, Private Eye regularly sneered at the page, with male newspaper columnists writing biliously about hairy, dungaree-wearing, lentil-eating, man-hating Guardian wimmin. There were reams of articles in the tabloids and rightwing broadsheets back then about why men should now slam doors in women's faces to prove that women couldn't have it both ways - not chivalry AND equality. And that vitriolic backlash proved the making of the women's pages.

The "Obama Girl" Videos Aren't Funny

Jen Moseley: Hot girls dancing and singing? This is groundbreaking political discourse? Oh, wait. They're just supposed to be "funny." Oh, I get it. Just had to take my humorless feminist hat off.



The Next Generation

A Girl Has No License to Drive, but Permission to Speed

She is the smallest and youngest driver in the four-year-old Formula BMW USA Series, not to mention one of only two female drivers. Although she has not finished higher than 12th place in the first eight races of the 14-race schedule, Julia is undeterred.

Counting Ponytails

Every time a college drops an athletic team, and every five-year anniversary of the law, the cycle starts up again. Newspapers publish a spate of stories, some praising and some condemning the law. Someone files a lawsuit or a federal complaint. A few Web sites and radio shows weigh in. Right now, we’re just past the 35th anniversary of Title IX, and you need only turn to Google News to see where we are in the cycle.

New Report Shows Teen Sex Rates Dropped Before Abstinence-Only Ed Push

According to a new report released this month by the US Forum on Child and Family Statistics, the rate of high school students engaging in sexual behavior decreased before abstinence-only sex education became heavily funded and promoted in 2001. In 1991, 54.1 percent of high school students reported having sexual intercourse. By 1999, that number was down to 49.9 percent, with an additional drop to 45.6 by 2001. Between 2001 and 2005, the change in the proportion of students having sex is statistically insignificant, despite greater prevalence of abstinence education programs.

‘Bad Girls in School’ presented with drama, analysis

When it was time for a reading from Gwyneth Harold’s debut novel ‘Bad Girls in School’, at the Alhambra Inn, Tucker Avenue, St. Andrew, on Thursday evening, a trio of girls in red shirts skipped their way to stand before the audience.

Actually, they did more than stand as, smiling, they briefly played a handclap game to the jolly deejay rhythms of ‘Elephant Message’, bowing as the large audience applauded at the end, then took their positions at three microphones.


Teenage girls drink boys under table

NEARLY a quarter of 15-year-old girls get drunk at least once a week, according to new research that identifies them as worse binge drinkers than boys.

The study finds that in recent years, the overall proportion of children drinking alcohol has fallen, perhaps because of better education – but at the same time a hard core of heavy-drinking children has been growing.


The Great Big Glorious Book for Girls

By Rosemary Davidson and Sarah Vine: A prescriptive manual indicating how to recreate every facet of a 1950s girlhood

Women mentors show girls the sky isn't the limit during EAA

Women Soar at AirVenture, a program aimed at introducing girls and young women to exciting career and educational opportunities.
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