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News Links

Facebook's big misogyny problem
Advertisers and users are upset at inadvertent tolerance of abuse of women on the site.  So why isn't Facebook taking more action?  Read more here.

Indian police arrest second man over rape of five-year-old girl
Fresh protests in Delhi against treatment of women after men accused of abducting, raping and attempting to murder girl. Read more here.

Is It Time for Off-the-Shelf Birth-Control Pills?
When a federal judge recently ordered the Food and Drug Administration to make the morning-after pill available to women of all ages without a prescription, the ruling was a political embarrassment for the Obama administration and unleashed protests from abortion foes and abstinence advocates. Read more here.

Eden Foods CEO Doesn’t Know Why He’s Against Contraception, but He Is
Michael Potter, the CEO of Eden Foods, has been outed by Irin Carmon at Salon
 as an anti-contraception crusader to his largely liberal customer base, and, to the delight of all watching, has an inability to grasp how incoherent he sounds as he keeps trying to explain what this is all about. Read more here.


Take Back The Night

Join Trinity College as the Students Against Sexual Assault (SASA) sponsors its annual Take Back the Night march and rally on Thursday, April 4 at 6:45 p.m. at Cave Patio, Mather Hall in Hartford, CT.

For more information, contact mary.taliaferro@trincoll.edu or viridiana.medina@trincoll.edu


Updates in the News

A Former Teen Mother Speaks Out Against the Shameful NYC Shaming Ad Campaign
A young woman shares her experience on being a teen mother and how the anti-teen pregnancy ad campaign merely plays on stereotypes and tired old tropes. Read more here.

North Korea's Gender Dig: Why Does That Matter?

After using a traditional insult meant to denigrate women as inappropriately aggressive, North Korea blames the gender of South Korean president Park Geun-hye for the tensions between the two countries. To see how this dynamic plays out, click here.

Paid Sick Leave in Portland

A new bill passed in Portland, Oregon, will enable employees who work at least 240 hours a year to earn one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked. For more information, read here.

New Hampshire House Rejects 24-Hour Waiting Period for Abortions

The "Abortion Information Act" (H.B. 483), which would have required women to wait 24 hours before having an abortion was voted down 229-121. For more information, click here.

DC Police Clarify Controversial Condom Policy

After controversy regarding a D.C. police policy that possession of a large quantity of condoms could be grounds for suspicion of prostitution, the police department issued a statement supporting safe sex practices. For more information, click here.


What's Happening...

Posters on Teenage Pregnancy Draw Fire
The curly-haired baby looks out from the poster with sad eyes and tears dripping down his tawny cheeks.  
“I’m twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen,” the text next to his head reads.  Read more, click here.

Arkansas Adopts a Ban on Abortions After 12 Weeks
Arkansas adopted what is by far the country’s most restrictive ban on abortion on Wednesday —at 12 weeks of pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat can typically be detected by abdominal ultrasound. Read more, click here.

Why Do We Hate Successful Women?
It’s one of our current ironies that the same liberal people complaining that there are not enough women CEOs seem to harbor a special contempt for the women CEOs we do have. We like to say there aren’t enough women in the higher echelons of spectacularly successful business people, but when women do rise to those echelons, we attack them for that spectacular success. Read more, click here.

Texas GOP: Planned Parenthood Is Convincing Teens To Get Pregnant So It Can Perform Their Abortions
Texas has already spent the past year targeting Planned Parenthood, effectively defunding the organization’s affiliates and forcing thousands of women to search for new doctors. But their crusade isn’t over yet. Read more, click here.

Where is India's feminist movement headed
On the night of June 28, 2012, the sarpanch, or the elected head of the village council, of Singar village in rural Haryana, his nephew and two other men allegedly abducted a 15-year-old girl. According to the official complaint, The Hindu reported, the four men beat her up and then took turns repeatedly raping her. Read more, click here.

The Feminization of Farming

ACROSS the developing world, millions of people are migrating from farms to cities in search of work. The migrants are mostly men. As a result, women are increasingly on the front lines of the fight to sustain family farms. But pervasive discrimination, gender stereotypes and women’s low social standing have frustrated these women’s rise out of poverty and hunger.  Read more, click here.


Some News Links!

Will Abortion Law Change Help Female Troops?
Starting this year, for the first time in 22 years, military women and dependents pregnant by rape or incest won’t have to pay for their own abortions.  Read more, here.

Sexual Harassment of Women is State Sponsored Say Egyptian Women
Systematic attacks targeting female protesters in Tahrir square have forced an ugly epidemic into the national spotlight. Check out more, here.

Incentives to Marry Won't Cure Gun Violence, Education and Jobs Are What Chicago Needs
Just three days after his State of the Union address, President Obama came to Chicago and addressed the city's gun violence crisis. Many across the city and country had called on the president to come to Chicago and give such a speech. Read more, here.

Judge Marissa Mayer by Her Job, Not Her Gender
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is abolishing the company's work-at-home policy and ordering everyone to show up at the office. Read more, here.

House Renews Violence Against Women Measure
The House on Thursday gave final approval to a renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, sending a bipartisan Senate measure to President Obama after a House plan endorsed by conservatives was defeated. Read more, here.

Photographer as Witness: A Portrait of Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is often shielded from public view. Usually, we only hear it muffled through walls or see it manifested in the faded yellow and purple bruises of a woman who “walked into a wall” or “fell down the stairs.” Despite a movement to increase awareness of domestic violence, we still treat it as a private crime, as if it is none of our business. Check it out, here.

Don’t blame the victim, or the photographer
Responding to a photo essay on domestic violence, commenters attacked everyone except the abuser.  Read more, here.

Steinem’s Support for Quinn as Mayor Depends on Sick-Leave Bill
Gloria Steinem, the feminist author and activist, said this week that she would withdraw her support for Christine C. Quinn in the New York City mayor’s race if Ms. Quinn, speaker of the City Council, did not allow a vote on sick-leave legislation that is a cherished cause of liberal groups. Read more, here.

A Titan’s How-To on Breaking the Glass Ceiling
Before Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, started to write “Lean In,” her book-slash-manifesto on women in the workplace, she reread Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique.” Like the homemaker turned activist who helped start a revolution 50 years ago, Ms. Sandberg wanted to do far more than sell books. Read more, here.

Teen Pregnancy Is Most Common In Rural America, Where There May Be More Barriers To Birth Control
The teen birth rate is nearly one-third higher in rural areas of the United States than it is in more populous areas of the country, and teen pregnancy rates have been much slower to decline in rural counties over the past decade, according to a new study from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Read more, here.


Nominate A Woman of Inspiration!

Below is an announcement from our friends over at CWEALF.  Not only is being inspired one of life's greatest moments, but so is letting a sister know she does the inspiring.  DEADLINE: International Women's Day, March 8th.

A Woman of Inspiration a Day

Join CWEALF in celebrating the women in your life that have and continue to inspire you during Women’s History Month, March!

If you have a woman in your life that has inspired you, submit her photo along with a brief write-up about her and why she inspires you to Krystal Harrison at kharrison@cwealf.org.

Then, follow us on Facebook during March where we’ll be featuring one woman a day!

The woman in your life can be personal or professional, deceased or living. It’s your choice!

Please have all submissions into Krystal by March 8, 2013.

Questions? Contact Krystal at kharrison@cwealf.org

or 860.247.6090/ext. 103.