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California Enacts 'Yes Means Yes' Law
 
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill into law that makes California the first in the nation to have a clear definition of when people agree to sex, NPR reported Sept. 29. The new law seeks both to improve how universities handle rape and sexual assault accusations and to clarify the standards, requiring an "affirmative consent" and stating that consent can't be given if someone is asleep or incapacitated by drugs or alcohol.
 
 
Actress Geena Davis Calls for Portrayal of More Female Politicians in Hollywood
 
Actress Geena Davis says the route to getting more women into public office lies not only in D.C — but in Hollywood, Politico reported Sept. 29. “We’re not showing female politicians in the entertainment media,” Davis, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media, said in an interview. “There’s not enough women presidents and women senators and women governors and women Congress members in what we show to kids and what we see in general. If you don’t see something, it can’t become familiar to you, it doesn’t look normal.”
 
 
NARAL Campaign Targets Abortion 'Obsessed' GOP Governors
 
The lobbying group NARAL Pro-Choice America launched a six-figure mail campaign on Monday targeting three Republican governors for their anti-abortion records, The Huffington Post reported Sept. 29. The campaign materials portray Govs. Scott Walker (R-Wis.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.) and Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) as being "obsessed with outlawing abortion" instead of focusing on jobs and the economy. 
 
 
 
 
Hawaii, New York Best States for Women's Equality, Idaho Worst 
 
Wallet Hub published its 2014's list of worst and best states for women's equality. It examined 10 key metrics, ranging from the gap in the number of female and male executives to the disparity between women’s and men’s life expectancy to the imbalance of their political representation. Hawaii tops the list of best states followed by New York and Maryland. California ranks at 12th for best state. The worst states for women's equality are Idaho, Utah and Wyoming.  
 
 
The Richest Women in America Are Getting Richer
 
The richest American women, who account for just 12 percent of the Forbes list, have seen the overall their net worth lifted by the rising stock market, Forbes reported Sept. 29. The 10 richest women on the list are worth a combined $169.9 billion, up 8.5 percent from a year ago. The wealthiest woman on the list is also the richest woman in the world: Christy Walton. The value of the Wal-Mart shares she inherited has increased during the year, pushing her net worth to $38 billion, up from from $35.4 billion a year ago. She is the 6th richest person in the U.S. The second richest American woman is Christy Walton’s sister-in-law, Alice Walton, who has an estimated net worth $34.9 billion. She ranks number 9 overall on The Forbes 400. The most noteworthy new woman on this year’s Forbes 400 is 30-year old Elizabeth Holmes, who vaulted herself to No. 110 on the list this year after  was revealed this summer that she owns 50% of  Theranos, a blood diagnostic company she founded that is valued at $9 billion. 
 
 
Five Black Women Running for Statewide Office in Georgia 
 
Five black women will be on the ballot for statewide offices in November. It is a record, writes Nia-Malika Henderson for The Washington Post.  The women, known as the "Georgia Five," are Former State Senator Connie Stokes who is running for lieutenant governor, Doreen Carter is up for secretary of state, Liz Johnson is on the ballot for insurance commissioner. There is also Valarie Wilson who is running for state schools superintendent and Robbin Shipp up for labor commissioner. The five have received endorsements from top Democratic figures in the state as well as important progressive groups, but have largely gone under the national radar.
 
 
Prosecutor Targets Crimes Against Women in Juarez
 
The special prosecutor for crimes against women in Ciudad Juarez says the office has whittled down the number of unsolved cases of missing women from 150 to 85, WFAA reported Sept. 28. "This is a full frontal assault on these crimes," said Refugio Jáuregui Venegas, the special prosecutor who took the helm when the office was created in March 2012.
 
 
1 Million Women Denied Pills to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
 
In the United Kingdom, more than a million women are denied pills that could halve their chance of developing breast cancer because of red tape, experts warn, The Daily Mail reported Sept. 29.  They say those at greater risk should be offered a preventative treatment that costs as little as 7 pennies a day. Yet the drugs are not licensed for this use – making doctors reluctant to prescribe them in case patients sue over side effects. Breast Cancer Campaign research estimates that if women were properly screened, and those at risk were offered the drugs, nearly 4,000 cases a year could be prevented.
 
Breast Cancer Drug Perjeta Shows Signs of Success
 
Perjeta, a drug used to treat advanced breast cancer, has had what appears to be unprecedented success in prolonging lives in a clinical trial, the New York Times reported Sept. 28. Patients who received the drug made by Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche had a median survival time nearly 16 months longer than those in the control group. Researchers presented the findings in Madrid at the annual meeting of the European Society for Medical Oncology. 
 
 
John Mack Carter, Editor of Women's Magazines, Dies at 86
 
John Mack Carter, a Kentucky-born journalist who had the singular distinction of editing all of the so-called Big Three women’s magazines and, in doing so, helped transform the genre during the feminist era, died on Sept. 26 at his home in Bronxville, N.Y, The New York Times reported. He was 86. The cause was Parkinson’s disease, his wife, Sharlyn Carter, said.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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