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Number of Japanese Women in Work Reaches Record High
The number of working women in Japan has reached a record high as nursery places for toddlers increase and the restaurant sector steps up its battle for waitresses, The Financial Times reported July 31. According to Cabinet Office data, a June surge funnelled an extra 250,000 women on to the Japanese payroll that now includes 27.72m female full-time and part-time employees — the highest since the data started being collected in 1953.

Rolling Stone Sued for Defamation, Managing Editor Steps Down
Three members of the Phi Kappa Psi frat of the University of Virginia are suing Rolling Stone and the author of the retracted story “A Rape on Campus” for defamation, The New York Post reported July 29. New court papers state that they say that being accused of rapists has left them embarrassed to admit they are members of the fraternity. Earlier this year the magazine ran — and ultimately was forced to retract — an unverified story detailing an alleged gang rape that took place at the Phi Kappa Si fraternity house. The frat brothers are suing the magazine for $75,000 for emotional distress caused by the accusations. As a consequence, Will Dana, the managing editor of Rolling Stone is stepping down, The New York Times reported. Dana's last day with Rolling Stone is set for Aug. 7, and he is not heading to another job.

Wheaton College Stops Offering Health Insurance Plans Over Birth Control 
Wheaton College in suburban Chicago will stop offering health insurance plans to students beginning Friday in an effort to avoid providing birth control coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act, USA TODAY reported July 30. The Christian liberal arts college will no longer provide health coverage for roughly a quarter of its 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The school, which objects to birth control being included in health coverage, thinks it violates their religious freedom to even have to notify the government that they're seeking a religious exemption.

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton Issue Statement on Planned Parenthood
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) blasted Senate Republicans for working to defund Planned Parenthood, calling it "an attack on women's health," The Huffington Post reported July 30.
“The current attempt to discredit Planned Parenthood is part of a long-term smear campaign by people who want to deny women in this country the right to control their own bodies," Sanders said in a statement. 
Hillary Rodham Clinton also issued a rare comment critical of Planned Parenthood saying she was disturbed by undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal tissue, The New York Post reported July 30. “I have seen pictures from them and obviously find them disturbing,” Clinton told the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Against this backdrop, Republicans unveiled legislation to defund Planned Parenthood on Tuesday, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) fast-tracked the legislation the same day. If the Senate votes on a procedural motion to advance the bill, it could get a final vote before lawmakers leave for August recess.

5 Black Women, At Least, Dead in Jail Cell This Month
In the morning of July 27, police in Mount Vernon, New York discovered a 44-year-old woman dead in her cell, Think Progress reported. She is the fifth black woman, at least, to die behind bars this month. According to Mayor Earnest Davis, Raynetta Turner was arrested and locked in a holding cell Saturday afternoon on shoplifting charges. Sandra Bland, Kindra Chapman, Joyce Curnell, Ralkina Jones also died in their jail cell this month.

Alabama Inmate No Longer Wants Abortion After State Sought to End Parental Rights
An Alabama prisoner who first wanted to undergo an abortion has changed her mind after the state sought to take away her parental rights, The Associated Press reported July 29. A day later, the story was changed and reported that the woman changed her mind and wanted to give birth. The sworn statement, filed on behalf of a woman identified only as Jane Doe, didn't say whether the state's action resulted in the change of heart. In the document, the woman said she made the decision on her own without any "undue influence, duress, or threat of harm," according to the Associated Press.

Congress Convenes to Discuss Women Joining ISIS
U.S. lawmakers convened July 29 to discuss ISIS' recruitement of women and the motivations of joining the terrorist group, Buzzfeed News reported. “This violence against women is almost without parallel, from widespread rape and trafficking to forced marriage and murder,” said Rep Ed Royce, who will convene a series of hearings on the status of women around the world. 

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