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First Female Bishop Likely to Be Appointed in 2015
 
The Church of England is likely to appoint its first female bishop in 2015, a senior Church figure has said, BBC News reported Oct. 24. The general secretary of the General Synod, William Fittall, said the body could pass an amendment to Canon law "in minutes" when it meets in November. And positive discrimination could be used in the "rare" event of a dead-heat, he said. The Church voted to allow women to become bishops in July after a previous vote in 2012 failed.
 
 
Saudi Arabia Warns Women Not to Join Driving Movement
 
Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry issued a warning to women not to get behind the wheel in defiance of the kingdom's rules that allow only men to drive, Reuters reported Oct. 23. The ministry made the announcement after a renewed social media campaign to challenge the law by driving in public ahead of the anniversary on Oct. 26 of a demonstration last year in which dozens of Saudi women said they had taken to the road in protest at the ban on female drivers, leading to some arrests.
 
 
Overweight Women More Likely to Get Low-Paying Jobs
 
As a woman gets heavier, her chances of working in a low-paying, physically taxing job grow, according to a study from Jennifer Shinall, a law professor at Vanderbilt University, The Huffington Post reported Oct. 24. But weight doesn’t have nearly as much bearing on the type of job a man lands. Though obese men are more likely than men of average weight to work in lower-paying, physical jobs, the effect isn't nearly as strong as it is for women. As a result, obese women make $7 less than their average-weight counterparts, while obese men make just $2 less.
 
 
Latinas in California Suffer Worst Wage Gap in Country
 
The wage gap for Latinas living in California is the worst in the country, the National Women's Law Center said Oct. 23 in an analysis of new Census data. Among black women, it is in Louisiana. The wage gap is based on a comparison between the earnings of African American women and Latinas working full time and white, non-Hispanic men across the country. 
 
 
Suspected Boko Haram Militants Seize More Girls in Nigeria
 
Amid talks on freeing over 200 other female hostages they seized in April, Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 more girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, Reuters reported Oct. 23. Talks to release the schoolgirls are taking place this week between the government and a Boko Haram representative in the Chadian capital N'Djamena.
 
 
Rise in Divorce in Iran Linked to Shift in Status of Women
 
In the first two months of this Iranian calendar year (late March to late May), more than 21,000 divorce cases were logged, Reuters reported Oct 22. The rise in the number of couples choosing to split up has angered conservatives in Iran who see it as an affront to the values of the Islamic Republic. 
 
Poll Finds Latino Voters in Texas Favoring Abortion Rights    
 
Seventy eight percent of Texas Hispanic voters say a woman has a right to make her own decisions about abortion without politicians interfering, finds an Oct. 22 study commissioned by the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Rights. The study also finds that most Texas Hispanic voters seem willing to disagree with church leaders on the legality of abortion. The poll finds 76 percent regarding birth control as a part of basic health care and that it should be covered no matter where a woman works. 
 
 
Turkish Female Entrepreneurs Gain Millions in Financing
 
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), European Union, and Republic of Turkey provide €338 million for female entrepreneurs in Turkey, Daily Sabah reported Oct. 22. The program aims to finance 15,000 women-led enterprises across Turkey, while also offering various training and educational services to help women run their companies.
 
 
Iranians Protest Acid Attacks Linked to Unproper Veil
 
Iranian demonstrators have gathered outside government buildings in Isfahan and Tehran, in protest at the recent spate of acid attacks on women, The International Business Times reported Oct. 22. Security forces reportedly tried to disperse the demonstration at the Iranian parliament building in Isfahan, calling it a "political" gathering. In the past two weeks, about a dozen women have had sulphuric acid thrown on their faces and bodies by a group of motorcyclists. It is widely believed that the women were targeted for not complying with Islamic dress code in public places. One of the women was reportedly warned by an anonymous text message that she would be have acid thrown at her if she did not cover up properly. 
 
 
Microsoft CEO Admits Error in Advising Women Not to Ask for Raises
 
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said he was “completely wrong” to suggest that women should not ask for raises, TIME reported Oct. 20. Nadella previously said women should wait for “good karma” to raise their wages instead of asking directly. After coming under fire, Nadella apologized and reinforced his apology in this latest interview with CNBC. “It’s been a very humbling and learning experience for me,” said Nadella.
 
 
Rabbinical Council to Appoint Ombudswomen After Voyeurism Scandal
 
A week after a Washington rabbi was charged with videotaping women converting to Judaism as they disrobed for ritual baths, the national association of modern Orthodox rabbis announced that it would require the appointment of ombudswomen to handle any concerns from women about the conversion process, The New York Times reported Oct. 20. Besides the appointment of ombudswomen, the association would also name a commission, that would include women as members, to recommend ways to prevent abuses of the conversion process.
 
 
For Tina Brown, Obama Makes Women Feel 'Unsafe'
 
Author and journalist Tina Brown thinks that if President Barack Obama is viewed less favorably among women it is because he makes them feel “unsafe” about a variety of issues, Mediaite reported Oct.20. Brown, who appeared Monday on Morning Joe, reacted to a Politico report on how the president’s declining poll numbers with women has become a serious liability for Senate Democrats in the midterm elections. 
 
 
Two Female Ministers Step Down in Japan
 
Two female cabinet ministers resigned for separate election campaign scandals in Japan, The New York Times reported Oct. 20. It is a political blow to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who had a stated policy goal of empowering women. The two women were in charge of the ministry of trade and the ministry of justice. Three other women are still part of the government.
 
 
Latinas Less Likely to Develop Breast Cancer Thanks to DNA
 
A genetic trait protects many women of Latin American descent from breast cancer, researchers probing the ethnic biology of cancer, The Wall Street Journal reported Oct.20. If confirmed, the finding may lead to more effective genetic testing for women at risk, by helping to determine who most needs to take preventative measures. Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths among women but fewer Hispanic women develop breast cancer and fewer of them die from it, compared with women of European or African-American ancestry.
 
 
French Feminist Launches Website to Fight Sexism
 
French feminist Caroline De Haas is launching a website Macholand.fr to denounce and challenge sexism, NPR reported Oct.17. The site targets politicians or advertisers. One of them is Gerard Collomb, the mayor of France's second-largest city, Lyon. Collomb recently said the country's education minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, got her job simply because President Francois Hollande loves beautiful women. The site invites users to join the so-called action against Collomb. De Haas hopes that Macholand will amplify the voices of French women.
 
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