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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 appoitment of ombudswomen, the association but 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 favoably 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. “I think they’re feeling unsafe,” Brown surmised of female voters. “They feel unsafe, economically; they’re feeling unsafe with regard to ISIS; they’re feeling unsafe about Ebola. What they’re feeling unsafe about is the government response to different crises.” Brown also denounced the lac of actions taken by Obama. “I think they’re beginning to feel a bit that Obama’s like that guy in the corner office who’s too cool for school,” she said. “[He] calls a meeting, says this has to change, doesn’t put anything in place to make sure it does change, then it goes wrong and he’s blaming everybody.”
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 goals 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.
'Bad Hijab' Possibly Linked to Acid Attacks in Iran
A series of acid attacks on women in the historic Iranian city of Isfahan has raised fears and prompted rumors that the victims were targeted for not being properly veiled, Al Arabiya reported Oct.19. Police have declined to comment on a motive but suspects have been arrested and an investigation is ongoing. The police said four acid attacks had been reported in Isfahan, while on social media it is reported that 13 acid attacks against women drivers who were “badly veiled” took place in the city .
French Feminist Launches Website to Fight Sexism
French feminist, Caroline De Haas, is taking action against sexism in France by launching a website,, to denounce the practice, NPR reported Oct.17. On the screen of the site, several "actions" target at sexist politicians or advertisers who have crossed the line. For instance, 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 with Macholand, French women will now be able to speak out and have their opinion heard.
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