Today's Headline News

Uber Sued Over Alleged Sexual Assaults
Two women who claim they were sexually assaulted by Uber drivers are suing the company and accusing Uber of failing to protect its riders, CBS reported Oct. 9. A Connecticut resident identified only as Jane Doe 1 and a Florida woman listed as Jane Doe 2 filed suit in a California courthouse this week. Boston Police arrested Uber driver Abderrahim Dakiri and charged him with assaulting Jane Doe 1 on Feb. 7. Police charged Patrick Aiello with assaulting Jane Doe 2 in Charleston, S.C., on Aug. 9.

Two Rulings Over Incarcerating Women Based on Pregnancy and Drug Use
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Oct. 8 reversed the conviction of Melissa McCann Arms, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for introducing a controlled substance into the body of another person when she gave birth in 2013, according to a National Advocates for Pregnant Women press statement. The Arms v. State of Arkansas victory comes a week after a federal district court ruling that allowed a constitutional challenge to the 1997 Wisconsin "cocaine mom" law to go forward. The law allows the state to detain pregnant women, at any stage of pregnancy, if they use or admit to past use of alcohol or drugs. 

Survey: Few Women Have Leadership Positions in Food and Beverage Industry
More than one-third of food and beverage companies reported having no women in leadership positions, according to a survey released by Green Hasson Janks in a press statement. Women-led businesses faced unique obstacles, like raising capital, investor trust and the ability to make deals. Despite these struggles, the survey found that women have high marketplace power and are leading the movement for health-conscious consumer choices.

Svetlana Alexievich Wins Nobel Prize in Literature 
Belarussian journalist and author, Svetlana Alexievich, won the Nobel Prize in Literature, the New York Times reported Oct. 8. Alexievich wrote about female Russian soldiers in World War II and an oral history of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. She is the 14th woman to win the literature prize.

Study: Women Are a Quarter Million Dollars Short of Retirement
Women are more than $268,000 short of what they need to retire comfortably at 65, according to a study by Financial Finesse, Bloomberg reported Oct. 8. The study measured the retirement savings divide between 45-year-old men and women. Men were $212,000 short of what they needed to retire comfortably.

Study: Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People Face Greater Health Risks
Transgender and gender non-conforming people are at greater risk for poor health outcomes than the general population, according to a study from Indiana University, Feministing reported Oct. 8. The study echoes previous research that suggests a link between discrimination faced by transgender people and their likelihood to engage in self-harming behaviors, such as attempting suicide, abusing drugs or alcohol.

Republicans Have Formed Five Committees to Investigate Planned Parenthood
House Republicans have created a new committee specifically tasked with investigating Planned Parenthood, bringing the total count of congressional committees probing the organization to five, ThinkProgress reported Oct. 8. This new committee will help consolidate their investigations under one legislative body, according to Republican lawmakers.

The Federal Government is Investigating Hollywood's Gender Gap
The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has officially launched an investigation looking into the lack of female directors working in Hollywood, Mother Jones reported Oct. 7. Government officials requested interviews from approximately 50 women working in the industry and will soon begin interviews to determine if Hollywood is violating federal law. 

Hillary Clinton Unveils Health Care Proposals
Hillary Clinton offered new health care proposals that she said build on the Affordable Care Act, the New York Times reported Oct. 7. Her proposals go beyond President Obama's 2010 law by capping a patient's share of the bill for doctor visits and prescription drugs, as well as repealing the law's planned tax on high-cost employer-sponsored insurance. 

India Wants Anti-Trafficking Pact with Nepal and Gulf States
India wants to sign agreements with Nepal and the United Arab Emirates to curb human trafficking and improve the repatriation of victims, Thomas Reuters Foundation reported Oct. 7. India signed an anti-trafficking pact in June with neighboring Bangladesh. Thousands of women and girls are trafficked into India from Nepal and Bangladesh and sold into forced marriage, prostitution, domestic work or bonded labor.

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