Media inattention to Women’s History Month doesn’t stop there. It extends to such deadly horrors as sexual violence in war-torn areas of the world. Ariel Dougherty says that’s why she’s spearheading a new way of funding women-focused media projects.
An abortion ban was rejected in South Dakota and an effort to grant legal status to fertilized eggs lost in Colorado. In California, a measure to require parental consent to teens who seek abortions was also defeated.
Latina groups are calling voters and knocking on doors for both Obama and McCain. Members of pro-Obama Latina PAC adored Hillary Clinton, but spent the summer getting over it. Latinas for McCain like their candidate’s anti-abortion stance.
Women, in general, are often more vulnerable to a slowing economy. But Susan Feiner says female micro-depositors at the bottom of the global credit ladder might enjoy a net gain if the pace of globalization slows.
Over a thousand U.S. women are killed each year by a current or former intimate partner. Two million a year are injured. A sexual assault occurs every two minutes. Fifth in “The Memo” series on the status of U.S. women.
On a recent trip to Khartoum, Meghan Sapp found herself in the middle of a frank discussion about female genital mutilation with a group of male bachelors. A couple of them knew little about the practice and were often afraid to ask.
Women are jailed in Afghanistan for “crimes” that would make them victims of domestic abuse elsewhere. As the annual festival of Eid brings the prospect of presidential pardons, advocates warn that many women are safer inside prison.
Nadra Mahdi is part of a surge of young Sudanese female journalists covering the country’s struggles. Assignments take her from Darfur in the west to desertification in the east to city streets where female tea-sellers fight to subsist.
After the FDA lifted a 14-year ban on silicone breast implants many women are weighing the devices’ potential side effects. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro questions the FDA’s decision and plans congressional hearings later this year.