News briefs from the Women’s Media Center

Here are the latest News Briefs from the Women’s Media Center:

In Subway Ads On Abortion, A Pretense Of Neutrality
NY Times: The campaign makes a sweeping claim, but as anti-abortion strategies go, it is relatively oblique.

SANAA Partners Are Joint Winners Of Pritzker Prize
LA Times: The Pritzker Prize, architecture’s highest honor, has been awarded almost exclusively to individual men – but this year’s it will begin to fill that gap.

“Our Bodies Are Shaking Now” – Rape Follows Earthquake In Haiti
Other Worlds: Rapes and beatings underway in Port-au-Prince’s refugee camps.

Will ABC Let Amanpour Be Amanpour?
Nation: Some think the move is a triumph but fear it could change her reporting.

Hungry For Change: Why Media Literacy Alone Won’t Make Women Love Their Bodies
Huffington Post: A Girl Scouts study finds that 65% of young girls think that the bodies walking the runways and fashion magazines are “too skinny” and 63% think that such a body shape is unrealistic.

Who’s Afraid Of The Word “Feminism”?
Salon: The publisher of a women’s music magazine trashes “the f word” as outdated, but she’s the one who’s out of touch.

Sandra Bullock Trumps Health Care
Washington Post: The New York Times hasn’t published a word. The Washington Post has limited itself to one paragraph. The network newscasts haven’t touched it – Why is Tiger a story but not Sandra?

Rachel Maddow: Scott Brown ‘Made This Up’
Politico: Maddow took out a full-page ad in Friday’s Boston Globe to rip Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown for suggesting she might run against him in 2012.

Why Did Health-Care Reform Pass? Nancy Pelosi Was In Charge
Washington Post: Congress had tried to hammer together a national health-care initiative for a century, but it wasn’t until a woman ascended to a key position of power in Washington that a plan actually passed.

‘Egg-As-Person’ Makes Colorado Ballot, While Prospects In Florida And Nevada Remain Unclear
RH Reality Check: The beat goes on for a band of absolutist anti-choice advocates who are pushing to legally define “personhood” as beginning at the moment of conception.

Sarah Palin’s Gun-Imagery Takes Aim At Political Targets
Christian Science Monitor: Caught in Sarah Palin’s rifle sights, liberals warn of the threat of violent rhetoric.

Ai, A Steadfast Poetic Channel Of Hard Lives, Dies At 62
NY Times: The prominent American poet Ai – known for her raw power, jagged edges and unflinching examination of violence and despair – stood as a damning indictment of American society.

Gays Welcome At California Prom
Salon: A lesbian banned from her school’s celebration in Mississippi gets an invite from students across the country.

The Boys Have Fallen Behind
NY Times: Around the globe, it’s mostly girls who lack educational opportunities. Yet, in the U.S. and other Western countries alike, it is mostly boys who are faltering in school.
China Bars Noted Scholar From Planned Trip To U.S.
NY Times: A prominent Chinese scholar and film critic had been barred from leaving China as punishment for her commentary on human rights and free speech.

To Sinead O’Connor, The Pope’s Apology For Sex Abuse In Ireland Seems Hollow
Washington Post: Despite the church’s long entanglement with the Irish government, Pope Benedict’s so-called apology takes no responsibility for the transgressions of Irish priests.

Mozambique: 7 Suspected Human Traffickers Arrested
Chicago Public Radio: Mozambican police say they have arrested seven people suspected of trafficking women to neighboring South Africa to work as prostitutes.

Women In Gaza: Life Under Hamas
BBC: Five middle-class Palestinian women in Gaza City discuss how life has changed in Gaza since Hamas won elections in January 2006.

Local African Leaders Strategize To Enhance Safety
Women’s eNews: In Johannesburg last week nearly 300 rights advocates and politicians brainstormed for three days about how to make governments in southern Africa friendlier to women.

Iceland: The World’s Most Feminist Country
Guardian, UK: Iceland has just banned all strip clubs –  this may just be the most female-friendly country on the planet.

Cairo Views
BBC: Egyptian women are not pulling back the veil.

Calling The Gender Bluff
Tehelka (India): Quota for women in legislature will unleash new social dynamics, even if it doesn’t immediately resolve gender inequality.

Losing Breast Not Always Best For Cancer Patients
Fox: New research suggests that women with gene mutations may not help to preserve their breast instead of having it removed.

Women of Faith Called to Invest in Women, Girls
Women’s eNews: Women of faith joined secular feminists, social activists and philanthropists to put their collective spirit and financial power behind the sacred needs of women and girls.

Pioneering Pilot Elinor Smith Sullivan Dies At 98
Washington Post: Elinor Smith Sullivan was a record-setting aviatrix who was named by fellow fliers the 1930 female pilot of the year over Amelia Earhart.

Why Women Don’t Want Macho Men
Wall Street Journal: New research suggests that women from countries with healthier populations prefer more feminine-looking men.

Read about trailblazer Lilly Ledbetter at UA

Lilly Ledbetter in front of Goodyear corporate headquarters in Akron Wednesday

If you missed hearing Lilly Ledbetter at The University of Akron Wednesday night, you can still find out about her struggle for equal pay for women by reading local media coverage of the event.

Her appearance was sponsored by UA’s Women’s Studies Program. Get the full program of Women’s History Month events at UA.

Here are some links to local media coverage of Wednesday night’s event:

You can also view more photos of Lilly on campus on The Buchtelite Facebook page.

Ms. launches blog on International Women’s Day

Read Lina Abirafeh's on-the-ground report about how Haitian women are faring in the wake of the earthquake.

It’s International Women’s Day, and Ms. magazine has celebrated the occasion by launching the Ms. Blog.

The Ms. Blog will showcase the sharp writing and informed opinions of a community of feminist bloggers from around the nation and the globe. Contributors will report on the ground from seven countries for starters, and the overall roster ranges from well-known names to up-and-coming writers/thinkers. Most of the bloggers are women, but some feminist men have joined the team as well.

Ms. has also created two special pages-Share With Ms. and Take Action-in recognition that real feminist change requires both community dialog and direct auction.

Continue your celebration of International Women’s Day by reading “Tomorrow’s Journalism” by essayist Mary Kay Blakely. In it, she assesses the contribution of women’s media, not the least of which may well be charting a path to a healthy journalism that serves the public good.

If you have a Twitter account, use the hashtag #IWD when you tweet about International Women’s Day.