Friday, August 19, 2005

Former Northern Ireland Secretary, Mo Mowlam has died. She was 55. She was instrumental in developing the Good Friday Agreement.

Supreme Court Watch
No shocker here but Judge John Roberts wrote opinions against advancing women's rights and roles while he was a lawyer for the White House in the 80s.

"In internal memos, Roberts urged President Ronald Reagan to refrain from embracing any form of the proposed Equal Rights Amendment pending in Congress; he concluded that some state initiatives to curb workplace discrimination against women relied on legal tools that were 'highly objectionable'; and he said that a controversial legal theory then in vogue -- of directing employers to pay women the same as men for jobs of 'comparable worth' -- was 'staggeringly pernicious' and 'anti-capitalist.'"

More from Susan Estrich on Roberts

Does the new Dove ad really show "real" women?

A woman who was married to a sailor needed an abortion in 2002 because her fetus had no brain. The insurer refused to pay and after suing a judge ordered the payment for the procedure. The government, OUR GOVERNMENT!, sued the woman to get the money back saying that Federal law prohibits payment for abortions except "where the life of the mother would be endangered if the fetus were carried to term." A regulation putting the law into effect specifically excludes payments for situations involving "fetal abnormalities" and mentions anencephaly- which this woman had.

A three judge panel ruled that the Navy did not have to pay so now this woman has to pay back the government. I think we should all chip in. I'll try to get more details.

It's gotten wild and crazy in Sweden with Ireen von Wachenfeldt, a former government official who is one of Sweden's best-known feminists calling men animals.

From Today's NY Times
"THE world knows that Africans bear the brunt of the AIDS pandemic and that nearly two-thirds of the people infected with H.I.V. live here. The disease is devastating households and crippling economies across the continent. Though data show that girls and women are far more vulnerable to infection than men, we have yet to summon the courage and the political will to empower and protect them."

One of the legends in theatre, Marian Seldes, is opening tonight in Terrence McNally's new play, Dedication of the Stuff of Dreams. She turns 77 next week.

Chita Rivera is bringing her show "Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life" to the Schoenfeld Theater on Broadway for an opening on Dec. 11, after previews beginning Nov. 23. With a ast of 11, this celebration of Ms. Rivera's life and career will have a book by Terrence McNally and direction and choreography by Graciela Daniele.

Seattle Storm's Anne Donovan became the first female coach in the WNBA to reach 100 wins with a win last night over Minnesota.

A new recruit to the WNBA.

Shay Doron is a breakout basketball star at the University of Maryland. She was just named one of the 25 best female college basketball players and recently played for the US in the Maccabiah Games in Israel and earlier in the summer for her native Israel in another tournament.

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