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The first pitch of the West Valley Girls Softball League opening game Saturday marked a major triumph for girls sports in Los Angeles: the culmination of a lawsuit alleging that boys enjoy lush turf on city-owned ball fields while girls are assigned inferior fields. The federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the league against the city was settled in October 1999, when both sides agreed to a five-year lease for the fields at Hughes Middle School.
May 31, 1990
In conjunction with the letters you will receive in response to my commentary on male-bashing, would you please note that I am a member of Priests for Equality and a signer of the Call to Action, two movements which urge a married priesthood and the full inclusion of women in the Roman Catholic ministry. The struggle for gender equality is always two-sided. PATRICK M. ARNOLD, S.J. San Diego
February 14, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The first female president of a group representing 800 Conservative synagogues took office, expressing hope the organization would play a central role in preserving American Judaism. Judy Yudof, of St. Paul, Minn., leads the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism as the group aims to define its role between the strict Orthodox and more lenient Reform branch. Yudof, 56, said she was pleased that her appointment would draw attention to gender equality.
August 26, 2005
Re "Nominee's Memos Critical of Gender-Equality Efforts," Aug. 19 If it is a "staggeringly pernicious" idea to pay women as much as men for work that is comparable to that of men, then it is equally staggeringly pernicious to approve the appointment of the bigot John G. Roberts Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court. President Bush has insulted all women in putting this man forward. MARCIA J. BATES Van Nuys
January 8, 2000 | Reuters
Mexican women, who have long sought gender equality, came a step closer to that goal Friday when the military said they would be allowed to join men in Mexico's military service. Unlike men, however, women's participation will be voluntary, Military Service Director Jesus Rodriguez told a news conference. Women joining the military will be required to attend six-hour training sessions every Saturday. All Mexican men must report for military service when they turn 18.
May 21, 2001
Regarding "Joe Six-Pack, Redefined" (May 7): At last, true gender equality has come! Now men can develop the body image neurosis that women have dealt with for years. Instead of having to attain Calista Flockhart-like thinness, we can torture ourselves to make our pathetic paunches match the abs of a guy who makes his living as a belly model. Is there a way I can just get my six-pack surgically enhanced? PETER PENLAND Laguna Beach
May 16, 2004 | Barbara Ehrenreich, Barbara Ehrenreich is the author, most recently, of "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America."
Even those people we might have thought were impervious to shame, like the secretary of Defense, admit that the photos of abuse in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison turned their stomachs. The photos did something else to me, as a feminist: They broke my heart. I had no illusions about the U.S. mission in Iraq -- whatever exactly it is -- but it turns out that I did have some illusions about women. Of the seven U.S. soldiers now charged with sickening forms of abuse in Abu Ghraib, three are women: Spc.
June 24, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The Unitarian Universalist Assn. elected its first black president in the denomination's 40-year history at its annual convention in Cleveland. The Rev. William G. Sinkford, 54, won by a 2-1 margin--2,218 votes to 1,043 votes--over the Rev. Diane M. W. Miller, who would have been the first woman president. Miller has been director of ministry since 1993. Sinkford succeeds the Rev. John A. Buehrens, who served two four-year terms.
October 11, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A former Cal State Fresno associate athletic director has filed a discrimination claim against the university, accusing officials of firing her for trying to comply with a law that promotes gender equality in athletics. "My position was eliminated, and I was terminated from the athletics department for and because of my support and advocacy for complying with the law--gender equity and fairness," Diane Milutinovich said Wednesday.
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