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April 4, 2014 | By Maeve Reston
For decades, questions posed to Hillary Rodham Clinton have turned on the subject of hair. But for all the eyerolls, that famous coif - in all its scrunchie-to-bob iterations - has turned out to be a very helpful talking point. The occasion Thursday night was Tina Brown's “Women In the World” conference in New York, and it was New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman - introduced by Brown as a “sensitive man” -   who asked the former secretary of State and her co-panelist, International Monetary Fund Chief Christine Lagarde, to reflect on whether there was “still a double standard in the media about how we talk about women in public life.” To laughter, Friedman recalled a news clip in which Clinton had said she'd flown all night to meet with a foreign leader and had tied her hair back - “and you said when you came into the room, he was really frightened,” Friedman said, “because he had heard that when your hair was back, you were going to deliver unpleasant news.” “Really, Tom?
April 3, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
Has feminism made women miserable? Oh God, are we really having this discussion? Yes, we are. That, in fact, was the gist of an all-female panel discussion at the conservative Heritage Foundation which chose to "celebrate" Women's History Month last week by inviting a trio of professional women to trash the very movement to which they most assuredly owe their status in the workplace. Not to mention the respect they are accorded by formerly male-dominated political bastions like the, um, Heritage Foundation.
March 31, 2014 | By Ani Ucar and Jack Leonard
A nursing assistant who worked at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting two patients while they were heavily medicated and too weak to resist, according to court records and interviews. The women came forward separately last year and gave Los Angeles police similar accounts about how a male employee assaulted them while they were being treated at the hospital. Detectives served a search warrant at Cedars-Sinai earlier this year to obtain disciplinary records for Guillermo Fernando Diaz, a nursing assistant who had been assigned to a heart patient area.
March 31, 2014 | By Charlotte Allen, guest blogger
Oh no, not Rosie the Riveter again! House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has cleared for a floor vote a bill that would set up a commission that would be the first step in building a National Women's History Museum near the National Mall. The one good thing to be said about this project, which has been knocking around lobbying circles since the 1990s , is that its $400 million estimated price tag would be covered by private donations - we hope. The problem isn't just that the National Mall, a welcome swath of open green grass in the heart of official Washington, is already cluttered with at least a dozen different museums plus an ever-increasing number of monuments and memorials.
March 28, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Works by Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe and Gretchen Woodman Rogers are among those at a new Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art exhibition that tells the story of the struggles women artists faced in gaining recognition. “Painting Women: Works From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston” is a collection on loan from the Boston museum . The 34 paintings in the Las Vegas exhibition, spanning 1860 to 1950, explain how women artists had to become activists to gain opportunities in a male-dominated culture.
March 28, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
A men's group is objecting to Glendale offering free self-defense classes to women only, saying the city is violating federal and state civil rights laws that protect against sexual discrimination. The National Coalition for Men outlined its opposition in a letter sent this month to city officials, the Glendale News-Press reported. For years, Glendale's Commission on the Status of Women has held self-defense classes in April on city property for women and girls in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
March 28, 2014 | By Carla Hall
It wasn't a surprise, but it's still a disappointment that the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which sits in New Orleans, upheld the onerous new Texas abortion law and overruled the smart opinion of U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, who had seen fit to overturn aspects of it. The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where they work. But some doctors who don't have privileges would have to go through a lengthy process to get them, and don't need them to perform abortions.
March 28, 2014 | By Lily Dayton
Starting in her 30s, Barbara Schulties began suffering from debilitating headaches, which she describes as "someone taking a hot poker to my eye. " Besides excruciating head pain, the Santa Cruz resident lists a host of accompanying symptoms: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, difficulty focusing and hypersensitivity to light, noise and even wind on her face. "I can't spell," she says, describing a typical headache. "It's very hard for me to visualize words. " Like 12% of people in the U.S., and 1 out of 3 women over a lifetime, Schulties suffers from migraine disorder, an inherited condition that affects the regulation of nerve signals in the brain.
March 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
For every dollar earned by men working in Los Angeles city government, female workers earn 83 cents, according to an infographic "snapshot" released Thursday by City Controller Ron Galperin. The numbers, highlighted in honor of Women's History Month, underscore that local government isn't immune to the gender gap in wages that pervades other fields. Across the United States, that pay gap has narrowed but not closed, according to a Pew Research Center analysis released late last year.
March 26, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Think of Wyoming and what comes to mind? Cowboys? Yellowstone Park? Thwarted dynastic ambitions ? The number-crunchers at the University of Minnesota's Smart Politics website analyzed more than 5,000 congressional elections over the last 25 years to determine which states had the best record sending women to the U.S. House of Representatives. It turns out Wyoming, hardly renowned as a bastion of political progressivism, leads the country on a percentage basis--though it may have something to do with the state containing just a single congressional seat.
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