January 31, 1990 |
State lawmakers handed a victory to anti-abortion interests Tuesday by deciding not to vote on repealing unenforceable criminal penalties for doctors who perform abortions. Abortion rights advocates had sought to wipe out the penalties, which were rendered unenforceable in 1973 by the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, in case the court later reversed itself.
January 14, 1990 |
Fraternities at Middlebury College in Montpelier, Vt., must admit women or close, the school's Board of Trustees decreed. The Delta Upsilon fraternity created a furor a year ago when members hung a bloodied female mannequin over the balcony of their house during a party. There had been other complaints about sexism on campus in recent years, but the mannequin was cited by many as a catalyst leading to board action.
January 20, 1990 |
It is not necessary to define when human life begins to impose criminal penalties for killing a fetus, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in St. Paul. "The state must prove only that the implanted embryo or the fetus in the mother's womb was living, that it had life, and that it has life no longer," the court ruled. The opinion was issued in the case of a Rochester, Minn.
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August 3, 1988
A former teacher at the University of Judaism has sued the school for $5 million, alleging that she was denied tenure because she expressed her feminist views and refused to conform to the Los Angeles school's "preconceptions of submissive women." Marcia Falk, an associate professor who taught Hebrew literature for four years, alleges in the Superior Court lawsuit that she was a victim of sexual bias and that men with similar credentials were granted tenure.
August 23, 1988 |
Ten years ago, if a knowledgeable film person had been asked to make a list of working women directors in Hollywood, the list would have included Joan Micklin Silver and . . . well, it was a short list. In the 1970s Silver directed such features as "Hester Street," "Between the Lines" and "Head Over Heels" and became, if not quite a legend, at least a symbol of hope for those women on the outside of the male-dominated film business hoping to get in.
June 18, 1988 |
Bob Knepper of the Houston Astros said Friday night he would apologize at a news conference today for referring to the National Organization for Women as "blowhards and lesbians" in a published article earlier this week. "It's a statement I should not have made," Knepper said between games of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves Friday night. "I need to apologize to some people." Knepper was quoted in this week's Sports Illustrated as saying: "NOW is such a blowhard organization.
June 19, 1988 |
The exclusive, all-male Cosmos Club, breaking with its 110-year history, voted Saturday to accept women as members, its president announced. Tedson J. Meyers, the club's president, said at a news conference that the club membership voted almost unanimously--"about 98%, as best as the eye can tell"--to begin accepting the names of women for nomination. He said the names of four women were submitted shortly after the vote.
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June 22, 1988
The American Assn. of University Professors has formally censured the University of Judaism in Los Angeles because of the way the school denied tenure to Marcia Falk, a feminist teacher of Hebrew literature. The national organization, in its weekend convention in Washington, alleged that the university violated guidelines of academic freedom last year by not giving Falk a proper appeal and by keeping secret the identities of the reviewers who voted against her promotion to full professor.