News from Around the Web

woman reading newspaperBefore we retreat for the weekend, a few updates on legislation affecting women, and a story of a news anchor crossing a line.

After days of protests and outcry, we have some small victories to celebrate in Virginia. First, Governor Bob McDonnell said he would reconsider the bill requiring a woman to undergo an invasive ultrasound prior to obtaining an abortion. Then the Virginia Senate effectively killed the personhood amendment by sending it back to committee. We can’t forget of course, Texas has a similar ultrasound law and other states have introduced personhood bills.

Women in Wisconsin earn, on average, just .75 cents for every dollar a man earns. Still, “the State Assembly voted Tuesday night to repeal the 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act.”  The Huffington Post captured the reaction of Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), “I’m very disappointed with the Wisconsin state legislature. Yet another big step back for women. This is becoming a real pattern.”

Speaking of women and work, a FOX news anchor caused a minor uproar when he said he had a word that started with a “B” to describe NASCAR driver Danica Patrick.  He later apologized. But more concerning, frankly, were his comments that what’s “not attractive” about Patrick is that “she’s sexy and she knows it.” What was his point? That women can’t own their assets? I don’t like Patrick’s GoDaddy ads, but she has every right to know what is great about her – including her track record as a driver.

Have a great weekend.

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