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World Watch June 26, 2013

Amber Ponomar
Written by Amber Ponomar

Top news story:

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Other victories in the news this week:

wendy davis

Senator Wendy Davis

New Ms. Fit hero, Senator Wendy Davis, filibusters in Texas in defense of a woman’s access to safe, legal abortion. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/26/19152673-lone-star-texas-lawmaker-once-a-teen-mom-leads-abortion-filibuster?lite

Coy Mathis photo: ABC News

Coy Mathis
photo: ABC News

 

 

 

 

Coy Mathis, a six-year-old trans* girl, wins a landmark civil rights case, gaining the right to use the bathroom of the gender she identifies with. http://www.autostraddle.com/coy-mathis-6-year-old-trans-girl-wins-landmark-civil-rights-case-and-makes-history-182462/?fb_source=pubv1

Out of 6,000 applicants, a class of eight new astronaut trainees were chosen, and for the first time, half were women. http://msmagazine.com/blog/2013/06/18/nasas-new-astronauts-reach-gender-parity/

But we still have so much to fight for:

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg makes scathing comments on Shelby County v. Holder, jeopardizes the enfranchisement of tens of millions of minority citizens. http://msmagazine.com/blog/2013/06/25/newsflash-supreme-court-limits-voting-rights/

 

Pakistani actress, Bushra Waiz, was attacked with acid in her home after refusing a local TV producer trying to force her to marry him. http://feminist.org/blog/index.php/2013/06/24/pakistani-actress-attacked-with-acid/

After Helena, a 27-year-old Guaraní Indian, was raped and then arrested for attempting an illegal abortion, Bolivia re-examines the constitutionality of its abortion laws. http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/06/after-jailing-women-bolivia-weighs-legalizing-abortion/277147/

New data shows that, globally, violence against women is extremely common and one of the main reasons it isn’t reported is the fear of stigma. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22975103

With that new data in mind, consider this:

British celebrity Nigella Lawson is choked by her husband in public, raising much-needed discourse on domestic violence, shifting the focus to the violence rather than the appearance of their marriage. http://jezebel.com/no-nigella-lawsons-public-choking-isnt-a-private-m-514335606

Other feminist news:

The often quoted modern statistic that fertility declines with age, significantly after 35, is based on data from French birth records from 1670 to 1830. Aka: WTF. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/07/how-long-can-you-wait-to-have-a-baby/309374/

Nawal El Saadawi, founder and president of the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association, speaks on the position of women in Egyptian society. http://monde-arabe.arte.tv/en/nawal-al-saadawi/

Nawal El Sadawi

Nawal El Sadawi

About the author

Amber Ponomar

Amber Ponomar

Amber Ponomar is a tree-loving, bike-riding writer living in Chicago. When she isn't staring into the glowing eyes of the Internet, she's unleashing her "wicked dance moves," learning new neighborhoods by foot, or fantasizing about biking through the forest preserves of Northern Illinois, where she grew up. She is finishing up a BFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago.

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