In most cases, there would be no controversy. Veronica’s unmarried birth mother chose to give her daughter up for adoption to a couple she’d selected. In many states Dusten Brown, as the unwed birth father, would have little say, notes The Washington Post. But because Brown is a member of the Cherokee Nation, the Supreme Court will be considering once again the Indian Child Welfare Act.
It was passed in 1978 to end what Congress found to be a shameful practice of removing Indian children from their families and tribes and placing them in foster care and with non-Indian families. The law sought to keep Indian families together by erecting barriers to adoption outside the tribe.
The adoptive couple’s challenge goes to the continued viability of the law — whether Brown should be considered a “parent” under its terms and whether it applies to cases such as this one, where an Indian parent did not have custody of the child.
April 15, 2013 10:03 AM
If countries stop using rape as a tool of war, we may have British Foreign Secretary William Hague to thank, says the Christian Science Monitor. Last week Hague was able to persuade the Group of Eight, whose members are the most powerful nations in the world, that the time has come to set up methods to deter and investigate wartime sexual atrocities.
In the past few years, the United Nations Security Council and other world bodies have tried to tackle this abuse in conflict zones, such as in Congo, Colombia, and South Sudan. Little has been done to alter the behavior of rebels and troops who often rape women and children with impunity. Now the British foreign secretary has won over the United States, France, Canada, Japan, Germany, Russia, and Italy to take specific steps. It just could signal the beginning of the end.
April 15, 2013 10:01 AM
Looks like small entrepreneurs are doing their part to "lean in": a new report from American Express shows that in the last 16 years, the number of female-owned firms has grown at 1.5 times the national average. These small firms are trying to rev up the sluggish economy. One example: ZinePak, profiled by The New York Post. It's an entertainment publishing company run by two twentysomething former ad-world employees. Founders Brittany Hodak and Kim Kaupe launched their venture two years ago with $60,000 in personal savings; now, they're raking in $2.6 million in annual revenues (expected to reach $4 million this next year with their expansion into i-Book sales) and they employ several full-time workers, as well as regularly hiring freelance talent.
April 15, 2013 9:59 AM
Scientist say they have found a new target to beat breast cancer—male sex hormones, or androgens. A University of Colorado team discovered that many breast cancers possess androgen receptors on their surface, and that male hormones like testosterone fuel the tumor's growth. Drugs to block these receptors could offer another way to fight the disease, a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research heard. Clinical trials are in the works.
April 10, 2013 10:28 AM
Women represent nearly two-thirds of all minimum wage workers and are a large majority of workers in the 10 largest occupations typically paying less than $10 an hour: They constitute 88 percent of home health-care professionals, 88 percent of maids and housekeepers, and 94 percent of childcare workers.Raising the minimum wage wouldn’t just help these women make ends meet, says the author of this piece; it would also help close the gender wage gap.
April 10, 2013 10:22 AM
Gabby vs Guns
Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly want to show the world that they are legitimate gun owners—and that they support tightening restrictions on firearms. Along with her ex-astronaut husband, the former Arizona Congresswoman, who was shot in the head a little over two years ago, has formed Americans for Responsible Solutions to push for greater controls, including background checks on purchasers.
April 10, 2013 10:12 AM
Legislation was presented to the Ugandan government by Integrity & Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo, which would ban, if passed and made into a law, the wearing of miniskirts in Uganda, as they are deemed ‘immoral.’ Ugandans have taken to Twitter to express their outrage at this government interference in their lives through the hashtag #savetheminiskirt.
April 9, 2013 12:56 PM
While there has been a rise in the tide of violent attacks against teachers, principles and the young girls striving for an education in Africa and Asia, there has also been a rise in the number and unity of young girls around the world standing up for their right to an education. These girls are publicly denouncing those that threaten them and are voicing their right and determination to receive an education through unified “child-marriage-free-zones,” demonstrations and by attending school day after day.
April 9, 2013 12:53 PM
In 2002, Susan Trimarco’s daughter—a young mother herself—was snatched off the streets and apparently sold into sexual slavery. Since then, Trimarco has fought for stronger anti-trafficking measures and to release women from forced prostitution. Thanks to her, hundreds of women have been found and helped—but not Trimarco’s beloved daughter.
April 8, 2013 1:31 PM
A CRY FOR HELP
In Malawi, one in 36 mothers dies in childbirth—but even the U.S., which ranks 50th in the world in maternal mortality, has a long way to go in saving mothers after childbirth. At the 2013 Women in the World Summit, experts from the U.S. and Africa said that giving information about safe birth, and reinforcing their need to speak out, can bring down the number of deaths.
April 8, 2013 1:30 PM
SHE'S GOT GAME
Born into the slums of Katwe, one of the most impoverished regions of Uganda, Phiona Mutesi, who is now 17, has emerged as one of the best chess players in her native country. She began to play chess at the age of 9 and soon was beating the boys—and making them cry. Today, Mutesi competes for Uganda internationally and has become something of a worldwide celeb.
April 8, 2013 1:28 PM
TOKYO, HERE I COME
President Barack Obama’s anticipated choice of Caroline Kennedy to be the next U.S. ambassador to Japan would put a woman with an international political pedigree into a high-profile U.S. diplomatic post. Kennedy would be the first woman to serve as the top U.S. official in Japan, a nation where many women face discrimination in employment and other areas.
The Geneva-based World Economic Forum’s 2012 global gender gap report ranked Japan 101st of 135 countries, by far the lowest among the G-8 group of industrialized nations. Kennedy would be “a great inspiration to well-educated women in Japan,” said William Breer, a retired career diplomat.
April 4, 2013 10:24 AM
TOUGH TIMES IN TUNIS
Tensions between secular women and political Islam are growing in Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab uprisings.The country’s new government expresses no outright intention to rule the country according to Sharia, or religious law. But its ability or willingness to control a minority of Salafists who want to impose Sharia and create an Islamic state by violent means if necessary is in doubt.
April 4, 2013 10:22 AM
CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
For three years it has chronicled Mexico's drug war with graphic images and shocking stories that few others dare show, drawing millions of readers, acclaim, denunciations – and speculation about its author's identity.
Blog del Narco, an internet sensation dubbed a "front-row seat" to Mexico's agony over drugs, has become a must-read for authorities, drug gangs and ordinary people because it lays bare, day after day, the horrific violence censored by the mainstream media.
The anonymous author has been a source of mystery, with Mexico wondering who he is and his motivation for such risky reporting. Now it has been revealed that she is, in fact, a young woman.
April 4, 2013 10:19 AM
CLINTON FOR PREZ?
Democratic strategist James Carville, a longtime confidant of the Clinton family, is supporting the super PAC devoted to luring Hillary Clinton into the 2016 presidential race, and is urging others to get on board.
April 4, 2013 10:18 AM
According to a recent report in a Saudi newspaper, women are now allowed to ride bikes. In order for Saudi women to do so, they must be accompanied by a male guardian or family member, and be fully covered. A Saudi official stated that bike riding can be for entertainment purposes only, and women cannot ride near men in order to avoid harassment.
April 1, 2013 1:21 PM
A search is underway for a new FBI director to replace Robert Mueller after he steps down on September 4 and one candidate, Lisa Monaco, would be the first woman to lead the agency if she’s chosen. In January, Monaco was named President Obama’s counterterrorism advisor, and prior to that held a senior post at the Justice Department. “Mueller will leave very big shoes to fill”, said a Justice Department official.
April 1, 2013 1:15 PM
India’s appalling rape and sexual assault crisis is hurting the country’s tourism industry, with a precipitous 35 percent decline in the number of female, foreign tourists. The heinous gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student last year, in addition to the rape of a Swiss woman, and a British woman who jumped out of a window to avoid attack, were some of the major headlines that may have contributed to the downturn in foreign visitors.
India’s National Crime Records Bureau statistics show that one woman is raped every 20 minutes. Stats like that have tourists bypassing India for other Asian destinations such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
April 1, 2013 1:12 PM
NOT BORN THIS WAY
Male-to-female transgender student, Calliope Wong was denied admission into the all-women’s private college. The rejection stated, "Smith is a women's college, which means that undergraduate applicants to Smith must be female at the time of admission.” It went on to say, "Your FAFSA indicates your gender as male. Therefore, Smith cannot process your application.”
Wong wrote on her blog, “…From what I understand, Smith College will only evaluate me as a 'real' girl if I get sex reassignment surgery.” She continues, “Trans women are most likely not ready for surgery at 17 or 18, the typical age of a college applicant. It's a monumental personal decision that usually arises from years of introspection and deliberation.”
April 1, 2013 12:57 PM
TOO YOUNG TO WED
Human Rights Watch recently released a report calling on the government of South Sudan to adopt measures that will protect girls from forced marriages. Forced marriages lead to many issues, including gender gaps in school enrollment, pregnancy complications and an increase in violence suffered by these girls.
March 12, 2013 3:57 PM
HALF THE SKY?
While women have obtained success in the business and sports arena, they still struggle to achieve the higher political positions. China’s culture, as a patriarchal society, makes it difficult for women to advance in the field of politics, however, as the quota for female members in Congress was surpassed this year by 2.1%, hope has been re-ignited.
March 12, 2013 2:32 PM
Women around the Arab world are mobilizing, refusing to be intimidated and deterred from forming groups to expose injustice, harness national and international outrage, fight for reforms, and create a role in the public sector for women.
March 12, 2013 1:51 PM
ACROSS THE POND
While two-thirds of women in Britain are employed, there are startling statistics showing that women face many barriers to obtaining equal positions of power and pay as men. Twenty-three years after Margaret Thatcher, the first female Prime Minister of Britain ruled, chances of another female PM are slim.
March 12, 2013 12:50 PM
Tunisian Ennahda Party leader Rashid al-Ghannushi told a "Women's Day" event organized by his party that they worked towards preserving fundamental rights and freedoms and women's rights.
March 12, 2013 12:01 PM
CAN WE HAVE IT ALL?
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has touched off a raging debate with her new book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, which urges women to be bold in their quest to get ahead. Her defenders believe that her ideas about work-life balance, and the need for women to be more assertive, are necessary for women to ascend professionally. Her detractors however, see her as elitist and out of touch with the average working mother.
March 11, 2013 1:35 PM