We Heart: Iceland Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

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Officially topping the list of countries we love is Iceland. Iceland’s Parliament, Althingi, voted unanimously (49 to 0) on June 11 to legalize gay marriage. The nation of about 320,000 people has become one of eight countries in the world to allow same-sex marriage. First in line for a license, figuratively speaking, was Iceland’s openly […]

Newsflash: USA Swimming = Catholic Church?

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20/20 has broken news of pervasive sexual misconduct and abuse by coaches in USA Swimming, the governing body that oversees all levels of the sport, including the Olympics. Thirty-six coaches in the past 10 years have been banned for secretly videotaping, molesting, and/or raping young swimmers. But like the Catholic Church, USA Swimming apparently kept […]

Newsflash: $1.8 million for Women in “Non-Traditional Occupations”

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The U.S. Department of Labor, headed up by former California congresswoman Hilda Solis, announced $1.8 million in grants to community-based organizations that assist women in acquiring and retaining non-traditional occupations. A “non-traditional occupation” is one in which women make up less than 25 percent of total employees–such as construction, engineering, computer science, transportation, architecture and […]

Newsflash: Why No Women on UN Climate Panel?

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Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, has created a UN group that will oversee financing to developing countries to help fight global warming. Problem is, of the 19 team members appointed, none were women. Elizabeth Becker, a member of Oxfam America, and Suzanne Ehlers, president of Population Action International, pointed this out in a joint Grist […]