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  1. Education and Women (WWWomen)
      Provides resources related to women and gender equity issues.

  2. Monogamy in Women (
      Research suggests that monogamy by females has not been the universal norm.

  1. -Obama Signs Equal-Pay Bill (USA Today)
      "President Obama signed his first bill Thursday, a gender pay equity law that had been a hallmark of his campaign for the White House."

      "The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act makes it easier for workers to sue companies for pay discrimination and effectively reverses a 2007 Supreme Court decision that had given workers 180 days to file a lawsuit after the pay inequity allegedly first took place." 01-09

  2. A Transsexual Vs. the Government: What Is Gender? (
      "At the trial last month, Schroer's expert witness, a University of Minnesota psychologist named Walter Bockting — the incoming president of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health — testified that sex is a multifaceted notion comprised of several elements, one of which is one's mental gender identity. Part of his evidence was that thousands of babies are born each year with uncertain sex. They have XY chromosomes but no visible male sex organs. Or they have XX chromosomes but do not appear, outwardly, to be normal girls. Or they have even more complicated chromosomal constructions — XXY, for instance — which render their sex entirely indeterminate."

      "These individuals, who are called intersexed, are usually assigned a gender by the obstetricians who deliver them. As intersexed children grow up, they and their parents must decide whether they agree with the sex assigned to them at birth."

      "It seems likely that sex is some combination of chromosomes, psychology and environment." 09-08

  3. Baseball Team Refuses to Play Because of a Girl on the Other Team (CNN News)
      "The Arizona Charter Athletic Association state championship baseball game wasn't played Thursday night because Mesa Prep's second baseman is a girl."

      "Paige Sultzbach, a freshman, is playing baseball because her high school doesn't offer girls softball. But the school Mesa Prep was to face in the final, Our Lady of Sorrows Academy, said its boys would not compete against a team with a girl and forfeited the game - and the state title - to Mesa Prep." 05-12

  4. Boy Kicked Off of Girls' Field Hockey Team (CBS News)
      "A 13-year-old New York boy who played field hockey growing up in Ireland has been told that after two years as a member of the Southampton High School girls' team, he is now too skilled to qualify for an exemption allowing him to compete with — and against — girls next season." 05-12

  5. Cities with Most and Least Sex Equality (U.S. News)
      "U.S. News compiled these rankings by comparing male and female representation in the workforce, representation across industries, median annual earnings, and educational attainment in each city. The figures point to several trends. The data indicate a correlation between education and earnings, but also shows that wage gaps persist between men and women at all education levels."

  6. Editorial: The Limits of Tolerance (New York Times)
      "For us, gender equality is a fundamental value. But we also profess tolerance for other people’s culture and religion. Which principle should prevail? Should we respond to these developments with tolerance?"

      "We should not. Tolerance ends where harm begins." 04-09

  7. Football Player Is a Girl (CNN News)
      "Two games into Caroline's second season, head coach Chip Ross received an unexpected call from Jason Budd, deputy secretary for Catholic education for the archdiocese, who oversees the football program."

      "The 5-foot-3, 110-pound sixth-grader, Budd explained to Ross, could no longer play for the Romans because, according to the CYO handbook, football is a full-contact sport -- no girls allowed." 02-13

  8. Football Star Is a Girl (
      "In a week that women voters were game changers in a presidential election where some women’s rights -- such as equal pay -- were at stake, it was neat to see a spunky 9-year-old girl get recognition on a very different playing field." 11-12

  9. Gays and Lesbians - Policy Statements (American Psychological Association)
      Provides statements on the positions of the American Psychological Association on issues related to gays and lesbians, with a special emphasis on educational settings and adolescents. 12-03

  10. How Much Did Hillary Break the Glass Ceiling? (U.S. News)
      "She made it further than any other woman, but the barriers for a woman becoming president remain high." 08-08

  11. Identical Twins Become Brother and Sister (ABC News)
      "Thirty-five years ago, near Anchorage, Alaska, Juanita and Liana Barbachano were born identical twins. Today, the twin sisters are now sister and brother." 12-04

  12. Jenny Sanford: Savvy Spurned Woman (
      "It's widely known that Jenny, a Georgetown-educated former Wall Street vice president, helped run her husband's campaigns. She seemed to bring some of the same acumen to the process of winding down the marriage. While she told Walters she had no interest in going into politics, she could. Very few people emerge from a public scandal with more dignity. And she's proved there's at least one governor she could pulverize."

  13. Research: Boys and Girls React Differently (ABC News)
      "Do boys and girls really deal with people in very different ways? Yes, say researchers like Campbell Leaper of the University of California."

  14. Study: Men and Women Think Differently (
      "Men and women do think differently, at least where the anatomy of the brain is concerned, according to a new study." 06-07

  15. Teen Champions "Equality for All" (
      "My moms have taught me that you never combat hate with hate. Instead, educate, love, and lead by example. What you can't accept, you change. The greatest differences I think I make, and my family makes, are by just being who we are." 05-07

  16. Walmart Gender Equity Case Largest Ever (CNN News)
      "At issue is whether the justices should allow certification of the largest class-action employment lawsuit in U.S. history, a long-standing dispute against mega-corporation Wal-Mart Stores Inc. over alleged gender bias in pay and promotions. Arguments in the case are Tuesday morning and ruling can be expected by late June."

      "The company is the world's largest retailer and the nation's largest private employer. If the class-action goes through, hundreds of thousands of women -- perhaps as many as 1.6 million plaintiffs -- could join in the largest discrimination claim of its kind. Tens of billions of dollars or more in damages are potentially at stake."

      "The high court case is among the biggest of the current term, and could establish binding standards over high-stakes liability involving companies large and small."

  17. White Young Females Get Coverage - Others Do Not (MSNBC News)
      "The special attention afforded missing white women can be especially galling for families of other descriptions because missing adults already start out at a disadvantage." 7-04

  18. Women Now Give More Than Men (U.S. News)
      "Analysis of Internal Revenue Service data by Grant Thornton shows that for the first time, women gave more money than men in 2005, according to the latest publicly available tax return data. "

      "Justin Ransome, a partner in Grant Thornton's national tax office, says he's noticed a similar trend among his clients. 'Women tend to give without trying to seek a benefit in return,' he says, while most of his male clients try to give as part of their estate tax plan." 09-08

  19. World's Most Powerful Women (MSNBC News)
      "Hopeful signs for women: Forbes' fifth annual ranking showcases women who have beat out men for top business posts this year, including Lynn Laverty Elsenhans (No. 39), the new chief of Sunoco; Gail Kelly (No. 11), who heads Australian bank Westpac; and Jane Mendillo (No. 42), who was just named to run the $35 billion Harvard University endowment."

      "In total, the women ranked on this list control $26 trillion worldwide." 08-08


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