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To be or not to be (at the office)
High-profile Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer may have spent her goodwill in declaring that employees may no longer work from home. The reason? As explained by Yahoo Human Resources Chief Jackie Reses in a memo sent to employees:
“To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices.”
Mayer’s black-and-white policy has particularly offended working mothers, a group that Mayer herself just joined - and has compensated for by using her vast personal wealth to build a nursery next to her office.
Many view telecommuting as the only way time-crunched women can care for young children and advance their careers without the pay, privilege or perks that come with being the chief executive of a Fortune 500 company.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the largest organization of OB-GYNs in the U.S., is calling for birth control pills to be made available over the counter rather than requiring a doctor’s prescription:
In a policy statement, the organization argues that making birth control pills easier to get will translate into fewer unwanted pregnancies. These unplanned pregnancies remain a major problem in the United States, they write, accounting for approximately 50% of all pregnancies. And such pregnancies, they argue, do not just interrupt lives — they also cost a fortune, with a price tag of approximately $11.1 billion per year, according to an analysis published in the academic journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.
The group acknowledges, though, that cost could be an issue if it got its wish, since it’s not clear whether health insurance would cover over-the-counter oral contraceptives.
Photo: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images
From law student to bride to rebel in Syria: Law student Hanadi, 19, is eager to see action on the front lines. Her ticket? A marriage of convenience to a militia commander fighting to oust Bashar Assad.
“We were raised in a conservative society where a girl has to heed her mother and father, but I no longer recognize their authority,” she said, underscoring what some describe as not only an uprising against the government but also a revolution that has upset the balance between generations. Many of the activists and fighters have joined the fight against their parents’ wishes.
Photo: Hanadi, a member of the Free Syrian Army, gave up law school to join protests against Syrian President Bashar Assad. Credit: Los Angeles Times
Yemeni women say lives are worse following revolution: Following the revolution in their country, four out of five Yemeni women who spoke to the international group Oxfam said their lives, beset by hunger and violence, had worsened in the past year.
Photo: Yemeni women sit next to sacks of food aid provided by the United Arab Emirates on a truck at a food distribution center in Sana, Yemen, on July 26. Credit: Yahya Arhab / European Pressphoto Agency
Title IX has benefited anyone who loves sports: The landmark legislation saying that no one will be denied the opportunity to play sports turns 40 this year. It has been wonderful for everyone, including the 6-year-old girl who plays soccer and her not-so-athletic father, columnist Chris Erskine writes.
Happy 40th, Title IX, a plain-Jane name for the biggest, most colossal sports development since someone stuck an air needle in a pig’s bladder. Bigger than Lombardi, bigger than Gatorade. Bigger, almost, than Chris Berman.
Photo: Brandi Chastain says that Title IX impacted more than just the way people viewed sports. Credit: Los Angeles Times
Women in academia lose faith in having it all: More female doctoral students are backing away from the high-pressure academia race at the starting line, trading career ambitions for having a family, writes Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, an associate professor at USC.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about “having it all.” What do you think?
Illustration credit: Bonnie Dain / For The Times
One little girl whose face was seared away wishes to die or turn back time. Her attackers are fined a few thousand dollars and left to walk free.
This story is heartbreaking.
They’re targeted disproportionately by Mayor Villaraigosa’s proposed layoffs, L.A. labor groups say.
The high prices reflect growing demand and a shortage of willing donors. Asian women can get about $10,000 to $20,000 for their eggs, while women of other ethnic groups typically get about $6,000.
One reason for the lack of supply is that Asian women are less likely to go through the discomfort of egg donations out of financial need. On average, Asian women earn higher salaries and are more likely to be college-educated than their counterparts in other racial groups, according to Labor Department statistics. Asian females out-earn white women by 13%, black women by 31% and Latinas by 52%, the agency said.
FYI, Jewish women are also in high demand.
Vatican chastises nuns for questioning church: The Vatican has ordered an overhaul of the most important group of nuns in the United States after an investigation found what Roman Catholic Church officials called “radical feminist themes” that questioned official positions on homosexuality and the ordination of women.
Photo credit: Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press
Ready for post-bimbo era in Italy: Critics blame Berlusconi for bombarding Italy with degrading images of women. Since his fall from power, many women are hoping that the damage can be undone.
Photo: A demonstrator in Milan carries an effigy of Berlusconi behind bars during a protest last year. Credit: Luca Bruno / Associated Press
Women earn college degrees at a higher rate than men in California, but men still have advantages in leadership roles and earning power, according to an analysis by Mount St. Mary’s College.
The analysis, released Thursday, takes a wide-ranging look at how women and girls are faring across California. It points to recent achievements in some areas but highlights continuing inequities in many others, including women’s low representation in elected office, in high-paying science and technology careers, and in the top ranks of the state’s major public companies.
“Dorothy was what we would have called back then very ladylike,” former Times columnist Steve Harvey said in an email. “She wore dresses. She didn’t smoke or curse…. But she was tough.”
As proof, he recalled how she was sent to skid row in 1978 to write about the fears of the homeless after a series of stabbings.
“She was funny and smart and she was one of the guys, and that was very hard to achieve back then,” said Patt Morrison, a Times columnist who was a newsroom intern when she met Townsend in the late 1970s. “It was a very macho environment when she came into it, and it was pretty brave for her to do.
Photo: Dorothy Townsend with fellow members of the Los Angeles Times team that won a 1966 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Watts riots. Bill Thomas, who oversaw the coverage, is at center left with hands clasped. Credit: Los Angeles Times
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Denied combat roles, Army women battle men in cage fighting: “We can be as tough as the guys,” says one who made it to a championship round of a tournament at Ft. Hood, Texas.
The Army still bars women from fighting in combat units. But some women are trying to break that barrier far from the front lines — by battling male soldiers in chain-link cages against a backdrop of strobe lights, thumping music and swirling smoke.
The slugfests resemble ultimate fighting, a staple of pay-per-view television, right down to the black wire cages and throat-constricting holds with names like “the guillotine” and “the rear naked choke.”
Photo: Staff Sgt. Jackelyn Walker takes blows to the face as she fights Pfc. Gregory Langarica in the bantamweight championship of the finals. Credit: José M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune