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4/29/1996 - White Middle- Aged Men Take Advantage of New Virginia Gun Law

Of the 4,854 applicants for a concealed weapons permit in Northern Virginia in February, 91 percent were men, almost 97 percent were white, and a majority were between the ages of 39 and 50. Only 84 of the applications were rejected due to lack of handgun safety certification or felony charges. Opponents of the law which took effect last summer favor an amendment which would allow judges more discretion to deny permits in other cases.


4/29/1996 - GREAT CALIFORNIA CON GAME STARTS NATIONAL TOUR

HIGH-STAKES SHELL GAME BEING PLAYED OUT WITH UNIVERSITY
OF CALIFORNIA SEATS AS THE CHIPS


The great California Con Game announced the start of its national
tour. Ward Connerly and Pete Wilson, top spokespeople for the
deceptive "California Civil Rights Initiative", are
kicking-off the tour with an appearance in Washington, DC, testifying
before the Senate Judiciary Committee.


Pete Wilson is fixing the game so nobody wins. Wilson is being
sued by a student newspaper for his under-handed attempts to circumvent
the open meetings act and pass a ban on affirmative action in
the UC System without due process. The suit claims that Wilson
lined-up support from regents before the vote took place, a direct
violation of the Bagley-Keene Act, which requires that such meetings
take place in public.


His long-time buddy Ward Connerly is in this game and knows which
shell to pick, and he's selling this information to the highest
bidder:


We have volunteers, everyday of this year who are out there
trying to use their 'connections' to raise money for this University
of California and they call up and say 'Will you give me some
special consideration on this', we have to be very careful we're
not a bunch of purists about this and that we don't cut off our
nose to spite our face so we should not be stampeded into doing
something that's harmful to the university. KFI-AM, 4/17/96


"The CCRI campaign is a disgusting attempt to trick the people
of California," said Pat Ewing, Campaign Manager. "Connerly
and Wilson are sacrificing the women and people of color in California
on the alter of big money and political paybacks."


4/26/1996 - Girls Gain Valuable Experience In The 4th Take Our Daughters To Work

Yesterday over 5 million girls in 14 different countries participated in the 1996 Take Our Daughters to Work Day. Sponsored by the Ms. Foundation, the event was a wonderful opportunity for girls to experience a career at some of the most prestigious in organizations in the world. Over 500 girls went to work at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, where they visited the Security Council and the General Assembly during the debate on Lebanon. Two hundred and seventy five girls joined their parents at the Department of Labor and received a pep talk from the Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, who urged them to ignore the fact that some jobs have traditionally been dominated by men. The Department of Justice arranged for the girls to attend a news conference by Janet Reno, the first female U.S. attorney general. The White House sponsored a discussion on early career development and organized activities on the White House web page. Bill Clinton remarked that he thought the event was, "A wonderful thing." An organizer of the event at the Texas Instruments plant in Texas, in which over 1,000 girls visited, emphasized the importance of girls learning about careers in technology and engineering because they have traditionally been discouraged from math and science.

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April 25, 1996


4/26/1996 - Death Threat Received By Plaintiff In Mitsubishi Case

A woman involved in the sexual harassment lawsuit against Mitsubishi Motors found a note attached to her locker yesterday saying, "Die B----. You'll be sorry!" The death threat is not the first act of intimidation surrounding the case. Ten days ago a fire destroyed the home of a U.S. official who is investigating the case. The female employees involved in the suit have asked Mitsubishi that they be provided with 24-hour protection. Yesterday a coalition of 10 congresswomen, lead by Patricia Schroeder (D-CO), wrote Mitsubishi a letter reminding them to treat the plaintiffs with dignity and respect because American women are watching. Mitsubishi has aggressively targeted women as potential car buyers in their advertising campaigns. If they lose the lawsuit, Mitsubishi could pay a settlement of up to $10 million, which the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says is the nation's largest sexual harassment case ever.

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April 25, 1996


4/26/1996 - Football Draft Pick Dropped For His Sex Offense Record

Christian Peter, a former University of Nebraska football star who has recently been recruited by the New England Patriots, a professional football team, has been dropped from the fifth round draft pick. The Patriots uncovered Peter's long history of sex offenses that included: being named in a federal sex discrimination suit for raping a Nebraska coed two separate times, being accused of threatening the life of a parking lot attendant, being convicted of the third degree assault of a former Miss Nebraska, and is facing a May 21 sentencing hearing on charges that he harassed and assaulted a woman in a bar last month. The Patriots concluded that his behavior is "incompatible with our organization's standards of acceptable conduct."


4/26/1996 - Lesbian and Gay Activism Expected in 1996 Conventions

Activists are planning a high level of Lesbian and Gay activity at the Republican Convention in San Diego this August. The group is hoping to retaliate against the "radical right, " who dominated the 1992 Republican convention with inflammatory rhetoric against Lesbians and Gays. The activists warned both Republicans and Democrats that Gays and Lesbians are a powerful voting block and will be watching the 1996 race closely. They site the research of John D'Emilio, a professor at the University of North Carolina, who found that Gays and Lesbians represented three out of ten votes cast in the 1992 elections.


4/26/1996 - Girls Gain Valuable Experience In The 4th Take Our Daughters To Work Day

Yesterday over 5 million girls in 14 different countries participated in the 1996 Take Our Daughters to Work Day. Sponsored by the Ms. Foundation, the event was a wonderful opportunity for girls to experience a career at some of the most prestigious in organizations in the world. Over 500 girls went to work at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, where they visited the Security Council and the General Assembly during the debate on Lebanon. Two hundred and seventy five girls joined their parents at the Department of Labor and received a pep talk from the Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, who urged them to ignore the fact that some jobs have traditionally been dominated by men. The Department of Justice arranged for the girls to attend a news conference by Janet Reno, the first female U.S. attorney general. The White House sponsored a discussion on early career development and organized activities on the White House web page. Bill Clinton remarked that he thought the event was, "A wonderful thing." An organizer of the event at the Texas Instruments plant in Texas, in which over 1,000 girls visited, emphasized the importance of girls learning about careers in technology and engineering because they have traditionally been discouraged from math and science.

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April 25, 1996


4/25/1996 - Fauziya Kasinga Released From Jail

The Immigration and Naturalization Service freed Fauziya Kasinga of Togo from jail and scheduled her precedent-setting request for U.S. political asylum on the grounds that she could face female genital mutilation (FGM) in her country to be heard in front of the Board of Immigration Appeals, the highest tribunal in the Immigration system, on May 2. Her release from prison is a temporary victory, but the final decision to grant asylum in the U.S. will not be made until May 2. Current grounds for asylum include escaping persecution based on religion, race, political opinion, or membership in a certain social group. Kasinga's lawyers are planning to argue that Kasinga and all other women who resist FGM are members of a endangered social group. Kasinga escaped Togo after learning that she was to marry a man, old enough to be her father, and to be forced to undergo genital mutilation. She served two years in prison in the U.S. while seeking political asylum here. Kasinga who was released from jail to a crowd of faithful supporters said, "There's nothing like freedom." Kasinga plans to go to college and later become an accountant. Kasinga's case drew strong support from several organizations who advocate human rights and women's rights, including the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Take Action: Help Fauziya Kasinga Escape Female Genital Mutilation!

April 24, 1996


4/25/1996 - High Participation Expected Today For "Take Our Daughters to Work Day"

Today is the Fourth annual Take Our Daughters to Work Day, and the founder of the event, The Ms. Foundation, hopes that the popularity of this years event will surpass the five million girls who took part in the 1995 event. The first Take Our Daughters To Work was launched in 1993 partly in response to highly publicized research that proved that girls were receiving less attention and encouragement in their schools and career training than their male peers. The event immediately became a success due to the overwhelming support from concerned educators and parents who had witnessed many young girls' confidence decrease and grades drop as they approached adolescence. The program focuses on young girls' aspirations, abilities, and interests before they fall victim to the violence, sexism, and teen pregnancy that prey on millions of young women The Ms. Foundation provides information and organizing tools for employers to get involved in the event. The Ford Motor Corporation, which participated last year, exemplifies the need for programs that recruit girls into typically male dominated fields; only one of their 34 vice presidents is a woman, and there are only two are among directors; unfortunately these statistics are common among other corporations and high paying executive jobs.


4/25/1996 - Mitsubishi Hopes For Out of Court Settlement

Mitsubishi, which is facing a massive sexual harassment suit filed by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission two weeks ago brought on behalf of 29 female workers, has said that they hoped to settle out of court. Over 300 female employees at the only U.S. Mitsubishi assembly plant in Normal, Ill, have alleged relentless sexual harassment that included constant demands for sex, degrading name-calling such as "whore", and strict retaliations against women who complained about the behavior. In his first interview since the allegations, the Mitsubishi CEO, Tsuneo Ohinouye, admitted that serious incidents did occur at the plant. He said that many changes have been made in response to the charges; 10 male employees have been fired, three have been demoted, and several have been given verbal or written warnings. The company recently found itself in further public scrutiny after sending 2,000 workers and mangers to protest the lawsuit at the EEOC office in Chicago. The travel costs were financed by the company, employees were given a free lunch and a day's pay. Employees who did not go to the protest had to submit a written statement giving a reason as to why they could not attend.

Related Stories: April 18,1996


4/25/1996 - New Study Shows One in Fifty Women Who Have Been Sterilized Become Pregnant

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that the risk of pregnancy for women who have been sterilized is greater than previously thought. The CDC has discovered that women who were sterilized before the age of 28 are more likely to become pregnant than women who had the operation at later age. The CDC also found that the bipolar coagulation, a procedure chosen by women because it is less invasive, where a doctor makes a tiny incision in the woman's abdomen and plugs her fallopian tubes by either burning them with an electric current or applying a silicon rubber band to the tips, has a higher percentage of unexpected pregnancies. The conventional procedure, performed right after a woman gives birth commonly known as "having your tubes tied," is the procedure with the lowest rate of fertilization. Female Sterilization is the most common form of birth control for women in the U.S. Women who have been sterilized or plan to, should speak to their doctors about their individual cases what factors may increase their risk of unexpected pregnancy.


4/24/1996 - INS To Argue Female Genital Mutilation Grounds for Political Asylum

The Immigration and Naturalization Service has announced that it will argue in court that female genital mutilation is grounds for political asylum in the U.S. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a procedure where a woman's genitals are partly or totally removed -- sometimes without sterilized instruments or painkillers -- effects millions of women around the world. The INS declaration is in response to the case of a woman from Togo who was told by a Philadelphia judge that her story of FGM was unbelievable and was insufficient grounds for being granted political asylum. Fauziya Kasinga, 20, testified that she feared for her life when she learned that she would be forced to undergo the tribal custom. The INS stresses that the plea for asylum will only be granted if the woman proves that if she resists the procedure she would face persecution in her home country. Kasinga has been in jail since her 1994 arrival in the U.S. and is currently awaiting trial before an appeals board.

Take Action: Help Fauziya Kasinga Escape Female Genital Mutilation!

4-14-96: May 2nd Trial Set for Woman Seeking Asy


4/24/1996 - New Compound Shows Promise As Advanced Breast Cancer Treatment

Researchers have found positive results in the creation of a genetically engineered compound that attacks the protein in the gene HER-2/neu, which is present in a high number of breast cancer cases. The compound enhances the killing ability of chemotherapy by weakening the strength of the tumor-causing protein in HER-2/neu. Several women who were treated with the compound found that their tumors disappeared, shrank, and in one case actually disappeared. Over a hundred breast cancer centers around the world are testing the new compound. For more information call 1-800-821-8590.


4/24/1996 - New York Bill Seeks to Prevent Rape in Jail

A bill pending in the New York State Assembly would criminalize all sex, even consensual sex, between inmates and prison guards. Several reports of incidents in which female inmates who rebuffed guards' sexual advances or complained of sexual misconduct were cruelly disciplined have prompted law makers to expand the definition of rape in prisons. The relationship between the prisoner and guard, one that consists of dependence and psychological domination, would be classified as a situation in which women cannot safely say "no" to sexual advances. Women have reported being denied phone privileges, mail, and sanitary napkins, being put in isolation, or being brutally beaten by angry guards if they did not succumb to the pressure for sex. Fourteen other states have similar laws, which have been supported by social workers, prisoners, and the guards themselves.


4/24/1996 - Genes Show Breast and Ovarian Cancer Link

The two genes known to carry breast cancer, BRCA1 and BRCA2, may be linked to the gene that causes ovarian cancer. Researchers have found that in one in every 20 cases of ovarian cancer, BRCA2 -- the breast cancer gene discovered last year -- was present. This finding further strengthens the evidence that ovarian cancer is hereditary.

Ovarian Cancer will strike an estimated 26,700 women a year and 14,800 will die. Only 23 percent of cases are diagnosed early, but the survival rate for treating it early is 91 percent. The new findings provide hope that genetic screening will help women who have a hereditary predisposition to ovarian cancer. Evidence is still inconclusive as to why some family members with the mutated gene develop ovarian cancer but others do not.


News: April 15, 1996


4/24/1996 - New Jersey Court Allows Women to Request HIV Testing of Rapists

Following in the footsteps of several other states, the New Jersey Appellate Division Court upheld two state statutes that give sexual assault victims the right to request that their attackers be tested for the HIV virus. The higher court's decision rejected a Family Court's claim that compulsory HIV tests violates a defendant's Fourth Amendment rights. The Appellate Court stated that testing was not an unreasonable search or seizure, because testing does not endanger the criminal. Edward Martone of the New Jersey ACLU said that an appeal to the state Supreme Court is certain


4/24/1996 - Judge May Be Removed For Lenient Stance On Domestic Violence

Brooklyn Judge Lorin Duckman, who is accused of a bias against domestic violence victims and having a record of lenient sentencing in domestic violence cases, is being investigated by the New York judicial oversight panel. Governor George Pataki has suggested that Duckman resign and save the panel the trouble of investigating the obvious violations of law.


4/23/1996 - Poll Shows Women Favor Democrats

According to the most recent New York Times/CBS News Poll, women’s votes are crucial to the re-election of President Clinton. While men are evenly divided at 45 percent for Clinton and 45 percent for Sen. Bob Dole in a two-way race, 52 percent of women favor Clinton and only 34 percent favor Dole. Women also favor Democrats by a 16-point margin when asked how they would vote in Congressional elections if they were held today. Men favored Republicans by a 10-point margin. The gender gap even influences women who describe themselves as independent: 49 percent said they would vote Democratic in 1996 House races, while only 31 percent of independent men agreed. The survey, conducted March 31 to April 2, polled 1,257 adults and has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.


4/23/1996 - Women Face Tough Fight for Superintendent Jobs

Although almost 75 percent of elementary and secondary teachers are women and the number of women qualified to be public school superintendents is increasing, women still make up only 10 percent of all superintendents nationwide. When applying for superintendent positions, women have been asked questions regarding how their husbands feel about the job and about relocating. According to Elizabeth Morie, associate professor at James Madison University and former Lexington, Va. superintendent, women still have difficulty seeing themselves as principals and need encouragement to seek the job of superintendent. Morie’s research confirms two other studies which found that male teachers move into administration from the classroom earlier than women and are more likely to skip several steps, such as going from middle school principal to superintendent. Patricia Dignan, superintendent of Falls Church, Va. schools, said that once women move into higher positions, they still face greater scrutiny than men and have a harder time establishing credibility.

Morie indicated that girls need to see more women in top positions in order to envision higher possibilities for themselves. The younger I think they see those role models, the less they are inhibited,” Morie said. Jackie DeFazio, president of the American Association of University Women and a high school principal, agreed. She said that it is very important that kids see us modeling what the possibilities are -- that not only for us, but in their minds, women can do any kind of job.”


4/23/1996 - FDA Approval Likely for Ovarian Cancer Drug

On Friday (4-19), a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee unanimously approved a new cancer drug to combat ovarian cancer. If approved by the FDA, Topotecan, manufactured by SmithKine Beecham Pharmaceutical, will be used to treat women with ovarian cancer after other treatments and chemotherapy have failed. The drug, which will be marketed as Hycamtin,” inhibits an enzyme that tumors need to grow and works inside the cancer cell to interrupt DNA replication. Hycamtin was shown to delay progression of ovarian cancer in late-stage patients for about 23 weeks -- nine weeks longer than Taxol, a similar drug manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Taxol is already approved in 64 countries, including the U.S., where it is also approved for treating breast cancer.


4/23/1996 - Judge Won’t Promote Tailhook Pilot

U.S. District Judge Albert Bryan, Jr. dismissed a suit brought by Cmdr. Robert E. Stumpf, a Navy pilot involved in the 1991 Tailhook scandal in which Navy pilots sexually harassed and assaulted female officers at the annual convention. Stumpf, who the Navy cleared of misconduct, was not promoted because of his presence at the convention. Judge Bryan ruled he did not have the power to promote Stumpf.


4/23/1996 - Texas Universities Resume Affirmative Action

Public universities in Texas will resume affirmative action programs designed to increase minority enrollment. Last month a federal appeals court banned the admissions policies, but the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay on Friday (4-19), effective until May 13. The earlier ruling was wrecking havoc on admissions officials scrambling to redesign admissions policies. After Texas files its expected appeal to the Supreme Court, the stay will remain in effect until the Court rules on the case. If the Court refuses to hear the case, the stay would be lifted. Texas Attorney General Dan Morales said he expects the Supreme Court to hear the case, which could affect admissions policies across the nation. The Justice Department has denounced the earlier ruling and has said it will support the affirmative action programs.


4/22/1996 - Poll Shows Women Favor Democrats

According to the most recent New York Times/CBS News Poll, women’s votes are crucial to the re-election of President Clinton. While men are evenly divided at 45 percent for Clinton and 45 percent for Sen. Bob Dole in a two-way race, 52 percent of women favor Clinton and only 34 percent favor Dole. Women also favor Democrats by a 16-point margin when asked how they would vote in Congressional elections if they were held today. Men favored Republicans by a 10-point margin. The gender gap even influences women who describe themselves as independent: 49 percent said they would vote Democratic in 1996 House races, while only 31 percent of independent men agreed. The survey, conducted March 31 to April 2, polled 1,257 adults and has a sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.


4/22/1996 - Women Face Tough Fight for Superintendent Jobs

Although almost 75 percent of elementary and secondary teachers are women and the number of women qualified to be public school superintendents is increasing, women still make up only 10 percent of all superintendents nationwide. When applying for superintendent positions, women have been asked questions regarding how their husbands feel about the job and about relocating. According to Elizabeth Morie, associate professor at James Madison University and former Lexington, Va. superintendent, women still have difficulty seeing themselves as principals and need encouragement to seek the job of superintendent. Morie’s research confirms two other studies which found that male teachers move into administration from the classroom earlier than women and are more likely to skip several steps, such as going from middle school principal to superintendent. Patricia Dignan, superintendent of Falls Church, Va. schools, said that once women move into higher positions, they still face greater scrutiny than men and have a harder time establishing credibility.

Morie indicated that girls need to see more women in top positions in order to envision higher possibilities for themselves. The younger I think they see those role models, the less they are inhibited,” Morie said. Jackie DeFazio, president of the American Association of University Women and a high school principal, agreed. She said that it is very important that kids see us modeling what the possibilities are -- that not only for us, but in their minds, women can do any kind of job.”


4/22/1996 - FDA Approval Likely for Ovarian Cancer Drug

On Friday (4-19), a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee unanimously approved a new cancer drug to combat ovarian cancer. If approved by the FDA, Topotecan, manufactured by SmithKine Beecham Pharmaceutical, will be used to treat women with ovarian cancer after other treatments and chemotherapy have failed. The drug, which will be marketed as Hycamtin,” inhibits an enzyme that tumors need to grow and works inside the cancer cell to interrupt DNA replication. Hycamtin was shown to delay progression of ovarian cancer in late-stage patients for about 23 weeks -- nine weeks longer than Taxol, a similar drug manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb. Taxol is already approved in 64 countries, including the U.S., where it is also approved for treating breast cancer.