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10/30/1995 - Wellesley Trains Women for Top-level Executive Positions

Wellesley has produced more top-level executive women than any other college, large or small. Seventy-five corporations recruit on its campus every year and strong networking amongt alumnae and students helps women gain entry into the nation's top firms. Of Fortune 500 companies, seventeen female directors graduated from Wellesley. And, of female senior executives, 1.8% graduated from Wellesley. A strong economics department also ensures that Wellesley women are overrepresented at the best business schools, such as Harvard's.

Some prominent Wellesley alumnae include: Laurel Cutler, the Vice-Chair of FCB/Leber-Katz; Lois Juliber, the President of Colgate North Ameirca; Jeanette Loeb, a partner at Golden, Sachs & Company; Ellen R. Marram, the President of Seagram Beverage group. Other Wellesley gradautes in senior business posts include: Ilene Beal, Executive Vice-President of BayBanks; Karen Crider, General Counsel of Stride Rite; and Nancy Lampton, Chief Executive of American Life and Accident Insurance Company of Kentucky.


10/27/1995 - Detroit Ordered to Distribute $10.8 Million to Over 890 Female Police Officers and Job Applicants

A federal judge has approved a plan for the distribution of $10.8 million to settle a sex-discrimination suit filed against Detroit's police department. Judge Paul Gadola's ruling ends a twenty-two year long suit which includes over 890 women who comp lained of systematic discrimination against a class of women. When the suit was filed in 1973, the department required female officers to receive at least two years of college training while it didn't require any college training for men. Female officer s also received less pay then the men and lost promotions because of their sex.


10/27/1995 - GAO Reports Finds Women Underrepresented at Four Federal Agencies

A new report from the General Accounting Office states that while women have made progress, they are still underrepresented at four departments -- the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Navy and State. The unequal representation is especially m anifest among the higher grades. The report concluded that, "In general, the relative numbers of women and minorities in each agency increased between 1984 and 1992. As of September 1992, however, certain EEO groups were still underrepresented on an ove rall basis and often underrepresented to a greater degree in key jobs when compared to the [civilian work force]." The report also concluded that the agencies fail to adequately analyze their recruitment, hiring and promotion procedures and thus do not i dentify the fundamental causes of underrepresentation. Neither the Office of Personnel Police officers in Maryland's Prince George's County who use racist or sexist language can now can now be fired, fined, or suspended, under a new policy that makes such offenses comparable in seriousness to police brutality. Police Chief John S. Farrell, responding to recent incidences of racism in his department, was quoted as saying he wanted to "send a clear message that this kind of conduct is absolutely unacceptable." The new policy applies to any incidences of demeaning, derogatory, or abusive lan guage relating to race, gender, or religion. Management nor the EEOC provide the oversight necessary to ensure that the agencies' affirmative employment programs correct the underrepresentation.



10/27/1995 - Maryland Police Chief Sends Message: Racism, Sexism Could Get You Fired

Police officers in Maryland's Prince George's County who use racist or sexist language can now can now be fired, fined, or suspended, under a new policy that makes such offenses comparable in seriousness to police brutality. Police Chief John S. Farrell, responding to recent incidences of racism in his department, was quoted as saying he wanted to "send a clear message that this kind of conduct is absolutely unacceptable." The new policy applies to any incidences of demeaning, derogatory, or abusive lan guage relating to race, gender, or religion.


10/26/1995 - Anti-Abortion Group Must Pay Doctor $8.6 Million in Damages

Three anti-abortion groups -- Operation Rescue, Missionaries to the Pre-Born, and the Dallas Pro-Life Action Network -- must pay a doctor $8.6 million in damages for harassing and trying to force him to stop performing abortions. A federal jury yester day ordered the payment to Dr. Tompkins who received harassment, abuse, stalking, telephone harassment and mail threats from the groups for over ten months. Eventually, Tompkins had to shut down his practice and move out of town.


10/26/1995 - House Lawmakers Refuse to Back Down on Welfare Cuts

House Republicans refuse to back down on provisions of the welfare reform bill which deny money to unwed teens who have children and which give states control of school lunch programs. The House and Senate, trying to come up with compromises on their differing versions of welfare reform, have had difficulty reaching consensus. House members opened negotiations by making changes to the Senate version, but not to the House version. The House did agree to provisions which would allow continued funding to teen mothers who stay in school. Democrats, however, criticized Republicans for refusing to accept parts of the Senate bill which exempt parents with infants from work requirements and provide money for child care and other issues.


10/26/1995 - Budget Cuts Threaten Mammography Research

Indiscriminate budget cuts threaten to eliminate research vital to improving mammography procedures. The Senate has proposed completely cutting funding for the Defense Department's Focused Research Initiative (FRI). The FRI includes a $4 million allo cation for the Stanford-Conductus project, which seeks to develop a cost-effective magnetic resonance imagining (MRI) technique for use in detecting breast cancer. Over 50,000 die annually from breast cancer.


10/25/1995 - Appeals Court Rejects Wilson's Affirmative Action Challenge

A California Appeals Court yesterday rejected Governor Pete Wilson's suit seeking to abolish five affirmative action laws. The three-member court voted two to one and without comment not to hear the suit which would have eliminated state contracting a nd hiring based on gender and race. Wilson plans to appeal to the state Supreme Court.

Wilson generally supported preferences for women and minorities until last winter. Indeed, during his first gubernatorial term, he signed many bills which reaffirmed affirmative action. He announced the suit last August when he also made his bid for the presidency. He planned to use his opposition to affirmative action as the cornerstone of his campaign.


10/25/1995 - Texas SEC Lose Sexual Harassment Suit

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt has ruled that males at the Houston office of the Securities and Exchange Commission sexually harassed female employees. Hoyt ruled that Wanderlon Ann Barnes, an African-American lawyer for the SEC who initiated the su it, is entitled to monetary damages because her supervisor engaged in various "sexual and vulgar acts." For example, in meetings with women the supervisor, Joseph Matta, would often sit at his desk, looking down at his crotch while closing and opening hi s legs. The ruling also singled out Christopher Browne, now the Fort Worth office's district administrator, for sexually harassing Barnes and other women. In Tuesday's Washington Post Browne commented, "The allegations of sexual harassment the ju dge said happened in that Houston office never happened. If they did happen, they aren't very bad, are they?" Barnes attorney, S. Beville May, however, commented that the ruling was, "dynamite...a scathing indictment of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission's pervasive racist and sexist conduct towards talented women and minorities."


10/24/1995 - Doctors Claim U.K. Officials Misinterpreted Study Results

According to a doctor involved in the study, England's Department of Health misinterpreted the study's finding that new forms of birth control pills increased the risk of blood clots. The Department warned that women who take the new forms of birth co ntrol pills double their chances of blood clots. However, Walter O. Spitzer, involved in the study, stated that the Department's warning could cause an unnecessary pill scare. He claims his study showed only a "a modest association" between the pills an d blood clotting, noting that it is not clear whether or not a causal link exists.


10/24/1995 - G.O.P. Medicaid Plan to Leave 12 Million Without Health Coverage and Force Closing of Hospital Emergency Rooms

The Consumers Union, who publish Consumer Reports magazine, and the National Health Law Program Inc. report that under the proposed G.O.P. Medicaid reform plan, 12 million Americans would lose their health coverage. Furthermore, because of lack of funding, many hospitals would be forced to close their emergency rooms. The groups based their study on California's experiences when the state cut projected Medicaid spending by 18% in the 1980s. As a result of the cuts, eleven out of twenty-three trauma centers closed, with all thirteen emergency rooms in central L.A. closed to ambulance traffic bi-weekly. Jeanne Finberg, the senior attorney for the Consumer's Union, commented that, "If the current Medicaid proposal becomes law, the cuts are so d eep and so deadly that California's experience will pale in comparison to the hardship that may sweep the nation."

The Senate takes the measure up on Wednesday and may vote on it by Friday. The House takes the measure up on Thursday and may vote on it that same day.


10/24/1995 - Rebecca Lobo named NCAA Women's College Player of the Year Award

A Phi Beta Kappa student, Rebecca Lobo led Connecticut's basketball team to an undefeated championship season. For her work and sportswomanship, the NCAA chose her as the NCAA Woman of the Year. Aside from playing basketball and graduating with a 3.6 GPA, Lobo volunteered for the Paul Newman Hole in the Wall Gang for terminally ill children. She has also participated in and co-chaired the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation-Connecticut Race for the Cure Benefit. The NCAA chose her for the award from an applicant pool of 392.


10/24/1995 - Small Businesses May Not Discriminate Against Pregnant Women

The California State Supreme Court denied review of an appellate court decision which refused to exempt small businesses from discriminating against pregnant women. The appellate court ruled that pregnancy discrimination exists as a type of sex discri mination and therefore small businesses, (in this case, those with less than five workers), though generally exempt from some job discrimination laws, are bound by the law. Because the state Supreme Court denied review, that decision is now binding on all California trial courts. Women.


10/23/1995 - Defense Department Ends Aid to Minority Firms

Since 1987 the Pentagon has used the "rule of two" when awarding contracts. The rule states that if two or more qualified small disadvantaged firms indicate interest in bidding for a contract, then only disadvantaged firms may compete for it. Last yea r, the rule resulted in $1 billion in federal business going to minority firms. In the first action resulting from President Clinton's affirmative action legal review, the Defense Department announced that it plans to suspend the rule, partly because it became legally vulnerable after this summer's Supreme Court Adarand v. Pena decision. As minorities own the majority of these disadvantaged firms, this decision seriously and negatively impacts their bidding prospects.


10/23/1995 - Canadian New Democratic Party Elects Female Leader

On October 14th, Canada's left-wing party elected Alexa McDonough, 51, as its new leader. For the past fourteen years, McDonough has led the Nova Scotia New Democrats and now faces a large challenge in resuscitating the national party. After winning a race in which she was considered the definitive underdog, McDonough commented, "We have a federal government that is basically dismantling its commitment to some of the things that matter most to people's lives.... The fight of our lives is to turn thi s country around." For thirty-four years, the party has existed as a combination of agrarian socialists and labor unions. It began many of the social safety net programs in Canada, including its universal health-care system, but has come into rough time s recently as voters increasingly seek budge cuts. In 1993 they plummeted to only nine parliamentary seats. McDonough commented that the party would need "tough slogging and patient persuasion" to offer voters an acceptable alternative to conservative m easures.


10/23/1995 - Men Three Times More Likely to Make Partner in Large NY Law Firms

A study commissioned by the New York City Bar Association and released in late September found that large law firms are three times more likely to promote men to partnership positions than women. Alarmingly, the difference in promotion rates occurs eve n though firms hire both sexes in roughly equal numbers. Women's numbers among partnership positions increased steadily until 1990, but then began to decrease. At that time law firm business took a downward turn and women bore the brunt of lost promotio n opportunities. For first-year associates hired after 1981, women's promotion rate fell from 15.25 percent to five percent.

You can order the report from the bar association's publications office at (212) 382-6600.


10/20/1995 - House Passes Medicare Overhaul, Clinton Vows Veto

House Republicans, and four Democrats, passed an historic ove rhaul of Medicare yesterday. The measure, which becomes part of the budget reconciliation bill going to the floor next week, cuts spending dramatically and encourages the elderly to turn to private managed care organizations. In a press conference, Pres ident Bill Clinton renewed his threat to veto the measure, commenting that it amounted to, "a $270 billion cut in Medicare that will eviscerate the health system for older Americans." Democrats argued that the bill cuts payments for the elderly to financ e tax cuts for the rich, and that it would force some hospitals to close for lack of funding. In effect, they argued, the measure increases premiums for the elderly, while simultaneously decreasing coverage.




10/20/1995 - Clinton Backs Anti-Discrimination Bill for Homosexuals

White House officials announced Thursday that President Clinton supports a bill which would outlaw workforce discrimination against homosexuals. Clinton wrote Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), the chief sponsor of the bill, that "Those who face this k ind of job discrimination have no legal recourse, in either state or federal courts. This is wrong." Clinton's support marks the first time a sitting President has backed a major bill aimed at achieving equal rights for homosexuals. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would grant sexual or ientation the same status as race, sex, religion, color or national origin with regards to protections against bias in hiring promotions or dismissals. The bill would not, however, cover the armed forces, businesses with fewer than fifteen employees or r eligious institutions. Even with those concessions, few expect the bill to pass either the House or Senate.


10/20/1995 - Nearly Two-thirds of Elderly Women Fail to Get Mammograms

Despite increased risks of breast cancer with age and Medicare coverage of the procedure, nearly two-thirds of women over the age of 65 fail to get regular mammograms. Health officials from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the H ealth Care Financing Administration announced yesterday that only 37% of women receiving Medicare have had at least one mammogram within the last two years. The study also found that women between the ages of 65 and 69 get mammograms at twice the rate o f women 80 to 84, even though the chances of breast cancer increases dramatically with age. By the age of 70, a woman has a one in fourteen chance of getting breast cancer -- that number jumps to one in ten by the age of 80. The National Cancer Institut e estimates that one in ten women develop breast cancer in their lifetimes.


10/20/1995 - Navy Officer Acquitted of Sexual Harassment Charges

A panel of five admirals and three captains, which included two women, found Captain Everett Greene innocent of "unduly familiar personal relationships." Two of his subordinates accused Greene, who at the time processed sexual harassment claims for th e Navy, of making them feel uneasy at work by repeatedly sending them cards and gifts. One woman commented that, "I didn't want to believe this was happening, He was a married man, my boss and old enough to be my father." The other woman commented, "th ey kept coming--it was like he always knew where I was."

The Navy has faced heightened scrutiny in its handling of sexual harassment cases since the infamous 1991 Tailhook incident. Eighty-three women claimed that Naval officers at the 1991 convention of the Tailhook Association assaulted them. According to investigations, as many as 200 men joined in the main offense, a poke-and-grab gauntlet along the third-floor corridor of the Las Vegas Hilton. Yet, after two years of investigation, not a single one of the 140 investigated received any sort of conv iction or disciplinary action.



10/20/1995 - Navy Officer Acquitted of Sexual Harassment Charges

A panel of five admirals and three captains, which included two women, found Captain Everett Greene innocent of "unduly familiar personal relationships." Two of his subordinates accused Greene, who at the time processed sexual harassment claims for th e Navy, of making them feel uneasy at work by repeatedly sending them cards and gifts. One woman commented that, "I didn't want to believe this was happening, He was a married man, my boss and old enough to be my father." The other woman commented, "th ey kept coming--it was like he always knew where I was."

The Navy has faced heightened scrutiny in its handling of sexual harassment cases since the infamous 1991 Tailhook incident. Eighty-three women claimed that Naval officers at the 1991 convention of the Tailhook Association assaulted them. According to investigations, as many as 200 men joined in the main offense, a poke-and-grab gauntlet along the third-floor corridor of the Las Vegas Hilton. Yet, after two years of investigation, not a single one of the 140 investigated received any sort of conv iction or disciplinary action.



10/18/1995 - European Court of Justice Strikes Down Affirmative Action Law

The European Court of Justice handed down a landmark sex discrimination ruling yesterday, finding an affirmative action law illegal The German law encouraged state agencies in Bremen to promote women over men, when both had equal qualifications. Earl ier a German Court had found the law consistent with employment practices and promoted equal opportunity for women. The European Court found, however, that it "goes beyond" EU equal opportunity legislation. Even if men dominate a particular field, compa nies can't give equally qualified women preference based on gender.

The European Union Executive Commission has attempted to promote affirmative action for women across the fifteen EU countries and expressed extreme disappointment with the decision. The EU labor commissioner Padraig Flynn commented that the Commission could modify EU employment law so that it explicitly endorsed, "positive action" for women.



10/18/1995 - Wilson Vetoes Contraception Measure Law

California Governor Pete Wilson vetoed a health insurance bill yesterday which included coverage of federally approved contraception methods. He stated that the increased cost to health insurance could hurt small businesses. But, Assembly woman Jacki e Speier (D-Burlingame) who sponsored the bill, commented at a press conference, attended by representatives from many women's groups, that every $1 spent on contraception save $4 to $15 in other costs. She commented that Wilson's veto clearly represente d, "a reproductive health setback for women and ensures our status as a Third World country in terms of family planning."



10/18/1995 - Women's Sports Foundation Nominates Sportswomen of the Year

At its annual dinner Monday, the Women's Sports Foundation named basketball star Rebecca Lobo and speedskater Bonnie Blair "Sportswomen of the Year." Lobo led her Connecticut team to an undefeated season and the 1995 NCAA title. Blair has won five Ol ympic gold medals and broke her own world record last year in the 500 meters race.

Christine Grant, the athletic director at Iowa University, received the Billie Jean King Contribution Award. The Colorado Silver Bullets, America3, the USA national basketball team and the late Wilma Rudolph received special tributes. The Foundation also inducted the following women into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame: nine-time New York City marathon winner Grete Waitz, Swedish orienteer Annichen Kringstad, Texas basketball coach Jody Conradt, former Prairie View A&M track and field coach Barbara Jacket, founder of the Women's Professional Golf Association Betty Hicks and badminton champion Judy Devlin Hashman.

TNT will televise the event at 10 p.m. on October 21, 1995.



10/17/1995 - Supreme Court Rejects Appeal from Anti-Abortion Demonstrators

The Supreme Court yesterday, without comment, turned down an appeal claiming that a San Jose ordinance banning picketing near a doctor's private residence violated the free speech clause. The ordinance disallows demonstrations within 300 feet of targ eted private residences. The Court's ruling is consistent with previous rulings which allow the bans on picketing near private residences. In June the Court rejected a challenge to the FACE law, which places federal limits on protests near abortion-clin ics. In October, the Court let stand rulings in a Virginia case which stated that the FACE law does not infringe on expression or religion rights


TNT will televise the event at 10 p.m. on October 21, 1995.