November 21, 2013 |
The first four women to ever complete the Marine Corps' infantry combat training proved why “selfie” was named the “Word of the Year” this week. According to CNN , the women in the photo that went viral this week will be the first ever to graduate after completing the rigorous training, part of which is lugging the same 90 pounds of gear as men on a 12.5 mile march. But for as much as their group photo garnered, there's a bit of a twist. On Monday, politics blog Politico released a leaked email from the US Army , which...
November 20, 2013 |
Two women were killed in homicides in the last week, a RedEye analysis of preliminary police data found. A 37-year-old woman was fatally struck by a car Sunday in the 1100 block of North Mason Avenue in Austin, according to officials. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the death a homicide. Three days earlier, a 24-year-old woman was shot to death in the 6600 block of South Stony Island Avenue in Woodlawn, police said. Female homicide victims account for about 12 percent of the 386 homicide victims this year, as of...
November 18, 2013 |
Do pregnant women deserve priority seats on the CTA? CTA rider Erin Fowler says they do. She told the CTA board at last week's meeting the CTA should announce that riders should give up their seats to pregnant women. She suggested expectant mothers wear buttons so other riders will know to yield their seats. "Get on the PA system and say we have an expectant mother, someone please offer their seat," Fowler said. Federal law requires the CTA to designate priority seats for the elderly and riders with disabilities.
November 11, 2013 |
Wouldn't it be cool to be able to charge your dying cellphone simply by putting it in your clutch purse? Liz Salcedo, 28, created Everpurse in River North because she never remembered to charge her phone and didn't like carrying extra batteries. The purse, available in fabric or leather, charges when placed on its charging mat. In just six days last fall, Everpurse reached the $100,000 goal of its Kickstarter campaign. She ended up raising $238,000 in a month. Even though the purse is in high demand - 2,000 orders were shipped this summer -...
November 7, 2013 |
Remember in March when yoga pant maker Lululemon recalled styles of its yoga pants over complaints that they were too sheer? Chip Wilson, the founder of Lululemon , recently appeared on Bloomberg TV to discuss a new form of meditation. What he also ended up addressing was the too-transparent-pant problem. When Bloomberg's host Trish Regan asked him why the pants are too sheer, Wilson responded, "Frankly, some women's bodies just actually don't work for it. " See the video clip above for the interview.
October 18, 2013 |
Here is a timeline for the Violence Against Women Act, the federal government's response to reports of sexual and domestic violence: 1994: Congress passes the Violence Against Women Act to combat domestic and sexual violence by funding response services within and beyond the criminal justice system. 2000: Congress adds provisions to VAWA specifically to target family members of victims and immigrant victims, and to help create new legal assistance programs. 2005: Congress adds provisions to VAWA to develop prevention efforts, support rape crisis centers and improve...