September 6, 2015 |
African American women are less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than white women, yet are more likely to die of the disease. To some degree, this disturbing disparity reflects differences in patterns of care, which may involve socioeconomic factors. Studies show that black women tend to be diagnosed at a later stage and often have trouble accessing treatment. But that doesn't fully explain the racial survival imbalance, so increasingly, researchers are looking for biological differences.
September 2, 2015 |
THE LOCAL chapter of a national women's group is losing patience with District Attorney Seth Williams, who has not taken action against two prosecutors embroiled in an email porn scandal. Last week, the Supreme Court released a trove of pornographic emails discovered by Attorney General Kathleen Kane, including some sent and received on state computers by Frank Fina and Marc Costanzo, two former state prosecutors now working for Williams. Yesterday the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for Women released a statement denouncing the "demeaning, misogynistic and racist emails," and noting that Fina's involvement in prosecuting sex crimes makes the scandal "all the more egregious.
August 26, 2015
YO, WHERE'S the sisterhood? I don't expect a lot of men to be all that supportive of the unique challenges expectant mothers face. That's not their issue. But I am surprised at the number of women online who've been giving CBS3's Katie Fehlinger a hard time, with one even calling her a "sausage in casing. " It's the Mommy Wars all over again, but with a twist. What they're doing to Fehlinger is called pregnancy shaming, and it's been happening ever since the TV meteorologist's pregnancy first became noticeable at the two-month mark.
August 25, 2015 |
Inspired by Pope Francis' prayerful pleading for immigrant families, 100 women are preparing to march 100 miles - from Pennsylvania to the U.S. Capitol - to highlight their call for "commonsense" immigration reform. Buses to the starting point are being reserved. Donated meals and church-basement lodgings are being arranged. Processional banners emblazoned with Francis' statements about the dignity and common humanity of immigrants are being prepared. Four people from New Jersey and five from Pennsylvania, including a Norristown woman playing a big role in the event's promotion, are committed to the trek.
August 22, 2015 |
Philadelphia police are searching for a man they say pounced on and sexually assaulted two women who had been walking through Cobbs Creek Golf Course. The first attack was on July 11, around 3:30 a.m., near the 7500 block of Lansdowne Avenue, police said Thursday. A 26-year-old woman was walking through the course on her way to work when a man grabbed her and sexually assaulted her. The walking paths through the course are popular shortcuts for many in the Cobbs Creek area, police said.
August 21, 2015 |
THE CITY OF Philadelphia awarded $267 million in contracts to businesses owned by minorities and women in fiscal year 2014, a slight increase over the previous year, Mayor Nutter announced yesterday. That's 29 percent of the contracts for which these businesses were available to perform, and close to the 30 percent goal set by the city. "Every dollar spent by the city represents an economic opportunity for minority-, women- and disabled-owned businesses in Philadelphia," Nutter said in a statement.
August 20, 2015 |
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first medication for women with low libido, but added so many safety precautions that its market may be limited. The controversial and twice-rejected drug, flibanserin, to be marketed as Addyi (pronounced add-ee), could be available by mid-October, said the maker, Sprout Pharmaceuticals. It is approved only for use by premenopausal women, and can be prescribed only by doctors trained about risks, including interactions with alcohol and common prescription drugs.
August 17, 2015 |
There's nothing grosser than a bunch of girls," Greta Gerwig is saying. "Girls are gross," Lola Kirke concurs, adding that " 'girls are disgusting' is the moral of Mistress America . " It's not really. If there is a moral in the new film from director Noah Baumbach, cowritten by Baumbach and Gerwig, it's more complicated than that. But it is very much a story about women's relationships, their friendships, affinities, rivalries, betrayals. Maybe a little about hygiene, too. Gerwig stars in Mistress America - open in Los Angeles and New York now, opening in Philadelphia and other markets Aug. 28 - as Brooke Cardinas, a 30-ish New Yorker exploding with ideas but not all that adept at executing them.
August 10, 2015 |
The women drifted around the cloth-draped, candlelit tables, cradling glasses of wine and nibbling on cheese cubes. Some, in suits and heels, had arrived directly from work; others, in stylish workout gear, had already been to the gym. Their chatter muffled sounds of the trendy Rittenhouse Square restaurant downstairs. Then the PowerPoint image flashed up. "This is an egg," reproductive endocrinologist Maureen Kelly told the dozen women, now listening intently. The screen showed a human oocyte, the star of this unlikely happy hour on egg freezing for women who want children, but not right now. Sprouting up all over the country, such events have been praised for offering important information and criticized as marketing schemes targeting a vulnerable demographic, women all too aware of their ticking biological clocks.
August 7, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - Katie McGinty will have the support of EMILY's List, an influential women's political group, which plans to endorse the Pennsylvania Democrat on Thursday, two days after she launched her run for the U.S. Senate. The Washington-based organization, which backs Democratic women who favor abortion rights, encouraged McGinty to join the race and is offering political and financial support. McGinty is seeking her party's nomination against former Rep. Joe Sestak of Delaware County.