Katherine Legge became the first driver to bring an all-woman team to the Indy 500 on Sunday. Legge, a rookie from England, is the ninth female racer to qualify for the Indy 500. Her all-woman crew made headlines for being the first in the history of the Indy 500.
Before the race, Legge told CNN that she wants to inspire girls to pursue their dreams, saying she hopes to inspire girls "to follow what they want to be. And they have to pursue that with 110 percent knowledge that they can get there if they really, really want to." During the race, she wore the Girl Scouts logo on her helmet. She said she was racing as a representative for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Two other women qualified for the Indy 500 this year - Simona de Silvestro of Switzerland and Ana Beatriz of Brazil.
Media Resources: CNN 5/27/12; Jezebel 5/27/12; Reuters 5/25/12
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .