On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Good morning! Here’s what we’re reading today: 

• Iran is about to appoint its second-ever female ambassador, Marzieh Afkham. She’ll be the first female ambassador since the 1979 Islamic revolution. [The Guardian]

• The upcoming Wonder Woman film no longer has its director. Michelle MaClaren cited she left because of “creative differences.” [Jezebel]

• A coalition of GOP women introduced a watered-down version of the Paycheck Fairness Act which doesn’t exactly acknowledge that the wage gap exists. Instead, it states that “there is a concern among American women that gender-based pay discrimination still exists.” [Salon]

• Oregon legislators are considering a bill that would expand the statute of limitations for rape cases. The statute could extend to 12 or 20 years—or it could be eliminated all together. [Oregonian]

• After lots of online backlash, Netflix announced an audio description feature to be added to their service. They are appropriately rolling out the feature on Daredevil first. [The Mary Sue]

• Patti Smith announced a new memoir, M Train, to be released October 6 from Knopf. Her last book, Just Kids, won the National Book Award. [Pitchfork]

• And finally, check out this short documentary about women’s experiences getting their period for the first time. 

Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments.

by Jess Kibler
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Jess Kibler is a Portland-based writer, editor, and sad-song collector.

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