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Katy Perry Reveals Baby's Gender, on Orlando Bloom's Face

Singer, 'American Idol' judge says she's having a girl

(Newser) - A month ago, Katy Perry dropped the major news that she's pregnant with her first child. Now, an update: It's a girl. The 35-year-old singer made what People calls "a very messy reveal" Friday on Instagram, along with a photo of her 43-year-old fiance, Orlando Bloom, his... More »

Modern Girls Hit Puberty a Year Earlier Than '70s Counterparts

Researchers say obesity, environmental chemicals could be to blame

(Newser) - If it seems like girls these days are hitting puberty earlier than in decades past, you're not imagining things—and researchers now suggest obesity and environmental chemicals may be playing a role. The Guardian reports on new research out of the University of Copenhagen that looked at 30 global... More »

A Foul Ball Hit a Girl's Head. 7 Months Later, an Update

Child hurt at Astros game has permanent brain injury, may have to take meds for life: lawyer

(Newser) - A young girl hit by a foul ball during a Houston Astros game in May has a permanent brain injury, a lawyer for her family says. Attorney Richard Mithoff tells the Houston Chronicle that the 2 1/2-year-old—who suffered a skull fracture at Minute Maid Park in Houston on May... More »

10-Year-Old Girl Dies After Plane Takes Off From LAX

Janice Xu is believed to have suffered cardiac arrest on flight from LA to Seattle

(Newser) - A young girl was pronounced dead Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport after she suffered an apparent cardiac arrest on her Delta Air Lines flight that had just taken off for Seattle, forcing the plane to return due to the medical emergency, CBS News reports. CBS Los Angeles notes the... More »

Girl Visiting Dad in Jail Had to Do 'Traumatizing' Thing First

Civil rights activists are outraged 8-year-old was strip-searched at Virginia correctional facility

(Newser) - An 8-year-old who visited her dad in a Virginia prison received an unpleasant surprise there that has civil rights activists outraged. The Virginian-Pilot reports on Nov. 24, the father's girlfriend, Diamond Peerman, took the girl to Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn. Once there, a drug-sniffing dog focused on Peerman,... More »

In 132 Villages, All Babies for Past 3 Months Have Been Boys

Suspicions of mass female feticide renewed in one district in India

(Newser) - Birth statistics in one district in India have left local officials "baffled," per NDTV , but others have a sneaking suspicion on just what's driving the oddity. The Independent reports government data shows that, over the past three months, all 216 newborns in 132 villages across Uttarkashi in... More »

Girl Finds Ancient Sword in Lake, Is Now Sweden's 'True Queen'

Saga Vanecek, 8, dug up the 1,500-year-old Iron Age weapon in Lake Vidostern

(Newser) - What a museum worker calls an "amazing story" has emerged out of the south of Sweden, where a 1,500-year-old sword from the Iron Age was found in a lake—not by archaeologists or maritime researchers, but by an 8-year-old from Minneapolis. NPR reports on Saga Vanecek's discovery... More »

4 Girls Were Attacked. They Fought Back With Fists, Coffee

Would-be kidnapper foiled by brave tweens and teens

(Newser) - A group of girls foiled a kidnapping attempt in Michigan by throwing hot coffee on a male suspect who took off with authorities in hot pursuit. Bruce Hipkins, 22, was arrested on charges of unlawful imprisonment, assault, battery, and criminal sexual conduct minutes after police say he assaulted four girls... More »

US Girls Self-Harming, Trying Suicide at Increasing Rate

Experts: Cyberbullying, substance abuse, economic stress may be contributing to trend

(Newser) - Attempted suicides, drug overdoses, cutting, and other types of self-injury have increased substantially in US girls, a 15-year study of ER visits found. It's unclear why, but some mental health experts think cyberbullying, substance abuse, and economic stress from the recent recession might be contributing, the AP reports. The... More »

Wall Street's Famous Bronze Bull Has 'Defiant' New Frenemy

'Fearless Girl' installed by investment firm in the name of corporate gender diversity

(Newser) - Wednesday is International Women's Day, as well as the International Women's Strike and "A Day Without a Woman," and one bronzed young lady isn't taking any bull when it comes to celebrating them. A New York City firm erected a statue of what Business Insider... More »

Gender Stereotypes Set In Surprisingly Early

Girls at age 6 think boys are smarter

(Newser) - A new study suggests that girls start to view boys as smarter as early as age 6. And that's even though, just a year earlier, boys and girls both associate brilliance with their own gender. "It's really heartbreaking," lead author Lin Bian of the University of... More »

China Is Now Teaching Its 'Effeminate' Boys to Man Up

New textbook 'Little Men' is being introduced in middle schools

(Newser) - China is apparently concerned that its boys are becoming too effeminate. The country's solution: a masculinity-promoting school textbook called Little Men, aimed for use in grades 4 and 5. The illustrated book talks about fathers and sons, and it encourages boys to stress their masculine side, with money management... More »

It's Better to Be a Girl in Algeria Than the US

The makeup of Congress doesn't help

(Newser) - Norway, Slovenia, Israel, Algeria, and Kazakhstan are among 31 countries where it's better to be a girl than the United States of America, according to the "Opportunity Index" in a new Save the Children report on the welfare of girls worldwide. Denmark was in first place and Niger... More »

Girls Saddled With Far More Chores Than Boys

Worldwide, they spend 40% more time on them than boys

(Newser) - In every corner of the world girls do more housework than boys, and this gender gap starts young and only widens with age. So reports UNICEF in a global analysis that finds girls on average spend 40% more time on household chores than do boys, and that this amounts to... More »

After Daughter Elopes, Mother Burns Her to Death

Zeenat Rafiq was doused in kerosene and set on fire

(Newser) - A Punjabi mother in Lahore, Pakistan, was so enraged when her daughter married an ethnic Pashtun that she tricked her into returning home, doused her with kerosene, and set her on fire, reports the Guardian . "After killing her daughter, Perveen went out on the street, took off her shawl... More »

Family Welcomes 1st Baby Girl Since 1914

'I didn't know what an Underdahl girl looked like'

(Newser) - The great chain of hand-me-downs has been broken after an Idaho family welcomed its first baby girl in more than a century, BuzzFeed reports. Since Bernice Underdahl was born in 1914, seven male Underdahl babies had been born across four generations, according to the Coeur d'Alene Press . That changed... More »

Yearbook Photos Show Our Smiles Have Changed

Photographers used to tell their subjects to say 'prune' instead of 'cheese'

(Newser) - "These days we take for granted that we should smile when our picture is being taken." So write University of California Berkeley researchers, who note that photographers used to tell their subjects to say "prunes" instead of "cheese." That's because it was more fashionable... More »

2 Teens Arrested for Raping Toddler in India's Capital

In separate incident, 3 men are arrested for gang-rape of 5-year-old

(Newser) - Police arrested two teenagers Sunday for allegedly raping a toddler in New Delhi, the latest incident of sexual violence against a young child in the Indian capital. Police said they questioned more than 250 residents of the western Delhi neighborhood where the 2 1/2-year-old girl was raped and left bleeding... More »

Our Juvenile Justice System Is Failing Girls

Vast majority have been victims of abuse

(Newser) - A new report on the plight of girls in the nation's juvenile justice system has some shocking numbers: In some states, about 80% of them have been the victims of either sexual or physical abuse, reports the New York Times . It's often the abuse that triggers behavior that... More »

First Lady Inspires Schoolgirls in London

Obama tells excited students to stick with their education because 'we need you'

(Newser) - Michelle Obama's visit to a girls' school today in an East London neighborhood turned into a love fest when she was greeted with singing, poetry, and interpretative dance on her mission to promote education for girls. In return, the first lady spoke about the role education played in her... More »

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