Editor's note: Starting today, Moxie brings you an occasional feature called "In case you missed it." Here you'll find a round-up of news that broke in the past week that we think is of particular interest to women.
New Miss USA draws scrutiny
WASHINGTON -- To win the title of Miss USA, Rima Fakih paraded across a Las Vegas stage in a nearly microscopic bikini. She skirted disaster when she almost tripped in her glittery white evening gown. Finally, she told the judges that health insurance should cover birth control pills.
Fakih, a 24-year-old Arab-American whose family hails from Lebanon, has almost nothing in common with religious zealots. Yet the tiara scarcely had come to rest on her cascading dark tresses Sunday night when controversy erupted.
Debbie Schlussel, a conservative blogger, charged that Fakih was a radical Muslim because she shares her family name with some officials in Hezbollah, the militant Lebanese Shiite Muslim group.
Arab community leaders in Fakih's hometown of Dearborn, Mich., have hailed her win as a sign of the diversity of their culture. Fakih's appearance alongside blond, blue-eyed contestants from Oklahoma and Colorado seemed to validate what Imad Hamad, the director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Dearborn, said was "the richness of America."
Spanish woman 2nd to climb top peaks
MADRID -- Spanish climber Edurne Pasaban is the second woman to scale the world's 14 highest peaks.
Pasaban's website says she reached the peak of 26,335.30-foot Mount Shisha Pangma in Tibet at 11:30 a.m. local time Monday. South Korea's Oh Eun-sun beat Pasaban to become the first woman to conquer the world's 14 peaks over 26,247 feet when she scaled Mount Annapurna in Nepal last month.
Pasaban questioned Oh's claim to have reached the summit of Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak, in 2009. Oh says she has proof.
Calif. woman earns degree at age 94
OAKLAND, Calif. -- It's never too late to earn your college degree. Just ask 94-year-old Hazel Soares.
The San Leandro woman was one of about 500 students to pick up diplomas Saturday during a commencement ceremony at Mills College
Soares, who has six children and more than 40 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, is believed to be the world's second oldest person to graduate from college.
Nola Ochs of Kansas became the oldest when she graduated from Fort Hays State University three years ago at 95, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Ochs received her master's degree in liberal studies from Fort Hays on Saturday.
Teen girl finishes world sail in Sydney
SYDNEY -- A 16-year-old Australian who braved boat knockdowns and seven months of solitude on a sail around the world set foot on dry land outside the Sydney Opera House on Saturday and quickly set an earthier goal: getting her driver's license.
Jessica Watson became the youngest person to sail around the globe solo, nonstop and unassisted when she cruised into Sydney Harbour in her pink, 34-foot yacht to a rock star welcome.
She maneuvered her boat through raging storms, 40-foot waves and seven knockdowns during the 23,000 nautical mile journey.
The teen said she's eager to get a full night's sleep and shake off her sea legs with a long walk on the beach.