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Tonight: Live Blog of Final Debate, WVFC Style

By Womens Voices for Change
It's 20 or so days until Election Day. Tonight, at Hofstra University, Senators Barack Obama and John McCain face off one last time.  And this time, WVFC plans to do more than we've done before. Rather than analyze media coverage  or report after the fact , often sadly when the debates don't address our concerns, Women's Voices for Change is…
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Film & Television · Money & Careers

Monday NewsBrief: When Markets Boil, Gretchen Morgenson Calls Out Wall Street’s Sleepy Overseers; Boomers Rule Elle’s Salute to Women in Hollywood

By Womens Voices for Change
Like a doctor checking a pulse: The pulse of Wall Street, that is. Ever since she jumped from an assistant editor at Vogue to author of the 1981 The Woman’s Guide to the Stock Market, Morgenson has seen the markes from the inside, becoming our best guide to the dance of the economy — especially after she became business and…
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Money & Careers · Politics

Finance News Brief: $2 Trillion in Retirement Savings Gone; Suze Orman on What to Do Now; Female Execs Earn More, Pass Financial Savvy to Daughters

By Womens Voices for Change
First the newest bad news: If you were worried about the impact of this month's financial meltdown on you retirement, a new Congressional report gives hard numbers to those fears. "Americans' retirement plans have lost as much as $2 trillion in the past 15 months — about 20 percent of their value," reports the Associated Press: As Congress investigates the…
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From Oilman’s Daughter to Funding Women’s Power; Checklist for Breast Cancer Prevention After 40; Ruling Rikers Like the Perfect Tough Aunt

By Womens Voices for Change
“It gets into your blood”: That’s how Swanee Hunt, director of the Women and Policy program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, describes a family that wasn’t shy about passionate political opinions. She writes at Women’s Enews that she knew that wealth meant that she had power — before she knew what she would use it for: Dad [H.L. Hunt]…
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Film & Television · Money & Careers · Politics

In Crisis, Campbell Brown, Katie Couric, Barbara Ehrenreich Speak Truth to Power

By Womens Voices for Change
A spoonful of sugar helps the hard truth come out? Recent weeks have seen surprising resurgences for women broadcasters most of us had dismissed for being confined to lifestyle stories. CNN’s Campbell Brown, 40, has recently grilled campaign spokespersons from both parties by sweetly refusing incomplete answers. Meanwhile, the much-slammed 51-year-old Katherine Anne Couric has, in the words of Radar…
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Money & Careers

Bailout Bull

By Womens Voices for Change
ByGrambo I’m no rocket scientist.  Nor, for that matter,  much of a mathematician.  Honestly, I know virtually nothing about economics.   I’m just a grandma who can almost see Wall Street from my bedroom window.  If I squint.  Proximity makes me qualified to comment, right?   I mean the effects of this horrific meltdown of our financial markets, our entire monetary system, our…
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Money & Careers

Wall Street’s Top Woman Axed; Writer/Attorney Liberated by Sally Hemings Book; If Not Red Wine, Grape Juice Will Do; Tips on Keeping Sane in Woolly Times

By Womens Voices for Change
From Brown v. Board to reclaiming Thomas Jefferson's other kids. Tomorrow, September 24th, WVFC readers in the Philadelphia area may want to stop by the Central Branch of the Free Library, to meet a groundbreaking writer telling a perhaps essential American story: Presidential scholar and Professor of Law at New York Law School, Annette Gordon-Reed is the author of Thomas…
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News

Don’t Panic, Say Experts, Consider Staying at Work; Ellen Newest Cover Girl; Not Such a Rush to Screen for Osteoporosis; New, Massive NIH Study on Hot Flashes

By Womens Voices for Change
A new ‘Cover Girl’ for the new power age: Once, the largest cosmetic company in America wanted at its center the youngest, dewiest sylph around. Now, says the New York Times, Cover Girl has grown up, along with its customers: “They are less likely to identify with Lindsay Lohan than, perhaps, with Andie MacDowell, 50, whose crows’ feet are discernible…
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News Brief:Boomer Women Rule Emmy Awards; A ‘Quinceanara’ Party at 45, Not 15; Less HRT = Lower Breast Cancer Rates; More Boomers Homeless, Especially Women

By Womens Voices for Change
Someone was listening: Last night’s Emmy Awards were a veritable festival of women over 40, with victories by Glenn Close (Damages) for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series; Jean Smart (Samantha Who?) for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series; and Laura Linney (John Adams) for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries. And Tina Fey, above, scored a triple:…
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Fitness · General Medical · Lifestyle · Menopause

News Brief: About That Libido; Menopause and High Blood Pressure; HRT Can Cause Reflux; Healthy Lifestyle Really Is

By Womens Voices for Change
Department of “no kidding,” Part One: We love it when scientists spend years and millions establishing what most of us already knew. Tasked with looking into the mystery of postmenopausal libido, Seattle researchers discovered after studying 341 peri- and postmenopausal women, ages 45-55: “Factors associated with diminished libido in midlife are complex but include depression, disturbed sleep and night sweats.” …
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Money & Careers

Special Announcement: Tomorrow, Ask Medicare About Caregiving

By Womens Voices for Change
Since many boomers are already caring for aging parents (and the rest of us mostly just worry): WVFC has just been contacted the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the government agency that handles Medicare and Medicaid,  about a new initiative to help us learn what's possible.  What does Medicare provide? To whom? For how long?  What does it mean…
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General Medical

Alfre Woodard and Kathy Bates Film Does Boffo Box Office; Christine Quinn “Proud to Have Been a Community Organizer”; Mediterranean Diet for All?

By Womens Voices for Change
Thelma and Louise for the 00’s? Watchers of last week’s Hollywood box office mostly noticed the triumph of the new Coen Brothers flick. But right behind them was a new Tyler Perry film that has at its heart two powerful women at the top of their game: The Family That Preys tells the story of the friendship between the wealthy…
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News

News Brief: Selina Scott Sues TV Channel for Ageism; Heart Attack Recovery via The Gym; At 41, Kimberly Pierce Doesn’t Cry

By Womens Voices for Change
Doing more than protest: When management at Britain’s Channel 5 asked Selina Scott, 57, if she’d be available to cover for anchor Natasha Kaplinsky’s maternity leave, she said yes and marked her calendar. When instead the channel tapped Isla Traquair aged 28 and Matt Barbet aged 32, Scott did more than complain. She hired a lawyer:  “TThe Channel and the…
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Fashion & Beauty

News Brief: Fashions for “Forever 35” Set; Pistachios Terrific for Cholesterol; HRT Woes Spark March on Spain’s Congress

By Womens Voices for Change
Chasing that Forever 41: This week, USA Today checks in as  retailers try again to develop clothing lines for the elusive boomer market, between Bloomingdale's Portfolio boutique and Talbots' new effort to Reclaim the Chic: What's a forty- or fiftysomething woman to do if she isn't ready to shop at Coldwater Creek (CWTR) with her own mother but feels too…
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Books

Special Books Mix: Zoe Heller From ‘Scandal’ to ‘Believers’; Empty Storefront Becomes Boomer Woman’s Dream Bookstore; “The Necklace” New Twist on Our Friendships

By Womens Voices for Change
Not a trout? It’s a scandal: Years after her Notes on a Scandal became a much-derided film, noveilist Zoe Heller just flipped her focus in The Believers, And in classic British bluntness (insensitivity?), Telegraph UK is careful to report that “Heller, dressed in a sleeveless top, looks, at 43, more semi-retired glamourpuss than fierce middle-aged trout.” The standout character in…
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