Harvard to Name Its First Female President: For the first time in Harvard’s 371-year history, a woman is expected to be named president: Drew Gilpin Faust, a historian and dean of the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study. “Dr. Faust’s ascension would come a year after Lawrence H. Summers, a former Treasury secretary, resigned from the post amid fierce faculty discontent. The opposition erupted in part over Dr. Summers suggestion that intrinsic aptitude could help explain why fewer women than men reach the highest ranks of science and math in universities,” reports The New York Times.

“Complex institutions need wise leaders with vision who can inspire collaboration for change,” University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann told the Times. “And Drew has all that it takes to be such a leader. She has a strong backbone and sense and sensibility.”

Right Candidates, Wrong Question: Gloria Steinem writes on the op-ed page of the NYT, “For now, I’ve figured out how to answer reporters when they ask if I’m supporting Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. I just say yes.”

Supreme Court Justices Speak Out: “It’s not news that the Supreme Court justices are speaking to the press openly and often,” writes Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick. “But what’s become truly fascinating this week is what the women there have to say.”

50 Over 50: We hear best-selling author Connie Briscoe is working on a nonfiction book, “Jewels: 50 Phenomenal Women Over 50,” featuring profiles well-known women such as Nikki Giovanni, Ruby Dee and Eleanor Holmes Norton, as well as pieces on unsung women. She’s collaborating with photographer Michael Cunningham, known for his work in “Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats.”

Artistic Realm Full of Late Bloomers: David W. Galenson, an economist at the University of Chicago and Joshua Kotin, a doctoral student in English at the University of Chicago and editor of the Chicago Review, look at well-known late-blooming success stories, such as sculptor Louise Bourgeois, 95, whose piece titled “Spider,” which she made at the age of 87, sold at auction for more than $4 million — among the highest price ever paid for a work by a living sculptor.

“Is such creativity in old age rare?” the writers ask. “[Clint] Eastwood and Bourgeois often are considered anomalies. Yet such career arcs — gradual improvements culminating in late achievements — account for many of the most important contributions to the arts. That society does not generally recognize this fact suggests that many are missing a key concept about creativity.”

Silver Start-Ups: Here’s a story from Scotland about the growing number of female entrepreneurs over age 50. “You have an overall understanding of a lot of issues and definitely have more confidence,” says Julie Hall of the Association of Scottish Businesswomen.

What Does it Mean to be a Grandmother in the 21st Century?: Naomi at A Little Red Hen, who writes regularly about topics ranging from life in New York to safe sex for women over 50, explores what it means to be a grandmother in the 21st century. An interesting discussion follows. Also read about her visit to the “Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting” exhibit at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York.

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