Opening More Doors for Women: Washington Post columnist Amy Joyce looks at four companies recently honored by Catalyst for their commitment to initiatives that advance women and business (here’s the award press release [PDF]). The companies are PepsiCo, Goldman Sachs, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Scotiabank. Some of the initiatives were started only recently and are already yielding results.

Ovations for Two Women in Their 60s: The New York Times spends time with soprano Anja Silja, 66, who is starring in the Metropolitan Opera’s current production of Janacek’s “Jenufa,” and singer Judy Collins, 67, who is performing through March 2 at the Cafe Carlyle. Good news for Collins fans: “Her next album, tentatively titled “Good Day Sunshine,” features the songs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. A Judy Collins tribute album, whose guests include her old friend Leonard Cohen (reciting the lyrics of her early song “Since You’ve Asked”), Dolly Parton and Chrissie Hynde, is also forthcoming.”

Men’s Marriage Memoirs Show Love in Life’s Calm Detail: Nara Schoenberg of the Chicago Tribune looks at the “male perspective on undying love as seen in a surprisingly popular new literary subgenre: memoirs of happy marriages by male writers whose wives have died.” Books discussed include “About Alice,” by Calvin Trillin; “Love is a Mix Tape,” by Rob Sheffield; “Elegy for Iris,” by John Bayley; and “The Best Day the Worst Day,” by Donald Hall.

Casting Call for the Heirs Apparent: “Acknowledging that artists, like snowflakes, are unique, where is the next Meryl Streep? Or Jessica Lange? The Gen-X Susan Sarandon or Sally Field?” asks Mary McNamara in the L.A. Times blog, The Envelope.

Greatest Generation Learns About Great Safe Sex: “The sex educators had news for this class of 40 people in their 70s and 80s, just in time for Valentine’s Day: Older folks are friskier than ever, and it’s never too late to learn about safe sex,” reports The New York Times. As the organizer of the presentation put it, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

A New Day at Harvard: Regarding Harvard’s new president, Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust, Ellen Goodman writes that she would have “bet big money that we’d have a female president of the United States before we had a female president of Harvard University. It’s not just that Harvard predates the United States by more than a century and a half. There’s actually a higher percentage of women in the Bush Cabinet than in the tenured faculty ranks of Harvard.”

New York Times blogger Judith Warner writes (TimesSelect) that Faust’s selection reveals what matters now: “High-flying arrogance is out. Emotional intelligence is in.”

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