77-year-old woman to scale Mt. Qomolangma: “A team of ten women
representing different castes and different parts of Nepal, including a 77-year-old woman, is all set to scale Mt. Qomolangma (Mt. Everest), the world’s highest peak, in April,” reports China View.

An Orbit of Her Own: Looking to create a social networking
space for professional women age 25 to 55, Jennifer Bellofatto and
Cherry Mendoz launched HerOrbit.com. The site is now celebrating its one-year anniversary.

“We chose the name HerOrbit because ‘Her’ defines the site as a
place for women, and ‘Orbit’ refers both to a woman’s world — the one
she has created for herself, including her circle of friends, her
business circle and her personal network — and to the fact that our
social network helps women network globally, around the planet,” Mendoza told Asian Week magazine.

McCain’s “Senior Moment”: “Age? Ageism? Or realism? We’ve
been holding a heated debate about race and gender all season. But age has been relegated to a late-night laugh line by the likes of David Letterman, 60, who described McCain as ‘the kind of guy who picks up
his TV remote when the phone rings,'” writes Ellen Goodman, who puts forth these numbers:

Polls suggest that Americans are more reluctant to vote for a 70-year-old than for an African-American or a woman. Before you attribute this to prejudice, remember that only 24 percent of Americans under 35 think McCain is too old while 40 percent of those over 65 believe it. Do they
know something we should know about a man who would be 72 on
Inauguration Day?

TV’s Political Pundits Show Signs of Diversity: “The historic
and long-running presidential campaigns of Senator Barack Obama and
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton have injected issues of race and gender
into politics as never before,” writes Felicia R. Lee in this look at the diversity of political pundits called upon to offer their spin and analysis.

Still, there’s much more work needs to be done, as Elaine pointed out here.

Karl Frisch, the spokesman for Media Matters for America, sums it up
well: “Whatever progress has been made with contributors and
commentators as of late, the cable networks have a long way to go
before they look like the American people.”

Portrayals of Women in Media: A good write-up in a college paper of psychology professor Peggy Cantrell’s lecture on the objectification of women and children and the absence of healthy images of women in the media. “I am 50 years old,” said Cantrell. “The community standard for women over 50 is they still need to be glamorous, young and weigh 110 pounds. This is not my life, but it’s supposed to be.”

Black Women and Health Disparities: “The health and wealth and education of a country is directly related to the health and education of its women … These are unfinished problems we in this rich country can fix,” former U.S. Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders said during a talk at the 14th annual Black Women’s Conference at the University of Kentucky.

The event, organized by UK’s African-American Studies and Research Program, was titled “Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: Addressing Health Disparities Among Black Women.”

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  • Carolyn Hahn April 6, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    I should add that this is in the same issue where Liz Smith gives a nice plug to Women’s Voices for Change! Which I hope Paulina reads someday, hopfeully not too long from now, when she joins the human race. Better late than never, honey!

  • Carolyn Hahn April 6, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Speaking of portrayals of women in the media, what are we to make of the spread on Paulina Porizkova in this week’s New York Post magazine, in which the 42 year old mother of 9 and 14 year old boys poses, in one shot wearing a “tee shirt dress” that’s she’s pulling down so it at least covers her crotch? She still looks stunning (and most of the other shots show clothes grown ups might actually wear, but there are a few gems from the interview that accompanies the piece.
    Porizkova met Ric Ocasek, her husband of 18 years when she was 19 and he was 35. He was married at the time. “I never fear three way love situations,” she explains. “Every party had a hand in it. I feel perfectly fine about being a homewrecker, especially since I’ve ended up being married to him twice as long as he was married to her.” But there’s more! She goes on to have two boys of her own (after her initial grossout at finding he had 4 kids from previous relationships), and to whom she is apparently imparting gems like the following: “Males are just easier to raise. They are like books where the cover matches what’s inside. Girls are so much more manipulative and bitchy. I’m just thankful I don’t have them.”
    Well, we’re grateful you don’t have them either, you jerk.