Role Swap in Argentina: The New York Times reports on the transfer of power to Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the first woman to be elected Argentina’s leader in its 191-year history.

And in Australia, where Julia Gillard this week became that country’s first ever acting female prime minister, News.com.AU reports on the temporary move with this opening: "Little girls around Australia now have a new role model to look up to – and there isn’t a pop starlet or a fashion model in sight."

In a discussion with Bill Moyers last week about the effect of new media on politics, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, a professor at the Annenberg School for
Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and director of its
Annenberg Public Policy Center, is enthusiastic about political participation and sites like YouTube’s You Choose.
But Jamieson also warns of the dark side: the misogyny directed at Sen. Hillary Clinton.

There was also, for a long period of time, serious penalties for women who tried to speak in public. And the residue of this is a language that suggests that women in power cannot be women and be in power. And as a result, as Hillary Clinton certifies herself as being tough enough to be president, competent enough to be president, these attacks say then she can’t be president because she’s not actually a woman. And you can’t trust someone who is that inauthentic. So underlying this and underlying the vulgarity and underlying the assertions of raw sexual violence is deep fear about a woman holding power.

As Moyers points out, the misogyny is apparent in the mainstream media as well. The full transcript is well worth a read.

Over at The Guardian:
"At Reykjavik University, 95 percent of staff are happy at work and each year the finances get healthier. Could that be because of all the women in top jobs?" Here’s the story.

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