Hillary’s Sisters: “When Valerie Frederickson, a Silicon
Valley human-resources consultant, heard Hillary Clinton assert that
she could ‘take the heat’ after getting pummeled by opponents in a
recent debate, she recalled the times in her own career when a roomful
of men disrespected her,” begins this Wall Street Journal story on how executive women can relate to what Clinton is going through as the sole female presidential candidate.

Writer Carol Hymowitz notes, however, that women making more than $75,000 a
year are less likely than low-income women to support Clinton. But
Clinton’s campaign “is stirring strong feelings among female executives
about what it means to be a woman — often the only woman — seeking a
position of power.” Hymowitz  continues:

Whether
she is battling male opponents in debates, having her hair and clothing
scrutinized or trying to convince voters she is strong enough to do
tough tasks, the senator is publicly facing challenges that most female
executives have grappled with privately throughout their careers. Her
determination to win the White House is also prompting many women in
business to reflect on their career goals and what price they’re
willing to pay to achieve them.

“She’s standing up there and taking all these arrows I identify
with, even if she doesn’t represent exactly what I might want for a
presidential candidate,” says Pat Cook, head of Cook & Co., a
Bronxville, N.Y., executive-search firm who is still undecided.

And politics is an even tougher arena than business because “you
have to win or lose in public, and you’re always under the cameras,”
says Ruth Mandel at Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and
Politics.

Plus: Read “In Hollywood Hives, the Males Rule,” a funny piece by Natalie Angier about rewriting the gender script in animated films.

Stained Glass Ceiling: “More women than men were ordained as
clergy in the Church of England last year for the first time since the
introduction of women priests in 1994. Church statistics showed that
244 of the 478 clergy ordained in 2006 were women and 234 men,” reports The Guardian, though most of those ordained hold unpaid posts.

One possible reason for increased numbers is the continued
popularity of the BBC programme The Vicar of Dibley, starring Dawn
French. A Church of England spokesman said it could have encouraged
women who “already had a sense of calling.”

For more information, visit Women and the Church.

Christine

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