Fashion Over 40: British writer Ruth Sunderland, writing in The Guardian, wonders why it seems that only French women can be chic and serious.

Postfeminism and Other Fairy Tales: Writing in The New York Times, Kate Zernike notes the response to Eliot Spitzer’s prostitution scandal and the divide over Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack
Obama:

It’s not quite an “angry woman” moment, or more pointedly, an
“angry white woman” moment, to borrow a label that has attached
derogatorily or proudly to white men, black men and black women at
various times. But the politics of the last few months have certainly
opened a spigot on the question of where exactly society stands on
gender matters. Weren’t we in what some people have long called a
postfeminist era, when we thought the big battles were over, or at
least that the combatants had reached some accommodation? And wasn’t
the younger generation less hung up on the stereotypes and issues of
the sort Mrs. Clinton taps into among older women?

Not so fast. No matter how historic the prospect of electing a
woman or black man as president this year, if the rising volume of
chatter in the news and entertainment media is any measure, women are
doing a little re-tallying.

Freedom Sisters: The first major touring exhibit to tell the stories of female civil rights activists, “Freedom Sisters” made its world premiere this past weekend at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The exhibit runs through Sept. 14.

“Twenty women are featured in the exhibit, selected by educators and
black history experts. They include activists, educators, thinkers and
organizers. Out of the 20, five are still living,” writes Rick Bird in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

One of the five, poet Sonia
Sanchez, 74, called the exhibit a “life-affirming contract with our
children” and a lesson in “what it means to be human.”

“Vision. Strength. Determination. That’s what I see when I look at
these names,” said Myrlie  Evers-Williams, 75, the first woman chair of
the NAACP.

“Women (in the civil rights movement) never got the public
accolades, recognition and coverage that men got. I would like to think
of this exhibit as a start,” said Charlayne Hunter-Gault, 65, a
journalist who was the first black student at the University of
Georgia. “In the years to come more names of the courageous can be
added. I would hope this would be the start of a kind of honor roll of
the known and the unknown.”

Marketing Female Appeal: The new “Sex and the City” film, featuring lead actresses over 40, is a natural match for numerous high-end brands, reports The New York Times.

“We’ve positioned this movie from the beginning as ‘the Super Bowl for women,'” said Chris Carlisle, president for marketing at New Line Cinema.

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