Question of the Day
: Faye Dunaway is angry with Hollywood film producers for not having enough roles for older women.

Dunaway, 67, said: “I am furious that they think I’m too old to play the love interest of guys like Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood. Why should I play sisters and mothers while guys like Jack and Clint, who are older than me, have on-screen lovers half their age?”

Older Women Stick with Clinton: A Gallup poll shows growing support for Sen. Barack Obama across all demographics but one: women 50 and older.

“The only major demographic group still supporting Clinton to the tune of 51% or more is women aged 50 and older. This group’s preferences have changed little during May, at the same time that Clinton’s support among younger men (those 18 to 49) has declined by nearly 10 points.”

Via The Moderate Voice, which has more analysis.

Women Under-Represented in Clinical Trials: “Fifteen years after rules limiting female participation in clinical trials were changed, women are still under-represented in research despite evidence that many conditions such as lung cancer and depression have gender-based differences,” reports Reuters.

Only 9 percent of the female respondents in a survey of 2,000 American adults released this week for Sex Differences in Health Awareness Day had ever participated in medical research, and 93 percent said their doctor had never mentioned the opportunity to them. One quarter was unaware that healthy individuals could participate in medical research. […]

“As research advanced, we started to recognize more and more that women were not just small men with different plumbing and a hormone problem, that there were real biological differences between men and women that had an impact on whether or not a drug was going to work well or cause side effects,” said Sherry Marts, vice-president of scientific affairs at the Society for Women’s Health Research, which works to increase awareness of the need for women to be properly represented in medical research.

Before 1993, women couldn’t participate in most major medical studies unless they were post-menopausal or had had a hysterectomy, due to fears about the effects of experimental drugs on their offspring. “Here these companies were putting these drugs on the market, and they had never been tested in women but they were being prescribed to women,” Marts said.

Wall Street Journal Launches “Journal Women”: It’s a new section on women in the workplace, plus style and health items. Today’s top post: What Women Want.

“Conventional wisdom says women and men want different things out of
their jobs,” writes Erin White. “But a new study of nearly 8,000 leaders globally by Catalyst and Families and Work Institute says that’s not true — women want the same things as men, they just don’t get them.”

Forbes to Launch Online Network for Women: Forbes.com is unrolling its second business-oriented social networking platform this month, the Executive Women’s Network.

“The new social network, which will go live sometime in the next few months, will be geared for high-ranking female business executives, providing a forum for sharing information and knowledge with colleagues, industry members and those looking to enter particular industries,” writes Mike Shields.

The platform will enable women to create profiles and meet other professionals and feature original Forbes content, including features from the company’s ForbesLife Executive Woman magazine.

Thanks, Mom: Entrepreneur.com interviews five successful entrepreneurs about the lessons their mothers and mother-figures taught them that inspired them to succeed in business.

Over the Years, it Feels Right at Home: Writing in The New York Times, Caitlin Kelly describes moving into a condo in Westchester at age 30 and discovering afterwards that she was the youngest resident by far. That was 20 years ago, and over the years she discovered that her new neighbors always understood what she needed, be it a sandwich or a friendly ear, often before she did. Kelly writes:

In my 20 years here, I’ve seen infants grow up and head off to college. I’ve also gone from being the age of many neighbors’ granddaughters to, at 50, the age of their children.

I sometimes chat with Lillian, who fed me that blessed sandwich 13 years ago. She is a widow now, but remains perennially upbeat.

“How are you?” she asked.

I griped about a recent rotator cuff injury demanding thrice-weekly physical therapy.

“You’re young!” she scoffed, kindly.

Working in a shrinking industry that seems to be hiring only 20- to 30-year-olds, I’m glad someone thinks so. The view from 70 or 85 hastily puts my current frustrations — whether work, family or minor ailments, usually self-inflicted sports injuries — into perspective.

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