How is feminism like global warming? Kim Mance, director of external relations for the Council of Women World Leaders, counts the ways. For starters, both have been marginalized or sensationalized in the media …

Robin Gerber on sexist lessons learned from the campaign trail: "When [Fred] Thompson, along with the other candidates, was asked about his favorite possession, his answer to the Associated Press was his ‘trophy wife’ Jeri. […] If women are turned into objects no one has to worry about them being bitches or submitting with insufficient grace to their husbands — or, for that matter, becoming president."

The Des Moines Register on Saturday endorsed Sen. Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. The three top editorial board positions are, for the first time in history, held by women, notes The New York Times.

"Because there are three women at the top of the endorsement process," said Carolyn Washburn, the paper’s editor, "we’re really aware people will read things into that, so we’ve been really conscious about that and really deliberate in checking and balancing with each
other."

Eleanor Roosevelt was not just an idealistic First Lady, reports Newsweek. As a new collection of papers reveals, she was also a smart, disciplined and unabashed strategist. Julia Baird writes:

In allowing us to study her own words, in letters, speeches, columns and diary entries, a different portrait of the much-lionized woman emerges — one of a pragmatic, savvy politician. While she is remembered as a saintly, long-suffering figure, we can forget she was an indefatigable, disciplined activist — as historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. wrote, a "tough and salty old lady" — who resisted stereotyping when she was alive, and constantly protested she was not interested in power while vigorously pursuing it.

U.S. Rep. Julia Carson, the first African American and the first woman to represent Indianapolis in Congress, died Dec. 15 of lung cancer at her home in Indianapolis at the age of 69. EMILY’s List President Ellen R. Malcolm said in a statement: "A fearless trailblazer, Julia defeated oppression with compassion and hope and broke down barriers with her tenacity and trademark humor."

Diane Middlebrook, a professor of English at Stanford for 35 years, died of cancer Dec. 15 in San Francisco. She was 68. Middlebrook is the author of "Anne Sexton: A Biography," a finalist for the National Book Award; "Her Husband: Hughes and Plath, a Marriage"; and "Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton," the 1998 biography of a female jazz musician who lived as a man. She also created literary salons for women.

"Often poets and academics are really more interested in books and writing," Rena Rosenwasser, co-founder of Kelsey Street Press in Berkeley, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "But Diane was interested in people, especially in women and what they were encountering in their professional lives."

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