Whipsawed Again on Hormones: Deborah Kotz, who writes the On Women blog at U.S. News & World Report, looks at the latest good-news study about hormone therapy — that it appears to lower the risk of developing advanced stages of age-related macular degeneration — and the latest bad news related to breast cancer risk.

Kotz’s conclusion: “Most women can rest assured that regardless of the good-for-you-bad-for-you findings, the ‘bottom-line’ advice dispensed at the end of most news reports is right on target: Take the lowest dose of HRT that’s effective to relieve any menopausal symptoms for the shortest amount of time.”

Newsflash! German Chancellor Angela Merkel has Breasts
: Broadsheet covers the global coverage of Merkel’s plunging neckline on a night at the opera.

“She looks great,” writes Sarah Hepola. “Let’s put the furor back on
the shelf, people, next to the Honey Nut Cheerios. Save it for more
important things.”

Spiegel reports that a government spokesman told reporters Merkel was surprised “that this evening dress caused such a splash.”

wasn’t the chancellor’s intention,” he assured reporters, adding: “When
there’s nothing more important in the world to talk about than an
evening dress, then you probably can’t help it.”

At 60, Tennis Player Nets Wins on College Level: Sheila
Johnson, the newest recruit to Grand Canyon University’s women’s tennis
team, is four decades older than most of her opponents, but that
doesn’t mean she isn’t feared on the court. As Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic reports:

The oldest active collegiate tennis player in the country is 11-6 in singles play and 7-10 in doubles.

“She’s damn good,” said Dan McDonald, coach at Mesa State (Colo.).
“I told my kids not to freak out because she’s an old lady. She’ll beat

Hitting Her Stride at 100: The New York Times profiles 100-year-old Anna North Coit of North Stonington, Conn. She is a poet, historian and activist who shows no signs of slowing down. Gerri Hirshey writes:

This is a woman who can summon her e-mail address as well as vivid memories of watching F.D.R. campaign in New Jersey. Mrs. Coit does her own taxes and drives without need of glasses. At night. Each spring, after a longstanding lunch with a friend in Manhattan, she boards the Amtrak sleeper to Florida alone to visit her baby brother, Charlie, and go on birding expeditions on Sanibel Island; she catches the fall migrations on Block Island. She volunteers weekly at the Westerly library, runs her half-century-old Christmas tree farm and tosses impromptu dinner parties.

“I am so awfully hungry,” Mrs. Coit confessed at her birthday party, snaring a canapé from a passing waitress. “So much talk about me when there’s so much to do in the world.”

Did we mention she was also a pioneer female journalist?

In 1938, intercession by a family friend at Fortune magazine landed her a job as a researcher at its sister publication, Time. Since “women did not write at Time then, and certainly not with bylines,” she was assigned to help a writer. “He was a talented man, but he had no control over his involvement with alcohol. Since he was often indisposed, I sometimes wrote his stories. Secretly.” Once her talents were revealed, “I was asked, Did I want to have a trial as a writer? I said yes, I wanted to find out what women were doing in industry. I went to many factories.”

In plants like Henry Ford’s mammoth River Rouge complex, she documented the inequities of women workers in wartime. But first, in 1941, she produced a groundbreaking cover story on Dr. Alexander Fleming’s 1928 discovery of a “marvelous mold” — penicillin — that would soon save millions of lives during the war. Despite her triumph — praised by Time’s founder, Henry Luce, himself — Mrs. Coit said the magazine was still very much a men’s club: “I shared an office with a photographer named Walker Evans. He wasn’t convinced I knew how famous he was, so one day he went up to the Metropolitan Museum, bought one of his books and dropped it on my desk.”

Hear Her Roar, Softly: The Miami Herald interviews Helen Reddy. Her new memoir, “The Woman I Am,” plays off the title of her 1972 hit, “I Am Woman.” Today Reddy is a licensed clinical hypnotherapist and a genealogist.

“I am hoping against hope that [Clinton’s] going to make it,” said Reddy. “I think we need the balance of energy. We need feminine energy. We’ve been overloaded with testosterone and swagger.”

Women in Their 40s Lose Most from Pay Gap: The Guardian reports that women workers in their 40s earn 20 percent less than men, according to an analysis of government data.

The findings come after a study by the TUC suggested the pay gap may be even wider, with the “motherhood penalty” making women in their 40s 22.8% worse off than men. The new analysis combines the government’s labour force survey and annual survey of hours and earnings to create a more comprehensive picture of pay by using data from households and employers’ pay records.

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  • PAT DOUGHERTY April 17, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Hillary/Barack Debate in PA
    Thank you, thank you — the debate last night helped to cement the Democrat Party. You are both to be commended for your honest and forthright responses assuring us that.
    Regardless of the outcome, you will both be campaigning for the party to assure a Democrat win and the possibility of a combined ticket may be considered — the age-old adage applies, “United we win, divided we fall.”
    Stay the course, we can bring America back.