Election 2008: Add Women, Change Everything?: Marie Wilson of The White House Project argues that we need more than leaders:

While a heroic leader can inspire us, he or she does not single-handedly create change. It is up to each of us to join together and become our nation’s change-makers. For those who feel overwhelmed by this monumental task, I propose the following strategy: What if between now and November 4th each of us reached out to a qualified, capable, and passionate woman and encouraged her to run for office? What if you used your desire for change to help her win? What if she’s your mother, your sister, your wife, or your best friend? What if she is you?

New Barnard President: “Barnard College has named as its next president Debora L. Spar, a Harvard Business School professor who has written about the economics of the human fertility industry and the evolution of the Internet but has not previously been affiliated with a women’s college,” reports The New York Times.

Plus: Drew Gilpin Faust, president of Harvard, is drawing rave reviews for her new book, “This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War.” Geoffrey C. Ward calls it “extraordinary.”

Looking Our Age: “For the first time in history, most of us have a decent shot at living long enough to experience old age — which we used to aspire to,” writes columnist Patricia McLaughlin. “But now, perversely, instead of flaunting our success, instead of glorying in our long-hoped-for survival into old age, instead of celebrating its barely explored possibilities, we routinely — half the time without even noticing — stigmatize it. Old age is the new leprosy.”

Her column, a response to the book mentioned here the other day, Charla Krupp’s “How Not to Look Old: Fast and Effortless Ways to Look 10 Years Younger, 10 Pounds Lighter, 10 Times Better,” not only takes on the stigma of aging, but also takes issue with the idea that looking old equals looking bad.

A Passion for Giving: As part of the Women’s eNews series on women funding serious change, Barbara Bridges writes about going from coupon-clipping to financial success — then striking it rich with the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.

Women in the City: Curator and gallerist Emi Fontana is behind the new art show “Women in the City,”  which launches Feb. 9 in Los Angeles. From the NYT:

On view in more than 50 locations — ranging from video billboards along Sunset Strip to the Huntington Library’s botanical gardens — “Women in the City,” with support from the Broad Art Foundation and the François Pinault Foundation, presents breakthrough work by Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Louise Lawler and Cindy Sherman. During the 1980s these artists utilized popular forms, cannily borrowing the look of movies and advertising, to articulate sharp questions about power, the representation of women and contemporary society.


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  • Carolyn Hahn January 31, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    (Nice Amazon reviews for “How Not to Look Old”!)