A Network of Her Own: Oprah Winfrey struck a deal with Discovery Communications to develop a multi-platform media venture called OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. It will debut next year on what now is Discovery Health Channel. The mission is "to celebrate life, to inspire and entertain, empowering viewers around the world to live their best lives, and by doing so, lift the lives of those around them in ever-widening circles."

New Editor at More: Lesley Jane Seymour was named the new editor-in-chief of More magazine, effective January 22, replacing Peggy Northrup who left in November of last year for Reader’s Digest. Seymour was previously editor-in-chief for Marie Claire magazine.

Finding Day Care — For Your Parents: The Wall Street Journal reports on efforts by baby boomers and others to find quality care for their parents who are unable to stay at home alone. The story includes tips on finding and selecting a care provider.

"Some are looking for relief from the care they’re providing around the clock. Others want an option that lets them go to work but is more affordable, reliable and stimulating than hiring a home health-care aide," writes Jeff D. Opdyke. "The result is that adult day care, an industry that began in church basements with bingo and bag lunches, is becoming an increasingly important player in the burgeoning business of elder care."

More stories on developments in elder care are summarized here by Kaiser’s Health Policy Report.

The Correct Stereotype: In an op-ed about gender stereotypes, author Susan Faludi describes a recent experience she had watching women skillfully and persistently handle their mothers’ medical needs and relates it to attitudes toward Hillary Clinton:

American society characterizes women as caregivers based on their young years as mothers. And when the American media demand emotion and warmth from Clinton, they are voicing the demand of a child to its mother (a demand not made equally to its father).

But there’s an entirely separate realm of female caretaking that is, in fact, more relevant to national leadership and to Clinton’s candidacy. Daughters shoulder the overwhelming burden of the care of our elderly parents. This too is a sphere of women’s experience, far more familiar to the women in the middle-to-older age bracket who supported Clinton most fervently, but its precepts are very different.

The Final Word: Well, perhaps. But here are two more commentaries on race and gender (kicked off by Gloria Steinem) that are well worth reading: Patricia Williams and Bob Herbert.

Decisive Moment to Choose: Gloria Feldt writes at Women’s eNews about the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade — an anniversary that "calls for nothing less than a ringing affirmation of women’s rights as human rights …"


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