Frances Lewine, the Associated Press’s first female full-time White House reporter, died Jan. 19 after an apparent stroke at her home in Washington. She was 86. From the Washington Post:

Ms. Lewine, who since 1981 has been an assignment editor and field producer for Cable News Network, was one of seven women who filed a class-action lawsuit against the AP in 1978. It resulted in a $2 million settlement and forced changes in the wire service’s policies on salaries, assignments, promotions, pensions and hiring.

"She was a largely unsung pioneer for women in journalism and role model for myself and thousands of other women who tried to follow in her footsteps," said Edie Lederer, the AP’s chief correspondent at the United Nations.

Here’s more from CNN.

What’s Missing?: At Feminist Law Professors, Ann Bartow reports from "In Front of the SC State House Dome, Underneath the Confederate Flag, Attending a Martin Luther King Day Rally, Noticing That the Only Woman Who Got To Speak Was Hillary Clinton."

Clinton’s Biggest Backers: It’s a group known as women over 40, writes Boston Herald columnist Margery Eagan.

Roe’s Anniversary: On the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Salon asked leading feminists to talk about the court case that changed their lives, and why it matters more than ever. The National Women’s Law Center health and reproductive rights team reflects on "what choice means to us."

Gender, Age, Marital Status Factors in Retirement Income:
Women over 50 are much less likely than men to receive an annuity or
pension income in retirement, according to a new study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute. Here’s the press release with highlights from the study (PDF). From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

The study showed that only 28.4 percent of women age 65 or older received annuity or pension income in 2006, with  average pension income of $11,142. However, 44.6 percent of men in the same age group received the income, with an average amount of $17,200.

Younger women are more likely to receive the income, and the amounts are likely to be greater because young women spend more time in the work force than their elders did. However, their pension or annuity income is still smaller than men because they tend to spend less time in the work force and hold lower-paying jobs.

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