How Dumb Can WaPo Get?: The Washington Post shocked intelligent readers everywhere this weekend with a commentary by Charlotte Allen on how dumb women can be. Filled with faulty statistics and sexist stereotypes, the piece has so far garnered close to 700 comments. The outrage is clear; less clear is why the Washington Post ran such a rant. This is how the Post plans to increase readership among women?

Take Action: Send a letter to the editor or contact Deborah Howell, the paper’s ombudsman (phone: 202-334-7582).

Women’s Credit Profiling Called Costly, Ignored: "Amid controversy over predatory mortgage practices that center on race and ethnicity, some consumer advocates say the problem of gender-based discrimination is being overlooked," writes Allison Stevens at Women’s eNews. "Putting women into a more costly borrowing category is a new twist on gender credit discrimination, which in years past barred women’s access to the mortgage market."

Plus: Elizabeth Hemmerdinger on how women were burned by the subprime mortgage industry.

Who’s On Deck for the White House: "If Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton doesn’t win in the Texas and Ohio Democratic primaries on Tuesday, there will surely be supporters all but rending their garments, mourning the loss of this one golden chance for a female president in their lifetime," writes Susan Dominus in The New York Times. "But there is also a good chance that if Mrs. Clinton falters, the feminist conversation will shift from what went wrong with her campaign to another pressing matter: who’s coming down the pipeline."

Mining the Gender Gap for Answers: "The questions are fundamental and — even with modern polling technology — almost impossible to answer. For example: How much of Mrs. Clinton’s political vulnerability is linked to being a woman, and how much to her own, very specific political identity and past?" asks NYT’s Robin Toner.

Questions for Eleanor Clift: Deborah Solomon interviews the author and columnist about her new book, "Two Weeks of Life: A Memoir of Love, Death and Politics." The book is about the death of Clift’s husband at age 64, as well as a commentary on death and dying in modern America.

New Sitcom by "Gilmore Girls" Creator: Amy Sherman-Palladino is back with a new series that again focuses on women and family relationships: "The Return of Jezebel James," starring Parker Posey and Lauren Ambrose.

Professor Begins Act III: Victoria Rauch Lichterman, an assistant professor of humanities at New York City College of Technology (City Tech) who received tenure recently at age 68, is looking forward to her third act in life. Lichterman will be a featured speaker at "Remarkable Women," a Women’s History Month event taking place at City Tech on Thursday, March 27. The title of her talk is "Notes on Growing Olderly."

"My focus is on ageism and the negative effects it has on those who are confronting old age," she says. "I’d like to see as great a change in opportunities and expectations for senior citizens as I have seen for younger women in my lifetime. I feel very concerned about the scarcity of visible role models and accurate media images of women aging, specifically models of accomplishment and productivity."

Christine

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