Unusual Suspects: A murder and insurance fraud trial in Los Angeles is gaining international coverage because the defendants are women in their 70s. Gosh, this isn’t quite what we hoped for when we set out to promote visibility. From The Guardian:

For two septuagenarians, they certainly displayed a sprightly energy as they went about their retirement. Helen Golay, 77, and Olga Rutterschmidt, 75, befriended two homeless men, found them places to live, fed them – and then murdered them, prosecutors claim.

As their trial opened in Los Angeles yesterday, the case was likened to the Frank Capra film Arsenic and Old Lace in which Cary Grant’s two maiden aunts are discovered bumping off lonely old men.

Feminism and Political Scandals: "Some columnists and bloggers have
suggested that it’s time to end the loyal wife scenario, that cheated-on wives ought to bow out of this little drama, and what’s more, bow out of the marriage as well. After all, It’s the feminist thing to do, some say," writes Caryl Rivers at Huffington Post. "But feminism was, and is, all about women having choices, and since life is messy and complicated, it’s hard to judge the choice another
woman makes."

Race, Gender and Bias in the Electorate: Kathy Frankovic, CBS News director of surveys, discusses 70 years of polling data and voters’ attitudes toward supporting a female president:

By the end of the 1970s — the decade of Vietnam, Watergate, and the women’s movement (and only 15 years after Congress passed major civil rights legislation) — attitudes appeared to have changed. By a margin of three to one in a Time Magazine Poll, Americans said it would be good for the country to have a woman president. And by nearly the same margin, they said it would be good for the country to have a black president.

The unanswered question, of course, is whether that change represented real opinion change, or simply a change in what it was socially acceptable to say. Today, few Americans want to admit that they might be prejudiced about a candidate’s race or gender. And when people are asked directly about the Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton contest, they can find plenty of reasons to vote for one or the other that don’t involve gender or race.

Seeking a Few Good Seniors: Imagine marking the beginning of your retirement with a two-year stint in the Peace Corps. That’s what Bill and Shirley Bingham of Vermont did when they became Peace Corps volunteers in Vanuatu 10 years ago at the age of 60 and 57 respectively. Only 5 percent of volunteers are over 50, but the Peace Corps is looking to increase that number with a 50-plus intitative.

From the Burlington Free Press:

"This age group brings a lifetime of experience to their volunteering," [recruiter Amanda] Richardson says. "They are not as afraid of the unknown as the youngsters. They are more comfortable with themselves, and they know how they see the world. Young people may have a lot of energy, but they are more unsure of themselves."

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