Women Get Bylines on Adultery, Prostitution: The National Women’s Editorial Forum notes that all four New York Times op-ed writers
on Wednesday were women.

“The names of women rarely appear as bylines,
and when they do, there is usually only one, most often one of the
Times’ two female staff columnists,” writes Sui Lang Panoke. “So,
imagine how ecstatic I was to see that all of the four op-eds posted in
today’s New York Times featured women authors. Then I discovered the
topic to which the entire page was devoted: the Eliot Spitzer sex
scandal.”

Pioneering Debater Dies: “Henrietta Bell Wells, the only
woman, the only freshman and the last surviving member of the 1930
Wiley College debate team that participated in the first interracial
collegiate debate in the United States, died on Feb. 27 in Baytown,
Tex. She was 96,” reports The New York Times. The film “The Grate Debaters,” released last year, tells the story of the team.

Q&A with Patricia Clarkson: The 48-year-old Clarkson talks about her film and theater roles and finding great parts for women over 40.

“The Great Man” Wins: “Kate Christensen has won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction for her novel ‘The Great Man,’ whose ironic title refers to a recently deceased painter but whose focus is on the women in his life,” reports the Washington Post. Annie Dillard was one of the other four finalists for her novel “The Maytrees.”

Christensen, 45, was doing the laundry in her Brooklyn home when she got the news of the award, which was announced yesterday.

“I’m really shocked,” she said in a telephone interview. To her,
an award like the PEN/Faulkner “always seemed unattainable.” Among
other reasons, in the 28 years it has existed, only four other women
have won.

“It’s me and John Updike and Philip Roth. I was like, do women actually win this thing?” Christensen joked.

Christine

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