Wonder Women’s New Voice: A mere 35 years after Wonder Woman appeared on the first newsstand cover of Ms., a woman is writing the series for DC Comics. George Gene Gustines writes in The New York Times:

“I was a hairdresser until a couple of years ago,” Gail Simone said. “It took me a long time to admit that I was a professional writer.”

Ms. Simone was talking about her rise from hairstylist to online commentator to professional comic-book author. This month she added a new title. With the publication of issue No. 14 of Wonder Woman, which hit stores two weeks ago, Ms. Simone has become the regular writer of that amazing Amazon’s super-adventures, published by DC Comics. She is the first woman to serve as “ongoing writer” (to use the industry’s term) in the character’s 66-year history.

Simone confesses she’s a big Wonder Woman fan: “She’s just the best kind of person,” she told the Times. “She was a princess who didn’t need someone to rescue her. I grew up in an era — and a family — where women’s rights were very important, and the guys didn’t tend to stick around too long. She was an amazing role model.”

Mrs. Tsongas Comes to Washington: The Washington Post profiles U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, widow of U.S. senator and presidential candidate Paul Tsongas, who at age 61 is now a freshman again, representing Massachusetts’s 5th Congressional District.

Clinton’s Electoral Edge: That would be older women. “Many young women have been enthusiastic supporters, but Mrs. Clinton, of New York, has shown particular pride in the women in their 70s, 80s and 90s at her events,” reports The New York Times. “She spends extra time with them on the rope line and repeats their stories to audiences.”

Plus: “Hillary Clinton’s campaign is capitalizing on an overlooked strain of
feminism in blue-collar women — nurse’s aides, factory workers, farmers, and single mothers — to help fuel her strength among the Democratic candidates for president,” reports the Boston Globe. “Even many working-class women who have spent their lives in traditional roles at home and work have been animated by Clinton’s effort to shatter what she has called ‘the highest, hardest glass ceiling.'”

Sports Illustrated, Still the Bastion of Men: New York Times sports columnist Selena Roberts recently left the Times for Sports Illustrated, where women editors and writers are few and far between. Washington Post sports columnist Leonard Shapiro took a look at the SI masthead is hoping for the best:

“[M]aybe with the addition of Roberts — surely she’ll go in as the staff’s second senior writer — and perhaps more talented women to come, there’s some hope for a little more gender equity in the SI ranks. Then again, this also is a magazine that, sadly, hardly covers any female sports in the first place, but does do a land-office business with its annual skin-deep swimsuit issue.”

Christine

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