Women’s Memorial: This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial. Plans are underway for a three-day celebration scheduled for Nov. 1-3 in Washington, D.C. The Women’s Memorial in Arlington, Va., is the only major national memorial honoring women who have served in our nation’s defense during all eras and in all services.

Plus: "Helping Military Moms Balance Family and Longer Deployments," a study prepared by The Joint Economic Committee, "accepts that women with children are in the armed forces and focuses on practical and procedural matters: the availability of high-quality child care, the length of leaves of absence and access to mental health services," reports Women’s eNews.

Rachel Carson at 100: Today is the centennial of Rachel Carson’s birth. Here’s a Boston Globe editorial about the importance of Carson’s work — and the actions of revisionists, such as Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, who are out to besmirch her legacy. The Washington Post has a good story on Carson’s persistence and unseen fortitude, plus Lynn Scarlett, deputy secretary of the Interior Department, discusses Carson’s poetry; John H. Hartig, refuge manager for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, reviews regional improvements that can be traced back to Carson’s writings, which helped to bring about the Clean Water Act in the 1970s, the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement in 1972 and the Endangered Species Act in 1973 and more.

Bilking the Elderly, With a Corporate Assist: The New York Times last Sunday continued its series examining how businesses and
investors seek to profit from the soaring number of older Americans, in
ways helpful and harmful, with a damning critique of banks that have
turned a blind eye
to complaints of fraud tied to telemarketing schemes.

Data Update on Women’s Preventative Health: StateHealthFacts.org, a project of the Kaiser Family Foundation, has updated Women’s Preventive Health information
using 2006 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on
rates of mammograms, pap smears, colorectal cancer screening, and
dental visits for 2006. Also updated are the percentage of women with
high blood pressure and arthritis or chronic joint pain for 2005, as
well as cholesterol screening rates for women.

"All-Broad Fraud Squad": The New York Times last week also wrote about three women in Atlanta whose
research and sleuthing uncovered large-scale mortgage fraud in their
Atlanta-area upper middle class neighborhoods. Originally written off
as "bored housewives," today the women, all in their 50s, "are helping
train F.B.I. agents, speaking to lending associations across the
country and lecturing college students on how to identify mortgage

Motherhood Stalls When Women Can’t Work:
"Long-range trends in the United States and the rest of the industrial
world suggest that there has been a fundamental, irreversible
revolution in the relationship between women and work. Countries that
still organize their work life and social policies around the ideal of
a male breadwinner providing for a stay-at-home wife will sooner or
later have to face up to this reality," writes Stephanie Coontz
in a piece published earlier this month in the Hartford Courant about
the so-called "opt out revolution."

Coontz, who teaches history and family
studies at The Evergreen State College and is Director of Research and
Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families, is author of "Marriage: A History," among other books.

Moms to Blame for Overweight Children: In the wake of a recent CNN "American Morning" report that took up the question of whether working mothers are to blame for childhood obesity, Echidne asks if CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta is perhaps the culprit. Working fathers are of course left out of the equation.

Sexiness a Must for Today’s Singers: "It’s a damn pity … that people have to judge real talent on looks," says Dolly Parton in this ABC News story on how sex appeal is a must-have for today’s singers.
"My favorite singers in the world were Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn,
and Patsy was a large woman, and Loretta she was never some kind of a
supermodel, but they were the greatest female voices in country music,
and they changed lives and they made a difference," adds country music
singer Gretchen Wilson.


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