Leading Women Working for All Lead Candidates: Allison Stevens writes at Women’s eNews that while New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is racking up endorsements from key women’s groups in her presidential bid, her rivals for the Democratic nomination have all hired prominent women’s rights activists as part of their quest to connect with women voters.

For instance: Kate Michelman, former president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, is working for John Edwards; Martha Burk, former president of the National Council of Women’s Organizations, has signed on with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson; Betsy Myers, an expert on women’s equity who worked in the White House Office for Women Initiatives and Outreach during the Clinton administration, is on board with Illinois Sen. Barack Obama — who also has endorsements from Oprah Winfrey and Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky.

And Celinda Lake, president of Washington polling firm Lake Research Partners, will advise Delaware Sen. Joseph Biden. “She bills herself as one of the nation’s foremost experts on electing female candidates and framing issues to female voters,” writes Stevens.

Oral Dissents Give Ginsburg a New Voice on Court: “Whatever else may be said about the Supreme Court’s current term, which ends in about a month, it will be remembered as the time when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg found her voice, and used it,” writes Linda Greenhouse.

Some Thoughts on Cannes: “The 60th Cannes film festival wrapped up over the weekend and, unlike in Hollywood, films by and about women were featured in a variety of ways in the awards as well as in the festival,” writes Melissa Silverstein at The Huffington Post.

Cheers for Elders: Dr. Jocelyn Elders, 74, received two standing ovations during her keynote address at the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective conference last week in Chicago. Writing at Feministing, a blog by and for young feminists, Kate Harding lists some of Elders’ noteworthy remarks,
which included, “We’re sexual beings from the time we’re born until we
die, and we need to make sure we understand our sexuality and realize
that sex is about more than procreation,” and “If men went through
menopause, we’d know everything about it, but we still don’t even know
if we should be taking hormones.”

Our favorite: “I’m not agin’, I’m sagin.'”

Coming Out of Retirement: Writing at The New York Times, Kelley Holland outlines the difficulties
older workers face in finding employment. ”If
you want to work in retirement, don’t retire,” said Sara Rix, a
strategic policy adviser at AARP who has analyzed the labor market.
Holland writes:

It’s unfortunate that many employers cannot see the
advantage of more openness toward hiring older workers. There will be
plenty of them in coming years: the number of workers 55 or older is
expected to increase by 11 million from 2004 to 2014, accounting for
most of the 17 million increase in overall employment, according to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics. And most workers say they plan to work in
their retirement years, according to surveys by AARP and others.

But there are some occupations, such as the healthcare industry,
that are facing employment shortages and are stepping up outreach
efforts to older job seekers.

Genome Project Yields Results: Genome researchers have found new indicators that increase the risk of breast cancer.
“Together with already known genes, the discovery means that a sizable
fraction of the overall genetic risk of breast cancer may now have been
accounted for, researchers say, and much of the rest could be captured
in a few years,” writes Nicholas Wade. “The findings do not point to
any new treatment and are too little understood to serve as the basis
of a diagnostic test. But they are a critical step toward understanding
the biology of breast cancer, scientists say, from which new treatments
should emerge.”

Asprin’s Effectiveness in Women: Asprin is all the rage right now, but a University of Michigan study
indicates that aspirin therapy for coronary artery disease is four
times more likely to be ineffective in women compared to men with the
same medical history.

Christine

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