Spend More Green: Diane MacEachern has launched a national campaign and a website, BigGreenPurse.com, to urge women to shift at least $1,000 of their annual household spending to green products. “Women spend 80 cents of every dollar in the marketplace,” MacEachern tells the Christian Science Monitor. “We could be the most powerful force for economic and environmental change in the 21st century if we focused our money where it could make the biggest difference. If a million people did that, it would have a $1 billion impact.”

Women on Edge: The Boston Globe last month had a great story about the Bay State Blues, an all-women hockey team that was headed to Florida to compete in the inaugural national tournament for USA Hockey’s over-50 women’s division. “We want to be a part of history by taking part in this first-ever tournament and, along the way, show our children that we can continue to take risks, challenge ourselves physically and keep on learning throughout our lives,” said Stephanie Monaghan-Blout, a pediatric neuropsychologist whose daughter is a hockey co-captain at her high school. “Of course we want to make a good showing, but along the way we’ve done things that are just as important,” she adds.

The Bay State Blues ended up with a 0-2-2 tournament record (the eventual winners were the Minnesota Lady Slippers, named after the state flower). The record, however, by no means reflects the sacrifices and the successes of the team members — really, read the story.

Sexist Stereotypes at the Democratic Debate: Will Chris Matthews give it a rest? Media Matters reports on the April 26 presidential debate: “MSNBC host Chris Matthews focused obsessively on the appearances of Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) wife, Michelle, to the point that NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell reminded him that they are Yale and Harvard-educated lawyers, respectively. MSNBC host Tucker Carlson asked a Clinton campaign spokesman whether Clinton had an ‘unfair advantage because of her sex.'”

Revisiting Wharton: “Today, at the remove of a century, she seems a greater writer than many earlier critics allowed. Certainly, as Lee’s thorough and intelligent biography makes clear, she was a remarkable human being,” writes Diane Johnson, in this review of Hermione Lee’s new biography, “Edith Wharton.” Among other achievements, Wharton was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction (“The Age of Innocence”).

Lee answers questions about Wharton’s writing, her relationship with Henry Janes and recommends film and television adaptations of Wharton’s books during a delightful online chat.

OWL Co-Founder: Jo Turner, a longtime political activist in New Jersey and Florida, died last month at the age of 71, according to the Sarasota Herald Tribune. Turner had hosted a radio talk show in New Jersey on the politics of aging, and in 1980 she helped to establish the Older Women’s League (now known as OWL), a national organization to improve the status and quality of life of women over 40.

Medical Wonders and Worries: “A yearly 15-minute intravenous infusion of a new drug substantially reduces bone fractures in post-menopausal women, offering a new treatment option for women who have trouble taking existing bone-strengthening drugs,” reports the Los Angeles Times, which looks at a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Here’s more from the Baltimore Sun, which also has this AP story on how the timing of hormone therapy may have an effect on dementia. And in yet another separate study, researchers found that women with a history of migraines had less cognitive decline as they aged.

Goodbye Celine, Hello Bette!: Bette Midler will replace Celine Dion in February 2008 as the resident performer at the Colosseum, Caesars’ 4,100-seat theater in Las Vegas, reports Reuters. Referring to the theater’s gigantic video wall, Midler joked, “What the heck am I going to put on that? My baby pictures?'” Midler performed at the WVFC gala event hosted by Liz Smith and Ann Richards.

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