Our weekly sampler of some of the best of the Web, now renamed for its iconic number. — Ed.

  • Jalopnik.com writes about women who are literally racing to equality – and in a region where equality is the least imbalanced. Known as the “speed sisters of Palestine,” this group of eight women is paving the way in a place rarely (if ever) thought of as an equalizer : on the racetrack.
  • Ever since DC Comics unveiled a makeover for Wonder Woman, to mark its 600th issue and give her a modern day feel, women all over are voicing their discontent. On the Issues Magazine’s Linda Stein gives the feminist thumbs-down: While the company’s official stance is that the female superhero needed “toughening up,” she writes, the new getup from Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski regrettably translates to: “sexually explicit, male-sanctioned vixen. “
  • 50 years after the publication of To Kill A Mockingbird, Anna Quindlen provides us with a new point of focus for Harper Lee’s now-classic novel. While Atticus provides the reader with a good dose of morality, it is his daughter Scout whose character speaks to Quindlen.  A rare find among literature, Scout believes being a girl does not predispose oneself to any labels positive or negative. Quindlen contends that the reason Scout is such a fiercely raw character is due to the fact that she was created in the image of the author.

  • At WVFC, we’ve often speculated about women who could run the world.  So has the Women’s  Media Center, who alerted us to a Newsweek piece by Jessica Bennett and Jesse Ellison, entitled ‘Women Will Rule the World.’  The piece applies this logic to the renamed ‘Mancession’, speculating that the fact that more women now have advanced diplomas may ultimately equal a “feminized recovery” of the economy.

  • We also wrote, last fall, about the arrest of Roman Polanski and changes in attitudes toward violence against women. Now, with the news that the Swiss government will not honor the U.S. request for extradition, Feministe.us has more on the continual controversy over Roman Polanski’s crime 30 years ago and whether he will ever serve even the minimal sentence he received then.
  • And in keeping with our tracking of women in politics, check out this summary by Patricia Murphy of Politics Daily of ‘The Next 10 Women to Watch in Politics. She mentions a few over-40s we missed, including PAC powerhouse, Ginni Thomas, who’s married to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

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