This week’s bloggers are pretty heavy-hitting, from MomLogic on new pay-gap stats to the deep thinkers at As Time Goes By on what the new health legislation means to older Americans, to an exhortation to more women to stop making excuses and start running the country. — Ed.

  • In “We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby-Except for Our Salaries,” Dr. Wendy Walsh at points out that at first glance, it would appear that women are on a statistical high when it comes to the ratio of male to female college graduates and in the workforce. But recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that it doesn’t matter; for the first time in thirty years, the pay gap has gotten stuck in place rather than decreasing, and is widest for older women.
  • Another Wendy, at Menopause: The Blog, tackles one of the long list of less-than-desirable symptoms associated with menopause: sleep disruptions. Whereas some symptoms can’t be helped, Wendy notes, women having trouble sleeping may find helpful advice from menopause expert Rebecca Hulem.
  • It’s been too long since we checked in at Ronni Bennet’s, always a font of information and reflection. This week’s offerings include Saul Friedman’s Gray Matters column, which tries to sort out what the new health care plan means for older Americans, and a sharp commentary on Medicaid and Social Security.
  • Sharon Johnson at Women’s eNews writes of the $5 billion stimulus program, which has aided more than 200,000 low-income men and women during the recession, and  will expire in a little over a month unless it is extended.  While there is no official data confirming that one gender benefits more from the program, sources suggest that states put the program into effect with low-income women in mind. Considering that Congress is scheduled to adjourn fairly soon, actions must be taken quickly, writes Johnson: by September, when Congress returns, “it may be too late” because “most states have to balance their budgets.”
  • Women’s Media Center pairs their “Sexism Sells – But We’re Not Buying It” video – in which they highlight the heavy sexism in everyday political media – with an article written by Blogher’s Jill Miller Zimon. Zimon examines the reasons why more women don’t run for office, and then offers some foolproof solutions. She’s not about to let anyone off the hook, either: Whether  lack of self-confidence or parental duties, Zimon writes, no excuse is good enough.  Once women realize this, she adds, elections will become much more interesting.

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