This week’s blog assortment includes a smart guide to buying work clothes, moving cross-country after 50, the women behind the Chevy Volt and some super-early speculation about the future of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

  • Some of us are still puzzling out our spring wardrobes and wondering how they fit into our sometimes quirky lives. That’s why we’re grateful to Lisa Carnochan at Amid Privilege and her Guide to the Perfect Career Wardrobe.  She warns against the usual system of a group of classic pieces: “What you don’t want is to end up where every outfit you own is 80% appropriate for what you have to do. Starting with a list of pieces puts you at risk for that outcome,” she writes. Instead, she suggests  the “use case” approach used in software design, attending to the cultural context the clothes will be worn in. Her sample outfit for a team meeting, she says, broadcasts “I am reliable, approachable, and flexible. Also, I come bearing free food.” By doing so, the question of what do I wear? will, she writes, be “Fully solved. Not 80% solved.” Click over to see her examples of best-dressed in Bangkok and Idaho, with pictures and witty commentary.
  • Health reporter Liz Scherer, who has long provided smart commentary at Flashfree, calls out the shortcomings in media coverage of our health in this Reporting Health Q&A. “I don’t believe that most reporters have the time to thoroughly vet and understand their stories because there is a constant race to be the first out of the gate. (Covering) menopause is no different than any other science reporting; if you don’t take the time to thoroughly understand the issue, your reporting is always going to be lacking something. When it comes to menopause, the real story is how women’s health has been approached and ill-treated for decades, if not centuries.”  In the interview, Scherer also gives inside information on ghostwriting in medical journals and some tips on how to contend with the constantly-changing flow of information.
  • Electric cars are the wave of the future, they say. So where are the women? In the engineering hot seat, writes Katherine Rausch at Women’s Enews.  Rausch profiles Britta Gross, director of Global Energy Systems and Infrastructure Commercialization for General Motors, who with four other women helped create the Chevy Volt, an electric car with extended range capability. But the field, Gross tells Bausch, needs even more women: “I think the only barrier, given you are strong and capable, is getting women past the word engineering. … It sounds stale and not very exciting and I can’t imagine anything more exciting than my career.”
  • President Kirsten Gillibrand? Why not? asks commentator David Mixner, an old friend and ally of former President Bill Clinton, looking for a 2016 contender. “Born into politics, she understand the in and outs of campaigning and is brilliant at the game. Gillibrand is an incredible campaigner, charismatic speaker and a born leader,” writes Mixner, who spoke to WVFC  last year about women and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  We’re not surprised to hear the next part, which we’d guessed would be true from the moment we first interviewed then-Rep. Gillibrand in 2007: “Fear doesn’t seem to be a part of her character as she has challenged some of the most powerful men in Washington to get the job done.” It’s a little early to start handicapping a race five years from now, but we’re certainly looking forward to hearing more.
  • The phrase “moving in midlife” sounds scary to some, perhaps exciting to others. Ronnie Bennett writes at Times Go By about moving long distances  twice in the past year, after she left Greenwich Village after more than 40 years: “Except for missing New York which has become something I just live with, I’m happy with this last move. And maybe I’m not the one to answer since the first move to Maine was a financial necessity and the second one to Oregon was a spiritual necessity. I think there would be different considerations without those imperatives.” Bennett then asks her readers, inspiring us to ask you: “If you are contemplating a move to a new place, how do you feel about it? How are you choosing the new town or city? And, of course, why are you moving?”

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