This week our blog love caught us up with Christie Brinkley and Sarah Jessica Parker, wondered whether the Obama White House is a boys’ club, and looked critically at Wal-Mart’s new woman-friendly PR campaign.

  • Third Age.com has grown by leaps and bounds since last we checked, with sections on Dating, Wellness, Caregiving, and more added to its ever-popular forums for boomer women. We wondered what celebrity news seized its attention, and that’s how we learned that Christie Brinkley, 57, was in London headlining a West End production of  “Chicago.” Of course, Brinkley looks “positively fabulous,” writes one forum member, who goes on to say, “Christie was a big hit when she appeared in the long-running production in New York. And she always looked great for the paparazzi when she arrived each night at the stage door. Christie claims it is her exercise routine and a strict vegetarian diet that keeps her looking so good…” In any event, Brinkley’s a “showstopper,” the writer concludes. Time to venture across the pond?
  • Tennessee Guerilla Women zeroes in on the first revelation of note in Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President, journalist Ron Suskind’s new book about the early days of the Obama administration: that the President’s men have (or at least have had) “a woman problem.”  No, not philandering—something much worse. “The White House is a ‘hostile workplace’ for women,” notes TGW’s Egalia. “In that hostile boys’ club, women are routinely ignored and excluded. Wow. Who could have ever predicted such a thing?” Click over for quotes from the book, and understand better why women in the West Wing meet regularly to organize even inside the corridors of  power.
  • Just in case you thought we’d get through Fashion Week Plus with no word from WVFC fashion maven Stacey Bewkes: She’s got some luscious coverage over at her blog Quintessence, with striking photos. We were particularly taken with her look at the newest from Michael Kors, but there’s equally eye-catching stuff from Ralph Rucci and from Gilles Mendel’s Dorothy Draper-style collection. We’re hoping Stacey finds the time to sketch out some common spring trends for WVFC, as with her popular pieces on Leopard, Camel, and White Lightning.
  • Wondering what to think of Wal-Mart’s new “Global Women’s Empowerment” PR campaign? So were we.  Luckily, Ms. Magazine’s new blog starts with a commentary from Martha Burk, former chair of the National Council of Women’s Organizations. Burk deconstructs the Arkansas company’s commitment to source $20 billion from women‑owned businesses and invest in management training for women, and relates it to the company’s victory in the Wal-Mart v. Dukes discrimination suit. “While the new initiative is heavy on training women in foreign countries who work for Wal-Mart suppliers, it doesn’t say anything about training managers in the U.S. on how to be fair in choosing folks for pay raises and promotions,” Burk writes. “The Dukes v. Wal-Mart case has implications far beyond training programs and health education for female employees in Bangladesh.” Along the way, Burk invents the term “gender-washing,” which we look forward to using when any company trots out their token women to cover up misogyny.
  • Ahhh, Sarah Jessica Parker. Will she never stop turning up where we’re already looking next? At SheKnows.com, Kim Grundy catches Parker’s talk-show appearances promoting her new movie, “I Don’t Know How She Does It.” Whether or not the clip below makes you want to see the film, we can all empathize with what Parker told Anderson Cooper about wrangling her three kids: “I’m a traffic controller,” she said. “The alarm clocks go off and there are children to be fed and get out the door somewhat on time. Forcing children to brush their teeth, put on winter coats when they don’t want to, sometimes holding them down and shoving coats on them, it’s beat the clock all day.” Of course, most of us don’t have her staff.  Still, it’s good to see a 46-year-old carrying a major movie with such aplomb.

 

 

 

 

 

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