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This week, blogs marked Domestic Violence Awareness Month, shared intriguing studies on pay equity and women & development, and listed some maybe-questionable attire for women over 50.

  •  We’ve spent a lot of time here on Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but Miranda Spencer reminds us at Women in Media and News that October is more than that. “Less reported is October’s other “ribbon” issue, domestic violence (DV), which has had its own Awareness Month since October 1987 to connect those who work to end violence against women and their children. [Domestic violence] statistics are even more devastating than breast cancer rates. A woman has a 1 in 8 lifetime chance of having breast cancer, whereas 1 in 4 women (and 1 in 13 men) will experience domestic violence in their lifetime, and an average of three women in America die as a result of domestic violence each day. Add in psychological and economic forms of abuse that can follow even after the DV victim leaves the perpetrator – including physical and cyber stalking and even identity theft – and we’re talking about a preventable menace that could use a lot more public awareness.” Click over for the rest, and think about wearing a purple ribbon next to your pink stuff, at least.
  • While we’re considering what to wear, Gerit Quealy has some thoughts on what not to at Style Goes Strong. Among her “5 Things Not to Wear After 50” are micro-minis, complicated lattice heels, and crop tops: “You may have the greatest abs of your life, but showing them off in a crop top doesn’t show them to their best advantage. Helen Mirren revealed her admirable belly in a bikini and you still wouldn’t catch her in a crop top. In fact, a bikini is a better option. Or workout wear at yoga class. Gwyneth Paltrow’s ensemble at the Emmys exposed her midriff and she took a lot of heat for her choice — and she’s just 39.”  We’re guessing that WVFC’s Eleanore Wells, for one, will take issue with Quealy’s list: do you? Click over and see if you agree, and let us know in comments.
  • Are you sick of hearing from men, discussing the severe gender gap in pay in the business world, how “it’s women’s choices” that explain the inequality ? At Harvard Business Review, Christine Silva and Nancy Carter of Catalyst  can help you fight back. Sharing results from their most recent study, which tracked nearly a thousand MBAs across the country, Silva and Carter write: “The problem isn’t only a late-career phenomenon by which women are denied the big promotion after having advanced steadily alongside men. Rather, the entire pipeline is in peril. More particularly, our research has managed to explode four prevailing myths about the progress of women in workplaces.” In addition to the one about women’s choices, they found that you can’t blame the recession or lack of mentoring, or the one about the gap disappearing as women rise up the pipeline.  “Major interventions are required to build a robust pipeline of women leaders,” Kimberly-Clark CEO Thomas Falk told Catalyst in a meeting reported on at HBR.
  • Why do women hate development? That question was put to WVFC recently after Infrastructurist reported on a different kind of study, a national poll from a poll by the Saint Consulting Group.”The poll results — which come from a nationwide telephone survey of 1,000 people done in June —  indicate an interesting divergence in priorities between men and women when it comes to industrial growth,” writes Melissa Lasky. “Just about any type of project that comes with potentially negative environmental consequences — natural gas pipelines, nuclear power plants, quarries, malls — received much stronger support from the men surveyed than the women, usually with more than a 10% difference. (For example, 50% of the men said they’d support a new power plant in their community while just 32% of women said they would.) And across the board, men were uniformly more open to development than women.” She cautions us that these findings “aren’t a blanket statement about gender and urban development,” but it left us thinking about power in towns and whether some concrete ceilings  need shattering along with the glass ones.
  •  When we saw the title “Hollywood’s Top Six Women,” we thought we’d see a list of actors. But in Third Age’s slide show, only Oprah has put in time in front of the camera — and she’s included less for that than for her producing prowess. Others include Disney’s Anne Sweeney and “50-year-old Stacy Snider [who] has been a major player in Hollywood for decades, previously climbing to the top spot at Universal Pictures, where she was chairman, and responsible for making much-loved movies like Erin Brockovich and Meet the Parents.” In honor of Snider, this week’s W5 video also celebrates fellow midlife women  Julia Roberts and Erin Brockovitch herself, who probably contributed to the skepticism among women that we mentioned in the previous item.

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