Donna Lopiano resigned Friday as CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation, a position she has held since 1992, to pursue other challenges. "I have been very fortunate through my experiences at the University of Texas-Austin and the Women’s Sports Foundation to create two jewels that will forever shine," said Lopiano, 60. "I have one more chance for the hat trick and am eager to devote my time and energy to the next treasure about which I am passionate."

USA Today has more on what Lopiano may do next.

Billie Jean King, founder of the Women’s Sports Foundation, said: "Donna has been a driving force and a tireless supporter of gender equity issues as she led the Women’s Sports Foundation through some of its most formative years. As she moves on in her career and in her life, she has established an outstanding legacy that has paved the way for women and girls all across the country who dared to dream of a bright future in women’s sports." (hat-tip: Chicago Foundation for Women)

The 28th annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference, which brings internationally renowned women writers to central Kentucky every year, returns Sept. 27-29 to downtown Lexington, Ky. Begun in 1979, the Kentucky Women Writers Conference is the longest-running event of its kind.

"A hallmark of the Women Writers Conference is the diversity of our line-up. We feature a core group of writers — Nickole Brown, Ann Pancake and Michelle Slatalla — whose work shares an Appalachian
heritage, while our other seven writers encompass a remarkable range of ethnicities and literary genres," said conference director Julie Kuzneski Wrinn. "This attracts a diverse audience too — readers as well as writers, men as well as women — and allows us to engage issues of feminism and social justice from a global perspective."

View profiles of writers participating in this year’s conference here.

Rebecca Traister of Salon.com noticed a surprising teaser on the front page of the Sunday New York Times Week in Review section: "Voters Just Might Pit the Mayor Against the Missus. Then What?" The teaser was for this story about a potential presidential showdown between former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Sen. Hillary Clinton.

"Seriously, a Broadsheet reward to any New York Times editor who dares to call Sen. Hillary Clinton ‘the Missus’ to her face," wrote Traister.

"Brooke Astor, who by night reigned over New York society with a decided disdain for pretension and by day devoted her time and considerable resources to New York’s unfortunate, died yesterday afternoon at her weekend estate, Holly Hill, in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. She was 105," begins her obituary in The New York Times. The Times also reports on the response throughout New York City, which included lowering the flags at the Metropolitan Museum of Art yesterday.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg called her "a quintessential New Yorker and one of the great philanthropists of our time."

"Irene Morgan Kirkaldy, whose defiance of bus segregation laws — more than a decade before Rosa Parks’ landmark case — helped lay the foundation for later civil rights victories, died Friday at her home in Hayes, Va. She was 90," reports the L.A. Times. Morgan’s case inspired the first formal "Freedom Ride" in 1947.

"She did everything that Rosa Parks did, with very little knowledge that anyone would come to her aid. Irene Morgan was simply doing what she thought was right," said Robin Washington, an editor at the Duluth News Tribune who produced an award-winning 1995 documentary about the freedom riders called "You Don’t Have to Ride Jim Crow!"

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