Motherhood is always an act of courage. It is all the more so for a woman alone. As of 1973 Ann Soetoro was singlehandedly raising two biracial children, of different fathers, while attempting both to support them and make her own way through graduate school. There was some irony there: she worked in microfinance, providing capital or credit to those living in Southeast Asian poverty, but was often broke herself
Stacy Schiff on Obama’s unconventional mother.
If former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack wins a House seat in 2012, she’ll end her state’s ignominious record of zero women elected to Congress or the governor’s mansion.
Just in time for the Royal Wedding:
Just like every other element of a wedding, the wedding cake takes its design cues from the reception location and style—whether it’s an industrial loft, cozy restaurant, or glamorous hotel ballroom. Brides.com Editor in Chief Julie Raimondi presents some options that will fit right in with any wedding concept.
While the unwritten rule for the issues the East Wing takes on is to first do no harm to the administration’s political standing, her clothes remain her most uncensored form of communication. Whether it is her sexy over-the-knee Jimmy Choo boots, her informal hiking shorts upon deplaning from Air Force One, or all those sleeveless dresses, the choices are symbolic, but not political. Most important: They are not safe.
Giffords still doesn’t know the details of the shooting—though she now knows she was shot. Initially she thought she had been in a car accident, but as her husband read her his newspaper, she noticed he was skipping stories and tried to grab the paper from his hands. He decided then to tell her what had happened. But she still doesn’t know some parts of the story, like that among the dead were a 9-year-old girl, her beloved young staffer Gabe Zimmerman, and her friend Judge John Roll.
Three months after the Arizona congresswoman was shot, Peter Boyer investigates what’s really going on with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Fewer women seem to be climbing the corporate ladder on Wall Street these days:
Where are the heroines of Wall Street? They were so conspicuous when I entered the workforce—the “tiger lady” in Baby Boom (1987) who starts a multimillion dollar company while raising a child, or the Working Girl (1988) who rides the Staten Island Ferry and orchestrates a colossal M&A transaction. The women of my generation bounded onto Wall Street, assured we could raise our children while making millions (and, we did). The future looked bright. The ranks of Wall Street women swelled as we climbed the ladder, extending a hand up and down to other women. Then, something started to go terribly wrong.
- The see-through dress Kate Middleton wore during a charity fashion show in 2002 sold for £78,000 (or $125,884) in London on Thursday. Read about the dress that started the royal romance.
- Tyra Banks has been secretly attending Harvard Business School.
- With a new film version of Jane Eyre now in theaters and an adaptation of Wuthering Heights coming later this year, fans of authors Charlotte and Emily Brontë are choosing sides. Jennie Yabroff examines which sister was the better author.
For this week’s installment of “This Week In Cheats,” we wanted to focus on our second annual Women in the World summit—with luminaries and dignitaries from around the globe joining together here in New York City to discuss solutions and, as our Editor-In-Chief writes, “awaken new commitments to change the lives of women of the world.”
- We’ve heard four brave women from Middle Eastern countries talk about their new forms of protest in a panel called “Firebrands: Pioneers in the New Age of Digital Dissent,” moderated by Christiane Amanpour.
- Melinda Gates announce the Gates Foundation was investing $1.5 billion towards mothers and newborns, a heart-breaking story about acid attacks on a child, journalists on the frontlines, a session on human sex trafficking in the U.S., and of course, a conversation with President Bill Clinton.
- Friday’s third session started with actress Ashley Judd delivering a powerful, if upsetting message about the child sex trade. “Who are these men who buy children for sex?” she asked the audience. “They are our fathers, our uncles. The guy who gets out of the taxi before you get in, the guy on the stair-master next to you.”
- Tonight, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton joins us for what’s sure to be a lively discussion. You can watch her talk livestreamed online later tonight.
- As battles between forces loyal to Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi and rebels saw the uprisings take a turn toward civil war. In the U.S., the debate continues in the U.S. as to whether we should commit to enforcing a no-fly zone over the African country, which would ground fighter jets and helicopters ferrying mercenaries. For his part, President Bill Clinton told Tina Brown on stage at our Women in the World summit that he would support such a no-fly zone. “We have the planes to make an appropriate contribution to this,” the former president said. “I wouldn’t do it if [the rebels] hadn’t asked. We should do it.”
- Oh! And, in case you missed it, we announced the 150 Women who Shake the World list with a fantastic interactive on the site. Go click around & find a new hero.
Turmoil continues in Libya, people won’t—or can’t—stop talking about Charlie Sheen, and some interesting happenings in the world of sex education. Take a look back at what happened this week.
- Violence continued in Libya, as the country teetered on the brink of civil war. Rebels have stated that they won’t negotiate with Gaddafi, and have urged for foreign intervention. The international community debated sending warships and conducting air strikes to speed Gaddafi’s downfall, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that the U.S. isn’t ready to commit military action. President Obama did, however, make his most forceful statement yet this week, saying “let me just be very unambiguous about this. Colonel Qaddafi needs to step down from power and leave.” Additional pressure came from the UN, which suspended Libya from the UN Human Rights Council, and the Hague announced it would open an investigation into crimes against humanity committed by Gaddafi and his regime. More than 1,000 Libyans have reportedly been killed so far.
- How much do we love to spin the Charlie Sheen story? Let us count the ways: a casting couch for his replacement on Two and a Half Men, moments from that "winningest" interview, the poetry of Charlie Sheen, Charlie Sheen quotes paired with New Yorker cartoons, and (my personal favorite) cats quoting Charlie Sheen.
- Speaking of high-profile meltdowns, Christian Dior designer John Galliano also caused an uproar when a video of his drunken, anti-Semetic rants surfaced after his anti-Semetic remarks last week at a bar in Paris. He’s since been fired from Dior, and reportedly Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell are urging him to check into rehab.
- It was also quite an interesting week in sex ed. A study from the medical journal Lancet found that half of men may be infected with human papillomavirus, or HPV. The virus can lead to cervical cancer in women, who have been recommended to be vaccinated against it. U.S. vaccine advisers are now debating whether to roll out similar recommendations for men. Then there was a CDC survey that found that teen virginity is on the rise, not something you hear every day. And, finally, that Northwestern sex demonstration. We’ll let you read here for more about that.