Wednesday, August 10, 2005

What We Need to Know Today

Bob Woodward predicts a Hillary Clinton vs. Dick Cheney 2008 presidential race.

Maureen Dowd on Bush, Cindy Sheehan and his two hour workouts.

They can do this in Norway, but I doubt they could do it here.
from Today's Guardian
"Last year, the Norwegian parliament passed a bill forcing private firms to have at least 40% women on their boards. Companies had until July to boost participation of their own accord. If the numbers are insufficient, which the state will decide by August 15, sanctions will be applied and they won't just be a slap on the wrist."

Ansgar Gabrielsen proposed the law when he was trade and industry secretary. He is currently the health secretary and had this great quote.

"To me, the law was not about getting equality between the sexes, it was about the fact that diversity is a value in itself, that it creates wealth," he said.

"From my time in the business world, I saw how board members were picked: they come from the same small circle of people. They go hunting and fishing together, they're friends." GREAT QUOTE!

Each Wednesday former World War II sex slaves protest in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea. The women want the Japanese government to acknowledge what happened to them and offer compensation for their rape and torture. Sounds reasonable to me.

Don't you love it when irony bites you in the ass?
Mona Lisa Smile a movie starring Julia Roberts set in a 1950s women's college whose character encouraged the girls to seek out life's options beyond just getting married and having kids, seems to have discriminated against the female musicians who worked on the film's score. The EEOC decided the case yesterday in favor of the musicians. Pathetic.

File this under I can't believe people like this exist.
From the Associated Press
"A man who got angry with his wife because she wanted to cuddle after sex when what he really wanted to do was watch sports on television was sentenced to death for killing her with a claw hammer.

'The defendant struck his wife approximately 70 individual blows after spending a happy interlude with her,'the judge said. He confessed to a bartender at a sports bar before his arrest. He told investigators that his wife had been nagging him to come back to bed."

I've always loved Lauren Ambrose who plays Claire Fisher on the HBO drama Six Feet Under (which has been so great these last two weeks.) As the show wraps up its fifth and final season Amborse spoke with Salon. (Remember you must get a site pass to view the whole article)

Glamour Magazine has teamed up with Moxie films to create several shorts from essays submitted by Glamour's readers. The director's include: Gwenyth Paltrow; Mary Wigomore; Jenny Bicks, (Sex and the City); the director Trudy Styler (you know- Sting's wife); Rosario Dawson and Debi Mazar.

The set of films will eventually be shown in 25 markets starting in October, and a DVD containing them will also be inserted into the December issue of Glamour.

Glamour will donate money to FilmAid which will use the money for women in refugee camps in Kenya.

From today's NYTimes
"The brand is about the empowerment of women," Leslie Russo, Glamour's associate publisher said of the magazine's involvement in the project. "Today, with the culture being so celebrity-obsessed, how do we extend that message? How do we support the telling of real women's stories in Hollywood?"

Gwenyth Paltrow seems to me to have a healthy perspective on Hollywood. "The men in Hollywood make it hard for women. I really believe that. What it means is that it's kind of like the old-boy industries. It's mostly run by men."

"Still, Ms. Paltrow insisted, 'it takes women to write short films about women or features about women.'"

"'There's no reason why," she said, "if there's 'Wedding Crashers' for boys, there can't be something really funny yet intelligent for women, that has something to say for women.'"

Meryl Poster, former head of prodcution at Miramax, who is involved in the project has a shame on you quote in the story: "'Women aren't directing films in large numbers, she said, because it's an all-encompassing job that is not often compatible with the complexity of women's lives.'" Bad quote, Meryl.

If you're in Dallas between now and August 28th, the Women's Museum is showing an exhibition on Suffrage where you can dress up as a suffragette and see screenings of Iron Jawed Angels.

Judith Rossner, author of Looking for Mr. Goodbar, had died. She was 70.

Hilarious Amy Borkowsky has a new book out Statements: True Tales of Life, Love, and Credit Card Bills, (Chamberlain Bros. 2005) which goes through a decade a credit card statements to give a take on a single girls life.

Bebe Moore Campbell's latest book, 72 Hour Hold, is a story of a divorced mother dealing with her bi-polar daughter.

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