Monday, August 15, 2005

What We Need to Know Today

Nina Bernstein writes in today's NYTimes about the hidden world of women immigrants. "Women make up 44 percent of the nation's low-wage immigrant work force, and worldwide, studies show, more and more women are migrating for work."

Dahlia Litwick in Slate about how judges have become doctors in making decisions on who can and can't get abortions.

Time Magazine has a list of the 25 most influential Hispanics in America. Women on the list include: talk show host Cristina Saralegui; chick lit writer Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez; actress Jennifer Lopez; museum director Mari Carmen Ramirez; health care activisit Aida Giachello; actress Salma Hayek; and CEO of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Sara Martinez Tucker.

Wish this weren't a big deal- but it still is

The first woman and minority has been appointed executive chef at The White House.
After a six month search, they gave the job to one of the assistant chef's Cristeta Comerford.

The 42-year-old Comerford is form the Phillipines and has been an assistant chef at the White House for 10 years.

Dove soap has a wildy unconventional ad campaign out now that features "real" women meaning not unbearably skinny women. In Today's NYTimes, Jessica siegel applauds that campaign and asks Dove to come clean on its anti-cellulite creams which in her opinion, just don't work. PS- is it me or has it been a while since there was a woman's by-line on the op-ed page of the Times?

Check out Oscar winning documentary Born Into Brothels August 16 at 7 on Cinemax

"Photojournalist Zana Briski handed children of Calcutta prostitutes cameras so they could capture the world as they see it—but as this surprisingly hopeful, Academy Award– winning documentary depicts, she found herself knee-deep in their lives, fighting to make space for their potential."

Ellen Degeneres returns as the host of the Emmy Awards to be broadcast on September 18th.

Women's bookstores are disappearing from the landscape save for a few stalwarts.

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