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Gloria, Billie Jean, Oprah and Maria all together

October 31, 2008
It doesn't get much better than this.  Oprah leading a conversation with Billie Jean King, Gloria Steinem and Maria Shriver.  Click here to listen to four great women of our times talking to one another about how women still struggle with the need to "be it all."     

Shedding our Fear

October 29, 2008

Because I try to keep an open mind, I have been bombarded recently with emails and links to political content, opinions and plenty of steaming, hot air.  I read at least the first few paragraphs of everything.  As one of 7 children in an Irish household where debate was the main course on the dinner table every night, I'm all for a good, fair fight.  But I'm disturbed by the amount of fear mongering that is a common theme running through so much of the information being sent to me by people whose opinions I usually respect. 

 Wasn't it Churchill who told the free world, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."?  Four years ago, Americans allowed fear to drive our decisions.  I believe we've learned a lot from that experience and matured as a nation.  However we, as a people, vote next Tuesday, I hope that it will be a vote of conviction and not another fear-driven reaction either toward or away from the leaders we are about to entrust to guide us forward through, perhaps, the most perilous and complex times of my life.

 

 

What Happened to all the Excitement about Palin?

October 26, 2008
The overnight sensation of Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin has been steadily deflating like a once high-flying ballon that is slowly running out of air.  Sobering reality seems to be sinking in as we begin to close in on the final days of the most fascinating (and longest!) presidential campaigns of my lifetime.  What happened to all the excitement about Sarah Palin?  The insight of columnist Judith Warner in today's New York Times hit the mark for me.  Here the link: 

Tina Fey and the Real Sarah Palin

October 22, 2008

In case you missed Saturday Night Live last Saturday, when the REAL Governor Palin appeared, here's what drew 14 million viewers, SNL's highest biggest audience in 14 years.

 

Tina Fey and the Good Old Girls

October 10, 2008

Megan Grano isn't a household name -- at least not yet.  But, as an up and coming NY comedienne, she moves in the circles with household names -- such as Tina Fey.  I discovered Megan through her mother, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Maura Corrigan, who is a friend of mine.  Corrigan suggested I talk to her daughter after she heard I was looking for ambitious, accomplished, Gen Y women to interview for the book I am writing on women's leadership.  Megan and I ended up having a fascinating conversation about women and comedy. 

Women may have come a long way in the last few decades, but we have a long, long way to go in comedy.  Talk about a male-dominated field!  Women comediennes find themselves pitted against each other because there is so much more work for men who don't mind making themselves look ridiculous than for women.  Despite the likes of Lucille Ball, Lily Tomlin, Roseanne Barr and Gilda Radner, the stereotype that "women just aren't funny" is alive and well.   But here's the good news.  The hottest comedian in the country right now -- male or female -- is Tina Fey.  The former head writer for Saturday Night Live and creator and star of the Emmy-winning "30 Rock," was hot before vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin gave her a wealth of new material.  But now she's torrid.  The great news is, according to Grano, Fey is a woman who gives other women in the business -- writers, performers -- a hand up.  She has an unprecedented number of women writers on her new hit show.   The Good Old Boys have been helping one another for years.  It's time women stopped seeing each other as their primary competition and start helping one another build the numbers and the influence of the Good Old Girls. Bless you, Tina.  You go for it, Megan!

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