Today’s Lady News: Women Win “The Amazing Race” For The First Time

  • For the first time ever, an all-female team has won the reality show “The Amazing Race.” It only took 17 seasons! Congratulations to the lucky winners, Nat Strand and Kat Chang, who took home a $1 million prize. [New York Times]
  • Women did not advance much in the nation’s boardrooms this year: In fact, 136 Fortune 500 companies still have no women executives. Catalyst, a non-profit that gathers data on women in the workplace, has all the depressing stats. [Reuters]
  • Looking for holiday gift ideas for teen girls other than lip gloss and sweatpants with the word “Juicy” across the butt? Bitch Magazine has a list of great feminist presents, including books, subscriptions to magazines and summer camp. Damn, I wish back in the day someone had given me a book called The Girls’ Guide To Rocking! [Bitch Magazine]

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The Boob Tube: Must-See TV For The Week Of December 13, 2010

Sure, people may be feeling the Christmas cheer. But there’s a more Grinch-like emotion that I’m feeling right now: television withdrawal. Just as I’ve gotten totally hooked on all my shows, they’re on hiatus until late January. Insert long sigh here. But never fear, there is lots to watch this week, from a “Vampire Diaries” marathon” to a “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” smackdown that promises to get as physical as things did in New Jersey. Keep reading »

Her 10 Best Looks: Michelle Williams

Her 10 Best: Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams (who plays Glinda in the upcoming “Oz the Great and Powerful”) is not only one of our favorite actresses — hello, her performances in “Brokeback Mountain,” “Blue Valentine,” “My Week With Marilyn” are some of the best ever — but she’s also one we always watch for on the red carpet. What will she wear?! She never disappoints. It was reallllllly hard to choose, but here are our 10 favorite dresses ever worn by Michelle Williams.

Don’t Let Santa Bring You Debt This Year For Christmas

Even though it’s less than two weeks until December 25th, I’m experiencing a small Christmas miracle: I’m not feeling the holiday panic. Why? The day after Thanksgiving I put together a gift-giving plan for my loved ones and accompanying to-do list and I’ve been chipping away at it — both online and by shopping here and there — ever since. But in terms of my wallet? Yeah, I’m feeling a little anxiety there. According to the National Retail Federation, the average American spends around $700 on Christmas. And for a lot of us, myself included, I think that’s a conservative estimate …

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All I Want For Christmas Is … A 7-Pound Weight Loss

According to an essay in today’s Daily Mail, my desire to drop 5 to 10 pounds is about as common as a winter cold. Seven pounds, it seems is the magic number — the “holy grail” of weight loss. It’s an amount significant enough that, no matter what one’s starting weight, clothes will fit differently (for a lot of us, that means “better”). It’s also, as essayist Jenny Dickinson, says: “a loss [that] is physically noticeable on most women, so it’s in the region that will gain us recognition for our efforts.” And a seven pound weight loss is also relatively easy to achieve for most people. Keep reading »

Elizabeth Smart Finally Gets Closure

“It’s a wonderful day,” Elizabeth Smart said to a crowd outside the court house after learning that her kidnapper, Brian Mitchell, was found guilty. After years of waiting — six years just for the case to go to trial and then nine months in the courtroom — Elizabeth finally got her well-deserved moment of justice. She was “glowing” as her mother put it. It has been an arduous eight years for Elizabeth, since Mitchell broke into her Utah home, kidnapped her, raped her repeatedly and abused her for nine months — she was only 14 at the time. Elizabeth was looking forward to facing him in court while giving her gut-wrenching testimony about the horrors she suffered at his hand, but when he started singing in the courtroom, he was removed. As if we needed further proof that he was a completely demented lunatic. Keep reading »

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