Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas is dead at age 92, reports CNN. The word “trailblazing” is already in heavy use, as here in Politico’s early obituary, given that Thomas achieved so many firsts for female journalists—including becoming the first woman to serve as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. Read more on Newser…
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- Journalist Helen Thomas has announced she will retire after controversial comments she made last week about Jews and Israel. Thomas, 89, was a trailblazer for women journalists who covered U.S. presidents dating back to President Kennedy. Among numerous other “firsts” in her career, Thomas became the first woman to become the White House bureau chief for a wire service in 1974 and one year later she was invited to be the first female officer of the National Press Club. Last week, Thomas came under fire for saying that “Israel should get the hell out of Palestine” and that Jews in Israel should return to Germany, Poland, or the U.S. She has since apologized for her remarks. [Chicago Sun-Times, Huffington Post]
Sure, there are plenty of stories in the news about women stabbing their husbands and the like, but there are also ladies who are doing spectacular things these days, especially right now with the Olympics going on. Below, ten fabulous females who make us proud.
The oldest Olympic swimming medalist ever at 41, Dara Torres completed her fifth Olympic games this weekend with two silver medals, just missing a gold in the 50-meter freestyle. Not only did she prove that women can be competitive even as they get older (her age was more than the gold-and bronze-medal winners combined), but she’s also the ultimate working mother, with a two-year-old daughter named Tessa. [WSJ] Keep reading »