February, 2008


The overwhelming power of the inspirational rhetoric and thin resume of Senator Barack Obama - versus the candidate with clearly-defined experience, deep knowledge of every complex issue facing this nation - coupled with a command of policy and solutions; the person who also has the best chance of actually working with Congress to get results… there is no question:
We believe Hillary Clinton is the best qualified candidate to become the next President of the United States.

At this time in our history, following the hideous eight years of the Bush Administration, our country is a mess. It seems everyone is upset or depressed and even frightened at the direction of our once great country. No wonder change is such a compelling point word of everyone's campaign.

Change is coming no matter who is elected.
We asked the hard question: Change… to What?
And we found that the most substantive answers have been carefully considered and articulated by Senator Hillary Clinton.

Change is needed now in our energy and environmental policies, to address the health care crisis, stem the soaring rise in oil and gas prices, the greed of corporations, the instability in the Middle East, disease and poverty in Africa… to name just a few. There is so much that must be done just to begin to right our tilting ship, and at the same time to protect our country, end the war in Iraq, and pay down our massive debt owned mostly by China, and grow our own economy.

And these issues are critical. All of them. And they will need to be addressed immediately by the next president.
The presidency of the United States is not a training ground for inspiring speechmakers. It is the most important job in the world - and our country and our children are counting on us to make the right choice.

We urge you to read Hillary Clinton's positions on all the issues that concern you on her Web site. Take the time to do this no matter who you are planning on voting for. You owe it to yourself.

We believe that experience and inspiring leadership are absolutely essential: and we believe Hillary has plenty of both.

And by the way. We think it's quite an inspiration to have the first woman ever come this close to winning the top job in the country.

Untangling the Threads: Power, Politics and the Pill
Leave Unanswered Questions for Women's Health


Untangling the nuances of medical data is never easy (even when pharmaceutical companies do make it public) but interpreting the most recent studies on the long-term use of oral contraceptives is even more complex given the long (and lingering) history of politics trumping science in women's public health.

The introduction of hormonal contraception (the Pill) in 1960 fundamentally altered the relationship between a woman's body and the rest of her life. As one woman reminisced in a PBS documentary, law firms were suddenly free to hire women as partners without worrying they would become pregnant in the middle of an important case. Or as another put it, you could be sexual, you could be a good girl, and you could still have a future.


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Come In from the Cold


A visit to a spa is to experience the pure luxury of self indulgence - and it's also good for your health. The result is rejuvenation of your mind, body, soul, and spirit. What an investment in yourself! Yes, it takes a degree of time and money; but not as much as one might imagine. Whether you choose an hour in a day spa or a weekend at a resort spa, you will be richly rewarded for the experience. And… you deserve it!

We women have our usual jam-packed to-do lists tending to job, family, volunteer work, school - all those omnipresent tasks that return even once crossed off the list. And this year, we have extra work to do as we gear up to do leg-work for our favorite candidate, plus the myriad issues that need our attention. Little things, like saving the planet. And so, we need to be fully recharged with health and vigor - not to mention a relaxed mindset - as we prepare to get back to all the important work at hand. If you won't do it for yourself, do it for those around you!


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Susan Wheeler of The Equinox Resort and Spa

Publisher's Message
The Ugly Gender Thing


Hold your nose and let's take a trip down Gender Lane.

Let's start by acknowledging that we really do have different perceptions of, and expectations for, women than we do for men.

Just acknowledging that fact is a gigantic step in the right direction.

For example, words like calculating and ambitious are acceptable for men; not women. Anger and confrontation are acceptable for men; not women. (Of course, the words "strategic" and "highly motivated" and "passionate" and "fearlessness" are more likely used as the correlating descriptors for men.)


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Suzanne Gillis