Powerful Primates Misbehavin'

• First four quotes from  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's book,   “Off the Sidelines,”  a "part-memoir, part rallying cry for women to get involved in politics." Final "f*ck" quote from Huffpost interview.

• First four quotes from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's book, “Off the Sidelines,” a "part-memoir, part rallying cry for women to get involved in politics." Final "f*ck" quote from Huffpost interview.

• "It was all statements that were being made by men who were well into their 60s, 70s or 80s," she says. "They had no clue that those are inappropriate things to say to a pregnant woman or a woman who just had a baby or to women in general." — Senator Gillibrand

• Below: Watch Jon Stewart on the Gillibrand revelations and reactions from female journalists:

• “We all had our stories of whom you’d not get in an elevator with and whom you’d protect your young female interns from.” —NBC/MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell

• “They know who they are.” —House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

• "After I had my son three years ago, I got some comments that would blow you away from male senators...talking about getting my figure back and things like that.” —CNN correspondent Dana Bash

• “There’s a lot at stake for men and women who come forward to talk about a hostile environment and workplace harassment. Retaliation is very real, and it could come in the form of losing your job altogether or your boss making life your life terrible by controlling which job assignments you get, and whether you get a promotion or the pay you deserve. It could even take the form of additional sexual harassment. That’s why some people don’t want to pay the price for speaking out.” —Fatima Goss Graves, National Women’s Law Center

• “Up to 60 percent of people who experience harassment in the workplace don’t report it … But the majority happen in low-wage workplaces like the restaurant and agricultural industries, where workers have the fewest protections and can least afford to lose their job. —Fatima Goss Graves


 

Mom. How Does She Do It?

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• “All I want for Mother's Day is an Ambien and a hotel room.” — someecards.com

• “The greatest thing a father can do for his daughter is to love her mother.” — Elaine B. Dalton

• “The older I get the smarter my mother becomes.” — yourecards.com

• “As a housewife, I feel that if the kids are still alive when my husband gets home from work, then hey, I've done my job.” — Roseanne Barr

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Anna Jarvisfounder of Mother's Day at her West Virginia church in 1908, was annoyed that most American holidays were dedicated to honoring male achievement. In 1924, a decade after Congress made Mother's Day an official holiday, Anna Jarvis sought to discontinue the celebration because it became excessively commercial and exploitive. (huffpost.com)

• Mother's Day is the busiest day of the year for restaurants.

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Marilyn Monroe Draws the Line

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Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) is shown in her iconic white dress from director Billy Wilder's 1955 film, “Seven Year Itch.” Classic image based on photo by Bruno Bernard. 

The 26-foot tall  sculpture  of  Marilyn  shields people from Chicago rain. It was then moved to Palm Springs, and finally (April 2014) to Hamilton, NJ for a retrospective honoring its now-84-year-old sculptor  Seward Johnson  (Johnson & Johnson heir).

The 26-foot tall sculpture of Marilyn shields people from Chicago rain. It was then moved to Palm Springs, and finally (April 2014) to Hamilton, NJ for a retrospective honoring its now-84-year-old sculptor Seward Johnson (Johnson & Johnson heir).

• She reportedly "shaved half an inch off one heel (of her shoe) to perfect her trademark wiggle."

• Watch a sultry, woozy Marilyn sing to JFK above in May 1962, three months before she died. Jackie was not present.  

Truth About Gloria Steinem

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Happy 80th Birthday Ms. Steinem! (b. March 25, 1934)

• “Social activist, writer, editor, lecturer … since the late 1960s … outspoken champion of women's rights …" Co-founded Ms. magazine and the National Women's Political Caucus

• In 2000 Steinem married environmental activist David Bale, (who died of cancer in 2003), making her the stepmother of actor Christian Bale.

• Recommend this New York Times column by Gail Collinshttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/opinion/sunday/collins-this-is-what-80-looks-like.html

• Steinem:: "Women can't be equal outside the home until men are equal in it."  (Biography.com)

 

• Join Oprah on this revealing tour of Ms. Steinem’s Manhattan home