Reporter Helen Thomas Paved the Way

She was a fixture. She sat in the center seat of the front row. She usually asked the first question and then closed the press conference with the simple phrase, “Thank you, Mr. President.”...more

(VIDEO) The Reaction of the Blogosphere: Seven Women Blogging Journalist Helen Thomas' Resignation

Helen Thomas, the 89-year-old columnist for Hearst Newspapers known as "the dean of the White House press corps, announced her retirement today after a continued uproar over a video interview in which she said Israeli Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine," suggesting they "return" to Germany and Poland. ...more

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Women Connecting Across the Generational Divide: from Gloria Steinem to Courtney Martin

Consider these four women: Helen Thomas  -- 89 years old, a first-wave feminist who broke into the mens' club that was the Washington DC press corps, and has since covered every President since JFK. ...more

Joe Biden, And Me

I called my friend Annie and told her, “Joe Biden is now the symbol for working women over the age of 50.”    ...more

If Helen Thomas is a Witch, What Does That Make Bill O'Reilly?

It's always easy to tell when you've hit a nerve with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly because he loses that condescending laugh of his and goes on the uber-attack. It's clear that he's currently on the feminist warpath after being called out for attacking journalistic icon Helen Thomas by comparing her to the Wicked Witch of the East. ...more

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An interview with Helen Thomas: Clinton and Obama aren't tokens, so don't treat them like they are

Part of being a token--a minority presence chosen to represent a larger group-- as Rosabeth Moss Kanter wrote in her classic Men and Women of the Corporation, is that the token receives special attention and special treatment in exchange for being expected to conform to certain stereotypes and acting a certain way. As the presidential race has progressed, both Clinton and Obama have risen above token status. ...more

It isn't about the right woman or right black or white Evangelical or right Mormon, though.  ...more