i was all about the greening of the blog during earth day[s] last week. now i need to turn our attention back to another sort of vital green.
tuesday, april 20th, marked how far into 2010 american women must work from january 1, 2009, to match what men earned last year.
no, no typos. for what a guy earned working from 1.1.2009 to 12.31.2009, a gal had to work an extra 110 days [78 weekdays] to earn the same.
o.m.g. i'm sorry － what year is this?
2010 － and women are still earning only 77 cents for every male dollar.
the harvard business review put together this eye-opening [potentially to the point of tears] presentation of some of the pay-gap facts, such as they are ... i dare you to not be righteously rageful [click the image to go to the rest of the presentation]:
the president is cracking down on pay inequity and backing the paycheck fairness act. the measure will make it okay to talk about pay in the workplace, make it easier to prove sex discrimination, and make penalties harsher for companies who underpay women employees.
go-bama. american women don't have 110 days to spare.
she should have been an opera star. it was what she wanted to be, trained to be, hoped to be.
instead, she ended up in movies, frequently playing the role of an opera star.
kathryn grayson － beautiful, self-described pollyanna, and vocally gifted star of many of mgm's heyday musicals － died february 17th at the age of 88.
i neglected to mention her passing at the time, but was reminded of it recently as i came across she and howard keel, dewy-eyed and crooning to one another as the star-crossed noli and gay in showboat.
[and ava gardner as a black woman － classic.]
zelma kathryn elizabeth hedrick was a 15yo coloratura soprano studying for a life on the operatic stage when mgm execs discovered and signed her [studio head louis b. mayer apparently feigned a heart attack to guilt her into committing to a contract]. she debuted as mickey rooney's girl friday in 1941's andy rooney's private secretary.
over the next 15 years, grayson made 20 movies for mgm, the most memorable of which were showboat, kiss me kate [also with howard keel], and anchors aweigh with gene kelly and frank sinatra [she played susan, the topic of the titillating tune "if you knew susie"].
grayson left hollywood in 1956. she finally got to do opera, though mostly through summer theatre and never at the met. she starred in broadway's camelot, and toured nationwide with keel in man of la mancha.
she did a little tv, vegas, a one-woman show. she had married young and twice, and had been single since 1951. she left behind a daughter, two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, as well as a secretary who had been with her for over thirty years.
she went peacefully in her sleep. and the angels sing.
according to hchw, over 125 million americans － especially the young ones － are experiencing a historic high in chronic diseases like cancer, autism, adhd, asthma, birth defects, & developmental/learning disabilities.
and scientific evidence indicates environmental hazards & household chemicals may well be causing & contributing to this tragically unwell trend.
so healthy child healthy world educates parents, supports protective policies, & engages communities to make responsible decisions, simple everyday choices, & smart lifestyle improvements.
for healthier children. & a healthier world.
for my family, i'm undertaking hchw's 5 easy steps, with the goal of completing them all by next april 22nd.
dixie carter was her real name － but i confess, i loved her best as genteel-yet-uppity southern woman julia sugarbaker.
the real dixie was born in mclemoresville, tennessee, reared mostly in memphis, a runner-up for miss tennessee 1959 and an english graduate of the university of memphis.
her career as an actress spanned a full four decades, much of it spent in television, much of it on stage － in broadway musicals and plays, as well as in a long-running cabaret act.
she wed three times, the last and lasting marriage to fellow actor hal holbrook, 14 years her senior, 26 years her husband, and her frequent co-star [the couple, above, at the 2008 academy awards].
of course, her best-known role was as atlanta-based interior designer julia sugarbaker, the wisecracking, proud and protective matriarch of the beautiful, big-haired, hilarious quartet of designing women. julia was written by show creator linda bloodworth-thomason as an unapologetic and sharp-witted liberal; dixie carter was a registered republican. but the show must go on, so carter struck a deal: for every democratic diatribe julia delivered, she got to sing a song in a future episode.
dixie carter died last saturday from endometrial cancer complications. she was 70. she left behind holbrook and her two daughters from her first marriage, mary dixie and ginna.
she also left behind some priceless perspective a la julia － here she is tearing up a pageant poptart who's been dissing her sister, suzanne: