An Important Week For Women

It has been an interesting week for women, lot’s of different stories were making the news.

For the first time in its eighty-year history, Augusta National Golf Club opened it’s membership to women.  Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and a businesswoman named Darla Moore are the first women to join the club.   Call me a cynic, but maybe last year’s embarrassment of not offering a membership to the CEO of IBM because she is a woman, may have something to do with it.  This membership offer has been a long-standing tradition that is offered to major sponsors, and had been awarded to all the male IBM CEOs previous to CEO Virginia Rometty.  So, just maybe, this move is to avoid another embarrassment as well as loss of sponsorships.  Instead of hailing this moment as a cause to cheer, I can only offer a big sigh and an “It’s about time!”


Rosie O’Donnellhad a heart attack last week.  After returning home Rosie did what she does best, she blogged about it and talked about it.  After helping a very large women get out of her car, Rosie experienced aches and pains in her arms and chest along with nausea, clamminess and vomiting.  What we have since learned is that 1 in 3 women die from heart disease and it is the number one killer of women.  We also learned that the symptoms experienced by women are NOT the same as for men.  Men often complain of a crushing pain, likened to an elephant sitting on their chest.  Not so for women.

The American Heart Association lists the following heart attack signs for women:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, or pain in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or comes and goes.
  • Discomfort or pain in either or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Nausea, breaking out in a cold sweat, or lightheadedness.

While chest pain or discomfort is equally common among men and women, the heart association says women are more likely to suffer other symptoms such as shortness of breath, nausea and/or vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

If you have any of these signs, call 911 within five minutes and get to a hospital immediately, the heart association advises.


Of course we also have the news about  Todd Akin, a Missouri Congressman running for the Senate.  When asked a question about a the Congressman’s stance on abortion after rape, Akin had this to say:

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said.

The swift denunciation by most on both sides of the aisle at the use of the word “legitimate” to describe rape, was entirely justified.  But the medical misinformation that is evident in this statement in describing the response of the female body to a rape is even more inexcusable for someone who is out front in trying to shape the laws of this land regarding women’s bodies.   I have to question the wisdom of allowing non-professionals to be part of a medical decision-making process that should only be between a patient and her doctor.

A special mention this week of the passing of  95-year-old Phyllis Diller, a groundbreaking female comedian.  She was one of the first and one of a kind.


A nod, also, to Diana Nyad on her fourth attempt , at the age of sixty-three, to swim from Cuba to Miami in very adverse conditions.  While she did not complete the swim, she is a winner.

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4 Responses to An Important Week For Women

  1. Janet says:

    Great update on women this week. Thanks!

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