Hiya! Boy am I happy to have time to post about two fantastic Vagina News items that happened this week.
First, President Obama announced his nomination of Janet Yellin for Chairperson of the Federal Reserve. If confirmed, Yellin will be the first woman to hold the position. In addition to that milestone, some interesting things to note:
- Linguistic nerds like me may take interest in how various media outlets are reporting her title, now that the word ‘Chairman’ doesn’t apply. Some are using it anyway, some are employing ‘chair’ with a lowercase ‘c’, The New York Times is the only one I found to use ‘Chairwoman.’
- She has a long history of focusing on how monetary policy affects rates of employment, believes unemployment is the biggest threat to a healthy economy, and developed a theory – alongside her Nobel Prize-winning economist husband – that people would rather be unemployed than underpaid.
- She has an excellent track record on predicting economic trends, including being one of the few people at the Fed who predicted a recession in 2007.
- She is not Larry Summers.
Second, Canadian author Alice Munro has been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Some facts:
- Her work often focuses on the lives and experience of women and girls.
- Of the 106 times the Nobel Prize for Literature has been awarded since its founding in 1901, Munro is the 13th woman to receive it, and only the second Canadian.
- She is also one of few short-story writers to receive the prize.
Looks like I have some reading to do!