Colleen McCullough Obit Leads by Calling Her 'Plain' and 'Overweight'

Here's how one Australian paper began its obit for a beloved author: "Colleen McCullough, Australia's bestselling author, was a charmer. Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she said: 'I've never been into clothes or figure and the interesting… » 1/30/15 11:10am 1/30/15 11:10am

Blink-182: You Were Never That Good, But I Really Loved You Anyway

The year was 1999 and American middle school girls were faced with a politically fraught choice: Backstreet Boys or *N Sync? Lines were drawn and friendships destroyed as 11-14 year-olds scrambled to choose sides. But then there were those of us who refused to believe that this was it, who refused to conform to this… » 1/28/15 4:50pm 1/28/15 4:50pm

Obit of Bess Myerson Is a Vivid, Splashy Must-Read

Bess Myerson, public servant, presidential advisor, and the first and only Jewish Miss America, died on December 14th at the age of 90. The New York Times released an obituary Monday, reigniting public interest in a woman who lived loudly despite the traps of disadvantage—economic, religious, gender—that sought to… » 1/06/15 1:45pm 1/06/15 1:45pm

Major Newspapers Don't Particularly Care When Notable Women Die

Hey, did any notable women die this year? Eh, not that many, according to our major national newspapers, most of which release lists of significant deaths every year. Countless women (sorry, we can't tell you who, since we don't know who they are) are rolling in their graves thanks to Mother Jones' in-depth look at… » 12/12/12 2:10pm 12/12/12 2:10pm