Month: November 2004

D.A. Susan Reed: A Woman with Convictions

Susan Reed, the first woman elected district attorney in the history of Bexar County, repeatedly has been ready to jump on difficult cases in a flash. Impossible ones may take her a little bit longer but not much. An example of the latter is a case that dates back to the early days of her 30-year career. As a fledgling assistant district attorney, Reed shrugged off the advice of more experienced — and more cautious — colleagues and successfully prosecuted a man accused of dousing his wife with gasoline, and while he was taunting her with a flare, fatally...

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Madame President: Four San Antonio colleges are run by women

Today, many women find themselves in leadership positions in education, but they are still a minority among college presidents. According to the American Council on Education, only 21 percent of four-year colleges and universities are headed by women, and the number is only slightly higher, 27 percent, for community colleges. San Antonio has surpassed the national average by having four capable women at the helm of higher education institutions. Tessa Martinez Pollack, Ph.D. OLLU When we arrive at Our Lady of the Lake University to interview its president, Dr. Tessa Martinez Pollack, the receptionist asks us to please “wait...

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Raising the Bar: Women lawyers have won their case

If you watch television or the movies, women lawyers seem to be cut from the same cloth: Young, pretty, idealistic assistant district attorneys who want to save the world on shows like Law & Order; sexy lawyers in slinky clothes, martinis in hand, dancing the night away on Ally McBeal; or cute, winsome characters like Reese Witherspoon’s Elle Woods, who takes over Harvard Law with a smile and a great wardrobe in the film Legally Blonde. Love it or hate it, pop culture has elevated women in law to a whole new place. But, unlike what is depicted on...

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Screening Messages: Professor tracks the impact of media on political decisions

During this election cycle, we’ve heard about a lot of different subspecies of voters: security moms (most concerned about terrorism), NASCAR dads (this year’s counterpart to soccer moms) and iPod voters (youthful and techno-savvy). Political scientist Amy Jasperson thinks the media might pay more attention to another group, big enough to swing the outcome any way they choose — if only they would. “Single women are the largest group of non-voters in our democratic process,” she says. “Twenty-two million women didn’t vote in the last election. How crazy is that? Your vote is your voice.” She herself is part...

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From the Grind to Glamour: Surviving holiday festivities beautifully

Tis the season for family and friends, shopping and wrapping, cooking and, yes, eating, and all the other activities that fill up the months of November and December. There will be kids’ school programs, church functions, volunteer activities, office parties, neighborhood open houses and countless other events to attend. And, of course, these will all be in addition to your normal crazy schedule. No doubt you will find yourself going from work or soccer practice or carpooling or housecleaning to social event without skipping a beat. Regardless of what your daily grind involves, you can glide into holiday event...

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