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Southwest Pilot: Cool and Heroic Under Pressure

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“Nerves of steel”: That’s the phrase no one can avoid when talking about Tammie Jo Shults, 56, the amazing Texan who somehow landed Southwest Airlines flight 1380 after one of the engines failed. Tragically, one life was lost, but Shults is being applauded for staying calm and bringing the 737 to a safe landing.

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Female Farmers: From Harvest to Halls of Power

It’s really the oldest profession in the world—farming—and women have been doing it forever. Now, female farmers are taking their know-how and compassion to rural campaign trails. These women simultaneously shoulder the responsibility of feeding the nation and making it all work on super-slim margins. Who better to tackle thorny policies and serve as champions for small towns, the conservation of natural resources and rural success?

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Barbara Bush: Talk About Aging Boldly

As the country mourns the passing of Barbara Bush, who died on April 17, we salute the loss of this Aging Boldly icon. She enjoyed the rare status of being both a First Lady and the mother of a U.S. Presidentthe only other woman to achieve that was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams. Bush’s son Jeb was a former governor of Florida, too.

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The Rhino Death Felt Round the World

Last month, National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale made a quick and anxious trip to Kenya to say goodbye to a beloved rhino. And maybe a whole species. Sudan, the last male Northern White Rhino on the planet, died at the age of 45 after efforts to breed him with female rhinos had failed. (There is talk of harvesting their eggs and trying other reproductive procedures.)

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Found: The Twitter Mystery Woman

Did you catch the recent mystery that Twitter helped solve? Candace Jean Andersen, an illustrator, wanted to do a picture book about the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972. While doing her research, she came across a photograph from a gathering of experts at the 1971 International Conference on the Biology of Whales in Virginia. Almost 40 attendees were seen, and they were virtually all white men. There was one young black woman, barely visible in the crowd. Everyone was identified in the photo, except – you guessed it – the woman of color. It almost seemed like a moment from the recent movie Hidden Figures.

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The Most Unlikely College Sports Star is a 98-Year-Old Nun

College basketball fans know that March Madness is always full of surprises. Top seeds fall. Cinderella teams rise. But probably the biggest surprise in the history of the NCAA tournament is the unlikely stardom of a 98-year-old nun. Sister Jean Dolores Smith has been celebrated by media outlets from Sports Illustrated to the Catholic News Agency. She’s gone viral on social media—one meme shows her in a Michael-Jordan-like leap with a basketball as part of an Air Jean logo.

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Now This Is What You Call A Cat Lady


Adopting a pet means saving a life and getting oodles of love in return. But what happens to animals too sick to find a home? That’s what Lynn Stitt wondered — so she founded the Best Little Cat House in Pennsylvania, a hospice for terminally ill felines.

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Meet the 96-Year-Old Death Metal Grandma

The stereotype for people in their 90s involves images of a quiet life of reading, watching TV, and napping.

Inge Ginsburg, 96, is out to obliterate that notion, donning a black-tie gown and spitting out lyrics while a metal band thrashes away behind her.

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And The Oscar Goes To….One of Us!


As you’re watching the Academy Awards this weekend (and you are, right?), let’s take a minute to give a round of applause for all the 45-plus remarkable women who are nominated to take home a golden statue. Still not as many as it should be, but at least in the Supporting Actress category one of us is guaranteed to take home an Oscar. Chin-chin.

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No One Tells These Women They Can’t Skateboard!

Besides helping you keep in touch with friends and remember birthdays, here’s another reason to love Facebook: It gave birth to a London-based group we just adore – the Very Old Skateboarders. A couple of midlife English women were upset that they were discouraged from skateboarding, so they began the online group about five years ago. It now has over 1,500 members who take to parks on skateboards and longboards (the group admin Elizabeth, age 66, uses a land paddle with hers).

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Rosanna Arquette On Weinstein, Lost Years and What Matters Most Now

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For the first time since the Harvey Weinstein reckoning, Rosanna Arquette talks about how her warnings about him may have hurt her career, her true heroes and why her long-time work supporting exploited women and LGBT youth has become more important than ever.

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Just When We Need Her: Christiane Amanpour Steps Up

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As the most accomplished international journalist of her generation takes over the time slot for Charlie Rose, Sheila Weller looks at the personal bond that fueled Christiane Amanpour’s rise and why it’s even more relevant today.

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