A notable women's event diminished

Friday, March 11, 2011; 6:42 PM

March 8 was the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. The State Department celebrated by recognizing 10 outstanding "International Women of Courage" nominated by American ambassadors around the world. These are women who at great personal risk have fought human trafficking, violence against women and corruption - women standing up for human rights and human dignity.

On Page C2 of the March 9 Style section, The Post featured Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton getting "a knowing laugh from the crowd" when introducing the first female president of Kyrgyzstan, one of those 10 brave women. However, on the same page, almost five inches, including a picture, were devoted to the infamous White House "party crasher," who in my opinion is not only over-featured by The Post but is of questionable value from a news standpoint. What's wrong with this picture?

It was bad enough that women were roughed up in Egypt on International Women's Day [news story, March 9]. Where was the positive coverage of the advances women have made?

Laura Schuldt, McLean

The writer is a board member of American Women for International Understanding, which hosted a dinner for the 10 International Women of Courage on March 7.

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