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Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Mrs. President
By Kari Neumeyer, Women's eNews.
The reality series 'American Candidate' could sweeten some women's interest in politics. Choosing the candidates to be America's next television president, however, may not have been the most democratic process.

"American Candidate," the reality television show that begins broadcasting in August, promises to help close the gender gap in U.S. politics by showing women as viable – if still virtual – presidential candidates.

Among the dozen candidates drawn from hundreds of applicants, at least four are women who made their faux candidacy public last month, as part of their assignment to plan a political rally in June.

"If you want to change culture, you have to have things on film and TV. Show women as leaders," said Marie Wilson, co-founder and president of The White House Project. The organization is New York-based and works to create a political and cultural climate in which the idea of a female president is considered normal. "Look, people are watching 'The Apprentice,' they're watching reality shows," Wilson added.

Structured like "Survivor" or "The Apprentice," the show pits the candidates against each other in a series of so-called challenges, captured by camera crews. Each week, the weakest candidate will be eliminated until the person voted best suited to occupy the White House emerges.


No movement on threat by city to evict Boy Scouts
By Linda K. Harris
Inquirer Staff Writer

A year ago, the Boy Scouts of America's Cradle of Liberty Council lost its funding from local charitable organizations.

A few months later, Philadelphia officials threatened to revoke its rent-free lease on its stately headquarters.

The Boy Scouts promised to come up with a policy that would not violate the antidiscrimination policies of both the city and the charitable organizations.

Today, the Cradle of Liberty Council still has its headquarters at 22d and Winter Streets in Center City, and the city has not pressed the issue.


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