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  • Why Mrs. Madoff And Mrs. Sanford Haven't Called It Quits

    Their husbands steal. They cheat. They pay-to-play. Yet despite it all, these wives stand by their man.

    When Ruth Madoff finally broke her attorney-advised silence this afternoon, moments after Bernard Madoff, her husband of nearly 50 years, was sentenced to 150 years in prison, talk turned to whether or not the days of their marriage were history.

    In Pictures: Why Mrs. Madoff And Mrs. Sanford Haven't Called It Quits

    "I am breaking my silence now because my reluctance to speak has been interpreted as indifference or lack of sympathy for the victims of my husband Bernie's crime, which is exactly the opposite of the truth," she said in a statement issued by her attorney.

    "From the moment I learned from my husband that he had committed an enormous fraud, I have had two thoughts: first, that so many people who trusted him would be ruined financially and emotionally, and second, that my life with the man I have known for over 50 years was over."


    But over in the sense that the

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  • Q&A With Bobbi Brown: How To Give Back

    The make-up master serves double-duty as a philanthropist and volunteer: ''I believe so much in helping other people.''

    Whether they are mentoring colleagues or participating in a local walk against breast cancer, successful women know how important it is to give back. Too often, though, the idea of donating money or time can be daunting. But those who do it say that it makes them feel more accomplished, successful and content in every other part of their lives.

    Just ask Bobbi Brown, make-up guru and successful entrepreneur who founded the cosmetics company that bears her name. New York-based Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is closely involved with two organizations that benefit young women and aspiring professionals: Dress for Success and Jane Addams High School in the Bronx, N.Y.

    In Pictures: The Busy Woman's Guide To Volunteering

    Brown also works closely with local groups in her hometown of Montclair, N.J. It's where she feels she's able to make a bigger impact: "Sometimes when you go to a

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  • Office Beauty Dos and Don'ts

    The best advice for office-ready beauty, including why it's OK to wear red lipstick in a board meeting.

    Wet hair, smudged eyeliner, chipped nails. These mishaps top the list of Office Beauty No-Nos. We all know that we need to be presentable at work. But beyond the obvious, what does presentable actually mean?

    What you can get away with in terms of grooming in the office has a lot to do with your company's corporate culture. Much like a dress code, more creative, laidback occupations call for less stringent beauty routines. However, there are some rules that apply to almost everyone.

    In Pictures: 10 Office Beauty Dos and Don'ts

    For one, don't shy away from color, especially when it comes to lipstick. Red lipstick looks right, even in a boardroom. "A perfect red mouth, with a bit of blush and a neutral eye shadow, always looks appropriate," says makeup artist Napoleon Perdis, whose clients include Debra Messing. Shy away from glosses and try a matte, creamy lipstick like

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  • Top-paying jobs for women

    Move over CEO, there's a new job in town.

    Women are flocking to the labor force in record numbers. Nearly 60% sought or occupied employment in 2008, the latest year for which statistics are available, representing 46.5% of the total U.S. labor force. More than one-third of these women worked in management, professional and related occupations, accounting for 51% of all workers in this top-paying sector.

    Though a pay gap persists--women's earnings remain stalled at around 80% of men's--women are finding the jobs that pay them the most, and some may surprise you. Based on a U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau 2008 analysis, we ranked women's median weekly earnings as full-time wage and salary workers to uncover the highest-paying jobs for women.

    In Pictures: Top-Paying Jobs For Women

    An unlikely No. 1 emerged. Much to our surprise, pharmacy topped the list, where women pharmacists earn a median wage of $1,647 per week or about $86,000 a year. Women currently account for slightly

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  • Jon & Kate R Us

    Why have I been consumed with this sad, sordid cliche? The truth is: There but for the grace of God goes my own marriage.

    I'd never seen Jon & Kate Plus 8 until a Friday morning last month, when I was on the elliptical trainer at the gym, flipping channels to find CNN and happened instead on a two-year-old rerun of the show. By then the whole country had heard that the couple's 10-year marriage was on the rocks. I was curious. Would I be able to spot clues to their future problems?

    In Pictures: Five Things Every Married Woman Needs To Hear About Divorce

    In a word: Yes. In three words: Good grief, yes. And then came the queasy realization that's had me glued to this train wreck ever since: There but for the grace of God goes my own marriage.

    Well, except for the boatload of children. The Gosselins are raising twins and sextuplets, all conceived via fertility treatments within the span of a few years. Not surprisingly, given the chaos in their home, she seems constantly

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  • Seven common body language mistakes

    Every twirl of your hair, crossed leg or micro-expression gives off a message. Learn how to take control over how people view you.

    Say please and thank you. Don't raise your voice. Sit up straight with your legs together and hands on your lap. Don't draw attention to yourself. And never ever brag.

    These are the lessons many parents teach their daughters. And while these attributes--politeness, deference, humility--and the way they are projected through our gestures, gait and self-presentation can certainly help in the classroom and certain social settings, they could be holding many of us back professionally.

    In Pictures: Seven Common Body Language Mistakes

    Jeannine Fallon, executive director of corporate communications at, learned this at a training course called "Women Unlimited," which she attended when she worked at Volvo 10 years ago.

    "I distinctly remember one insight," she says of the session. "At a boardroom table, women tend to pile all their

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  • Time Off Debate: Infancy Vs. The Teen Years

    Sure, you want to stay home when your children are babies and toddlers. But it may be more important to take time off when they're adolescents.

    You might think that Nancy Shenker, founder and CEO of marketing consultancy theONswitch and mother of two, would have gone with the traditional recipe for children-work balance. It normally looks something like this: A heavy stock base of parental leave and time off when the kids are infants and toddlers with a pinch of mornings or afternoons off when they're older.

    There's just one thing--Shenker believed that being home with her girls, now ages 21 and 17, was more important when her daughters were navigating the ups and downs of teen life. Six years ago, she left her job as a senior marketing executive and started her own company to better manage that critical time.

    Many working mothers like Shenker struggle daily with the push-and-pull of pursuing fulfilling careers and devoting themselves to their kids. This inevitably begs

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  • Stylists Aren't Just for Celebrities Anymore

    The secret of professional women who always look so put together? Shh, it might be their personal fashion guru.

    Everyone knows that celebrities who slink down a red carpet have had their clothes, makeup, jewelry, handbag and hair vetted by a professional stylist. Stylists like Rachel Zoe and Robert Verdi have become famous enough to land their own cable TV shows. But there's an entire branch of the business of styling that never appears at a movie premiere or Oscar ceremony. Female executives and entrepreneurs--and the just-plain-busy or those in need of fashion guidance--often turn to stylists to improve or update their look and wardrobe.

    In Pictures: Perfect Suits For Every Age

    "I think anyone who is part of corporate America in a leadership role has a responsibility to look professional, interesting, well-tailored and act as a role model for other women," says Bernadette Kenny, head of human resources for staffing giant Adecco. Kenny, who updates her wardrobe

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  • Iran And The Woman Question

    Feminism has a rich history in Iran. Now more than ever, says journalist Roya Hakakian, it is alive and well and at its most vibrant.

    Against the backdrop of her Iran's political turmoil, Iranian-American journalist Roya Hakakian sat down with ForbesWoman to discuss her native country's current climate and the situation facing women--and men--in Iran today.

    Born in Tehran , Hakakian is the author of several collections of poetry and Journey from the Land of No, a memoir. She left Iran in 1984 at the age of 18. She has not returned nor has she been permitted to return. She now lives in Connecticut .

    Excerpts from her interview with ForbesWoman follow.

    In Pictures: Women To Watch

    Forbes: What was your first reaction to seeing women among the protesters in the streets of Iran ?

    Hakakian: The presence of women is not a surprise to me at all.

    Iran has had a robust women's movement for several decades now. But in the late 1990s, a new generation took

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  • Summer Fashion 2009: What's Hot Now

    Your new faves for the office, cocktail hour and beach.

    No need to think too hard about all the advantages of summer--after-dinner walks and weekend getaways are a good start--but what about all the uncomfortable fashion questions of the season? Office air conditioning leaves you wondering what to wear to stay warm at your desk and cool out of doors. A forthcoming trip to the beach has you obsessing over which swimsuit will elongate your legs, and your head is spinning over that party invitation you just received from your COO requesting that you wear "summer chic" clothes.

    In Pictures: Summer's Wardrobe Essentials List

    The good news is that updating your look this summer--and solving those time-honored summer wardrobe crises--couldn't be easier. Designers and retailers have adapted a back-to-basics approach that broadcasts a "don't worry, be happy" message.

    Here are some tips to follow for an updated summer wardrobe that won't break your budget.

    Shop Your Closet

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