Alyssa Rosenberg

Alyssa Rosenberg is a staff correspondent at Government Executive where she covers the federal work force. She writes regularly for National Journal and The New Republic.

Recent Articles

The Invisible Woman

After a summer of blockbuster comic-book flicks and record ticket sales to women, why have we yet to see a superheroine movie?

When I was a kid, visiting my cousin meant I got to do two things: sleep on the top bunk and page through his epic comic-card collection. I may have learned about dating from Archie Comics' Betty and Veronica, but the superheroines of Marvel and DC Comics were much more exciting. I coveted Rogue's kinetically charged boyfriend, Jean Grey's red mane, and Wonder Woman's strength, even squeezed down to trading-card size. It was perfect training for a future superhero-movie consumer. I've followed my memories of those tiny illustrations to the theater to see the X-Men and Spider-Man franchises, I cheered Stan Lee's cameos in The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man , and in May, I read everything about Marvel Comics' announcement that its film-production division would release six new movies by 2011. But as the biggest superhero summer so far comes to a close, I can't help but notice that women have been firmly relegated to the sidelines as girlfriends and assistants. Five of the six upcoming...

MESSAGING.

By Alyssa Rosenberg I doubt Joe Lieberman will be McCain's VP pick, though the tsuris surrounding his flirtation with the Republican Party won't go anywhere anytime soon. But I just got an announcement in my in-box that Hadassah Lieberman will be headlining a Republican Jewish Coalition National Women's Committee lunch, fashion show, and silent auction to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure at the Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis on Labor Day. I'm all for raising money to fight cancer, but doing it at a very high-end retailer on a day devoted to celebrating the value of work at a time when the economy is a huge issue seems like sort of poor messaging.

STAR WARS AND PARENTING.

By Alyssa Rosenberg I almost fell out of my chair laughing while reading this . It's wonderful, and it's Friday, so go, have yourself a laugh (and the writing is excellent, too).

THE NEW YORK TIMES AND THE OLYMPICS.

By Alyssa Rosenberg So as ya'll might have guessed, I'm just the slightest bit excited about the Olympics. But while I've been jumping up and down on my couch cheering on Michael Phelps and Natalie Coughlin and losing sleep over Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson, who proved last night that age and maturity add a LOT to an individual performance in women's gymnastics, I've also enjoyed watching what I think is a quiet coming out party for the New York Times multimedia folks. Throughought this Olympics, the Times multi-media features have been just stunning, whether comparing Michael Phelps and Mark Spitz's performance in the events they both swam, dissecting Deng Linlin's performance in floor exercise element by element, showing how the balance shifted event by event in women's team gymnastics, or in my personal favorite, providing a history of Olympic torches in the modern era. It's not just that these features are aesthetically attractive. They're intelligent, and explain and clarify...

WAL-MART'S THURSDAY.

By Alyssa Rosenberg Four labor groups, the AFL-CIO, American Rights at Work, Change to Win, and WakeUpWalMart.com filed a complaint against the corporate giant with the FEC today, charging that the company's efforts to dissuade employees from voting for Barack Obama because he supports the Employee Free Choice Act constitute a prohibited campaign expenditure. Today, Reuters also reported that Wal-Mart's profits are up 17 percent in the last quarter, at least in part because lots of people spent their rebate checks on buying in bulk. The latter development means even if the FEC, back in action after months of disarray, does investigate and find that Wal-Mart violated election law, any resulting monetary fine is bound to be pocket change. Wal-Mart is able to tell its employees they shouldn't vote for Obama for the same reasons the company can work as hard as possible to keep its employees from organizing a union: the cost of getting caught is incredibly low. If Wal-Mart pays a price now...

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