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CBS News Sunday Morning: The Mother's Day Issue

In our Cover Story, Martha Teichner returns home to the Michigan town where she was born. She has a progress report on the lives of women there. What she found is revealing about the state of women in towns all across America.

Rita Braver profiles Mother Dolores, a Benedictine nun for 43 years, living and working in the cloistered abbey, Regina Laudis. But before she became a nun, she was Hollywood actress Dolores Hart, starring in movies with the likes of Elvis Presley, George Hamilton, and Robert Wagner. She also was engaged to be married. We'll find out what her life was like then, and what it's like now, particularly since she’s been afflicted with the painful disease peripheral neuropathy.

The Beach Boys wrote songs about it. James Dean and Harrison Ford made movie history doing it. "It" is drag-racing, which these days means two cars blasting off in a testosterone-fueled roar reaching speeds of more than 300 miles-per-hour in less than five seconds. Sports don't come much more "macho" than drag-racing but, as correspondent Susan Spencer discovers, this year the leader of the pack is a woman: 33-year-old Melanie Troxel, the fastest woman in the world.

You would expect to see celebrities decked out in their designer best on the red carpet and, of course, on the runway, but what about a Secretary of State's ensemble, or a vice president's parka? This Sunday Morning, Erin Moriarty talks to Pulitzer Prize winner Robin Givhan, fashion editor for the Washington Post.

The law is supposed to keep women from combat, but the small number of females serving in Iraq often find themselves in harm's way. So, in places far from home, and on bases surrounded by men, what do these few female soldiers do to remind themselves that they're still -- women? Some say they primp even more than they do at home, to the point of wearing more makeup and painting their toenails, as they struggle to preserve a feminine edge in a very hostile environment.

Serena Altschul sizes up the latest, and some of the priciest, handbags.

Tracy Smith explores why, when it comes to engagement rings, diamonds may not be a girl's best friend.

Commentator Nancy Giles is not married, has no kids, and is not seeing anyone. You have a problem with that? Giles shares her thoughts on "singlehood."

Lesley Stahl sits down with actress, activist, mother and movie star Susan Sarandon.

Commentary from Cindy Chupak, who used to write for "Sex and the City."

Wildflowers of Starved Rock State Park, in northern Illinois.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 28x37
Airdate: Sunday May 14th, 2006

Guest Stars
Susan SarandonSusan Sarandon
As Herself
Susan SarandonSusan Sarandon
As Herself
Main Cast
Charles OsgoodCharles Osgood
As Himself
Charles OsgoodCharles Osgood
As Himself
Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRand Morrison
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