TODAY | December 12, 2012
>>> the economy, hurricane sandy and the presidential campaign were all big conversation starters this year. what were the top stories that had women talking? ivillage.com has been keeping track and chief correspondent ankle kelly wallace is here with the results.
>> good morning to you.
>> good morning. let's start with number five, that controversial breast feed ing cover on "time" magazine.
>> oh, my god, women were talking about this. women who said oh, my goodness, that's too old.
>> how old is too old?
>> this is a champion for breastfeeding. others thought maybe even if they support breast feeding this isn't the way to go to get support. people are so passionate about it, for or against.
>> number four, a book that got a lot of attention even at the white house apparently. michelle obama talked about t"the fifthy shades of grey" phenom.
>> you know, not having read it, it's hard to know exactly what's going on.
>> it's obviously tapped into something and given people permission to explore parts of themselves that maybe felt a bit taboo.
>> i mean, hello, even the first lady is talking about it. it is something that sparked more conversation in the bedroom.
>> that's true. number three involved comments about rape by those two senate candidates, todd akien and richard mourdock . whitney houston 's death.
>> loss of a talent but also mourning the loss of this woman who now is leaving behind a daughter who no longer has a mother.
>> number one was same-sex marriage.
>> something everyone is talking about. women seem to be leading the charge. more women than men support same-sex marriage and helping to pass ballot measures legalizing same-sex marriage.
>> kelly wallace, more on ivillage.com.