Get your smarts on.

Happy New Year, darlings! Here's our best advice for the burgeoning political maven in 2009: get your smarts on! Learn from those major babes who have come before us, or are currently on the scene. From Marie Antoinette to Queen Noor; from Virginia Woolf to Melinda Henneberger; learn from these women in their own words.

The International Museum of Women has a fabulous website, and has thoughtfully provided us with a reading list, located at

The entire website is worth your time, with a film list featuring our favorite political granny, Doris "Granny D." Haddock, that courageous woman making her first run at the United States Senate at the age of 94.

We can always learn from each other, sweeties, and take the serious advice seriously, and the rest with a grain of salt. Perhaps on a margarita.