How Black Women Can Show We’re Ready to Lead

Black women can achieve power in corporate America, if we get real about the barriers we’re facing, if we’re united in our quest to overcome them, and if we’re willing to engage advocates and allies to help us get there.

That was the message at a special session during this year’s Women of Power Summit for the 40 Bank of America employees in attendance.

“We did this entire research project on what’s keeping black women from advancing to the C-suite. And we wanted to take this research on the road,” says Calandra Jarrell, senior vice president of Global Diversity and Inclusion, who moderated the candid conversation “Black Women: Ready to Lead—Speaking Truth to Power.”

“We’re exploring black women’s pursuit of powerful jobs and what’s getting in the way—unique challenges that affect brown girls. And having real-talk dialogue about what it feels like to be black in corporate America and a woman at that,” Jarrell says.

That research, Black Women: Ready to Lead, was conducted by the Center for Talent Innovation and co-sponsored by Bank of America. It showed that black women are 2.8 times more likely than white women to aspire to a powerful position with a prestigious title.

But despite the intention, and the fact that almost half of black women (43%) are confident they can succeed in a position of power, the numbers of black women in top positions in corporate America just aren’t adding up.

“We’re not broken; it’s not about performance,” Jarrell says. “It’s about how do we gain the necessary exposure—the same things our counterparts already have. And how do we brainstorm what our company and other leaders can do to really empower us and give us an equal chance.”

The panel featured Tiffany Eubanks-Saunders, senior vice president and market sales executive for U.S. Trust; Michelle Avan, director, Supervision Executive Wealth Management for Merrill Lynch; Ebony Thomas, senior vice president of global employment branding and enterprise diversity recruiting executive; along with the company’s highest-ranking black woman, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Cynthia Bowman.

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The Black Women: Ready to Lead session at the 2018 Women of Power Summit

“As black women in corporate America, we experience it day in and day out that we have to work twice as hard to get half as much. If you think of all of the ethnicities and the genders, black women are literally the last in everything. We have to get real creative about how we can change the dynamic,” Eubanks-Saunders said at the event.

Other nuggets of wisdom were dropped during the conversation about how we can make sure all black women succeed:

Be honest about what more you could be doing. “If we’re gonna be real, real, real with each other, no we don’t always encourage each other. We need to be kind to each other, love up on each other, and say ‘I see you,’” Avan said. “We have an obligation to give to one another support and understanding and to put it forward to model for young women.”

Have the courage to ask for help. “Black girl magic is a gift and a curse. The whole notion of magic is that it’s supernatural—you see it but you don’t believe it. But that magic hurts us. It means we can’t be vulnerable. We can’t ask for help,” Thomas said. “We might have to expose ourselves if we want those allies to be a part of our journey.”

Take care of each other along the way. Sharing what we know, even when it comes to sensitive topics, it’s the only way we’re going to overcome disparities, like the pay gap. “If you have information, don’t just hold it to yourself. If you know it, I want to hear it. School me,” Avan said.

Speak up, even when you’re not the one affected. “We all have a role. We all have the power within us to make a difference. Even if it’s small, collectively we have a broader impact. If you’re silent on an issue, you’re condoning it,” Bowman said.

The session was part of a series of discussions dubbed “Courageous Conversations,” which have been organized by employee networks at the company since 2015 to bring employees together, create awareness of their different experiences, and encourage open dialogue.

More than 60,000 employees have participated in a Courageous Conversation to date, on topics such as social justice and the role of the majority in diversity.

It’s just one of the initiatives Bank of America, where more than 40% of the U.S. workforce is racially or ethnically diverse, has in place to help develop and support black employees.

The Black Professional Group, one of the company’s oldest employee networks with more than 10,000 members, is bolstered by the Black Executive Leadership Council, which works to advance talent and increase representation, and the Diverse Leaders Sponsorship program, which engages senior leaders to promote the visibility of diverse protégés.

Such openness and connection are essential to disrupting the forces that prevent true inclusion. Said Bowman: “If you don’t address the real heart of the issues and have a dialogue around the brutal facts, it’s hard to make progress.”

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Sandra Oh’s Emmy Nomination is a Major Milestone for Asian Women

Sandra Oh made history yesterday when she became the first Asian woman ever nominated for an Emmy in the category of best leading actress in a drama series.

Oh, who was previously nominated for five Best Supporting Actress Emmys for her role as Christina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy, was nominated this year for her role as the titular character in the BBC drama series Killing Eve. In the series, she plays an MI5 agent who is tasked with finding an assassin, Villanelle—whom she later becomes mutually obsessed with over the course of eight episodes.

The show, hailed as a feminist thriller, is also a powerful source of queer representation. “What breaks through is the time and the focus of the show on these two characters,”Oh told The Hollywood Reporter. “It is focusing on female psychology and the female psyche and is doing that unabashedly in a thriller. I don’t think that we’ve seen that before.”

Although earning an Emmy nomination for a groundbreaking feminist role should be cause for celebration, Oh also sees it as motivation to keep fighting for better representation. “It cannot rest,” she said. “I don’t want to rest on the fact that a handful of us have had the opportunity and that it stops there. I want the movement to keep on going. I want the ripple to turn into a wave.”

Amy DePoy is a student at Yale University and an editorial intern at Ms. She loves feminism, reading and writing. She also loves all fruits, but especially strawberries. 

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How Black women in media and beyond are shaping the future

How Black women in media and beyond are shaping the future


How Black women in media and beyond are shaping the future

Since the start of this country, Black people have transformed their lived experiences into beautiful art that challenges societal and cultural perceptions of what it means to be Black in America. They’ve found light and joy in oppressive spaces through art forms like song and film. Their influential presence is felt throughout the world, ushering cultural change in an industry that has historically silenced their voices for speaking truth to power — as was the case with such legends as Dorothy Dandridge and Eartha Kitt.

During the 2018 BET Awards in June, Strong Black Lead — an initiative spearheaded by Black employees at Netflix — released an ad called “A Great Day in Hollywood,” invoking the spirit of “A Great Day in Harlem” (a photograph depicting popular jazz musicians of the 1950s). The 47 Black entertainers featured in the Netflix ad inspire future generations of Black creatives to trust their visions, despite the industry standards reinforcing society’s message of unworthiness: “We’re not a genre because there’s no one way to be black. We’re writing while black. Nuanced and complex; resilient and strong.”

Black women who appear in the ad, including Lena Waithe and Ava DuVernay, are examples of our culture’s creative legacy. Waithe and DuVernay utilize their art and platforms to educate viewers about political and personal issues, like the lived experiences of queer individuals and those suffering from mass incarceration, respectively.

When people of the African Diaspora are represented in media, it can transform perceptions of Blackness and challenge viewers to initiate social change.

Increased representation of Black experiences, as seen in the record-breaking films Black Panther and Girls Trip, showcased to the world that Black stories and voices matter. The intergenerational composition of the Netflix ad speaks to this larger cultural movement where Black creatives shape media narratives of their own lives and communities, continuing the historical innovations of artists before them.

This is also an accessible Black media movement where audiences can engage in conversations around Black popular culture through social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. Young Black creators like Issa Rae, Quinta Brunson, and Franchesca Ramsey have transformed their social media presences into successful careers. Through skillful and humorous storytelling, this movement uplifts and supports work that exposes the harsh realities of being Black in this society.

In a way, this type of media brings to life the Afrofuturist dreams of author Octavia Butler — birthing a future where Black girls and women are given ownership of their lives and stories.

This movement spans beyond entertainment, too. Yes, we have Lena Waithe paving the way for Black women screenwriters, Beyoncé Knowles taking space at Coachella to celebrate Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and Janelle Monáe defining what it means to be a pansexual “free-ass-motherfucker.” But we also have Tarana Burke, who is advocating for Black women sexual assault survivors and helping get their voices heard by policymakers. We have elected representatives like Congresswoman Maxine Waters, as well as community organizers like Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza and BYP100 National Director Charlene Carruthers. When it comes to social justice, countless Black women are leading the charges in their own fields.

Angela Davis, the mother of Black feminist academic thought, said, “Black women have had to develop a larger vision of our society than perhaps any other group. They have had to understand white men, white women, and Black men. And they have had to understand themselves. When Black women win victories, it is a boost for virtually every segment of society.”

And thanks to the visions of today’s artists and activists, Black girls are growing up in an era when they can see Black women reclaim power structures that have long impacted their lives. Following the footsteps of elders who broke barriers before them, they are ensuring the future leadership of young Black girls across the world.

I believe there is an unspoken language and sisterhood among Black women. It’s evident in the magic of our voices and our desire to uplift each other, and it’s time for the world to not only hear the voices that have always spoken up — but to affirm and magnify them.

So to Ava, Lena, Beyoncé, Solange, and every Black woman changing the world through art and activism, this is a love letter to you. I — and so many others — see you, hear you, thank you, and celebrate you.

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First Black Woman on ‘America’s Test Kitchen’ And Her Mission For Women Chefs of Color

As the first woman of color on America’s Test Kitchen—a PBS TV cooking show, Elle Simone, doesn’t view her “test cook” role as just a job. She believes it’s part of her life’s mission to advance the representation for women of color and provide them with a platform for mentorship, sisterhood, and job placement in the culinary world. “Through my social enterprise SheChef, I’m most proud of the women chefs that I’ve been able to mentor directly, said Simone. Their products are on the shelves of Whole Foods, they’re cooking for celebrities, and food styling with Food52.

“I would like to see the full dismantling of the “good old boys club” ideologies. The ones that condone mental, verbal, and emotional abuse as a measure of gaining respect or shaping chefs. I want more support for those who are choosing to go against the grain of these concepts in order to create positive kitchen cultures. I would love to see our male counterparts stop pretending that it’s such a phenomenon that women chefs are equally capable, and often more so, in the kitchen.”

As a culinary activist, Simone is also passionate about creating safe spaces for all women. “The culinary industry is no stranger to the types of behaviors that spearheaded the “#MeToo movement” and since women are largely the minority of our industry, it is easy for us to slip under the radar,” she said. I’ve always felt that women chefs, especially those of color, needed a place for support and guidance; figuring out how and what that looked like, became a priority for me. I believe it’s great to create beautiful content and create social settings for women chefs but what good is any of that if we don’t feel safe, affirmed, and represented?

Below, Simone shares her insight on how she plans to bridge the culture cap for women of color in the culinary world.

Talk about your role on America’s Test Kitchen.

On the PBS show, America’s Test Kitchen, my role is that of a test cook. The test cooks at ATK work long hours to test and develop recipes to get them to the level of perfection that the company strives for. On the show, the test cook shares with the host some of the challenges of the recipe and the ways in which they overcame those challenges in testing; essentially, making all the mistakes so that the ‘home cook” doesn’t have to. I’m also the food stylist for all the food on ATK TV and our secondary show, Cook’s Country.

What is the biggest thing you’d like to see changed in the culinary industry, and how are you working toward making that change happen?

This year, I moderated two very important panels on the “good old boys club” topic. The first was offered by SheChef Inc. at SXSW in Austin, Texas, about how women create and curate culinary careers. Our panelist were women who have used their unique career paths to start their own food business and how they’ve been able to foster positive kitchen cultures. The latter was with WCR (Women Chefs & Restaurateurs) Conference in Minnesota, where we discussed ways in which women chefs can speak up and show up for each other; reinforcing and strengthening our leadership voices and skills. People can feel exhausted from hearing these conversations time and time again, especially over a long period of time. But my feeling is that until the culinary industry is safe and fully inclusive, the dialogue should continue.

You’re in the midst of launching the Art of the Hustle Event Series for people pursuing culinary endeavors, what’s the purpose behind those events?

These events are a place where women in culinary can have a platform to teach and share about ways they have become successful and also share the mindsets and actions that may have hindered them. The goal is for everyone to walk away with several new ideas to implement that can help sustain their business. I always hope that networking will happen but I’m hoping for a sisterhood that will become the pulse and vein of SheChef Inc.

What’s the one thing you wish you had known before going into the culinary world?

I wish I had known that there are many paths that can be taken in this industry. You don’t have to be a restaurant chef! You can be a purchaser of a food distributing company, you can be a food stylist, you can be a nutritionist! I wish someone would’ve told me that the possibilities were endless, perhaps also that as a black woman, it’d be a bit more difficult but that despite that, I could do anything I wanted.

 

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10 Of The Most Generous Black Women In Hollywood

Hollywood can be a place associated with the superficial, but many stars use their platforms and their fortunes to help those in need. For many Black actresses who’ve made it to A-list status, staying in touch with the community is a way of life.

Here are our top picks for the most generous Black women in Hollywood.

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Beyoncé:

Beyoncé has quietly donated to causes special to her heart for years, choosing to keep her charitable actions under the radar. But they’ve still been extremely significant. From helping the victims of the Flint water crisis to the homeless, she’s given away millions of her own money to help those in need.

Most recently, when a devastating hurricane struck her hometown of Houston, Texas, the Grammy-winner’s charity BeyGOOD provided aid in the form of baby products, blankets, toiletries, cots and food to the victims who lost their homes and belongings. She also personally handed out food and posed for photos with the victims before hosting a star-studded telethon to raise millions for recovery,.

Oprah Winfrey:

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From her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa to the Angel Network to fueling the careers of entrepreneurs like Rachael Ray, Nate Berkus, Ava Duvernay and Iyanla Vanzant, Oprah is one of the world’s most renowned philanthropists.

 

Rihanna:

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Far from just her music and fashion, Rihanna has quickly become one of the most generous women in Hollywood, donating millions to build a cancer research facility in her native Barbados and raising massive amounts of donations from her Diamond Ball for women pursuing their education around the world. She’s been so generous with her wealth that she was named Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of The Year.

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8 Superheroes Who Would Be Lost Without The Women in Their Lives

Scott Lang is lovable in spite of all of his flaws, but no one’s going to accuse the Ant-Man of having his life together any time soon. It’s a miracle that he can even tie his shoes without Hope van Dyne, but, lucky for Scott, she remains in his corner (mostly). Don’t take any of that as a shot on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s favorite gone-straight criminal, there are plenty of superheroes, just like Ant-Man, who would be nothing without the women who support them.

With Ant-Man and the Wasp buzzing into theaters next week, let’s take a look at eight superheroes who are strengthened, supported, and improved by the women in their lives:

Iron Man and Pepper Potts



Whether it’s in the comics or on screen, in a relationship or merely partners, Tony Stark is nothing without Pepper Potts. Billionaire, genius, playboy philanthropist he may be, but not knowing your own social security number is a little bit more restrictive than one might think. It’s not all Tony’s fault, Howard couldn’t function on his own either, but that’s what Jarvis and Peggy were for. As hopeless as he may be, let’s call it a good thing that Tony’s found his soul mate in the saint that is Virginia “Pepper” Potts.

Superman and Lois Lane



Lois and Clark are the quintessential comic book ship. Even when Superman ends up in other pairings for one reason or another, it always comes back to one woman: Lois Lane. Lois doesn’t give Superman his powers. She can’t stop bullets, or run faster than a train, but she is a huge part of Clark Kent’s most important power: his humanity. The Man of Steel might be able to snatch a plane out of the air, but he’s nothing without his ace reporter.

The Green Arrow and Felicity Smoak/Dinah Lance



Good old Oliver Queen has all the charm in the world and could split a strand of hair with that bow and arrow of his. He also happens to be a mess and a half without the women in his life. Dinah Lance is the perfect companion for Ollie’s comic book antics, falling in step with his swagger and having absolutely none of his nonsense. Television’s Oliver Queen might be a few shades darker than his comic book counterpart, but his sometimes agonizingly slow progress wouldn’t have even started without Felicity Smoak.

Zan and Jayna



It’s impossible to have a list of male heroes who can’t function without their female counterparts without including the Wonder Twins. Their powers literally don’t activate without each other! Jayna needs Zan for her powers as well, but with Zan only able to become objects or substances, his super sister is still critical to his functionality as a hero.

The Human Torch and the Invisible Woman



Despite his occasional efforts to act otherwise, Johnny Storm is a hero. Each member of the Fantastic Four makes the team work, but no one has pushed Johnny harder than his sister, Sue. She’s calm in all the ways that he’s rash, and in turn he helps her take risks that she might not have every now and again. Like the Wonder Twins, this sibling superhero pair compliments each other nicely, but it feels safe to say that Johnny wouldn’t be the hero he is without Sue Storm.

Hawkman and Hawkgirl



If there’s one thing Hawkman makes abundantly clear, it’s that he can’t survive without Hawkgirl. Hawkman and Hawkgirl are literally linked across time and space through the power of mutual resurrection. On Legends of Tomorrow, their relationship was less than healthy, but once Hawkgirl started to get her memories back things got a little less pushy on Hawkman’s part.

Spider-Man and Aunt May



They say behind every good man is the woman that raised him. That phrase couldn’t be more right when it comes to Peter Parker and his Aunt May. Uncle Ben might have been the one to bestow the knowledge of great responsibility to Pete, but it was May who had to keep on living and raising a teenager who was still trying to figure out how to deal with being a superhero.

Mon-El and Supergirl



Kara Zor-El might have been a touch discriminatory towards Mon-El because of his Daxamite heritage when the two first met, but eventually they overcame their families’ prejudices and found themselves in a pseudo-relationship. When Mon-El returned from the future, he was hero who had realized that he needed to use his powers for good. This was all because of Supergirl’s influence. He founded the Legion of Superheroes in her memory, making her the reason Mon-El became the hero she knew he could be.

All of this is to say that Scott Lang, lovable mess, isn’t alone in his need for a smart woman to help him out every once in a while. All of these incredible heroes acknowledge that there’s no shame in that either. Just another trait they all share that helps make them incredible.

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The Surfing Women in Puerto Escondido Cup 2018

We are a few days from the Puerto Escondido Cup 2018, a big wave event and one of the most spectacular in the world due to the magnitude of the waves that develop on the Zicatela Beach in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mèxico, ranging from 6 to 20 meters in height.

Despite the fact that surfing is very well positioned among men, women have done their job and have won surf competitions since the 60’s. such as Australian Phyllis O’Donnell who won a world title in Manly, Australia in 1964.

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And now they are gaining ground in international big wave competitions; 6 female surfers from around the world have been invited to the Puerto Escondido championship:

 

Paige Alms (Hawaii)

Keala Kennelly (Hawaii)

Justine Dupont (France)

Bianca Valenti (USA) 

Felicity Palmateer (Australia)

Laura Never (Australia)

 

the alternatives:

Michaela Fregonese (Brazil)

Nicole Pacelli (Brazil)

Polly Rally (Guatemala)

Emily Erickson (USA)

Raquel Heckert (Brazil)

Isabelle Leonhardt (Mèxico)

 

Surfing is a sport that requires a lot of training, where the mixture of strength, endurance, and concentration are the main ingredients. The women, in addition to consistent surfing, also cross train at the gym to be fit, gain muscle, and have strength in their arms, legs, and core; this is often partnered with yoga, stretching, spinning and swimming.

Breath training, known as apnea, develops the ability to stay underwater longer without taking a breath. Something imperative to surfing bigger waves. This training works the lungs, a muscle just like other organs. Big wave surfers train to stay calm in uncomfortable situations, since entering into panic wastes energy and oxygen.

Californian competitors Bianca Valenti has trained to hold a static breath between 4-5 minutes.

In Puerto Escondido, the waves can be very dangerous because the sand is shallow, in such a way that the wave breaks with great force. Therefore, many surfers use impact vets during the larger swells, which reduce the severity of wipeouts and reduce risk.

About the Surf Open League

A platform that promotes surfers, professional surfing and the sports industry in Mexico with events and the most spectacular surfers in the world; with the vision of positioning Mexico as The surfing capital in Latin America.

The league annually promotes different big wave competitions and professional surfing, including World Surf League events with the big starts. Also has camps and surf clinics in Paradise of Mexico with special prices.

 

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Where to Find Designer Plus-Size Clothing for Professional Women

Designer Plus Size Clothing for Professional WomenWondering where to find designer plus-size clothing for professional women? As readers have noted in the past, trendy, fast-fashion spots abound for plus-size work attire — so finding quality fabrics and classic styles for polished looks can be difficult. We wanted to do a roundup of high-end brands and websites that include investment pieces made of high-quality fabrics to add to your everyday workwear collection, plus a few options if you’re in the market for a date-night outfit or special occasion.

We recently rounded up where to find stylish plus-size suits for work, and we’ve done roundups in the past for the best workwear for plus sizes as well as workwear in size 16 and up — for more plus-size content, please sign up for for CorporettePlus, our newsletter! Signing up helps us gauge interest in the project, and we promise not to blast your email more than once a week at most. (Right now it’s more like once a month.)

We also want to hear from you: What are your go-to brands or fashion sites when seeking out designer plus-size clothing for professional women that’ll last, in terms of style and substance? Here are some of the interesting companies we know of in this space — we’d love to hear if you know of any others!


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    • 11 Honore: With the tagline “The runway, edited,” 11 Honore was created last year to give women access to designer brands in sizes 10–20, including pieces exclusive to the company. Those on offer include Theory, Badgley Mischka, Black Halo, Zac Posen, and Christian Siriano. Just to look at one category, dresses right now start around $ 325 and go up to $ 1500.
    • Anna Scholz: This brand with feminine styles is now sold exclusively at AnnaScholz.com; this pocket blouse or lace-trim tee might be lovely for work. Prices range from $ 25–$ 500.
    • And Comfort: One of the newest brands with plus-size fashion in mind has “custom milled [their] own premium organic and pima cotton,” which provides a high-quality, easy-to-wear line of basics up to size 28 that includes a mandarin-collar tunic shirt, apron dress, and wrap skirt. Prices range from $ 45–$ 150.
    • Basler: The German company was placed into liquidation last year and acquired by TriStyle Group, whose brands include Long Tall Sally and others. Not surprisingly, it seems to be in a time of transition (and has closed its brick-and-mortar stores), but a few pieces can be found at Saks (all on sale) and a few dozen (tops, blazers, sheath dresses) at OFF5TH. Prices range from $ 45–$ 615.
    • Gravitas: Founded in 2012 and available at Lord & Taylor as well as the company’s own site, Gravitas offers workwear basics in classic styles; many have a hidden shapewear component. Dresses are around $ 275.
    • Jibri: With sizes from 10–28, Jibri offers pieces that are handmade-to-order, including several wardrobe basics, a long-sleeved, mock-neck pencil dress, and full-sleeve satin flare dress. Celebrities who’ve worn this line include Jill Scott, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Tess Holiday, and Gabourey Sidibe. The yellow dress pictured is $ 230 and comes in a ton of colors, and is “made by hand in Atlanta.”
    • Kiyonna: Since 1996, American-made Kiyonna has been offering multiple colors, fabrics, and styles for plus-size fashions size 10–32, particularly their popular and flattering wrap dresses and cocktail dresses. (The brand also shows up in some of the high-end style boxes.)
    • Lafayette 148 New York: Available online and in department stores including Nordstrom, and at their own locations around the U.S., the high-end retailer sells blouses, suits, skirts, dresses, and other must-haves made from the finest European fabrics, up to size 24.
    • LoubenNordstrom‘s house brand is great for suiting basics. Prices range from $ 158–$ 380.
    • Marina Rinaldi / Persona by Marina Rinaldi: Part of the Max Mara family, the brand has more traditional dresses and more whimsical, casual options as well. You can find the brand at Nordstrom, Saks, and other designer stores; prices range from around $ 210–$ 1000+. Red dress pictured.

  • MM.LaFleur: A Corporette reader favorite, the workwear company extended its sizing last year by remaking its core pieces from scratch in sizes +1, +2, and +3, which correspond to a range of 14–22 (with a goal to add more styles). You can find tops, dresses, sweaters, and more. Pictured polka-dot dress.
  • navabi: This retailer (based in Germany) offers several different brands — too many to list here — that offer sizes 10 and up, categorized by work dressestrouser suits, and jackets and blazers. You can search by size, designer, or choose a trend that suits you.
  • Nic + Zoe: This brand is guilty of some… bold patterns, shall we say — but if that isn’t quite your style, some of their solids are great for workwear, including their popular Twirl dress and skirt, their four-way cardigan, the riding jacket, and the “Perfect” line of pants. You can find them at a bunch of retailers, including Nordstrom and Amazon.
  • Of MercerSpecializing in workwear — as they put it, “your nine-to-five (and then some) wardrobe” — Of Mercer extends to size 20 and allows you to search the site not only by size, color, and price but also categories such as “hourglass shapes,” “hips,” and “tall.”
  • PLVSH Style: With this retailer, you can either opt for a style box, or shop online for a range of high-end items size 14 and up. Prices range from $ 80–$ 280+.
  • Rita Phil Custom Fashion: Like the name suggests, this skirt designer can do custom orders, and the site’s FAQ page states there is “no size limit.” (BuzzFeed’s Kristin Chirico also gave it her seal of approval.)
  • Stizzoli: This Italian brand offers bold prints and patterns along with neutral pieces — both a bit trendy and more classic. You can find many Stizzoli pieces at Saks.
  • Universal Standard: This line has been receiving high praise from fashion mags, blogs, and our own readers for its workwear options. They are offering an executive workwear kit that includes eight pieces where you can choose the color and size for each piece, and they do the rest. Pictured at top (in navy) and in red.

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Burger King Apologizes for an Ad Offering Burgers to Russian Women Who Get Pregnant by World Cup Players

(MOSCOW) — Burger King has apologized for offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to Russian women who get pregnant by World Cup players.

Critics assailed the offer, announced on Russian social media, as sexist and demeaning.

The announcement was removed Tuesday from Burger King’s social media accounts but was still circulating among Russian social network users. It promised a reward of free burgers to women who get “the best football genes” and “ensure the success of the Russian team for generations to come.”

In a statement Wednesday to The Associated Press, Burger King said, “We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online.” It said the offer “does not reflect our brand or our values and we are taking steps to ensure this type of activity does not happen again.”

Ads in Russia often play on sexist stereotypes, notably ads around sporting events like the World Cup. Women’s rights activists have been increasingly speaking out against them.

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Work Fashion Tips for Petite Women

work fashion tips for petite womenIt’s on my to-do list today to update a lot of our older posts with advice for where to buy petite-friendly clothes for work, and I thought I’d ask the readers: what are your best work fashion tips for petite women? Do you think certain styles work better than other — or is it all about knowing your body shape and tailoring it? I’m 5’4″, so I’m right on the cusp of petite sizes… these are some of my best tips for petite women, but I’d love to hear yours…

  1. Don’t feel like you have to wear 5″ heels to look professional — it’s ok to be short! (We’ve actually even discussed whether 4″ heels are appropriate for interview heels or other work situations — know your office before you buy a ton!)
  2. Know where to shop. We’ve rounded up the best workwear for petites in the past — but it’s also worth noting that depending on your exact dimensions, sometimes regular sizes may work best for you (for example, as a 5’4″ woman, I often buy petite pants but regular-length skirts) — and many brands offer “short” lengths that are cut slightly differently than petite lengths. Keep an eye to quality and style, but it’s worth noting that if you’re very petite you may be able to shop in juniors’ or children’s size ranges as well. (If you’re on the hunt for the unicorn that is plus-sized petites, check out our roundup of the best workwear for size 16 and beyond.)
  3. Tailor it up. We’ve rounded up the best suiting alterations for women and common tailoring alterations for women — but you can also learn to do some things yourself, such as hemming pants. YouTube is a great source for free tutorials, and you can find affordable online courses at places like Craftsy or Skillshare, as well as in-person lessons at local fabric stores like Joann. It’s also worth noting that some stores provide free alterations on your purchases, at least up to a certain point — for example, Nordstrom offers many free alterations on full-price clothing — “basic alterations are free for many full-price items purchased at Nordstrom and Trunk Club (online or in stores)” — and depending which level Nordstrom rewards cardmember you are, you may be entitled to $ 100 or more of reimbursement for alteration expenses.
  4. Know YOUR body. It’s hard to say “petite women always look great in this” because petite bodies come in all sizes, with all sorts of leg/waist/hip/bust ratios. A structured, shrunken one-button blazer may look great on one petite woman — while a dolman-sleeved sweater may look great on another.
  5. Don’t expect every look to work on you. Learn which styles work well on you and which don’t. For example, a large print may overwhelm your frame — the current trend of “stick a ruffle on it” may really, really not work for you. Start with clean, minimalist clothing in neutral colors, and build from there. Our four-week work outfit challenge may be just what you need to try different work outfit ideas.
  6. A note on looking young (and trying to use fashion to look older): A lot of young professionals who are petite worry about looking like high-schoolers, but we’ve noted in the past, “looking young” has every bit to do with how you hold yourself, speak, and otherwise present yourself — in other words, it often comes down to “acting young” more than looking young. Before you buy designer clothes, get expensive highlights, or buy a slew of uncomfortable heels, you may want to check out this post on executive presence, or this post on how to be taken seriously when you look young, where we advised a 30-something college professor on some beyond-the-basic tips.

How about you, readers? What are your best work fashion tips for petites? Which are your favorite petite stores for workwear — and suits?

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Nurse Alice: What Women Need to Know About Their OB-GYN Appointments

Another lawsuit against a doctor accused of sexual misconduct? Does it ever end?

Six women and former college students at the University of Southern California have filed lawsuits against OB-GYN doctor George Tyndall, who has had numerous complaints of sexual misconduct over the years. Even the doctor’s staff complained about his behavior. What’s even more tragic is that the school was aware of the complaints and did nothing until he was finally removed from his 30-year tenure just last year.

In light of this and all the other sexually inappropriate things happening in society today, what’s a young woman to do?

For many young women away at college, going to your first gynecological appointment without the help or advice of your mother, grandmother, or some other female support person can be scary, awkward, and even overwhelming. Although a woman’s first OB-GYN visit is recommended to occur between the ages of 13 to 15 or when they first become sexually active, it doesn’t usually happen that way. Let’s face it, many young women go to a pediatrician throughout their late adolescence, and probably not even on a regular basis if they’re otherwise healthy.

Many times, a woman goes to her first gynecological appointment after she has concerns: e.g., heavy or irregular menstruation, concerns about sexually transmitted infections, exploring birth control options, or because they suspect pregnancy. Nevertheless, this is a very important first appointment that includes a general overall health exam and questioning about general health and lifestyle, and then one more focused on the health of your sexual and reproductive organs and system.

Empower yourself with knowing what to expect. Here are eight important things women should know when having their first gynecological appointment.

  1. Familiarize yourself with what to expect. The medical office and provider should instruct you on what to anticipate before you step one foot into the exam room. Examinations should be performed with only the necessary amount of physical contact required to obtain data for diagnosis and treatment. And an appropriate explanation should accompany all examination procedures.
  2. Having a female chaperone present is standard of care unless you decline the offer. But the key here is that you were offered one, regardless of the gender of the provider. You should be allowed to undress and put on a patient gown in privacy. Never dress or undress in front of your doctor.
  3. The doctor should be explaining and educating you throughout the exam so you know what’s happening and why before it happens. The physician-patient relationship can be damaged when this does not occur, and leaves room for misinterpretation of touching during the exam.
  4. Health professionals are expected to wash their hands and put on gloves when doing any invasive exams or procedures and that involve touching bodily fluids. A doctor should never be doing a pelvic or rectal exam on you without gloves.
  5. Both health providers and patients should avoid sexual innuendo and provocative remarks. Sexually offensive or suggestive language or jokes should be avoided. Keep things professional.
  6. If you feel uncomfortable at any time during the exam, you can stop the exam immediately and tell the doctor you don’t feel comfortable. This also allows the opportunity for the provider to clarify what’s happening should it truly be a misunderstanding.
  7. If you believe there was any misconduct or you feel violated, please notify the medical administrator immediately while the occurrence is still fresh in your mind. This helps you to retell an accurate story and intervene to prevent any potential further misconduct from happening to someone else.
  8. Physicians and medical administration aware of instances of sexual misconduct on the part of any health professional have an obligation to protect the safety of the public by removing said person from patient care immediately and reporting such situations to appropriate authorities, such as institutional committee chairs, department chairs, peer review organizations, supervisors, or the medical board. You can report this as well. And if you do, always do it in writing.

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This Week in Women: The Fight Against Sexism in Politics Worldwide Goes On

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Thousands sang, chanted and rallied for gender equality during a march to mark International Women’s Day in 2015. (J Carrier for UN Women / Creative Commons)

At least 59 U.S. women political candidates won big in Tuesday’s primary races, according to NBC News and the Associated Press. In light of these victories, Glamour had this terrific story about how motherhood, raising children and volunteering to strengthen their communities have become political assets for female candidates.

Overall, a historic number of women (about 600) are running or have said they’ll run for governor, House or Senate this year. But remember: even if women do well in November, numbers indicate men will still dominate womenin Congress by more than three to one. Change takes time and persistence.

The Chinese government is promoting some pretty old-fashioned ideas about women, according to a Tuesday report by Human Rights Watch’s China Director. The All-China Women’s Federation used to support women’s advancement in the labor force, but in recent years it has used its programs to promote women’s subservience, including teaching women how to sit, make tea and be good wives.

Meanwhile, Spain has a new leader, and nearly two-thirds of his cabinet are women. In Fuller news, our talented East Africa correspondent Neha Wadekar reported for Ozy this week on how women in Somalia are best positioned to wipe out terrorism there. In Forbes, Ewelina U. Ochab argues that sexual abuse can constitute religious persecution. Victims like Yazidi women targeted by ISIS, and Christians in places like India and Nigeria, are examples of how abuse can be associated with a woman’s religious affiliation, she argues.

Internationally, there is an upsurge in kidnappings and killings of mostly women and children in Uganda. Earlier this week, activists protested government inaction by dumping coffins outside parliament. Women in Peru are protesting the president for making light of a domestic violence case in which a woman was burned to death by her stalker, and a Swedish city is telling young girls who fear being sent abroad into forced marriage or female genital mutilation to tuck a spoon in their underwear, which would trigger airport metal detectors and alert the authorities. In the U.S., fear of deportation is causing fewer immigrants to report domestic abuse—and family separation caused by deportation is turning pregnant immigrant women into single mothers.

Here are 10 women heads of state who we hope would never make light of violence against women.

Other Stories From This Week

Kim Kardashian visited the White House last week to raise awareness around the life-in-prison sentence given to black grandmother Alice Johnson for her role in drug trafficking, and it worked. On Wednesday, Trump commuted her sentence. But still, incarceration rates are rising for women nationwide, and way too many are for non-violent drug offenses. Alice herself had already served more than 20 years. She speaks here.

The majority of incarcerated women suffer from mental health issues, and that was also in the news this week as many grappled with the suicide of self-made fashion businesswoman Kate Spade, who had a 13-year-old daughter. Here, many women react.

Deborah Epstein, co-director of Georgetown University Law Center’s Domestic Violence Clinic, announces in the Washington Post that she has resigned from the NFL Player Association’s commission on domestic violence, claiming the league’s efforts to address domestic violence in football are a facade.

The CEO of Qatar Airways claimed only a man could do his job because it would be too challenging for a woman. On Wednesday, he apologized. A new study finds that women students at the U.S. Naval Academy are more likely to be described by their managers as “inept, selfish, frivolous, passive and temperamental” than their male colleagues. Forbes has released its list of the highest paid athletes of 2018, and not a single woman made it into the top 100.

And from Ohio, our Midwest correspondent Brittany King reports for the Washington Post’s The Lily about a woman building bridges between people of different racial backgrounds in her community. A beautiful story for our divided country.

Christina Asquith is the founder and editor in chief at The Fuller Project for International Reporting. 

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5 Cracking Crime Capers Where Women Take Charge

With Ocean’s 8 hitting U.S. screens this week, we’re celebrating the best crime movies that put women front and centre.

Thelma & Louise


Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis in Thelma and Louise.

Thelma & Louise starts out a joyous celebration of friendship and womanhood. And while they remain central themes throughout, the film also journeys to some pretty dark places. Geena Davies is Thelma, a happy-go-lucky housewife married to a nasty piece of work. Susan Sarandon is Louise, a cynical waitress who won’t take crap from anyone. The pair drive to a fishing cabin for a weekend away, but never make it. As Thelma gets very nearly raped, Louise shoots the man dead, and the pair end up embarking on a cross-country adventure that turns into a crime spree. Culminating in one of the greatest endings in film history.

9 to 5


Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda in 9 to 5.

Dabney Coleman’s “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” is no match for Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton in this phenomenally successful 1980s office comedy. The terrific trio declare war on their boss by kidnapping and blackmailing him, introducing equal pay and daycare at their work in the process. It’s a fun revenge flick, but maybe the best thing about 9 to 5 is the fact that Dolly Parton wrote the title track on set, tapping out the beat — typewriter-style — using her giant acrylic nails.

Bad Girls


Drew Barrymore, Mary Stuart Masterson, Andie MacDowell and Madeleine Stowe in Bad Girls.

Andie MacDowell, Drew Barrymore, Mary Stuart Masterson and Madeleine Stowe star in this tale of robbery and murder in the Old West. Which throaty trailer guy describes as follows: “All they wanted was a fresh start. They had no rights. They had no justice. And no one to stand up for them. They didn’t want this kind of life. They didn’t ask for this kind of trouble. But fate turned four women into friends. Four friends into fugitives. And four reluctant heroes into legends. Bad Girls.”

Heartbreakers


Jason Lee, Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ray Liotta in Hearbreakers.

Heartbreakers is asexed-upp Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in which Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sigourney Weaver play a dynamic daughter-mother duo who con rich men out of money. Their latest mark being a rich and elderly tycoon — played by Gene Hackman — who plans to put more tobacco in cigarettes. The humour is cynical, tasteless and nasty, but never not funny. And in spite of the fact that the leading ladies are deplorable, you can’t help but root for them.

Spring Breakers


Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine and Vanessa Hudgens in Spring Breakers.

Written and directed by Harmony Korine, Spring Breakers stars Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine as friends who rob a restaurant to pay their way to Spring Break in Florida. Where they hook up with James Franco’s Alien. A gangster and hustler who plays a mean Britney Spears on his piano, and nudges them into a life of crime. Not that they need much encouraging. What follows is a twisted tale of sex, drugs, violence, and iconic pink ski masks.

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Morgan Freeman Issues A Second Statement: ‘I Did Not Assault These Women’

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Soon after CNN broke the news that eight women accused Morgan Freeman of sexual harassment, the Oscar-winning actor issued a second statement stressing that he is innocent.

“I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in the blink of an eye, by Thursday’s media reports,” Freeman writes.

“All victims of assault and harassment deserve to be heard. And we need to listen to them. But it is not right to equate horrific incidents of sexual assault with misplaced compliments or humor.”

However, he claims that all he did was make jokes and had no intention to make anyone uncomfortable.

“But I also want to be clear: I did not create unsafe work environments. I did not assault women. I did not offer employment or advancement in exchange for sex. Any suggestion that I did so is completely false.”

 

As we previously reportedCNN released an exclusive report in which they spoke with 16 people, eight of which say they experienced harassment at the hands of the 80-year-old actor.

One source who worked as a production assistant on the 2015 film, “Going In Style”  told the outlet that she experienced months of harassment. In several instances she alleged that Freeman frequently rubbed her back and tried on several occasions to lift up her skirt, inquiring whether or not she had on underwear.

“He never successfully lifted her skirt, she said — he would touch it and try to lift it, she would move away, and then he’d try again,” CNN reports.

However, one woman has come forward to say that CNN mischaracterized her statement and that she does not want to be included among any accusers.

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Chicago WGN-TV’s Tyra Martin is saying that she has issues with the way her comments were presented in CNN‘s report.

“Hey, still getting a lot of nasty messages from people who think I AM one of the accusers,” she told TMZ. “I’m not, never was. CNN totally misrepresented the video and took my remarks out of context.”

According to CNN’s report, eight women said Freeman created an uncomfortable work environment with frequent sexual comments and unwanted touching.

Martin, who had interviewed Freeman multiple times, described the actor as casually inappropriate with her — enough for her to become accustomed to his bawdy comments. In one specific interaction,  Freeman commented inappropriately about her skirt.

“When I stood up, I pulled my skirt part of my dress down and he did say, ‘Oh, don’t pull it down now,’“ Martin recalled.

Martin doesn’t change her testimony, but she does take issue with being named as one of his accusers. Instead, she saw many of his comments, though inappropriate, to be said in jest.

“That wasn’t my experience of Morgan Freeman,” she clarified her comments on Friday during WGN-TVs morning show. “The experiences were always fun for me.”

Freeman issued an initial statement apologizing on Thursday (May 24) when news hit of the damning report.

“Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected — that was never my intent.”

Freeman has already been pulled from his ubiquitous Visa ads.

 

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Women under 40 having fewer babies? Make way for older moms

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Let’s hear it for the olds!

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women in the United States are having babies at record low rates. In 2017, births were at a 30-year low, down two percent from the previous year.

With one exception: American woman over age 40 are having more babies than ever before.

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The birth rate for women age 40 to 44 in 2017 was up two percent from the previous year.

“The rate for this age group has generally risen since 1982,” says the CDC report.

Meanwhile, the birth rate for women over age 45 remained the same, although that number rose by three percent from 2016 to 2017.

“This suggests, as a Pew Survey found earlier this year, that more women are delaying childbirth into their late 30s and early 40s, but ultimately choosing to have children in the end — just perhaps not as many,” says an article, “The Rise of Older Mothers,” in The Atlantic.

The article proposes that more woman are likely to get degrees, establish their careers, and then have a baby rather than give birth during their earlier work years — potentially because women who have children between the ages of 25 and 35 suffer a hit to wages that they rarely recover from.

However, “it’s too soon to say whether this delayed childbearing will result in fewer babies overall,” according to the article.

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I am an older mom. I was already of advanced maternal age when I gave birth to my son, and the doctors then acted like I was one of the Golden Girls. Now, almost four years later, I’m in my early 40s, I’d love to get pregnant again, and I don’t even know what they’d call me now — Advanced Crone? Geriatric Mama?

But for all the times I mutter about my aching back or wish I had the energy of a twentysomething, there are definite benefits to being an old mom. I think I’m in a better emotional space than I was when I was younger. I am more tolerant and relaxed. And while I’m not well off, I’m about as financially stable as I’ll ever be. Plus, kids born to older parents might have higher IQs and longer life spans, according to NBC News. (And who am I to argue with NBC?)

I look forward to more older moms joining me. If you want to find me, I’ll be the one at the playground wheezing as I chase after my son, cursing under my breath as I contort my ancient bones down the spiral slide, then laughing all the way down.

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Harvey Weinstein Turns Himself In, Charged with Rape and Sexual Abuse of Two Women [Video]

Harvey Weinstein turned himself into the NYPD this morning and walked out in cuffs on the way to court.

He has officially been charged with rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving 2 separate women.

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Weinstein arrived to the NYPD’s 1st Precinct Friday morning flanked by marshals and was then taken to court in handcuffs where he was scheduled to be arraigned.

According to the complaint, Weinstein was charged with “engaging in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion.”  That is the basis of the rape charge involving an unidentified woman.  The allegation … on March 18, 2013, “defendant kept informant physically against her will in a room and engaged in sexual intercourse with informant by forcible compulsion, to wit, defendant penetrated informant’s vagina with his penis and, at the time of the incident informant had clearly expressed her lack of consent to the act.”

The incident involving the other woman — Lucia Evans — involved a 2004 incident where “defendant forced informant to engage in oral sexual conduct, to wit, defendant grabbed the back of informant’s head forcing her head downward and forcing her mouth onto his penis.”

Weinstein’s bail was set at $ 10 million … he was released after posting $ 1 million cash and was fitted with a monitoring device which will track his movements. If he wants to travel beyond New York or Connecticut, he has to get approval from the judge.  He also surrendered his passport.

Although Weinstein didn’t enter a plea today, his lawyer, Ben Brafman, says, “Mr. Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behavior with anyone. Nothing about today’s proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein’s position. Mr. Weinstein maintains that he is Not Guilty of the charges filed today and is confident that he will be fully exonerated.”

Brafman said Weinstein may be guilty of bad behavior but not criminal conduct, adding his client did not invent the casting couch … it’s been around for a long time.

The judge also issued a temporary order of protection … prohibiting Weinstein from contacting one of the alleged victims.   It’s unclear why the order was not prohibiting contact with both accusers. 

The NYPD released a statement, saying, “The NYPD thanks these brave survivors for their courage to come forward and seek justice.”

Evans is just one of dozens of women who have come forward with allegations against the disgraced movie mogul.

The U.S. Attorney in NYC is also investigating Weinstein but so far they have not filed charges.  

It’s about time.

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The Broke Black Girl: How a Facebook Group Became A Financial Movement for African American Women

Dasha Kennedy was a wife and mother with a corporate job in her 20s but she was still broke. Broken not just financially, but emotionally.

After a short marriage, Kennedy and her husband divorced in 2015 over irreconcilable differences—mostly financial—and she began raising her two sons as a single mother. At the time, she was struggling to provide for herself and her family, living paycheck to paycheck, and depended on bonuses from her job to sustain them. Kennedy reached a turning point, however, when she broke her foot and realized how unprepared she was for a financial emergency.

Determined to make a change, she learned how to balance her finances and began documenting her journey toward economic freedom on social media. That led her to create a Facebook group in November 2017 called The Broke Black Girl where she shared tools and resources for fiscal success with other black women. The group ballooned into an active platform where African American women around the country would share their own financial trials, tribulations, and tips. Members also encourage one another and hold each other accountable. Within six months, the group had 30,000 members. Today, Kennedy says The Broke Black Girl boasts around 40,000 members from over 32 states and 68 countries and has generated over $ 10,000 in revenue.

“What was birthed from hardship evolved into the key to financial freedom for black women everywhere. A brand built on faith and social responsibility, The Broke Black Girl aims to equip every black girl, young and old, with the means necessary to live their best life, mentally, physically, and financially,” writes Kennedy on the Facebook page.

In addition to being the force behind the growing Facebook group, Kennedy works full time as an accountant for an insurance company and as a default counselor, assisting clients that have defaulted on their loans due to financial hardships. In an interview with Black Enterprise, the St. Louis native opened up about the mission of The Broke Black Girl, how she monetized the group, and the impact that it is having on black women.

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Dasha Kennedy, founder of The Broke Black Girl

BE: What is the mission of The Broke Black Girl?

The mission of the group is to provide financial literacy and basic money management skills to African American women across the world all while building positive friendships with each other. The group provides a safe and supportive space for women to openly discuss their financial hardships and seek free assistance from the professionals in the group, such as myself, with credit restoration, budgeting, money management, and wealth building.

 

BE: What tips would you share with other black women about maintaining financial stability?

As black women, we face a stigma regarding our overwhelming “need” to be beautiful by another’s standards. We have to understand that the world’s definition of beauty does NOT define us. The group lives by the motto “priorities over prettiness.” What is the point of expensive acrylic nails, hair extensions, new clothes, and shoes when you are struggling to meet your basic necessities?

We have to take control of our finances by becoming conscious of our spending habits, setting a monthly household budget, and cutting back on expenses that ultimately leave us financially strapped. How can we enjoy a life of luxury when we’re struggling to pay our bills due to the expense of that luxury? The fight starts when we admit that we have made poor financial choices, decide that enough is enough and take control of our finances.

 

BE: What have you learned from managing the group? 

Watching the group grow from one member to more than 41,000 members, I have learned that we can do so much more together financially than we could ever do alone. I have witnessed women take the initiative to create budgets, update résumés, [and] donate clothes and furniture to women that have experienced fires and floods. Being in a group with so many powerful and educated women has [also] allowed me to witness black women in a light that has been dimmed for so many years.

I’ve also learned a lot about building and managing a community. We’ve established rules so that members know what is and isn’t allowed, and to ensure that conversations remain respectful. To keep members engaged, the group has a topic schedule that we stick to and the structure of the group allows continuous learning. I also use membership questions to make sure that the most relevant people who request to join the group are allowed to join so that the group remains a safe and supportive place.

I have witnessed the love between black women and their ability to educate and provide other women with a lifelong skill: money management. The group has taught me that we are all on different financial walks but we are equally capable and responsible for helping each other along the way.

 

BE: Have you monetized the group? How?

Yes, I have monetized the group and at this current time, I have earned a least $ 11,000. The largest part of the revenue comes from events such as meet and greets, speaking engagements, mass budget classes, and merchandise. The first event, [which] was held in February 2018, was a Pancake, Pajamas and Priorities-themed vision board party for 100 girls from the group.

Since then, I have worked with girls from the group one-on-one for a fee. Using my background in finances to prepare personal and business budgets, I have sold merchandise with the name of the group as well as received payments through paid partnerships. I partner with other women that offer a financial service that I do not in an attempt to create a team effort in wealth building.

By this summer, Kennedy says she hopes to become a full-time entrepreneur.

 

-Editor’s note: This interview has been lightly edited for brevity and clarity.

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The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale: The Best Workwear for Women in the 2018 Sale

nordstrom half-yearly sale for women 2018I’ve been getting sale alerts for days, and it finally occurred to me: the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale is here! (It officially started this morning, but they started marking things down a day or two ago.) The dresses for work are the main attraction, I think — SO MANY GOOD ONES UNDER $ 100! — but there are also a bunch of nice blazers on sale. Specific brands of note: there’s lots to love in the sale from Hugo Boss, Boden (!), Tahari, HalogenTheory, Equipment, DvF, Kate Spade New York, and Lewit. Some of these finds may be a little party focused, but if you’re on the hunt or have a very feminine style they sales may be for you: Ted Baker, Maggy London, Adrianna Pappell, and Eliza J.

Good deals on underthings from NatoriHanky Panky, Chantelle, and Spanx – and great deals on workout items from Zella and Beyond Yoga.

One important note: things are selling out quickly in the sale — so if you find something you really like that’s in stock and in your size, you may want to check out quickly rather than let it sit for an hour (or day or two). I inevitably shop for myself while I’m doing these sale roundups and heard sad trombones a few times when things I wanted sold out while they were sitting in my shopping cart, so I just made a few smaller orders instead of one big one.

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Some particular picks for workwear from the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale of 2018, after the jump…


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Dresses for Work in the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

Pictured above, $ 33-$ 70: cobalt / black / pink sleeved / orange sleeveless / aqua

Pictured above: $ 77-$ 83: ruched / navy & white with pockets / black / bell sleeves / midi

 

Pictured above, $ 84-$ 398: navy / black / beige / gray cashmere / navy & white

Blazers for Women in the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale (Spring 2018)

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Pictured above, $ 77-$ 217: black / plaid / plus / scalloped

 

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Tops and Blouses

Pictured above, $ 35-$ 118: black / cardigan / plaid / floral

Pictured above, $ 130-$ 170: striped / pink sweater with blouse / tie-back sweater (2 colors) / navy cardigan

 

Bottoms for Work in the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale

Pictured above, $ 47-$ 149: white (3 colors) / skirt / red / trousers

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Single Black Women Weren’t Allowed Into This Liberian Restaurant Until This Happened

Single black women unaccompanied by a male companion in Liberia had slim chances of getting into SAJJ restuarant, a Lebanese-owned and run entertainment spot—that is until the Liberian government stepped in. Late last week, after multitudes of complaints, the government immediately closed the restaurant’s doors—and fined the owners $ 3,000 for racial discrimination.

In a release posted on its Facebook on Tuesday morning, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) announced that it had restored the restaurant’s license “following the entity’s compliance with the punitive measures the ministry instituted.”





YEARS OF OF DISCRIMINATION:

For almost a decade, SAJJ was said to have implemented a discriminatory policy, which prohibited single black women from entering the entertainment spot without a male companion, but that it was not applied to non-black women.

Protests began in front of the restaurant last Friday after three women were denied entry because they were black and unaccompanied by a male. According to the Bush Chicken, the restaurant has had the policy in place for almost a decade.

MICAT, which is the regulatory body for tourism in the country, said it investigated the claims of the women protesters and found them substantiated. “The ministry’s investigation revealed that SAJJ did carry out such policy, which is discriminatory and against the law.”

As a result, MICAT suspended SAJJ’s tourism license until a set of actions were met, including paying a fine of U.S.$ 3000 into the government’s revenue, issuing a public apology to Liberian women, and instituting a corporate social responsibility project not less than U.S.$ 2500 to identify and support a local NGO that works with disadvantaged young women.

Denying single black women from entering and allowing single white women entrance, is not fair. You cannot be operating a business in my country with that kind of policy, so this is why I have come to shut down this business. I do not know when it will be opened,” said Princess Turkulon, assistant minister for MICAT.

Turkulon said SAJJ’s policy of denying unaccompanied single black women by their male counterparts was “spoiling the government’s name. You cannot own a business and discriminate against the women of Liberia.”

Ms. Facia Harris, a prominent female journalist, said:

I have the right to go out for a drink without being accompanied by a male because I have my own money. You cannot tell me not to enter an entertainment spot because I am a single black woman, but single white women are free to walk in unaccompanied. This has been going on for too long, and we have reached the breaking point, enough is enough. You cannot stop me from entering your entertainment area because I am not escorted by a man. Should I hijack a male to bring me to eat when I have my own money? You either change your policy or shut your business down.”

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Meet Gail Pankey-Albert, One of the First African American Women Stockbrokers On Wall Street

When Gail Pankey-Albert began her career on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 1971; there were only four or five women around. She shattered the glass ceiling that many women ran into on their way to the top, becoming one of very few female African Americans to hold a coveted seat on the floor of the NYSE.

Pankey-Albert had dreamed of attending college since she was a little girl. Her family could not afford the tuition, so her academic dreams stayed on hold. Her professional career, however, wasn’t going to wait. Graduating on a Friday night, Pankey-Albert, who had successfully interviewed for a position during the spring of her senior year in high school, reported to work at the New York Stock Exchange the following Monday.

“I was determined that if I could not go to college, I was going to find a way to alter the dynamics of my life,” she told Thomas Edison University. “To me, that meant crossing the East River in search of the right opportunity.”

EARLY DAYS ON THE FLOOR

She began working as a carrier, traveling among traders “gathering computer punch cards” that were fed into the NYSE’s ticker system before being promoted to squad manager. She was right in the middle of the action, moving correspondence, stock quotes, and transactions between various members and their respective clerks.

“The pre-digital NYSE floor was the size of a football field and could be populated with 3,500 people at any given time,” she said.

She would work for several Wall Street firms over the next decade as a computer operator, an institutional clerk, and later, as an elected floor official. A decade later in 1981, she would become the first minority female seat holder representing York Securities.

Owning a seat on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) enables a person to trade on the floor of this stock market, either as an agent for someone else (floor broker) or for one’s own personal account (floor trader).

“Needless to say, it was a lot to process,” she said.

THE BOY’S CLUB

On her first day on as a seat holder in 1992, she got to work to find her desk drawers filled with Parmesan cheese that had dried like concrete and smelled, she told the Wall Street Journal. She was unable to trade for hours.

“The New York Stock Exchange is a city within a city, with its own rules and by-laws,” she said. “The boys pull together and protect themselves. In other parts of Wall Street, there is at least the impression that the culture has been radically changed. No one has gone down to the floor to change things.”

The next month, she had her phone lines cut, forcing her to shut down for two days, but she didn’t file a formal complaint for fear it “would hurt business.”

Her life got harder when profits started slipping on the floor. To keep her from doing business, she said, members often called in the regulatory side of the exchange to examine her books. Brokers can be audited once a year, with due cause. She was audited three times a year, she said. Each time it meant essentially closing up shop so that officials could pore over paperwork.

“I couldn’t get work done,” she said. “I sent a letter to the exchange saying, this is harassment—stop it. It stopped. I had several people in market surveillance apologize and say I’m only following marching orders.”

After a 30-year stint on Wall Street, Pankey-Albert closed the doors of her firm in 2001. She enrolled at Thomas Edison University in 2006 where she completed a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2010.

Today, Lauren Simmons, 23, remains the only full-time female employee on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

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Life and Death Choices: Black Women and Childbirth

If the reason that black women and babies are dying at much higher rates is largely attributed to institutional racism and the stress that our bodies endure because of it, then how do we educate and inspire confidence in the women who are our country’s most vulnerable pregnant population? We can start by knowing we have options when it comes to black women and childbirth.

Within the past few months, the death of activist Erica Garner and the birth story of Serena Williams have sounded an alarm. They put a face to what decades of research have shown: black women aren’t being seen or heard in the same way that white women are in pregnancy. We can do better. Doulas and childbirth educators fit so well into this equation. We’re here and can help save lives.

Today I’m a doula, childbirth educator, and the co-founder of For Your Birth, a childbirth consultancy and doula agency based in Harlem. I’m also a black woman.

Before having kids, I began my professional career as a Teach for America corps member. I taught middle and high school in under-served communities for 10 years. The transition to birth-work, serving women during pregnancy—a grossly under-served population—felt like a natural progression.

A decade ago, I was pregnant with my first child and new to New York. I didn’t research OB-GYNs; I thought that the doctor who I saw for an annual exam was good enough. That all changed when, at 20 weeks pregnant, I asked him what he thought of the hospital’s birthing center. It sounded like a sensible option for me. I was having a low-risk and healthy pregnancy. He quickly responded, “Would you ask a stewardess to fly an airplane”?

The conversation ended there, and I knew that I would never see that doctor again. I was enraged. I felt unheard and unseen. So, I got curious about what happened in birthing centers and why this doctor would feel threatened by them and presumably the womenmany of them doctors and midwives, who deliver there.

My mother, who had given birth to me in a Brooklyn hospital 32 years prior, told me to watch the documentary The Business of Being Born. I did and was immediately intrigued and confused. Why hadn’t I been told, until that moment, that midwifery care was an option?

Within weeks, I changed my care to homebirth midwives. My midwives provided the most comprehensive, personalized, and affirming medical care I’d ever receive. All prenatal visits were done in my home, and I only went to clinics and labs for bloodwork and sonograms.

At 30 weeks pregnant, I heard the word doula for the first time while in a yoga class. Again, here was another amazing option for pregnant women and their partners that I didn’t know existed. Like the midwives, the doula came to my home for an interview and prenatal visit. She would be on-call to support and comfort me in labor for several weeks prior to and a couple weeks after my due date. I later learned that Dr. John Kennell, the late pediatrician and doula advocate, was known to have said, “If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.”

On Dec. 19, 2008, I gave birth safely with two midwives, my husband, and our doula in attendance. Two and a half years later, I gave birth to my second son, also at home with midwives and doula support.

What I didn’t know then was that my life had been changed by a doctor’s insult, a documentary, midwives, and a doula.


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A Dressing Trick Southern Women All Use

New Orleans is a city that’s every bit as vibrant, colorful, and loud as you’d imagine. That’s what I learned when I finally made a pilgrimage to the Big Easy earlier this month. Houses were painted neon colors, jazz bands roamed the streets, and—no surprise—the fashion was exactly the right amount of over-the-top. Having spent most of my life in Oakland and Berkeley, I’m a bit of a granola-girl stereotype. Yes, I prefer Birkenstocks to heels; no, I don’t own anything ruffled or ball gown–esque. But finally visiting the South has changed my perspective on polished dressing.

“When I moved to New Orleans, I was fascinated by the number of women who really stick to the idea of Southern polish,” says Coeli Hilferty, co-owner of NOLA boutique Pilot and Powell. “There is an exuberance and excitement to dressing down here, whether it is costuming for a parade, head-to-toe dressing for lunches, or breaking out the best white-tie looks for Mardi Gras balls.” Bright colors, classic silhouettes, and statement jewelry are all part of the Southern uniform, which means that shopping down South is a different experience than anywhere else. Kathryn Bullock, the second half of the Pilot and Powell duo, explains, “We are typically drawn to those striking pieces that some bigger-box retailers deem as too risky, but Coeli and I have found that women very much respond to our methodical yet emotional edit of a collection.” Bullock and Hilferty count brands like Rosie Assoulin, Rosetta Getty, and Lizzie Fortunato as consistent favorites. 

But beyond brands, Southern women have a distinctly different way of dressing. Sure, they wear the same brands that I and other NYC women love, from Scandi favorite Ganni to New York’s Rachel Comey, but their mixing and matching just isn’t the same. So what’s the secret to pulling off New Orleans style? Below is a breakdown, along with shopping picks from Pilot and Powell, to help you embrace NOLA style.

“Ladies in New Orleans plan ahead and buy looks with an occasion in mind,” Hilferty says. “This is a big lesson that our clients and Kathryn have taught me. Southern women have perfected the art of occasion dressing!” While dressing for the event will mean something different for different women (if floral prints aren’t you’re thing, that’s okay), we can all take a cue from the impressively dressed New Orleanians, especially when it comes to figuring out how to pull off colorful or printed styles. “New Orleans sits at an intersection of Southern respect for traditions and an overriding irreverence for anything that appears too ordinary or stifling,” adds Bullock. 

While personally, I can’t promise that I’ll ever do more than appreciate from afar the sophisticated style of Southern women (just try to picture me in a fascinator), my take on the New Orleans aesthetic still touches on the idea of occasion dressing. Above, you can see how I interpreted NOLA style in a subtler way. Meanwhile, keep reading, and you’ll find that my friend Ray went in a completely different direction, effortlessly pulling off a retro-inspired look.

Here’s me doing my best take on ladylike wearing a cherry-print dress and mule sandals.
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82 women walk the red carpet in Cannes film fest protest

CANNES, France (AP) — Eighty-two women climbed the steps of the Palais des Festivals at the Cannes Film Festival in an unprecedented red carpet protest to press for improved gender equality in the film industry.
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This Org is Freeing Black Incarcerated Women for Mother’s Day

While many people plan to spend Mother’s Day honoring the women who’ve raised them and had a positive impact on their lives, millions of African American women will spend the day sitting behind bars—not because they’ve been convicted of a crime, but because they can’t afford to bail themselves out of jail as they await trial.

Each day, about 700,000 people are crammed into local jails across the country while the mass majority are held in custody simply because they don’t have the money to post bail. As a result, the U.S. jail system is overpopulated with mostly black, brown, and poor people who’ve committed low level, non-violent offenses. Of the 220,000 women currently locked up, 60% are being held in jail pretrial, 80% are mothers, and 60% are black. While spending time in jail can place a heavy burden on anyone who’s detained, it can be especially costly for mothers who risk losing their jobs, homes, and children.

To help remedy this epidemic, the National Bail Out Collective is raising money to reunite incarcerated mothers with their children for Mother’s Day. The organization, which consists of black organizers and lawyers, is also calling for an end to the cash bail system and mass incarceration altogether.

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On May 6, the group launched the #FreeBlackMommas campaign for a second consecutive year in partnership with grassroots orgs like Southerners on New Ground, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, and the Dream Defenders. The National Bail Out Collective said the campaign echoes the efforts of African Americans who legally bought the freedom of their loved ones during slavery.

“The Mama’s Day action is rooted in the tradition of our enslaved ancestors who went to every length, including harnessing their collective resources, to purchase each other’s freedom and keep their families together,” the group told Colorlines.

Last year, the National Bail Out Collective raised enough money to release about 100 women who were in jail awaiting trial. The success of their efforts sparked additional fundraising campaigns for Father’s Day, Juneteenth, and Pride. Altogether, about 200 people awaiting trial have been bailed out to return home to their families.

“Last year, we were incredibly motivated by the prospect of being able to move quickly to free our people without having to wait for all the things we’re accustomed to having to wait for—the legislation and litigation,” said Gina Clayton, the executive director of Essie Justice Group which partnered with National Bail Out, reports Fast Company. “The idea that we could go in and immediately raise money to get some of our people home was really compelling.”

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter supported the cash bail and mass incarceration reform movement earlier this year when his company, RocNation, invested in Promise, an app that provides clients with financial assistance with bail costs and other services to get people out of jail and keep them from going back. The Appolition app is another tool that allows everyday people to join the movement by donating spare change to help an incarcerated person pay their bond.

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PRIZE MOMENT: With the Cannes Film Festival in full swing, Kering on Friday revealed its Young Talent Award for the fourth edition of “Women in Motion” program will go to Catalan director Carla Simón, hand-picked by actress, producer and director, Salma Hayek Pinault.
Kering chief executive officer François-Henri Pinault will present the prize at a dinner hosted by the luxury group during the festival on May 13, joined by the film festival’s president and general delegate, Pierre Lescure and Thierry Frémaux. The award comes with funding worth 50,000 euros to go toward her filmmaking projects.
Simón’s first feature film, “Summer 1993,” based on the story of a six-year-old child who loses her mother to AIDS, filmed from the child’s point of view, was met with critical acclaim and went on to represent Spain at the 2018 Oscars.
Simón has also made numerous short films including “Born Positive,” “Lipstick” and “Those Little Things,” each of which was selected for international festivals. She is working on her second feature film and teaches cinema students at the Cinema en Curs, ESCAC and Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.
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DiversityInc Ranks Kaiser Permanente Best for Executive Women

DiversityInc named Kaiser Permanente the top company for executive women for the first time during the annual DiversityInc Top 50 gala in New York on May 1. The publication also recognized Kaiser Permanente as a top company for people with disabilities, LGBT employees, and veterans, as well as a leader in recruitment, diversity councils, and supplier diversity, affirming the organization’s long-term commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity.

In announcing Kaiser Permanente’s leadership among large U.S. companies for female executives, Luke Visconti, DiversityInc CEO, said that America’s largest integrated health care company takes a thoughtful approach to succession planning and attracting proven leaders, enabling women to effectively contribute to the success of the organization. Women lead five of Kaiser Permanente’s eight regions, and 30 women were named to roles as vice president or above in 2017.

“Women are the primary health care decision makers for families in the communities we serve, and our workforce is 75 percent women,” said Sally Saba, MD, MBA, vice president of Kaiser Permanente’s National Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity function. “By consistently ensuring female representation among our senior leaders, we continue to strengthen our ability to provide the care and services our members need and have come to expect from us.”

Hall of Fame

Visconti opened the event by introducing Kaiser Permanente and four other companies as the inaugural inductees into the new DiversityInc Top 50 Hall of Fame. He noted Kaiser Permanente’s consistent and longstanding diversity leadership among major U.S. corporations to the audience of nearly 1,000 people.

Companies named to the new Hall of Fame, announced earlier this spring, have ranked No. 1 on DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity list since the 2012 survey, which recognizes top companies for diversity and inclusion management. Every year since 2010, Kaiser Permanente has ranked in the top five and held the No. 1 spot in 2011 and 2016.

DiversityInc is a leading web-based diversity publication serving more than 450,000 unique monthly visitors, with a mission to bring education and clarity to the business benefits of diversity.

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This Week in Women: #MeToo Moments Around the World

This Week in Women is part of a series produced in partnership between Ms. and the Fuller Project for International Reporting. This column is also part of a newsletter; sign up here to receive it regularly.

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From #MeToo to “We Believe You”

This week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to bar convicted domestic abusers from purchasing firearms. The hope, he said, is that the legislation would help save lives and “sever the undeniable connection between domestic abuse and deadly gun violence.”

And at long last, the U.S. this week also allowed dozens of men, women and children to enter the US and apply for asylum from the caravan of people (mainly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala) who trekked some 2,000 miles from southern Mexico. The caravan is predominantly made up of women and children fleeing violence. Fuller Project contributing photographer Meghan Dhaliwal, based in Mexico City, has been following the caravan for the New York Times. Check out some of her photos here.

Last weekend, more than 30,000 people protested in Pamplona, Spain against the acquittal of five men accused of gang raping a woman during the 2016 running of the bulls festival. Some protesters chanted, “Yo te creo”—”I believe you.” Spain’s government said it would consider changing rape laws. And for the first time since World War II, the Swedish Academy will not award the Nobel Prize in literature this year; the academy is currently embroiled in a very public sex abuse scandal in which Jean-Claude Arnault, a photographer with close ties to the academy, sexually assaulted at least 18 women.

As Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen rages into its third year, women are starving themselves in an attempt to save their children, The Associated Press’s Maggie Michael reported this week. Two months ago, Trump happily touted a $ 670 million deal to sell U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia, and we learned today that U.S. troops are secretly on the border.  This conflict is spiraling down—aid groups had predicted 50,000 children would die by the end of 2017. Already nearly 2 million are out of school due to this tragic conflict.   

Women’s voices are needed more than ever in that region. Not far from Yemen, Fuller Project reporter Neha Wadekar travelled to Somalia to tell the story of a 28-year-old female police officer who defends Somalia’s #MeToo women—victims of rape and assault who want justice. Read her reporting in British ELLEStay tuned in the coming weeks for more Fuller Project reporting from Chiapas, Mexico, the Hebron Hills in the West Bank and Knox County, Ohio.

Other Stories from The Week

On Wednesday, Iowa’s legislature passed a “heartbeat bill” making it illegal for women to get an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detectable. This normally happens around the six-week mark, when many women do not yet know they are pregnant. If it’s signed into law by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, an outspoken opponent of abortion, most abortions would effectively be banned, except in cases of rape or incest. Less than ten percent of abortions performed by medical professionals in 2016 occurred before a woman’s sixth week of pregnancy. Meanwhile, South Carolina senators met early this morning to pass a bill to ban all abortions, except when a mother’s life is threatened, or in cases of incest or rape. They failed—but only just.

In Ireland, abortion is largely illegal, but that will be challenged in a late May 25th referendum in which voters will decide whether to repeal the constitution’s 8th amendment, which states that a fetus has the same rights as its mother. Such a repeal would allow parliament to draft a law permitting abortions in hospitals up to 12 weeks. Many Irish women now travel to the UK and elsewhere to seek out abortions.

Stormy Daniels continues to be one of Washington’s most powerful women: On Wednesday night, the Trump team accidentally admitted on Fox News that Trump reimbursed $ 130k to his lawyer, Michael Cohen, effectively paying off an adult film star for her silence. The payment could violate campaign finance laws.

Take a moment to read this Ms. Magazine Q&A with Nikole Hannah-Jones, an intrepid reporter with the New York Times covering race relations in America, MacArthur fellow, and co-founder of the Ida B Wells Society, an organization supporting reporters of color in the pursuit of investigative journalism. It’s named after pioneering investigative journalist Ida B.Wells, who battled rampant sexism and racism to report the truth about discrimination and racism.

In Pacific Standard, Elizabeth Weingarten, the director of the Global Gender Parity Initiative at New America, argues that gender is crucial to understanding national security and that it must be taught in international relations classrooms. In the New York Times, Claire Cain Miller writes about how a common interview question about salary history fuels the gender pay gap.

If you’re a woman or non-binary photographer seeking funding for a project, apply by May 15 for a grant up to $ 5,000 from our friends over at Women Photograph.

Sophia Jones is a senior editor and journalist at the Fuller Project.

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She Caused a Riot: 10 Courageous Women Who Led Historic Fights for Equality and Won

In She Caused a Riot: 100 Unknown Women Who Built Cities, Sparked Revolutions and Massively Crushed It, journalist Hannah Jewell offers and empowering, no-holds-barred look into the epic adventures and dangerous exploits of inspiring women. In the 10 excerpts below, readers meet an aristocat-turned-reformer, a poet who fought at the front line for suffrage and abolition and a Queen who pushed back on the slave trade.

Hannah Jewell is an on-camera host for the video team at The Washington Post. She was previously a writer at BuzzFeed UK. Hannah was born in London, but her parents whisked her away to California when she was a baby. She earned a degree from UC Berkeley in Middle Eastern Studies and an MPhil in International Relations and Politics at Cambridge, taking a year out to study and work in Beirut. She had a great time in Lebanon but now is unfortunately banned from that country. Now she lives in Washington and wishes she had cats.

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‘A Conga Line of Bush Women’: Jenna Bush Honors Her Mom and Grandmas in Sweet Mother’s Day Letter

Jenna Bush Hager is paying tribute to “the Bush women who came before” her in a heartfelt letter to her daughters, Mila, 5, and Poppy, 2, in honor of Mother’s Day.

The letter published in Southern Living magazine, where Jenna serves as editor-at-large, especially honors Jenna’s mother, former First Lady Laura Bush, or “Grammee” as her two granddaughters know her.

Jenna calls her mother “one of the all-time greats” and praises her for always putting Jenna and her twin sister, Barbara, first.

“I watched her ‘mother’ for many years, but it wasn’t until you were born that I really understood what motherhood meant,” Jenna writes to her own daughters. “And it wasn’t until I first held you — with Grammee by my hospital bed — that I really understood my mom.”

Jenna also describes how her mother and father, former President George W. Bush, desperately wanted children but had trouble conceiving so they filled out an application to adopt.

“The day they found out they were accepted by the adoption agency was the day they discovered she was pregnant with your Aunt Barbara and me,” Jenna writes.

Jenna goes on to recall a childhood “filled with love” with mom Laura at the helm. “After our baths every night, we danced around the house (hair wet, pajama clad) to The Pointer Sisters’ ‘Fire,’ a conga line of Bush women,” she writes. “Barbara and I following in our mama’s footsteps — we always followed her lead.”

Jenna also pays tribute to her grandmothers in the letter: her mother’s mother Jenna, for whom she was named, and her late grandmother Barbara, who died just a couple weeks ago on April 17.

I “think about my strong mama and my grandmas — the women who came before me. And I am so grateful that you are mine,” Jenna tells Mila and Poppy.


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‘We’ve suffered long enough’ Ireland’s abortion battle and the young women fighting for choice

As voters face a referendum to reform Ireland’s abortion laws, Tracy Ramsden speaks to the women fighting for their future

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‘We cannot continue to export our problems and import our solutions with a situation where women in crisis are risking their lives through the use of unregulated medicines,’ said Ireland’s taoiseach, Leo Varadkar on announcing the Irish abortion referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment that currently outlaws abortion and carries a 14-year prison sentence for women who seek treatment. His words offered hope to a new generation of women fighting the abortion ban and their right to what they see as basic healthcare.

Varadkar was referring to the 11 women every day who, as a result of the abortion ban, are forced to make the journey from Ireland to mainland UK for safe, legal treatment. ‘This marks a shift in public opinion,’ says Hannah Little, 28, one of the founders of the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign. ‘It feels like now is the time to right a wrong that has forced women to be exiled for too long.’

‘Nobody wants an abortion, it’s about needing it,’ says Michelle Linton, 34, from Kildare, who had a termination at 18 weeks pregnant when her son was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Zellweger syndrome, that meant his life expectancy was zero to six months. ‘At 16, I walked by a pro-life demo, read the leaflet in my lunch hour and decided I’d never have an abortion. Then, in 2012, I found myself in Liverpool Women’s Hospital, having made the decision to have a termination. It was the same month the news broke of 31-year-old Savita Halappanavar, who had died in Galway after being denied an emergency abortion. It was a reminder of all the hidden women who had made this journey before me, and the tragic ones who couldn’t.’

‘It was a reminder of all the hidden women who had made this journey before me, and the tragic ones who couldn’t.’

Michelle had given birth twice before her abortion – once to her healthy, now seven-year-old son Calum, and before that, to her first-born, Evan, who was diagnosed with Zellweger syndrome and died aged 11 weeks. ‘We cuddled him and he took a big breath, but he never took another one. After Evan died, I hit rock bottom. So four years later, when I fell pregnant and got the same diagnosis, I knew I couldn’t survive going through with the pregnancy.’ Like many of her friends, Michelle will be voting to repeal the Eighth Amendment in the referendum in May to lift the abortion ban, but there is a generational divide, explains Michelle. ‘Some long-held religious views may never change.’

The feeling on the ground, especially in Dublin, is that the country is on the precipice of significant progress with marches and canvassing by local MPs – spearheaded predominantly by those under 35. But with the rise of right-wing populism around the world and the unexpected results of the US election and Brexit, there’s no room for complacency.

‘It is about having these awkward conversations in small towns and villages in rural Ireland, presenting the medical facts and being mindful that it’s still a sensitive issue,’ adds Little. ‘We’re also calling on the 40,000 Irish people who live overseas, but are eligible to return home to vote. If this doesn’t go our way, it’s heartbreaking to think it could be another 50 years before we get another say on this. Our time has to be now.’

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How Women Are Rebuilding Nepal

This week marks three years since a massive earthquake leveled Nepal—killing 9,000 people, injuring an additional 22,000 and affecting roughly one-quarter of the country’s population. The earthquake struck while Nepal was attempting to rebuild following the resolution of its 10-year civil war in 2006.

New research from Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security finds that Nepali women played a crucial yet under-appreciated role in relief efforts following both the earthquake and the conflict—and many continue to help the country as it moves into long-term recovery initiatives.

In our study, we explore how gender-based discrimination and legal barriers amplified the adverse impacts of the conflict and the earthquake on Nepali women.

In spite of these challenges, we find that women and women’s organizations led relief efforts and met the needs of marginalized communities—including women—following the conflict and disaster. We also find that Nepali women continue to advocate for policy and humanitarian changes that better address women’s needs and open opportunities for marginalized groups, ultimately helping communities become stronger and more resilient.

Women rebuilt Nepal. In the wake of great loss and in the midst of widespread suffering, they helped to save lives, preserve communities and rebuild livelihoods.

Briana Mawby and Anna Applebaum are the authors of Rebuilding Nepal: Women’s Roles in Political Transition and Disaster Rescovery. They served as Hillary Rodham Clinton Research Fellows with Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security. 

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7 Things Men Think Women Care About But Really Don’t

First of all, this list was compiled by my wife and business partner who asked twelve of her female friends to contribute.

Bottom line is, if a woman is really interested in you, the seven things we discuss here, may be nice to have but they’re definitely not a NEED to have.

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They also don’t care about the price of your car, your luxury watch, or the fact that you buy the most expensive dinner in town. However, they definitely care if the main fixation in your life is money or not. Most of the time, your work ethic, your passion, your ambition, and your hobbies matter more than your bank account.

This approach can be extended to many things; it’s less about what you have but what you make with what you have. If a woman is just interested in how much money you make, it’s probably not a good idea to date her in the first place.

When I met my wife in 2006, I was a broke student and couldn’t offer her anything financially, nevertheless, she fell in love with me and I knew she was into me because there wasn’t anything else. So you could almost argue that being poor in a way helps you in this point because people really only are interested in you and they spend time with you because of you and not because of anything else.

 

Physique

In fact, all the women we talked to preferred that you weren’t. Why? You might wonder. Well if you spent all the time in the gym and you’re very ripped yourself as a man, that may be intimidating to the woman and she might feel like you judge her all the time which can be unhealthy for the relationship.

Maybe they think you look at every flaw they have or that you judge their work ethic. It definitely makes women feel self-conscious especially if they don’t have the same lifestyle approach as you do. It might also come across as you’re just vain and that you just care about your appearance more so than you about her and spending time with her.

Size Of Your Manhood

99% percent of all women out there don’t care about your penis size. Many men out there think that the size of their penis is really important and the bigger the better, not just for their ego, but also to satisfy women. In reality, the vast majority of penis sizes out there are just fine for most women.

In fact, most women consider your size to be nun criteria in the first place. Why? Well, it doesn’t say anything about you as a person and it doesn’t even say whether you’re good in bed or not. The size of your penis should never be a measure of your self-confidence or your self-worth in life.

Women care more about your personality and your attentiveness in bed and outside of bed. Are you just as happy to give as to receive? Do you ask questions? Do you want to please her? These are all questions you should ask instead of focusing on the size. In all honesty, men who are fixated on their penis size likely have an issue with their self-confidence. Ultimately, women don’t care and neither should you.

Vulnerability

A lot of men think it’s unsexy or unmanly to show feelings and be vulnerable, however, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Most women are attracted to men who are emotionally stable and who can express their feelings. I think a lot of men don’t want to show emotions because they feel like they need to save face from other men who might judge them as weak. However, most women find it very sexy if men can express their feelings especially in their presence and it creates a stronger bond.

What does emotionally stable mean? Well basically, women like men who can cry when they watch a movie if they feel like it. In general, it means that men are willing to show their emotions, particularly in a private situation when they’re overmanned by their feelings. Now, it doesn’t mean that you should cry every time in public that you have a disagreement because that’s very unsexy.

Overall, being vulnerable and capable of expressing one’s feelings the relationship is very important especially if done so in a genuine way.

Putting Them On A Pedestal

Some men like to put women on a pedestal and compliment them all day long, however, that’s not what most women actually want. In fact, many women don’t like to be worshipped. Yes, everyone likes a genuine compliment every once in a while but if you’re being put on a pedestal all the time, it can lead to a disconnect between you as partners.

Most women want a connection with you and they want to be treated as an equal to you, not as something that is superior or inferior. They may also feel that they can’t be vulnerable themselves or share things because that would crush the illusion of that perfect body or that perfect woman. Being idealized as a woman can be very flattering in the beginning but long-term, it likely has strong consequences.

At the end of the day, nobody is perfect and everybody has flaws and it’s important to be able to talk about them and not being in that mindset that everything has to be perfect because that will lead to a woman feeling she has to wear makeup at night so she looks perfect when she wakes up. If you put a woman on a pedestal, chances that your relationship will break apart and you’ll both walk away disappointed are very high.

Superficiality

Don’t tell a woman she’s gorgeous looking all the time. Yes, it’s okay to compliment your spouse and your partner or the women in your life, however, if you repeatedly just tell them that they look gorgeous, it becomes old quite quickly.

Also, if you just give compliments based on her appearance, she might feel that all you care about is the way she looks, not her as a person. So instead of complimenting her on looking gorgeous, focus on the things that she does actively and the things that she cares about. If you can come up with a compliment about that, it will be much more gratifying and better in the long run for your relationship.

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Most men are really into their hair but in reality, most women don’t care much or not at all about your graying hair or your receding hairline. Many women also associate gray hair with maturity which is a big plus for us men. Most women also don’t care about the receding hairline, they care about your character, your humor, and the way you are as a person.

For example, just take a look at Jason Statham who doesn’t have much hair or George Clooney who has a lot of gray hair. They are still very popular actors. So if you’re on your 20s, 30s, or 40s, and your hair is getting grayer or you’re losing hair, just own it and have it be part of your personality.

The worst thing you can do is trying to cover it up by dyeing your hair because it’s always painfully obvious and most people will see it especially women and question you and your self-confidence. Honestly, it just makes it look worse than in your natural state and because of that, you should simply just not do it.

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5 Ways Strength Training Is Important For Women

Discover these 5 ways that strength training boosts female power and confidence.

About a year ago, I made a change in my regular exercise routine. I’m now convinced it was the best change I’ve made since I started yoga in my later twenties.

It started when I was visiting my younger brother at my parents’ house last summer. He’s in the Air Force and had just returned from a six-month deployment in the Middle East. When he wasn’t working, he had few distractions with which to entertain himself, so he turned to working out. He looked great—more muscular and toned than I’d ever seen him.

As a health writer, I’ve been interested in strength training for awhile now. I’ve studied the research, and I know how good it is for you, particularly as you age, to keep your muscles strong. I’d been doing some push-ups, squats, and leg lifts, but I had come to a plateau and needed something else.

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That’s when my brother promptly produced a 15-pound weight that had been stashed in our other brother’s closet. After making sure neither of them would miss it, I took it home. Since then, I’ve bought a twenty, and a twenty-five, and a thirty, and now I’m just about to the place where I need the thirty-five.

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Why should all this matter to you? Because I now know from both research and experience—lifting weights is one of the best things women can do for themselves. Not only does it provide a number of health benefits, including reducing body fat and the risk of osteoporosis, but it actually changes your attitude, too.

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5 Health Benefits of Strength Training for Women

Women have traditionally shied away from lifting weights, afraid they’d look too “bulky” and lose their refined, curvy appearance.

Researchers noted that traditional gender roles can present a barrier between women and weight lifting, as women seek to mold their bodies to what they believe are culturally acceptable shapes.

Researchers confirmed this bias in a 2010. They examined data from four studies, and found that women were concerned about what others would think of them if they lifted weights, and feared those opinions would be negative.

In a later 2013 paper, researchers noted that traditional gender roles can present a barrier between women and weight lifting, as women seek to mold their bodies to what they believe are culturally acceptable shapes. Previous studies show that women want to be skinny, not muscular, and that some fear getting too big or powerful and appearing “unfeminine.”

As word gets out about the many benefits of weight training, however, some of these stereotypes are fading. Here are the reasons why more women are lifting weights—and why you should consider doing so, too!

1. You’ll Lose Fat While Gaining Muscle

You may have heard that the more muscle you have, the more energy you burn. That means that your body is more likely to turn those calories into energy rather than fat.

What woman doesn’t want that?

Studies show that when women lift weight, they often lose more fat than they gain in muscle, anyway. Part of the reason is that they have lower levels of anabolic hormones than men have, and it’s these hormones that are key to building larger muscles.

On top of that, weight training is helpful when you want to burn fat—particularly belly fat. A 2014 Harvard study found that 20 minutes of daily training resulted in less age-related abdominal fat than the same amount of time doing aerobic exercise.

A 2014 Harvard study found that 20 minutes of daily training resulted in less age-related abdominal fat than the same amount of time doing aerobic exercise.

Another similar study found that premenopausal women who did twice-weekly weight training were able to prevent age-related belly fat better than women who didn’t do the training.

“With weight training you’re going to gain lean body weight and that is going to make metabolism go up,” Ron DeAngelo, director of Sports Performance Training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, told Today. “So consequently your engine gets bigger and you burn more calories even when you are at rest.”

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2. You’ll Reduce Risk of Osteoporosis

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) states that about 10 million people in the U.S. are affected by osteoporosis, and 18 million more are at risk of developing it. Eighty percent of those are women.

This disease is really dangerous, as a single fracture can change a woman’s life for good. Seventy percent of those suffering fractures from osteoporosis do not return to pre-injury status.

Strength straining increases bone mineral density, reducing your risk of osteoporosis and fractures. In a 1999 study, high-intensity resistance training improved strength and balance and increased muscle mass, while also increasing bone density.

A later 2011 study found similar results, with participants participating in strength training experiencing increases in bone density. Regular weight training also helped avert spinal bone loss in postmenopausal women, and slowed bone loss in the hips.

3. You’ll Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes

Heart disease is the number-one killer of women, and diabetes is on the rise. Strength training can help you reduce your risk of both.

Studies also show that strength training can help control blood sugar levels by actually pulling glucose from the bloodstream to power up the muscles.

In a 2010 study, researchers found that resistance training like lifting weights produced a different pattern of blood vessel responses than aerobic exercise did, actually resulting in greater increases in blood flow to the limbs. It also produced a more lasting drop in blood pressure after exercise than aerobic exercise did. Both of these results benefit cardiovascular health.

Studies also show that strength training can help control blood sugar levels by actually pulling glucose from the bloodstream to power up the muscles. In one study, those who did at least 150 minutes of strength training a week cut their risk of type 2 diabetes by about 34 percent.

4. You’ll Feel Less Pain

You’d think that lifting weights would cause you pain, not relieve it, but studies show that resistance training can help ease all sorts of pain, including neck and back pain and even fibromyalgia.

In a 2006 study, for example, researchers evaluated women with chronic neck pain, and found that as the participants strengthened their necks in resistance training groups, their pain diminished, and that the change in neck pain and disability correlated with neck strength. In other words, the stronger they got, the less pain they experienced.

A later 2014 study found similar results for participants with fibromyalgia. They found that those who did resistance training rated their well being 25 units better after 16 to 21 weeks, while those who didn’t do the training rated their well being only 8 units better. Women who did the training also rated their ability to do normal activities better by 8 units, while women who didn’t rated their ability only 2 units better.

Women who lifted weights also had 4 fewer tender points compared to only 2 fewer for those who didn’t. And of course, these women got stronger, too.

Other studies have shown that strength training works for back pain and arthritis. Harvard researchers state that weight training helps support and protect joints, and also helps ease pain, stiffness, and swelling.

5. You’ll Have More Energy

What woman doesn’t need more energy these days?

Most of us feel like we’re constantly running and have little time to relax. Gradually, we can come to feel chronically fatigued, moving about our days in a half-daze.

Sleep is critical for feeling more energetic, and lifting weights can help. One study reported that resistance exercise improved sleep quality, and even made it easier for those with osteoporosis, anxiety, and depression to fall asleep more easily.

A second study on participants who were suffering from depression found that weight training three times a week improved sleep quality and symptoms of depression.

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Weight Training Also Boosts Mood, Mental Confidence, and Self-Esteem

All the benefits listed above are reasons enough to get started on your own weight-training program.

But as they say—wait, there’s more!

For women, the real benefit of lifting weights may be how it makes us feel. I know that I walk a little taller with the new strength in my arms and shoulders.

I’m not the only one. In a report by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), scientists state that strength training not only reduces the effects of arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, and back pain, but can have a major effect on a person’s mental and emotional health.

“Strength training exercises can also reduce depression and boost self-confidence and self-esteem,” the authors wrote, “and improve your sense of well-being.”

“Strength training exercises can also reduce depression and boost self-confidence and self-esteem,” the authors wrote, “and improve your sense of well-being.”

Other studies have found that physical strength encourages mental strength. In the late 90s, for example, researchers found that strength training increased overall muscle strength by nearly 40 percent, while also improving mood, reducing anxiety, and boosting confidence.

In other research, 12 weeks of strength training in adolescent girls improved confidence and general effectiveness in life.

“These findings offer preliminary support that weight training for strength can improve confidence about a variety of life tasks in adolescent girls,” the researchers wrote, “and could provide the basis for new modalities of therapy for low self-esteem.”

We’re also learning more about how what’s good for the body is good for the brain. You may have heard that regular exercise not only protects your heart, but can protect your brain from dementia, as well.

Weight training fits that profile. In a 2015 study, one group of participants who already had mild cognitive impairment went through six months of weight training. The other group did not. Those who trained experienced significant improvements in overall cognitive function, specifically in abilities like planning, organizing, devising strategies, and visual memory. The improvements were still there twelve months after the training stopped.

“We know weight training stimulates hormones that make muscles grow and it’s possible these hormones are also having similar benefits for brain function,” said Professor Fiatarone Singh.

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Convinced yet?

Trust me. When you get started, you’ll become addicted. You’ll be able to see your progress (in your muscles!) and feel the improvements, which can be very motivating.

Don’t worry—you don’t have to buy a membership to the gym or invest your life savings in weight lifting equipment. You can start with a few dumbbells like I did, along with some exercise bands, and start building your muscles today.

Here are some tips to get you going:

  • Start small—don’t overexert.
  • The idea is to exhaust the muscle, so go for a maximum of 5-10 reps. If you can do more than that, go to the next heavier weight.
  • Always rest in between workouts—do them every other day, or every third day.
  • Dumbbells are the easiest to begin with, and can be used in your own home. For guidelines on basic dumbbells exercises, check out this article in Shape Magazine.
  • Once you get going, consider using an online or DVD program, or sign up for some training at the gym to be sure you’re performing your exercises with the right form.

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The War on Women is in full force under the Trump administration. We refuse to go back, and we refuse to let the administration quietly dismantle the progress we’ve made. We are watching. 

This is the War on Women Report.

Monday, 4/16

W Magazine Monday published an interview with Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards in which she vocally criticized Ivanka Trump. “My criticism of her isn’t as a daughter of the president—it’s that if you’re supposedly in charge of advancing women’s situations in this country, then show up,” Richards said. “And for God’s sake, you can’t be trading away women’s rights.” In her new book, Make Trouble, Richards recounts a meeting with Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner in which they offered to give Planned Parenthood more funding if the organization ended their abortion services.

+ On Monday, a new ABC/Washington Post poll revealed 68 percent of women view President Trump unfavorably as a person; 61 percent of all people polled responded that they disliked Trump as a person. These numbers are obviously quite high—and yet, on some level, it doesn’t feel like they’re high enough, considering that this is the same man who dismissed boasting about sexual assault as “locker room talk” mere weeks before being elected.

+ Also on Monday, a lawyer to Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen revealed Cohen’s third client to be Fox News’ Sean Hannity. Cohen also worked for Trump and RNC deputy finance chairman Elliott Broidy; he helped him cover up an extramarital sexual relationship and subsequent abortion. Hannity, who has repeatedly used airtime to defend Cohen, has since vehemently denied the allegations. Just last year, a woman accused Hannity of sexual harassment.

Tuesday, 4/17

+ On Tuesday, Buzzfeed reported that Trump officials attending a closed-door meeting at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women demanded the removal of language recognizing contraception, abortion and sexual health education as human rights and called the U.S. a “pro-life” country. According to the report, the Health Department officials’ demands were opposed by all but one other country in the room. These comments, which those present at the meeting have said sent a wave of silence over the attendees, fit into the larger anti-abortion agenda of the Trump administration—one with devastating global effects. Earlier this year, the State Department removed pro-reproductive rights language from a global report on women’s rights; within days of becoming president, Trump put millions of women and girls of reproductive age around the world by re-instating the Global Gag Rule and threatening the funding of organizations that even so much as mention contraception and abortion to their patients.

+ Also on Tuesday, Right Wing Watch published a report revealing that religious conservative group Focus on the Family, which hosted vice-president Mike Pence as an event speaker just last month, successfully sought to be recognized as a church by the IRS in 2016, likely for freedom from financial transparency rules and requirements such as unemployment benefits and the ACA contraceptive mandate. In a letter to the tax bureau, the organization’s attorneys called the group’s employees its “ministers” and “congregation” and its board members “elders,” and identified its cafeteria as “a place of worship.” The group’s pitch was successful—which is concerning most of all because of the precedent this could set for similar organizations to evade the kind of accountability advocacy groups nationwide are held to. Focus on the Family has notably supported so-called LGBT “conversion therapy,” a practice denounced in the medical community which can drive queer and trans youth to suicide. A former Focus president—or “head deacon,” according to its attorneys—claimed the Sandy Hook massacre was God’s punishment for LGBTQ lifestyles. In 2017, Mike Pence said Focus on the Family had “an unwavering ally in President Donald Trump” in a speech to its members.

+ Nikki Haley responded on Tuesday to National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow’s comments that she had spoken out of “momentary confusion” about new U.S. sanctions against Russia, which Trump later walked back on. “With all due respect,” she remarked, “I don’t get confused.” Haley’s seemingly hostile response to a fellow Trump official has since drawn wide attention—and while her rebuttal to Kudlow’s condescending comment is important, it’s worth noting that the former Governor of South Carolina has stood behind the majority of the president’s foreign policy decisions, many of which have been disastrous for global women’s rights.

+Women fleeing violence, sexual assault and domestic abuse have long sought necessary asylum in the U.S.—but that may soon change. On Tuesday, Politico reported that President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have actively been working to repeal a program allowing survivors of domestic abuse fleeing from their abusers in Central America to receive asylum in the United States. “Sessions, from his position as the top official in charge of the immigration courts,” Politico reported, “is leading a broad review to question whether domestic or sexual violence should ever be recognized as persecution that would justify protection in the United States.”

Wednesday, 4/18

+ Former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal was released from her NDA agreement about her alleged extramarital relationship with Donald Trump on Wednesday. While the affair was consensual and more outrage is due to his alleged acts of sexual misconduct, Trump’s alleged extramarital sexual relationships are still highly important to discuss publicly, as they serve as a critical reminder of the hypocrisy of the president’s vast evangelical base.

+ On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee approved a draft of the “farm bill,” the 2014 version of which will soon expire. This new version written by Republican lawmakers would make SNAP eligibility even more difficult, and exacerbate the issue of food insecurity among low-income Americans. The bill would also eliminate the Conservation Stewardship Program, a key program for conserving water and soil. Its stringent work requirements for Americans to qualify for SNAP would also disproportionately affect women, who are more likely to head single-parent households, and more likely to live in poverty. The changes to the farm bill ignore how most able-bodied food-insecure people are not only working, but are also likely working multiple jobs and still struggling to provide food for themselves and their family. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi came out in opposition of the farm bill draft this week.

+ On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted that Californians “want OUT of this ridiculous, crime infested and breeding concept,” in reference to the state’s Sanctuary laws for undocumented immigrants. “Jerry Brown is trying to back out of the National Guard at the Border,” Trump added, “but the people of the state are not happy. Want security and safety NOW!” In addition to spreading false and dangerous stereotypes by depicting immigrants as criminals, the tweet used the particularly racist term “breeding,” which reduces them to animals. “Fear of immigrants from certain countries ‘breeding’ has been a staple of nativist thought for hundreds of years,” an op-ed on CNN pointed out. “The ‘breeding’ fear has been affixed to Jews from Eastern Europe, Catholics from Ireland and Italy, Chinese and, now, Latinos, Filipinos, Africans and Haitians.”

Thursday, 4/19

+ On Thursday, in a blow to President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s decision blocking the Justice Department’s latest attack on a sanctuary city. Sessions has used his position as attorney general to not only require judges to meet quotas in ruling in favor of deportation, but has also waged war on sanctuary cities across the country. The court blocked the Justice Department from adding new conditions on policing grants to Chicago that required cooperation with federal immigration enforcement, thus making it legally impossible for Chicago to be a sanctuary city.

+ Memos by James Comey released Thursday alleged that Trump had once told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Russia had the “most beautiful hookers in the world.” In addition to inflaming rumors and speculation about the validity of the controversial Steele dossier, the alleged comment also used an offensive and degrading term for sex workers—revealing Trump’s contempt for women even further.

Friday, 4/20

+ On Friday, CIA Director and nominee for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo failed to earn enough votes from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to move on to the full Senate in his confirmation hearings, although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can still initiate a full Senate vote regardless. In addition to being anti-LGBTQ, Pompeo proudly opposes abortion rights for all women and even for rape survivors, a stance that could put women and girls around the world at risk. Under Rex Tillerson, the State Department was already hostile to women’s rights, removing key language about contraception and abortion from a global women’s rights report; Pompeo’s notoriously radicalized views would likely inspire even more concerning foreign policy shifts.

The Washington Post published a report Friday examining the Trump administration’s effects on violence stemming from white supremacy and nativism in the United States and Canada. This week, verdicts were reached in two cases, involving either a a shooting at or attempting bombing of mosques; the attacks were coordinated by white men in the weeks around when Trump won the 2016 election and when he was sworn into office. In neither case did Trump ever acknowledge these attacks, despite never ceding an opportunity to tweet or propagate Islamophobia in cases of terror attacks led by extremists citing Islam. According to the article, there is a correlation between Trump’s anti-migrant, Islamophobic language and a preading danger in the U.S. and around the world to communities of color and, specifically, those othered by and scapegoated by his rhetoric and policies. The report echoes the initial terror of the weeks following the 2016 election, in which hate crimes spiked and neo-Nazis became more emboldened across the country.

Kylie Cheung is an editorial intern at Ms. She writes about feminism in politics and pop culture with a focus on reproductive justice. Her work appeared in Rewire, Teen Vogue, The Mary Sue and Mediaite, among others.

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What Health Issues Affect Women Differently Than Men?

Some health issues that are common to both men and women affect women differently. Although the symptoms may be similar, the effects of the condition and the care necessary can differ significantly for women. In addition, some of these conditions might affect women primarily or more severely than men. For example, almost 12% of women in the United States are at risk for developing breast cancer during their lifetime.1 Male breast cancer accounts for less than 1% of existing breast cancer cases.2

Certain health issues and their effects on women are listed below.

Alcohol abuse3

As many as 5.3 million women in the United States abuse alcohol, putting their health, safety, and general well-being at risk. While men are more likely to become dependent on, or addicted to, alcohol than women are throughout their lifetime, the health effects of alcohol abuse and alcoholism (when someone shows signs of addiction to alcohol) are more serious in women. These health effects include an increased risk for breast cancer, heart disease, and fetal alcohol syndrome, in which infants born to mothers who drank during pregnancy suffer brain damage and learning difficulties.

Heart disease4

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. Although heart disease is also the leading cause of death for men in the United States, women are more likely to die following a heart attack than men are. In addition, women are more likely than men are to experience delays in emergency care and to have treatment to control their cholesterol levels.

Mental health

Women are more likely to show signs of depression and anxiety than men are. Depression is the most common women’s mental health problem,5 and more women than men are diagnosed with depression each year.6

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling. Arthritis is the leading cause of physical disability in the United States. The condition affects almost 27 million people, and affects more women than men.7

Sexually transmitted diseases/sexually transmitted infections (STDs/STIs)8

The effect of STDs/STIs on women can be more serious than on men. Untreated STDs/STIs cause infertility in at least 24,000 women each year in the United States. STDs/STIs often go untreated in women because symptoms are less obvious than in men or are more likely to be confused with another less serious condition, such as a yeast infection.

Stress

According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, stress is on the rise for women. Women are more likely to report having stress, and almost 50% of all women in the survey, compared to 39% of the men, reported that their stress had increased over the past 5 years.9 Stress also has unique effects on women. A recent NICHD study found that stress might reduce a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant.10

Stroke11

More women than men suffer a stroke each year. Although many of the risk factors for stroke are the same for men and women, including a family history of stroke, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, some risk factors are unique to women. These include:

  • Taking birth control pills
  • Being pregnant
  • Using hormone replacement therapy, a combined hormone therapy of progestin and estrogen designed to relieve menopausal symptoms
  • Having frequent migraine headaches
  • Having a thick waist (larger than 35.2 inches), particularly if post-menopausal, and high triglyceride (blood fat) levels

Urinary tract health

Women are more likely than men are to experience urinary tract problems. For example, urinary incontinence affects twice as many women as men12 due to the way the female urinary tract is structured.13


  1. National Cancer Institute. (2010). Probability of breast cancer in American women. Retrieved August 6, 2012, from http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/detection/probability-breast-cancer
  2. National Cancer Institute. (2012). General information about male breast cancer. Retrieved August 6, 2012, from http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/malebreast/patient
  3. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (n.d.). Alcohol: a women’s health issue. Retrieved August 3, 2012, from http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/brochurewomen/women.htm
  4. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2010). Cardiovascular disease and other chronic conditions in women: Recent findings. Retrieved August 3, 2012, from http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/factsheets/women/womheart/index.html
  5. World Health Organization. (n.d.). Gender and women’s mental health. Retrieved August 3, 2012, from http://www.who.int/mental_health/prevention/genderwomen/en/ External Web Site Policy
  6. National Institute of Mental Health. (2012). Women and Depression: Discovering Hope. Retrieved August 22, 2012, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/women-and-depression-discovering-hope/complete-index.shtml
  7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Arthritis-related statistics. Retrieved August 22, 2012, from http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/data_statistics/arthritis_related_stats.htm
  8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). 10 ways STDs impact women differently from men. Retrieved August 6, 2012, from http://www.cdc.gov/std/health-disparities/stds-women-042011.pdf (PDF – 222 KB)
  9. American Psychological Association. (n.d.) Gender and stress. Retrieved August 6, 2012, from http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/gender-stress.aspx External Web Site Policy
  10. NIH. (2010). NIH study indicates stress may delay women getting pregnant. Retrieved August 6, 2012, from http://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/releases/Pages/081110-stress-delay-women-getting-pregnant.aspx
  11. National Stroke Association. (n.d.) Women and stroke. Retrieved August 6, 2012, from http://www.stroke.org/understand-stroke/impact-stroke/women-and-stroke External Web Site Policy
  12. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. (2010). Urinary incontinence in women. Retrieved August 6, 2012, from http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/uiwomen/
  13. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. (2011). Urinary tract infections in adults. Retrieved August 7, 2012, from http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/utiadult/index.aspx/uti

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This Week in Women is part of a series produced in partnership between Ms. and the Fuller Project for International Reporting. This column is also part of a newsletter; sign up here to receive it regularly.

A #MeToo moment from the commemoration of International Women’s Day 2018 at United Nations headquarters. (Ryan Brown for UN Women / Creative Commons)

The Community Costs of Domestic Violence

This Monday in a front page story for USA Today, we reported that in 2017, more officers were shot and killed in the line of duty while responding to domestic violence than any other type of firearm-related fatality, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. This alarming trend has only continued in 2018.

So far this year, six officers have died in domestic violence-related shootings. That includes two police officers in Westerville, Ohio, who were shot responding to a 911 call from a woman who said she had previously been threatened and sexually assaulted by her husband, a cop who tried to protect a neighbor from her estranged husband and an officer who was trying to apprehend a man who had allegedly just murdered his ex-wife.

Violence against women is an important story at The Fuller Project because it impacts so many women, at such a great cost to society. We’re committed to reporting on it, on those affected by it and on innovative and new strategies to reduce and prevent it. Please take a few minutes to read our compelling reporting, and share on social media.

More Stories From The Week

The family of Marie Colvin, a war correspondent killed in Syria, is trying to take the Assad regime to court for what they say was a deliberate assassination of the journalist. This mom running for Congress says the Federal Election Commission should allow congressional candidates to use campaign funds for child care.

The muted response to two brutal cases of the rape and murder of young girls has brought “acute national shame” on India, writes Barkha Dutt in The Washington Post. In El Salvador, the New York Times reported that women are leading a campaign to end the incarceration of women who have abortions and miscarriages. In Kenya, a woman who was abused by nurses during childbirth won a landmark legal case in March that set a precedent requiring quality care for women. This week, NPR reports on the issue of maternal mortality in poor countries.

An investigation by The Intercept into complaints of sexual abuse in immigration detention centers revealed “a staggering” 1,224 complaints, half of which were against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. And this week, The Lily writes about the wrenching choice facing an American-born teenager whose undocumented parents were deported back to Mexico. Will Lulu stay with her family in Mexico or return to the U.S., the only home she’s ever known?

Who are the young girls throwing stones in Kashmir?

The New York Times investigated how NFL teams treat their cheerleaders. Some requirements include: weigh-ins, no sweatpants in public, and restrictions on nail polish and jewelry.
More next week on what’s happening around the world for, by and about women.

Christina Asquith is the founder and editor in chief at The Fuller Project for International Reporting. 

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Are Black Women Engineers On the Brink of Extinction?

Amidst all the recent media hype about women of color having a moment and changing the world (all of which is true, by the way) comes alarming news about black women engineers.

Despite the fact that engineering jobs are well-paying and plentiful, and twice as many black women are enrolled in college as black men, black women receive fewer engineering degrees than almost any other group—just 1% in 2015, according to the American Society for Engineering Education—and that number has declined since 2011.

What’s worse? ‘”Women of Color in the Engineering Workplace” a joint research study just released by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), found that one in four black women leaves the profession within the first five years. Coupled with abysmal entry rates, these early exits can sound the death knell for diversity in the engineering profession if something isn’t done to prevent it.

SWE and NSBE conducted the study in an effort to identify strategies to diversify the engineering profession and ensure that the needs of this subpopulation of engineers are encouraged to stay in the workforce.

“With fewer than 5% of working engineers being women of color, more attention and support could help to increase diversity in the engineering profession,” said Roberta Rincon, manager of research at SWE.

Representation Matters, and More

Through one-on-one interviews with a critical but small sample of women, several clear patterns and major takeaways emerged:

  • a lack of role models
  • disillusionment with their potential to make meaningful impact
  • dissatisfaction with salary and benefits, and discovered gaps when compared with others
  • unfair or unhelpful performance evaluations
  • difficulty obtaining professional development
  • isolation caused by the relocation that engineering jobs often require
  • difficulties managing gender and racially biased treatment and stereotypes

More than 90% of the women interviewed are members of a professional engineering association and researchers were particularly interested in understanding how such networks can better support women of color to help increase their retention. Recommendations offered to help these organizations better support their members in those first critical years in the workforce, include:

  • helping women of color find mentors
  • better support of women after a job relocation
  • accommodation of women’s busy schedules and dispersed locations so they can maintain an active membership
  • increased age diversity of organizations’ leadership
  • diversifying events and workshop topics

Ideally, employers would incorporate these recommendations in the workplace as well.

“We conducted this study with SWE to gain a greater understanding of the experiences that discourage women of color from entering and staying in engineering careers,” said Karl W. Reid, NSBE executive director. “What we learned was both painful to hear and extraordinarily helpful in providing good direction to the cause of engineering diversity.”

 

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A 17-year old Tennessee teenager wanting her prom dress to honor her late great-grandmother had images of iconic African-American women printed on her dress. Skyler Branch of White Station High School in Memphis wanted to make a splash at her prom had a great idea to have Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berry and others […]

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The War on Women is in full force under the Trump administration. We refuse to go back, and we refuse to let the administration quietly dismantle the progress we’ve made. We are watching. 

This is the War on Women Report.

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Last week

+ Last Friday, Bloomberg reported the Department of Homeland Security has developed a plan to monitor the public activities of hundreds of thousands media professionals, journalists and influencers. The plan is pretty much in line with the Trump administration’s war on American media and mission to attack and discredit journalists. It’s particularly concerning amid increasing threats and violence against journalists around the world.

Monday, 4/9

+ On Monday, the FBI raided President Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen’s office to find information about fraudulent payments to Playboy playmate Karen McDougal and adult film star Stormy Daniels, both of whom have come forward alleging extramarital affairs with Trump prior to his presidency. The FBI also reportedly sought information on whether Cohen was involved in trying to keep the notorious Access Hollywood from being released in October 2016. The infamous tapes featured Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women.

Tuesday, 4/10

+ On Tuesday, as the U.S. observed Equal Pay Day, we were reminded of the Trump administration’s role in enabling and exacerbating the pay gap. Around the end of last year, the administration ended an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission initiative started by the Obama administration that required employers to report the wages they offered men, women and people of color to the government to promote transparency. The repeal of the initiative was notably approved by Ivanka Trump, who has ironically been posing as a champion of women’s empowerment throughout her father’s time in office.

Wednesday, 4/11

+ On Wednesday, Madeleine Albright, the first female secretary of state, questioned why Trump’s cabinet is “all white men” in an interview with Buzzfeed. “There are a lot of smart women that are very capable of making decisions,” she told the website. “One of the things I have said is women work incredibly hard, having a lot of good ideas, but there needs to be more than one woman in the room.” Trump’s cabinet is more stacked with white people and men than any cabinet in recent history—or, specifically, since former President Ronald Reagan’s administration from the ’80s.

+ The Senate held a confirmation hearing Wednesday for Wendy Vitter, a nominee for a federal judgeship in Louisiana. Vitter has gone on the record saying birth control pills lead to women suffering “violent deaths” and claiming Planned Parenthood “kills 150,000 females” every year. At the hearing, Vitter declined to answer questions of basic decency such as whether she supports the Brown v. Board Supreme Court decision to end segregation. If appointed, Vitter would become a judge in a state that is already deeply hostile toward abortion rights.

Thursday, 4/12

+ On Thursday, President Trump said that he would announce what action he will take in Syria “fairly soon” in the wake of a chemical attack over the weekend. Defense Secretary James Mattis is reportedly warning the president against escalating U.S. involvement in Syria by going forward with an “aggressive bombing campaign” which he has been calling for. Trump has a long record of erratic and unpredictable foreign policy stances, but his decision about whether to call for air strikes in Syria will hold grave human rights implications—all while the president and his administration continue to take a hard line against welcoming more refugees from the region.

 

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Adidas Partners With Lean In to Promote Equal Pay for Women

Adidas is doing its part to help level the playing field for women.
The activewear brand has teamed with Lean In, the organization founded by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg to encourage gender equality in the workplace. And today — which is Equal Pay Day — the organization is kicking off #20PercentCounts, the first of three public awareness campaigns to shine a light on the fact that women, on average, are paid 20 percent less than men for doing the same job.
On this day, Lean In has partnered with hundreds of U.S. businesses to share information on the gender pay gap in their communities.
For Adidas, the campaign will be promoted at its Adidas and Reebok retail stores across the U.S. as well as on their e-commerce sites.

The logo from the initiative. 

Karen Parkin, an Adidas executive board member in charge of the company’s global human resources, said Adidas’ chief executive officer and chief merchandising officer met with Sandberg last fall and decided to get involved.
“We’re partnering with an organization we have high respect and admiration for,” Parkin said. “We want to be an employer of choice and to do that, we need to offer equal career opportunities for males and females.

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Zoe Saldana Discusses Hollywood’s Treatment of Women of Color

Afro-Latina actress Zoe Saldana has never been one to mince words, continuing to speak her mind in a recent interview where she got real about Hollywood’s treatment of women of color.

After years in the industry, Saldana revealed to Porter Edit that she still has a hard time landing auditions, sharing her reasoning with the publication.

“I think it has a lot to do with race,” she said. “‘Color doesn’t sell’ – they hide behind that excuse. But in reality, if you are in a position of leadership, that means that you have the responsibility to guide the narrative and re-shape it and put it on the right track. When you’re not setting that trend, then you are no different than the shackles that are binding you.”

She went on the say things were even worse for her early in her career.

“Every time I read a script, even if it was a period piece, I read it thinking that I was going to go after the lead role,” she said. “It wasn’t until I would come across the introduction of a supporting ethnic role that I realized, ‘Oh.’ I wasn’t even allowed to try to get that main role, because they want to go ‘traditional’ on the part…. It was a very hard pill to swallow.”

Lastly, the Columbiana star revealed that she was once told she “was not traditional American,” taking exception with the ignorant statement. In response, she embraced her heritage even more.

“I will never accept that I am not a traditional anything,” she said. “I come from where I come from, I can’t change that, and you come from where you come from. But if you tell me that where you come from is the only right place, and therefore I don’t fit that traditional mold, let’s just establish, very clearly, that you are the one who’s wrong. Because everything about me and where I come from is just as right.”

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This Week in Women: What Trump (and the Mainstream Media) Got Wrong About Immigration and Rape

This Week in Women is part of a series produced in partnership between Ms. and the Fuller Project for International Reporting. This column is also part of a newsletter; sign up here to receive it regularly.

Talking Back to Trump on Immigration, Rape and Abortion

Once again, control of and concern for women’s sexuality played a central role in a major news story this week—but more as a political football than as an issue of true value in and of itself.

On Thursday, President Trump’s offhand remark that women immigrating without documentation into the U.S. were being raped “at levels that nobody has ever seen before” set off a firestorm. His press secretary doubled down, reiterating that women and young girls are victimized on the journey north, and that it’s “quite bizarre that reporters would cover this up.”

Plenty of brave journalists have reported on this over the years, but not enough have given this issue its due, and the media reaction today risks marginalizing sexual assault even further. This New York Times story insensitively implied that sexual assault wasn’t happening because people “hadn’t heard about it” even when we know most rapes aren’t reported. And the Washington Post headline said Trump “conjures up a new immigrant rape crisis.”

Sexual assault is real—and the problem here is not that Trump is imagining it, but that he’s leveraging it politically with zero commitment toward helping affected women. He also fails to acknowledge that individuals from U.S. border patrol and police officers as well as smugglers, traffickers and fellow migrants have all been accused of sexual assault.

This is too big an issue to be spun into a political back-and-forth that misses the point. An Amnesty International investigation estimates that as many as 60 percent of women are sexually assaulted on the migrant trail, and Fuller Project’s own reporting has also uncovered the prevalence of sexual assault on migrant women and girls. Journalists must be allowed to continue to report on sexual assault in the future—without being labeled as advancing Trump’s viewpoint.

Abortion, on the other hand, has the full attention of the Trump administration. This morning, The Hill reported that the head of The Office of Refugee Resettlement keeps a spreadsheet of detained refugees who are either pregnant or want abortions. “Creepy” was how this commentator described it.

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Winnie Mandela passed away Monday, and as debate “rages” around her legacy, we see how hard it is for some to accept a woman—a black woman—as a powerful leader on her own terms. Many news outlets chose to describe her primarily as wife to Nelson Mandela, instead of leader of a revolutionary movement. Others accused her of cashing in on his name, or of being racist. Would a white man who played a leading role in overthrowing decades of oppressive rule be described asa bully or primarily a husband, or treated with such hostile scrutiny, the Guardian asks. Here’s a balanced quick overview of her life. With women’s legacies too often viewed through a biased lens, it’s no wonder they represent fewer than eight percent of public statues depicting historical figures in the U.S., and none of the 44 memorials maintained by the National Parks Service, according to a 2016 study.

Police identified the shooter at YouTube offices in California as a woman, Nasim Najafi Aghdam, in her 30s. Women have been involved in only 3.75 percent of active shootings, according to a 2014 F.B.I. study of 160 active shooting incidents.

A landmark gender study revealed on Thursday that Rwandan men enrolled in a program for fathers and couples are much less likely to use violence against their female partners and spend almost one hour more per day doing household chores. Given that working with men in this way is a relatively newer approach to ending oppression of women, this study makes a deeply significant contribution to the evidence base.

In Canada, women now make up 44 percent of Canada’s top diplomats, compared to 29 percent three years ago (UK is still only 19 percent). This interesting article out this week tells the story of women in Canada’s foreign service.

On Wednesday Massachusetts passed comprehensive reform to address untested rape kits. Here’s a quick story, and we’ll have a bigger one for you next week.

Christina Asquith is the founder and editor in chief at The Fuller Project for International Reporting. 

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These Women Are on a Mission to Change How Millennial Moms of Color Are Perceived by Brands

When Ghanaian publicity pros Simona Noce and Nikki Osei met on social media, it forged a purposeful partnership and mission to increase the representation of millennial moms of color in the marketing industry. Through this connection, DistrictMotherhued was born.

“We initially planned to throw one event for all DMV (DC, MD, VA) based millennials moms,” said co-founder Osei. “Then we assessed local mom groups and noticed that black, millennial moms weren’t represented. We screened social media, post-event imagery and there was a glaring observation. I get it; you create for your demographic and most groups in DC, MD, VA wasn’t checking for us but there weren’t any brown faces. I’m not saying black moms were intentionally overlooked, but we weren’t kept in mind. So our inaugural event, “The Mom Loft” evolved from just a party for millennial moms of color to a full-fledged organization.”

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BE: Since launching DistrictMotherhued in 2016, describe the work that you are most proud of?

We encourage and champion mompreneurs, and regularly highlight our moms’ initiatives, celebrate their successes and promote their businesses. Through District Motherhued, many of our moms have secured TV spot and speaking engagements and introduced their products to larger audiences resulting in increased revenue. District Motherhued is about more than just wine night and playdates; we provide opportunities and resources and position our #DMVMomtribe for personal, professional and economic growth.

We’re also really proud of our #DMforHarvey give back! After viewing the devastation in Houston due to Hurricane Harvey and seeing imagery of mothers lacking basic supplies to care for themselves and their children, we took to social media, tapped into our supportive #DMVMomTribe, and through donations we were able to raise funds to ship 10 extra large boxes of necessities collected amongst our moms to our on the ground contacts in Houston, Dallas, and the surrounding areas.

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BE: Reportedly, moms control 85% of household purchases and have a spending power of $ 2.4 trillion, what should companies that are looking to target millennial moms keep in mind when marketing to this group? What do you think companies overlook (or get wrong) when marketing to this group?

When marketing to our hugely influential and widely represented demographic, brands should include us in the marketing materials! So often we receive inquiries from brands interested in collaborating with District Motherhued because they’ve observed the genuine engagement amongst our audience, but when we visit their websites and social media pages they’re completely void of all things melanin! Like, how? You see our impact, understand that we’re consumers but fail to incorporate us in marketing materials. How can I post about your amazing brand when you’ve only provided fliers featuring white moms and children using the products?

BE: You also have an upcoming Momference with panels focused on everything from mommy’s mental health to how to raise future leaders, and navigating non-traditional family structures? How did you choose these topics?

Yes! We’re so excited about The Momference™, a full-day conference geared toward magical, millennial moms of color taking place on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Maryland. When choosing topics, we put out feelers on social media/via our newsletter to gauge topics of interest and received hundreds of responses. We couldn’t cover every topic mentioned, but the conference will address topics that were most popular.

 

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Millennial Moves: Woman Startup Founder Building Platform to Help Other Women Founders

Roshawnna Novellus founded EnrichHER to empower female founders with the capital needed to build their businesses. Her platform leverages crowdfunding to source funding opportunities for women-led businesses. In addition to the funding platform, Novellus hosts EnrichHER Spark events around the nation; gathering female founders and investors.

Black Enterprise contributor Brandon Andrews spoke with Novellus about EnrichHER and her plans to get more resources into the hands of female founders.

Brandon Andrews: Every entrepreneur has a point at which the problem they see motivates them to create a solution and build a business around it. What was that point for you?

Roshawnna Novellus: Numerous people asked me this question either through consultations or my speaking engagements. As such, I knew it was a huge problem. A few years ago, I decided to take on researching why women-led businesses receive less funding than male-led businesses.

VC firm First Round Capital found that teams in its portfolio with at least one woman outperform all-male teams by 63%. I set off to gain as much insight as possible by attending angel investing groups and business competitions. I noticed that 99% of the investment decision makers are older white males. In a time where it is known that investors will only consider founders that they know, like, and trust it was more evident than ever that one of the reasons that women are underfunded is that they rarely have a seat at the table. As a result, I took action and created programming that would connect entrepreneurs of color and women with investors who have an interest in investing in them.

Every time I can help a women-led business succeed, I believe that I’m fulfilling my purpose. I believe that providing capital for women-led businesses provides economic empowerment, inclusive economic growth, and overall gender equality. As the number of sustainable women-led businesses increases, society as a whole will benefit from inclusive job growth, as well as products and services that better reflect the input of women. Once women have a larger role in the economies of our communities, we will be able to build a society that is more reflective of our needs, desires, and aspirations

You want to bring more resources to female entrepreneurs. Why don’t resources—capital, connections, and information—get to female founders?

The biggest problem is access and inclusion. It’s one thing to let a woman into a room, but it’s another to give her a voice at the table. Many of the programs that exist are not set up a way that women deem accessible. Women typically have many commitments in their daily schedule. As such, we need more planning and flexibly to commit fully to resources that can help us grow. Also, often, women need to feel more prepared than our male counterparts. All of the women who are in my Halcyon Cohort are older than all of the men. One simple fact is that we don’t apply to opportunities until we feel like we’ve worked hard enough to deserve these opportunities. The bar women set for ourselves tends to be much higher than our male counterparts.

 Beyond the programs that EnrichHER provides female entrepreneurs, is a larger societal shift needed to ensure female founders have access to resources?

A platform like EnrichHER focusing on women-led businesses would mean many things including that women receive the same opportunities for funding as men. This issue is urgent because women deserve to grow their economic independence and power. Women can no longer wait for the existing set of politicians, tech companies, and development agencies to advocate on our behalf to make this change. Millions of women every day find it difficult to pursue their dreams because of limited access to capital. The time is now for EnrichHER to help those women.

 Access to capital is the  No. 1 need articulated by entrepreneurs. EnrichHER is addressing this for female entrepreneurs by building a debt crowdfunding platform. Why was it important for you to build a platform in this nascent space?

Most of the media hype focuses on venture investment. We know that less than 1% of all companies receive equity investment and less than 8% of that number is allocated toward women-led ventures. EnrichHER simply wants to focus on the 99% of women-led ventures who need financing. As such, we’ve decided to focus on a debt financing platform as studies have shown that debt financing is 75% of the financing market. Furthermore, the other significant women-concentrated platforms focus on equity or debt. As such, we believe we are delivering something that the market needs.

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EnrichHER CEO Dr. Roshawnna Novellus with attendees at the EnrichHER Spark Conference (enrichher.com)

Andrews: In 2017, Nielsen released a study entitled “African-American Women: Our Science, Her Magic.” The report lauds black women as entrepreneurs and trendsetters who control the majority of the over $ 1T in black buying power. Why is equity crowdfunding important for black women in particular?

Dr. Novellus: Studies have shown that 50% of all crowdfunding campaigns are women-led. As such, crowdfunding is the most efficient way for women to receive capital. We’re leveraging these statistics to help the highest number of women.

Although black women often don’t receive the credit, we are the international trendsetters across most industries. If black women show the world that we can break through the roadblocks set in place for our economic independence, we can show the world that we can create a society that is more reflective of our dreams, goals, and worldview. By doing this, we can capture more of the economic power that is often taken from us.

Andrews: How will the crowdfunding platform work, and what is the timeline for launch?

Dr. Novellus: The Funding platform allows women in the EnrichHER community to connect directly to investors who can help them grow. It will allow everyone to participate whether they have $ 100 or $ 100,000 to lend. We expect to launch the EnrichHER Funding Platform in April 2018. The platform will be open to unaccredited and accredited investors.

You were recently awarded the Halcyon Incubator Fellowship. The program is for social entrepreneurs. How are you integrating social good into your business?

Dr. Novellus: Non-financial success for us will ultimately be measured by the number of women who use EnrichHER as the inspiration to start and sustain their businesses. We have already achieved a measure of non-financial success in the form of positive comments and feedback from the entrepreneurs who have already become a part of the EnrichHER movement. In one instance, a woman founder stated that her participation in the first EnrichHER conference was the reason that she finally publicly announced her business and put it in a position to thrive. So many other women have personally thanked us for the valuable information shared at the EnrichHER conferences. The impact will continue to be measured by inspiration, feedback, and change in mindset.

How do you plan to grow your business in 2018?

Dr. Novellus: Our growth happens through partnerships. We’re looking for financial institutions, investment funds, entrepreneurship groups and other partners who share our vision. We believe that by working together, we can help women win nationwide.

 

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