‘Sharp Objects’ Reveals the Simmering Power of Women’s Anger (Column)

Calling something a “slow burn” usually means emphasizing the “slow.” But “Sharp Objects” proves that the real trick to a masterful slow burn is tapping into a story’s underlying heat and fanning it until the moment when it can finally go up in flames. Every frame crackles with a barely (and expertly) restrained tension — […]

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Kaiser Permanente Receives Women’s Choice Award as California’s Most Recommended Health Insurance Plan and America’s Best Hospital Awards

PASADENA, Calif. Kaiser Permanente Southern California has received the Women’s Choice Award® designation, “California’s Most Recommended Health Insurance Plan,” as well as its medical centers throughout the region receiving multiple “America’s Best Hospitals” awards that include: Best Patient Safety, Best Hospital for Obstetrics, Best Stroke Care, America’s 100 Best Hospital, Best Bariatric Surgery, and Best Breast Center.

The Women’s Choice Award® identified “America’s Best Hospitals” across the nation to help women make smart healthcare choices. The Women’s Choice Award® methodology is based on surveys of tens of thousands of women, as well as research conducted in partnership with the Wharton School of Business on what drives the consumer experience for women vs. men.

In addition, the organization distributed a statewide survey to more than 10,000 women who reside in California, these women were asked to identify which health insurance plan they would highly recommend to their friends and family. Kaiser Permanente received its evidence-based designation, “California’s Most Recommended Health Insurance Plan” from these results.

“We pride ourselves on our patient-centered, integrated approach that creates high quality care,” said Julie Miller-Phipps, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Inc., for the Southern California Region. “It’s gratifying when data supports our approach and show us that our members choose Kaiser Permanente with confidence, knowing that we put their health and safety first.”

According to the Women’s Choice Award®, market research shows that women influence more than 90 percent of family healthcare decisions; and a national survey conducted by the Women’s Choice Award® determined which hospitals and services women would highly recommend in today’s marketplace. These hospitals had to meet exceptionally high standards regarding women’s unique needs and preferences.

The following Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers received one or more designated Women’s Choice Awards®, to view the detailed list please click here:

Kaiser Permanente Orange County Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center, and Kaiser Permanente Moreno Valley Medical Center.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/share.

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Women’s Aid issues an abuse warning after Adam’s ‘manipulative’ behaviour on Love Island

Here’s what’s being said…

Love Island got dramatic this week, with ‘couple’ Rosie Williams and Adam Collard seeming to call their relationship quits, with Adam neglecting Rosie for a new attraction, Zara.

But it’s not the separation that has got the world talking, but instead the way it came about, and was dealt with by the 22-year-old personal trainer.

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When he was confronted by a tearful Rosie, he appeared to mock her reaction, and viewers were horrified to watch him manipulate her into believing that it was her fault, taking to Twitter to voice their outrage.

‘Seriously – laughing at a girl crying because you betrayed her trust and led her on…that’s just the worst thing you can do,’ tweeted one user.

Another posted: ‘Adam’s a controlling, mass manipulating wench. He has constantly humiliated girls, making them feel insecure &to blame for his disloyalties & disrespect.’

And it wasn’t just Love Island viewers who were concerned, with domestic abuse charity, Women’s Aid, using Adam’s behaviour as a warning of abuse.

Whilst accepting that Love Island is an artificial environment, Katie Ghose, chief executive of Women’s Aid explained that Adam’s actions on the outside world could be seen as emotional abuse.

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‘In a relationship, a partner questioning your memory of events, trivialising your thoughts or feelings, and turning things around to blame you can be part of pattern of gaslighting and emotional abuse,’ explained Katie.

What should people do therefore?

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Speak out. According to Katie, viewers who are in similar situations should ‘join [Rosie] in recognising unhealthy behaviour in relationships and speaking out against all forms of domestic abuse – emotional as well as physical’.

‘It is only when we make a stand together against abuse in relationships that we will see attitudes change and an end to domestic abuse.’

We couldn’t agree more.

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Eleven Players From Defunct North Dakota Women’s Hockey Program File Suit

The federal complaint filed Tuesday against the North Dakota University System alleges that the university violated Title IX laws that prohibit women from being treated differently because of gender. The suit says the hockey program was “the most prominent and popular sport” among women’s athletic programs at the Grand Forks college.

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How Kate Spade Changed Women’s Fashion—and Made Us Smile

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Kate Spade’s handbags were cheerful and quirky: They came with polka dots, were shaped like typewriters, a Dalmatian, a vintage car, and candy wrapper, or a pair of mirrored sunglasses with the New York battle-cry “Taxi” issuing forth from them.

They came in hot pinks and oranges, and with red polka dot bow ties on the front. They were roomy and bucket-shaped, and had even more bold patterns on their innards. One was designed in the shape of a heart.

The bags had style, but they were also designed to make you smile. They were fashionable, but encouraged you to have fun with whatever your definition of fashion was. They were a zippily placed pin in the balloon of aesthetic pomposity—even if, for all that she became known for this playful whimsy, Spade’s first popular bag was the simple black “Sam” bag, which in its color and functionality was so-very New York.

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The 5 Rules of Style for On-Point Women’s Business Attire

Style is everything. It can be the difference between you having an immaculate or exceptionally crappy day. Black Enterprise caught up with Stylist & CEO of Immaculate Wardrobe, Sophia Hyacinthe, who has built an incredible women’s styling business with over 13 years of styling experience, working with women CEOs of Fortune 500 Companies, publishing industry powerhouses, and girl bosses all over New York City. Hyacinthe offers business attire styling tips to freshen up that drab everyday work outfit, especially if your job requires you to be suited or “work professional” day in and day out.

The 5 Rules of Chic Business Attire Style

Fit First

Put fit first as it is the foundation to any look. Pick shapes and lines that best flatter your body. Prominent shapes in tailored womenswear include: cropped skinny pants, wide leg culottes, fitted pencil skirts, and A-line midis. Once you’ve found your perfect shape, I always recommend visiting a tailor to have them make any adjustments to ensure that it is truly the perfect fit. It’s the little touches like raising or lowering a hemline and taking in the waist that really customizes and refines the look.

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Suiting Remixed

Classic suiting has been given a fresh spin with bold colors and sticking prints. Crayola-esque hues along with pastels are major this season. For a simpler approach, pair bright separates with muted tones and for a more fashion-forward look, go all out and sport the full bright look. Praiseworthy prints include vintage floral designs along with traditional menswear suiting prints. For a more tamed approach, pair printed pieces with cool neutrals or for a more daring look, mix contrasting prints. The key to mixing prints is pairing some that share similar color themes.

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Best Foot Forward

This is the area where you really get to express individual style, whether you’re an avid flat wearer, sneaker fiend, or strictly a stiletto girl, you get to really have fun in this department. Use your shoes to express your best self. Shoe trends worth stomping for include ’80s-style pumps, dad sneakers, along with solid white and bold colors.

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Brilliant Blouses

Maximize work staples with a rotation of fun blouses. Designers are taking it up a notch with exaggerated sleeves, intricate collars, and form-flattering wrap styles. With summer approaching, opt for these styles in lightweight linen fabrics.

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All About Accessories

Accessories add personal flair and serve to really elevate the look. Noteworthy accessories include waist belts that layer perfectly over blazers and dresses. Mixed metals, a silver watch, a gold bracelet, no problem. And lastly, carry your work files in style with this season’s patterned “it” bags.

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Stephanie Gilmore Wins 2018 Oi Rio Women’s Pro

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SAQUAREMA, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Wednesday, May 16, 2018) – Today, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) won the Oi Rio Women’s Pro, Stop No. 4 on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), after a massive day of competition in four-to-five foot (1.2 – 1.5 metre) surf at Itaúna Beach in Saquarema.

Six-time WSL Champion Gilmore battled through four rounds today, taking down Lakey Peterson (USA) in the Final, Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) in the Semifinals, Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS)in the Quarterfinals, and Caroline Marks (USA) in Round 3. Not only does Gilmore’s win mark her 28th CT victory but also her first CT win in Brazil.

“That was a really crucial Final because Lakey (Peterson) has had a win and I’ve had a win,” said Gilmore. “I just want it. I want it really bad and that is what it takes. It feels good. I just love competing. It is such a good challenge to be out there and to have this stage to perform on is really special. I’ve been doing this for a while but it never gets old. This is just the beginning.”

Gilmore’s Final started to come together at the 15-minute mark with a right-hand ride, which earned her a 6.53 (out of a possible 10). Gilmore quickly backed-up her scoreline with a 5.10 on another right, while Peterson chased the lefts. The American, with only an 8.00 two-wave total, could not find the scores required to combat the Australian at the final buzzer.

6X World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) advances to the Quarter Finals of the Women's 2018 Oi Rio Pro after placing second in Heat 2 of Round 4 at Itaúna Beach, Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
6X World Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) advances to the Quarter Finals of the Women’s 2018 Oi Rio Pro after placing second in Heat 2 of Round 4 at Itaúna Beach, Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“For a few years there I was sort of half-hearted with things and I realized that you can’t be that way if you want to win,” continued Gilmore. “You have to have the ‘Eye of the tiger,’ you have to want to win, and you have to be fierce and committed to these things.  I love to really apply myself properly. It is really special. I am so happy. I just want to win. It’s cool, it is such a good feeling.”

Despite the loss, Peterson is in a strong position to hunt down her first World Title this season. The Californian started her year with a big win on the Gold Coast and continues to raise the bar at each event. En route to her runner-up result, Peterson dispatched crowd-favorite Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW) in the Semifinals and three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) in the Quarterfinals.

“A World Title is my goal,” said Peterson. “I am just trying to take it one event at a time. I feel like the momentum is working for me right now, but it is also working for Steph (Gilmore) right now. She is obviously in a great groove and she’s got an extra win on top of me, and I am aware of that. She’s such a phenomenal competitor and surfer.”

Gilmore’s second win in 2018 now keeps her at World No. 1 on the Jeep Leaderboard. Peterson trails by only 3,680 points behind with her runner-up finish today. With the tour reaching its halfway mark at Stop No. 5’s Corona Bali Pro, Gilmore’s and Peterson’s 2018 World Title campaigns are off to a strong start.

“For me, it is really cool to feel that I am keeping pace and everything is coming together,” Peterson said. “I am proud of that because it has been a lot of years of working hard and learning and going back to the drawing board. It is just nice to feel like Snapper was not just a one-off thing. I feel like I am continuing that success and it feels great.”

Weston-Webb’s run ended against Peterson in Semifinal 2, but the 22-year-old showcased her potential throughout the event, including her 15.33 combined score to take down compatriot Silvana Lima (BRA) in the Quarterfinals. Now wearing the Brazilian flag on her jersey, Weston-Webb climbs to World No. 3 with Brazil supporting her.

Brazilian hero Lima had a disappointing elimination against Weston-Webb, where she was unable to complete her rides. Lima has also had a great start to the year with a 3rd place finish at Bells. Her 5th at the Oi Rio Pro keeps her at World No. 10 on the Jeep Leaderboard. Lima confirmed that she will use the elimination as a learning for Keramas.

“I’m very thankful for all the fans that came out and cheered us on at the beach and for those watching online,” said Lima. “Thanks for giving us so much energy and it’s an honor to represent Brazil on the world tour. I felt like I was surfing really well, especially in my heat earlier today. But unfortunately, I fell on two waves during the Quarters, which really affected me. I’m not exactly sure what happened, and I’ll need to see the footage to analyze what went wrong. But I feel like I’m still learning from my defeats and it just gives me more incentive to keep training hard for the next event.”

Tyler Wright’s (AUS) run for a third-straight Oi Rio Pro victory ended early in the first heat of the Round 3. Unable to find two substantial scores, the two-time WSL Champion was ousted by Keely Andrew (AUS) and now exits in Equal 9th place, her second of 2018. At this time last season, Wright held the World No. 1 lead. Now in seventh on the World Rankings, Wright will need to make up ground at the next stop, the Corona Bali Pro.

2018 CT Rookie Caroline Marks (USA), Johanne Defay (FRA), and Sage Erickson (USA)were also eliminated in Round 3.

The men’s event completed Round 4 following women’s Round 3 and determined the remaining eight Quarterfinalists.

Filipe Toledo (BRA) unleashed the Oi Rio Pro’s first Perfect 10 with a massive aerial rotation in Round 4 Heat 1. The crowd went wild when Toledo flew through the air to land the 360-degree rotation and again when the Judges awarded him with the perfect score. Toledo marches through the to Quarterfinals with rookie Michael Rodrigues (BRA), while event-spoiler Ian Gouveia (BRA) is eliminated with his best result of the season.

“That was actually a little scary against the boys,” said Toledo. “I knew Ian (Gouveia) and Michael (Rodrigues) could have gotten better backup scores to turn the heat. As soon as I saw Michael paddle to the inside, I wanted to make sure Ian wasn’t alone. That wave came my way, and that was the perfect timing for it. It wasn’t great for doing turns but that perfect section came and I knew it was time to go big.”

 

John John Florence (HAW), the 2016 event winner and reigning WSL Champion, was eliminated by rookies Yago Dora (BRA) and Wade Carmichael (AUS) in the final heat of men’s Round 4 today. Dora kept extremely busy throughout the heat with seven waves to Florence’s three. The two-time WSL Champion was unable to complete his rides, unlike his stunning performance yesterday. Florence will exit Brazil in Equal 9th place and will now focus on the upcoming Corona Bali Pro.

Reigning 2X World Champion John John Florence (HAW) is eliminated from the 2018 Oi Rio Pro after placing third in Heat 4 of Round 4 at Itaúna Beach, Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Reigning 2X World Champion John John Florence (HAW) is eliminated from the 2018 Oi Rio Pro after placing third in Heat 4 of Round 4 at Itaúna Beach, Saquarema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“I am proving to myself that I can beat anyone,” said Dora “I was really happy to surf against John John (Florence). I was psyched to see he was in my heat again. I just went out there trying to make the heat and I was hoping he was going make it with me, but Wade (Carmichael) was surfing really well and he made it.”

Current World No. 1 Julian Wilson (AUS) is in a prime position to retain the Jeep Leader Jersey after winning his Round 4 heat today against Kolohe Andino (USA) and Kanoa Igarashi (JPN). Andino’s second place position in the heat will put him against Toledo. Igarashi’s third-place standing in the heat eliminates him from the draw.

Gabriel Medina (BRA), 2017 World Title runner-up to Florence, will try to take advantage of his Quarterfinal entry and Florence’s elimination. Medina will face rookie Carmichael in Quarterfinal 3 when competition resumes.

The WSL Commissioner’s Office will reconvene tomorrow morning at 6:45 a.m. local time to assess the conditions and make the next call for a potential 7:05 a.m. start at the main competition site at Itaúna Beach.

The Oi Rio Pro will be broadcast LIVE on the WSL’s Facebook page, WorldSurfLeague.com, and the WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.

Surfline, forecast partner of the WSL, is calling for:

Smaller leftovers are expected for most of Thursday. The next run of SSW/S swells shows on Friday and likely continues over the weekend, with the most favorable wind currently expected for Fri-Sat.  

For more information, please visit WorldSurfLeague.com.

Oi Rio Pro Women’s Final Results:
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.53
2 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 8.00

Oi Rio Pro Women’s Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 11.00 def. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 9.67
SF 2: Lakey Peterson (USA) 11.27 def. Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 10.40

Oi Rio Pro Women’s Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 13.06 def. Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 10.00
QF 2: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 10.83 def. Keely Andrew (AUS) 5.77
QF 3: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 15.33 def. Silvana Lima (BRA) 4.60
QF 4: Lakey Peterson (USA) 12.67 def. Carissa Moore (HAW) 9.57

Oi Rio Pro Women’s Round 3 Results:
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) 11.17, Keely Andrew (AUS) 9.64, Tyler Wright (AUS) 6.17
Heat 2: Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 14.36, Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 12.50, Caroline Marks (USA) 4.67
Heat 3: Silvana Lima (BRA) 15.90, Lakey Peterson (USA) 15.23, Johanne Defay (FRA) 13.16
Heat 4: Carissa Moore (HAW) 15.33, Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 11.50, Sage Erickson (USA) 11.34

2018 WSL Women’s CT Jeep Leaderboard (After Oi Rio Pro):
1 – Stephanie Gilmore (AUS) 29,490 pts
2 – Lakey Peterson (USA) 25,630 pts
3 – Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA) 20,020 pts
4 – Carissa Moore (HAW) 18,980 pts
5 – Caroline Marks (USA) 17,000 pts

Oi Rio Men’s Pro Round 4 Results:
Heat 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) 18.33, Michael Rodrigues (BRA) 10.94, Ian Gouveia (BRA) 8.00
Heat 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) 12.73, Kolohe Andino (USA) 11.90, Kanoa Igarashi (JPN) 9.43
Heat 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) 11.84, Ezekiel Lau (HAW) 9.73, Sebastian Zietz (HAW) 9.00
Heat 4: Yago Dora (BRA) 13.94, Wade Carmichael (AUS) 11.40, John John Florence (HAW) 8.00

Oi Rio Men’s Pro Quarterfinal Matchups:
QF 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)
QF 2: Julian Wilson (AUS) vs. Michael Rodrigues (BRA)
QF 3: Gabriel Medina (BRA) vs. Wade Carmichael (AUS)
QF 4: Yago Dora (BRA) vs. Ezekiel Lau (HAW)

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Cannabis tourism in California – a women’s wellness retreat with puff love

At the Ganja Goddess Getaway, yes, there are yoga classes and spiritual talks but the mother lode comes from the spliffs, edibles and pot-infused mocktails that aid the healing

Wearing a T-shirt with the slogan “Mary Jane Smokewear”, a woman with long, grey pigtails crawled towards me, offering a hit off a balloon bag inflated with marijuana vapours. I was sitting cross-legged under a Ganja Goddess Getaway-branded gazebo on a perfect California afternoon and it was the umpteenth time that day that a stranger had come over, unprompted, to share their weed.

The bag was just one way my fellow ganja goddesses were getting high. Plates piled with spliffs, giant blunts, laced caramel-pecan candies and fruity mocktails enhanced with pot-infused tinctures also made the rounds. At one point, I was handed a wizard pipe packed with a “tiramisu”. Where a domestic goddess might use cream and ladyfingers, a ganja goddess gets “baking” with alternating layers of green and hash.

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The Best Women’s Suits of 2018: Affordable, Designer, and Everything In Between

best women's suits 2018Which are the best women’s suits of 2018, whether for a stylish interview outfit, a power suit, or some other major career event? (Or, hey: a simple, chic suit often makes a great work outfit all by itself!) We’ve recently updated The Corporette Guide to Interview Suits, but we haven’t talked about the best suits for women in ages (aww, here was one of our first discussions on suiting basics for women!) so I thought we’d do a roundup. (We’ll also be updating our guide to plus size suits, petite suits, tall suits, and more in the coming weeks as well!) Readers, which are your favorite interview suits right now? What do you consider to be your “power suit”?

First, some general tips on what to look for in a great suit:

  • Confidence is the key to interview attire and power dressing. The goal of any interview suit or other suit like this is to let your brain do the talking and let your fashion sense take a back seat — so if you feel best in a pants suit, or flats, go for that. You don’t want to be that “baby giraffe” trying to walk in uncomfortable heels that are too high for you and sitting awkwardly in your interview fussing with your jacket. Really: whatever makes you feel like a polished professional is what’s going to make you the most confident. So take the rest of these tips with a grain of salt, BUT for my $ .02, here are some shopping, styling, and budget tips: 
    • If you’re hunting for a budget-friendly interview suit: go for a black skirt suit rather than a pants suit, because pants fit is by far the hardest thing to get right. In my experience a $ 60 skirt suit looks OK but a $ 60 pants suit makes you look like you come from Planet Frump. Furthermore, the skirt suit will go farther — you can wear the pencil skirt as a basic bottom in your wardrobe (but always dryclean all pieces of a suit together!), plus if you have a “dressed up” occasion, a skirt suit is always going to be the more formal option. Another pro for a simple pencil skirt: you completely avoid the issue of what length/type pants to get, which really does feel like we’re in a period of flux — for a while all you could find were ankle pants, even though they were too trendy to wear to most conservative workplaces — now that flared pants and bootcut trousers are coming back I feel like the ankle pants will look outdated pretty quickly. Other trends I’ve seen with suits: jumpsuits! culottes! short suits! You want 1) a pencil skirt + hip length jacket or 2) a fitted sheath dress + hip length jacket — these combos have been in for years and probably will be for years to come. (Here’s our guide to pantyhose, which yes, if you want to be “safe,” you should probably wear for any interview if you’re junior, particularly in more conservative areas — but go back to our first point on confidence/comfort and factor that in.)
    • If you’re shopping online, look for words such as: seasonless wool, stretch wool, tropical wool, gabardine, triacetate. Avoid words like sateen, shimmer, linen. Crepe can be really tricky — sometimes it means a polyester drapey blend for suiting and sometimes it means a bridesmaid’s dress/MOB type thing.
    • If you’re busty: traditional wisdom here is that you want more buttons on your blazer, not fewer. I’m plenty busty and have had some favorite one-button jackets over the years, though, so your mileage may vary here. Depending on trends you can sometimes find suits with as many as four or five buttons. Check out this post for more workwear style tips for busty women.
  • Treasure hunting for a suit (where you MAY or may not find something good): T.J. Maxx, Yoox, ASOS, OFF5TH, and Nordstrom Rack
  • Consider taking your suit to the tailor.  Common suiting alterations include shortening sleeves, adjusting the waist. Note that the blazer (specifically the shoulder/arms) are the hardest part to tailor, so focus on that fit when you’re shopping.
  • Please don’t forget to cut your Xs, always dryclean suiting pieces together, and — if you’re wearing the suit somewhere Very Important like an interview, make sure you use the mirror trick.
  • For other tips on buying a basic interview suit (including considerations on colors, care, accessories, layering, and more), please check out The Corporette Guide to Interview Suits. (We’re in the midst of updating our guide to what tops to wear under suits!)

We’ll put a few handy pins at the bottom of this post for you with general prices for suiting alterations and general advice for what to wear on interviews. But first: on to our roundup of the best women’s suits of 2018!

Affordable Suits For Women

All of the suits in this tier are generally under $ 250 for two pieces. Note that the two big risks with a budget option will be frumpiness on one end — and “sexy secretary”/ formality problems on the other. Try to look for a material that drapes well, doesn’t wrinkle, isn’t too seasonal (such as a cotton suit — a tropical wool or triacetate will go farther) — and be wary of trendy cuts like collarless jackets, huge slits in your skirt, cropped pants, and more.

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Pictured above: skirt suit /  pants suit / skirt suit / pants suit / skirt suit

  • Anne Klein (separates) – Nordstrom has a few Anne Klein suits; Macy’s also carries them. They also have an exclusive line at Macy’s called “Anne Klein Executive,” but note that those are full suit sets, not separates. Pictured above: pantsuit and a skirt set from the Executive line.
  • Banana Republic Factory – Like J.Crew Factory, BR’s outlet sector has a lot of good finds for work, particularly on the more affordable, classic side of things. Note that because these pieces may be produced just for the Factory Store it may mean that there are differences in fit and quality — so keep that in mind when ordering.
  • Calvin Klein (separates) – It’s next to impossible to find a good link to one online, but Calvin Klein suiting separates are also sold at Macy’s and are pretty reliable; here’s a link to the classic two-button blazer. (Amazon also has a ton of them, many of them eligible for Prime Wardrobe (here’s Kate’s recent review of Prime Wardrobe).
  • Chadwicks – I have no experience personally with these suits, but some of the blazers are under $ 20 (!) and the brand offers regular, petite, plus, and tall sizes — and they have suiting separates.
  • Kasper (separates) and Tahari (separates) – Kasper used to specialize in full suit sets, but in recent years they’ve had a line of separates for sale, which is great for people who want, say, a petite-sized blazer but a regular-sized skirt. I haven’t tried them on for quality or fit, though. (Pictured at top: Tahari.)
  • Kasper / Tahari / Le Suit (not sold as separates) – You can find huge deals on these brands at places like TJ Maxx, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Smart Bargains, and Overstock — but it’s very hard to break the pieces up and wear them as separates, at least in my experience. If you need a skirt suit for under $ 100 all in, though, these brands are the first places I’d look. Note that because these suits are sold as one product (rather than as separates) you usually have to pick a single size — if you’re a 10 on top and 14 on the bottom, for example, this is not going to be the way you want to go. In my experience these suits may trend towards the frumpy side, particularly as pantsuits — in a skirtsuit the fit issues will be less noticeable. (You may also want to check out our guide to suiting alterations!) Pictured above.
  • Express – If you’re a fan of their Editor/Columnist pants, do check out their matching blazers and other suiting options. As always with these brands, watch or fit — but note that Express has been stepping up their workwear game lately, so these may be a great option if you’re looking for an interview suit on a budget. Pictured above.
  • Lands’ End – Particularly if you’re looking for a washable wool blazer in a wider size range (such as tall, petite, plus or cusp sizes), Lands’ End can be a great, affordable option.
  • Loft – Sometimes you can get a basic dark suit here, although I’d be worried about wrinkling and trendiness/formality (compared to other options, like Tahari or Anne Klein)
  • Mango – Mango has really stepped up their office wear line recently, including a ton of  pictured on IG
  • Nine West (separates) – I usually think of Nine West as selling “fun” suits in classic cuts (like bright pink ones) but from time to time they have neutral suits. If you see one on the rack in a color you like but are hesitant to try because you think Nine West only sells affordable shoes, think again… Nice options in stock right now: two-button stretch and a clasp-front blazer.
  • NY & Co. – I’d be wary of the fabric and fit here, so it’s hard to recommend them online — but if you have a store near you, these are some of the most budget-friendly suits you can get. They have a line called “all-season stretch” that would be the place I’d start. Here’s a nice option.
  • White House | Black Market – Their suits tend to be more trendy than classic, but they do have a line of seasonless suiting (and in plus sizes as well!).
  • Bonus notes: Brands that regularly make “fun” suits that may occasionally have neutral suits include ASOS, H&MNine West, Topshop (also at Nordstrom), Zara. Also, a sad trombone for The Limited, which used to be one of our favorites in this space — the company went bankrupt and was sold, and while they do have inventory right now it’s mostly non-suiting pieces — and judging by the number of “everything for $ 11!” sales we’ve seen, they’re still working out kinks in sizing, fit and quality. Still, keep an eye on them — we’re rooting for them to come back!

Mid-Range Suits For Women

These suits are reliably under $ 500 for two pieces — but they’re going to be a bit higher quality than more affordable suiting options in the first tier.

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  • Ann Taylor – Ann Taylor currently has a lot of their tropical wool blend in stock, a “lightweight wool blend and is good for any season” — they also sell a polyester blend “seasonless stretch” suiting fabric, as well as (occasionally, online only usually). Watch for sales (historically they’ve had them early June), but note that it’s hard to go wrong with Ann Taylor for your first major suit. Pictured.
  • Antonio Melani – Dillards’ line of workwear is a solid option if you like the styles or if you can find them in the store.
  • Austen Reed – This British brand has brought back their line of suits for women — I believe they were recently sold, though, so you may want to consider this a “new” brand in terms of size, fit, and quality.
  • Banana Republic – I’ve really been liking a lot of BR suits lately, and it’s great that they’ve got a ton of machine washable suits — they can be very difficult to find! Here’s a nice basic option.
  • Brooks Brothers Red Fleece – Red Fleece, Brooks Brothers’ “little sister” line, often has great options for basic wool suiting and other workwear staples — sometimes with a cheeky twist; sometimes not. Pictured.
  • Boden – I normally think of Boden for fun suits, but they do have some more traditional options as well, such as this one. (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Boden!)
  • J.Crew – Distressingly, J.Crew’s suits section now has a ton of dresses and very few suits. (In fact, their Super 120s suiting seems to be on the way out entirely, but you can still find a few pieces in the sale section.) Their stretch wool selection seems to be the most basic you can get, but note that at the moment they’re down to lucky sizes as well. Pictured.
  • Of Mercer – This workwear indie has a solid section of suiting section with blazers topping out around $ 250. Pictured.
  • Talbots has been gaining in reader popularity over the years — note that if you’re hard to fit, they often carry multiple suit separate options in regular sizes (often up to 18 or 20), tall, petite, plus sizes, and (holy grail of rareness here), plus size petites. Do check out their line of seasonless wool suiting (pictured). (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Talbots!)

Investment Suits For Women

I also call this category “fancy affordable” — they’re expensive, but generally worth it if you wear a suit a lot. For many women this is going to be the first “splurge” suit — two pieces will cost you more than $ 500, but less than $ 1000.

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  • Brooks Brothers – They don’t seem to have anything terribly classic in stock online at the moment, but this brand is obviously a stalwart for women’s suiting.
  • Elie Tahari – This is the parent brand to everyone’s starter suit, Tahari – the prices are much steeper but so is the quality and the cut. They have a lot of stores in malls, but you can also find the brand at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Saks.
  • The Fold London – I mostly think of this brand for their gorgeous origami-like top, but they make a lot of neutral suiting and other tailored pieces, so if you’re looking for something different (or happen to be in London), keep the brand in mind.
  • Hobbs – This British brand has a few locations stateside, and carries a lot of gorgeous workwear, including some nice basic suits. Note that Bloomingdale’s also carries the brand. (Another general note if you’re looking for washable clothes — many, many of Hobbs’s dresses and suiting separates are washable.)
  • Hugo Boss – My admiration for this brand has only grown the more I’ve done this blog — everything they do is beautiful quality, extremely classic and stylish. They have stand alone stores, but you can also find that at Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.
  • Lafayette 148 New York – If you’ve got curves or are in need of cusp sizes (16, occasionally even 18), take a look at Lafayette 148 New York — the quality is lovely but the cuts are much more forgiving.  Their suiting pants are incredibly highly rated at Nordstrom, as well. You can also find the brand often on deep discount at Last Call and OFF5TH.
  • LK Bennett – This British brand has a ton of tweed suits and feminine suiting options, but they also carry neutrals — if your goal in your interview is to feel like a super confident Kate Middleton, this is where I’d go.
  • MM.LaFleur – This brand nearly went in the above tier, but two pieces would be around $ 600, so technically it’s in this one — particularly since the odds are slim for finding MM LaFleur’s pieces on sale (although you may be able to find them used for less money). The independent maker of the reader-favorite jardigan as well as some of our favorite sheath dresses just launched a suiting section. Pictured.
  • Reiss – This British brand is always droolworthy for me — they specialize in classic takes on modern styles. Note that their fits can be a bit body conscious. Note that Bloomingdale’s also carries the brand; also that the sale/outlet section on their site has some amazing deals. Here are two nice options (pictured).
  • Ted Baker – Another British brand that is fabulous if you want a slightly feminine take on a basic suit. They have a lot of mall stores as well, but you can also find the brand at Nordstrom.
  • Theory – The classic — but be warned, if you have curves you may have to size up here. Their traditional blazer is still available, but you may also want to look at the “clean” blazer or the “modern” blazer.  If you’re confused about the differences between the Theory fabrics or the cut of different jackets or pants, take a look at this post. Note that you can also find the brand at a lot of spots, including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Saks.  Pictured.
  • Sportmax – This brand is hard to find online, but if you happen to see a store, do pop in — the fabrics and cuts are amazing, and a suit should run you less than $ 1000. (The brand is owned by the same company that owns Max Mara.)
  • Fun, trendy brands that might have a suitable interview suit: Rebecca Taylor, Tibi, Trina Turk

Designer Suits for Women

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Pictured: DolceMax Mara / Burberry / Akris / Escada

All of these brands are classics for designer workwear — when you win the lottery (or, hey, make partner after a ton of hard work!), stop here first. (I’d also call this “corner office chic”!) Brands in this tier who might have a classic, simple suit: Altuzarra, Akris, Armani, Dolce & GabbanaEscadaJosephMax Mara, Michael Kors, The Row, Saint LaurentSt. John,   Keep an eye on designer stores for newer brands with designer suits, such as Farfetch, Matches, My Theresa, Net a Porter (as well as sister site The Outnet) as well as the upscale department stores like Barneys, Neiman Marcus, and Saks.

(Stay tuned for an update to Part II where we look at the best suiting brands for plus size suits, petites, and tall women!)

Ladies, what are your favorite suiting brands for basic, classic interview suits? For those of you who’ve bought suits for women across the different price ranges, what differences have you noticed in quality? What pieces are the most worthy to stalk at sales and on eBay? 

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SAQUAREMA, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil (Friday, May 11, 2018) – The Oi Rio Pro, Stop No. 4 on the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), kicks off today with women’s Round 1 called ON for a 7:00 a.m. start in three-to-five foot (1 – 1.2 metre) conditions at Itaúna Beach. Women’s Round 2 will follow the opening heats, and Round 3 will be on standby for a potential start today. The men’s event will be off for the day.

“We are going to take advantage of the clean conditions and jumpstart the Oi Rio Pro on opening day,” said Travis Logie, WSL Deputy Commissioner. “Women’s Rounds 1 and 2 will be on, starting at 7:00 a.m. local time. We will also put Round 3 on hold to possibly get underway today, as well. The men’s event will be off for the day. Best of luck to all of our competitors today.”

Up first this morning will be Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) against Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) and Coco Ho (HAW) in the first heat of Round 1.

Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), 22, recently announced her decision to represent Brazil on the elite CT. The Oi Rio Pro will be Weston-Webb’s first event sporting the Brazilian flag on her jersey, and she wants to make the Brazilians proud when she battles Johanne Defay (FRA) and Keely Andrew (AUS) in Round 1 Heat 6.

Event favorite Silvana Lima (BRA) will look to take down Hawaii’s Carissa Moore and New Zealand’s Paige Hareb in Heat 5 of Round 1.

Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), six-time WSL Champion and current World No. 1, will be up against Malia Manuel (HAW) and Trials Winner Taí­s Almeida (BRA) in her Round 1 heat.

The Oi Rio Pro will be broadcast LIVE on the WSL’s Facebook page, WorldSurfLeague.com, and the WSL app. Also, check local listings for coverage from the WSL’s broadcast partners.

Surfline, forecast partner of the WSL, is calling for:

Fading, but fun size and clean, S swell leftovers are expected Friday morning. The surf will ease through the day and be down to minor leftovers on Saturday. Sunday likely starts slow but should come up a bit in the afternoon as short period SSW swell builds. Fun size, short period S swell likely continues on Monday morning, with a good chance for larger, mid-period SSW to S swell Monday afternoon and Tuesday. Another fairly solid SSW swell is possible for the end of next week. 

Oi Rio Women’s Pro Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 2: Tyler Wright (AUS), Caroline Marks (USA), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW), Taí­s Almeida (BRA)
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA), Sage Erickson (USA), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 5: Carissa Moore (HAW), Silvana Lima (BRA), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 6: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Johanne Defay (FRA), Keely Andrew (AUS)

Oi Rio Men’s Pro Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Filipe Toledo (BRA), Kanoa Igarashi (JPN), Ian Gouveia (BRA)
Heat 2: Jordy Smith (ZAF), Tomas Hermes (BRA), Miguel Pupo (BRA)
Heat 3: Owen Wright (AUS), Wade Carmichael (AUS), Wiggolly Dantas (BRA)
Heat 4: John John Florence (HAW), Joan Duru (FRA), Mikey Wright (AUS)
Heat 5: Gabriel Medina (BRA), Jesse Mendes (BRA), Alejo Muniz (BRA)
Heat 6: Julian Wilson (AUS), Patrick Gudauskas (USA), Deivid Silva (BRA)
Heat 7: Italo Ferreira (BRA), Connor O’Leary (AUS), Keanu Asing (HAW)
Heat 8: Adriano de Souza (BRA), Griffin Colapinto (USA), Michael February (ZAF)
Heat 9: Michel Bourez (PYF), Conner Coffin (USA), Yago Dora (BRA)
Heat 10: Adrian Buchan (AUS), Sebastian Zietz (HAW), Ezekiel Lau (HAW)
Heat 11: Matt Wilkinson (AUS), Jeremy Flores (FRA), Willian Cardoso (BRA)
Heat 12: Kolohe Andino (USA), Frederico Morais (PRT), Michael Rodrigues (BRA)

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National Women’s Health Week, May 13–19, 2018

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About National Women’s Health Week

During National Women’s Health Week each year, millions of women take steps to improve their health. The week serves as a reminder for women to make their health a priority and build positive health habits for life. The 19th annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 13, and is celebrated through May 19, 2018.

What steps can I take for better health?

To improve your physical and mental health, you can:

Stuck in the office?

  • Organize a lunchtime walk with your coworkers.
  • Encourage everyone to stand at your next meeting.
  • Host a healthy potluck or lunchtime salad bar.
  • Start a friendly competition with coworkers. Track your steps, water intake, or other healthy activities.
  • Invite a local fitness instructor to teach a free yoga or Zumba class.

Join in the fun during your free time!

  • Cook up something healthy! If you need inspiration, check out these recipes.
  • Turn on your favorite music and dance.
  • Sip on water instead of soda and sugary drinks.
  • Take a walk with your neighbors.
  • Attend a fitness class.

Are you an employer or a public health professional?

  • Host a health fair.
  • Hold a free or reduced-cost health screening.
  • Organize a healthy cooking class or fitness activity.

These steps are the foundation for a lifetime of good health. They can help you be as healthy as possible, whether you’re 20 or over 100!

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Zuhuri Beauty Targets Women’s Health with Natural Beauty Box Subscription

Women’s health has become an increasingly large conversation over the past couple of years. With all of the chemicals that our food possesses and the nutrients that our bodies are lacking, we are suffering from uterine fibroids, extreme weight gain, and the onset of early aging. Black Enterprise caught up with EnJunaya Canton to chat about how she plans to change that with her Natural Beauty Box subscription service.

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Tell us about your background. 

I am from Richmond, California, and I have two master’s degrees. I worked in for-profit and non-profit organizations for over 15 years before I decided to pursue my purpose as a Wellness Coach and a Natural Skin Care Product Formulator.

Why did you choose to start Zuhuri Beauty?

I started Zuhuri Beauty to create an online and physical store (coming soon) for customers to purchase clean beauty products (natural, non-GMO, cruelty-free and handcrafted).

You mention being fibroid free on your IG profile, is this something that you were dealing with that prompted you to start the business?

Ten years ago, I was 255 pounds and I had 18 large fibroids. I knew I had to make a change. I did not want to have a hysterectomy as my mother and so many other African American women have to stop the major complications of having fibroids. I began doing research on fibroids and found that estrogen dominance was one of the key factors in fibroids and many hormonal problems women have. I began researching clean eating and various chemicals in food and personal hygiene and makeup products. I was astounded at what I learned and decided to become a vegan for at least 30 days and to eat clean for the rest of my life. In making this transition I also became a Wellness Coach to teach others how to do the same and I began making natural skin care products because I could not use what I was using and I did not find products that were effective and safe for my sensitive and brown skin. Over the course of 8 months, I not only lost over 80 pounds, but I shrank and eliminated 90% of the fibroids. I always say God left me one to keep me focused and humble.

Tell us about the subscription box.

I have always believed in the African proverb If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. I am also a firm believer in UJAMAA. UJAMAA is one of the most powerful Kwanzaa principles. It focuses on cooperative economics. Building and maintaining our own stores, shops, and businesses and to profit together  I tried many times to get my items in other beauty boxes, but I could not participate because of the cost to participate and the number of products they wanted up front. Natural skin care products are special because they are prepared in small batches and have to be stored in certain conditions to keep their integrity.

God laid it on my heart for months to start my own and one day the tugging on my heart was overwhelming and I just said JUST DO IT!. So I started contacting people. I was watching on Instagram and asked them if they wanted to be a part of a beauty box I was putting together. Many asked me why, who am I, and what will they get out of it? I was looking for people with a certain energy, who understood the importance of working together.

What makes the Zuhuri Beauty Box different from other boxes on the market?

The Zuhuri Beauty Box is unique because customers get to choose what they want in their boxes instead of receiving random items. We have items for men, women, and children. There are over 50 products for customers to choose from in 6 categories (skin care, v-care, hair care, body care, nail care and other beauty items/add-ons). Customers get to choose four trial size items for $ 30. We only ship to U.S. residents right now, but we are working on international shipping. Customers who have questions about what to order are asked to email us, call, or take a Mini Skin Care Assessment on the Zuhuri Beauty website to get product recommendations for skin care products from our brand.

How are you sourcing your products?

We like to purchase our products and packaging from other small local businesses, however, we often have to buy in bulk and purchase from companies that have our same principles. We only partner with suppliers and vendors who believe in fair trade, ethical harvesting, buying local, and using non-GMO items.

For more information about the Zuhuri Beauty Box, click here.

 

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Attend Women’s Empowerment Reception

GIRL POWER: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped out to attend a Women’s Empowerment reception on Thursday in London.
Hosted by Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, at the Royal Aeronautical Society, the event included members from charities and organizations to aid gender equality and girls education.
The event is a part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, which is taking place from April 16 to 20. The engaged couple met with charity workers involved with their initiatives to empower females.
Markle was formerly a Women’s Advocate for the United Nations, and took a trip to India last year, where she toured the Myna Mahila Foundation and learned about the charity’s work to fight “period poverty.” Many women in India have limited access to sanitary protection during their menstrual periods.
She wore a little black dress from Black Halo.

Meghan Markle in Black Halo attends the Women’s Empowerment reception. 
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On Wednesday, she joined Prince Harry and took part in another royal engagement as part of this week’s Commonwealth events. Held every two years, the meeting of the Commonwealth’s 53 leaders will take place in London and Windsor. The royal family will be attending various events throughout the week.
Markle and Prince Harry attended the Commonwealth Youth Forum

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At This D.C. Festival, Women’s Voices Take Center Stage

The Women’s Voices Theater Festival currently wrapping up in Washington, D.C., featured over 30 theatrical productions written by some of the country’s pre-eminent women playwrights. From world premieres to second and third productions of works by female playwrights, nationwide festival-related activities and a variety of other events for theater artists and audiences, the festival seeks to ignite discussions around gender parity in theater.

In its first year, the festival showcased 52 world-premiere plays by female playwrights at over 50 theaters, demonstrating the breadth of local artists and companies and expanding conversations about gender parity in theater. The 2015 inaugural event was declared “inspired” by The Washington Post and “an energizing showcase” by The New York Times.

Coordinating Producer Nan Barnett set out to ensure that this year’s iteration would further build on that legacy. Executive Director of the National New Play Network, the United States’ alliance of 110 nonprofit professional theaters, Barnett is a new play developer and advocate for theater-makers. “I’m a huge proponent of just by making people stop and think about it, we’ll see a change, and that certainly happened the first time and we’re anticipating that it will with this one as well,” she told Ms. “I feel it is very important that people hear the stories of others and doing it in a room full of other people makes it seep into us. Theater artists have always been a part of that [activism] throughout history, whether it’s done subtly or whether it’s done in a very impactful way. It’s hard to leave a theater without being changed and those changes are what start movements and motion.”

Playwright Julia Cho’s Aubergine was performed through March 4th at the Olney Theatre Center; playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Jefferson’s Garden played through February 8th at Ford’s Theatre.

Both are well-respected and critically-acclaimed playwrights whose work has been produced on Broadway, in the West End and around the world. Both plays explore issues of personal, political and national identity. Aubergine revolves around Ray, a classically trained French chef, who leaves his job to take care of his dying father, a Korean immigrant. The play explores the tension between father and son and food’s ability to divide and connect Ray to his memory, identity and heritage. Jefferson’s Garden centers around Christian, a Quaker pacifist who fights in the American Revolution, and Susannah, an enslaved women who is tempted to fight for the British in exchange for freedom. All characters in the play are forced to confront the contradictions between the ideals and realities of freedom in America.

Ms. spoke with Cho and Wertenbaker about gender parity in theater and the kinds of stories that inspire them.

What aspects of having your play performed as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival are most rewarding to you?

JC: When I was writing Aubergine, I assumed it was impossible to produce. The casting is deceptively difficult. For various reasons–demographic, cultural, etc. — it is extremely hard to find an actor who speaks Korean fluently enough to play the Uncle. And so the fact it’s being produced at all feels like a major victory. It’s also very rewarding to know that the play, despite being very specific to my own culture and growing up, resonates with people who seem, at first glance, so different from me. That’s enormously reassuring and hopeful.

TW: The most rewarding aspect of being part of the Women’s Theatre Festival is being in the company of other women playwrights. I haven’t met them but I know they’re there. It’s an invisible companionship that brings great strength.

What elements of playwriting do you find especially rewarding and effective at exploring complicated issues?

JC: I think playwriting is a great way to pose questions because so much of drama is driven by people who are struggling, questioning or grappling with issues or situations. And it’s a very forgiving medium when it comes to structure and resolution. Plays can be messy and not provide any neat answers. And so when looking at a complicated issue or event, you can approach it through multiple voices with multiple perspectives and not worry so much (though of course you still do some) about providing a solution or an answer.

TW: A theatrical performance is a dialogue between the play and the audience.  We need complexity, not oversimplification and there’s no better place for complexity than in the theatre.

Which themes you explore in your play are most relevant today; and how do you hope your play will inspire your audience to gain new perspectives and reflections regarding contemporary American society?

JC: I don’t know if I’m the best person to answer that. I think readers, theater makers and audiences members could better tell say what themes are relevant to the world and themselves. I do believe that telling your story is maybe the work of our lives. And we all do it in whatever medium we work. So, I suppose if anything, I hope the play inspires those who see it to think of their own stories and their own lives — and to see the value and relevance in them no matter where they come from or who they are.

TW: It took me a long time to write this play. I couldn’t predict that it would come to Ford’s in Washington D.C. at such a time. What is happening now is a direct consequence of what happened when this country was founded. It seems to me that the consequences of historical decisions are more acute in America than in many other countries because it was founded with such deliberation.

How do you hope the Women’s Voices Theater Festival will contribute to expanding the kinds of narratives that we share?

JC: I think the more different narratives we see, the more open we become to even more different narratives. It doesn’t happen quickly, but over time you can see how the first story about a new subject can seem radical and unique, and then a dozen iterations later, it’s become almost the norm. It’s 2018 and yet there are a lot of stories women have yet to tell. There is still work to be done and I think a festival like this is part of that work.

TW: We haven’t heard enough of women’s voices in the theatre for the simple reason that there aren’t enough productions of plays by women. To this day, we don’t know all the possibilities of those narratives. Theatre is a living form and needs constant renewal.  What better way than with the perceptions and stories of women playwrights?

Micaela Brinsley is an Editorial Intern at Ms. and a rising sophomore at Smith College. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, she is a feminist theatre artist, activist and writer with a background in labor and tenants’ rights. Passionate about social justice, she is an avid conversationalist committed to making the world a more just and inclusive place. You can contact her at mbrinsley [at] msmagazine.com.

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Jonathan Simkhai, Janet Mock Celebrate International Women’s Day Ringing Their Reps, Encouraging Vote

The fashion and entertainment worlds came together on Thursday to celebrate International Women’s Day at The Standard Hollywood as Jonathan Simkhai and writer, television host and transgender rights activist Janet Mock invited friends to dinner and to participate in The Standard’s Ring Your Rep initiative benefiting Swing Left.
The event drew Ian Somerhalder, Nikki Reed, Jaime King, Aluna Francis, Skyler Samuels, Arielle Kebbel. Angelique Soave, Gavin Turek, Brittany Xavier and Baddiewinkle, among others.

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Simhkai first encountered Mock when he heard her speak at the Women’s March last year. “I was so impressed that I reached out to her to talk about ways we could work together. I’m not ‘political’ but anything I can do to support women, I will,” he said.
The designer created a black-and-white T-shirt that said “Feminist AF,” explaining, “It’s playful and it gets the message across.” Actress Diane Guerrero proudly wore hers with a black shorts suit, saying, “It speaks pretty clearly for itself.”
The shirts will be sold on jonathansimkhai.com, with proceeds benefiting Swing Left, the progressive political group which aims to take back the House for Democrats in 2018 by encouraging people to vote in the November mid-term elections.

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Barbie “sheroes” are the perfect tribute to International Women’s Day

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Ahead of International Women’s Day, Barbie has honored 14 historical and modern-day role models — including gold medalist Chloe Kim, director Patty Jenkins and conservationist Bindi Irwin —  as part of its “Sheroes” program. And they are seriously awesome.

Each one-of-a-kind doll was made in the likeness of the woman being honored, as Barbie announced on Tuesday. This year, they are:

  • Patty Jenkins (filmmaker, USA,)
  • Chloe Kim (snowboarding champion, USA)
  • Bindi Irwin (conservationist, Australia)
  • Nicola Adams (boxing champion, UK)
  • Çağla Kubat (windsurfer, Turkey)
  • Hélène Darroze (world-renowned chef, France)
  • Hui Ruoqi (volleyball champion, China)
  • Leyla Piedayesh (designer and entrepreneur, Germany)
  • Lorena Ochoa (professional golfer, Mexico)
  • Martyna Wojciechowska (journalist, Poland)
  • Sara Gama, (soccer player, Italy)
  • Xiaotong Guan (actress and philanthropist, China)
  • Yuan Tan (prima ballerina, China)
  • Vicky Martin Berrocal (entrepreneur and fashion designer, Spain).

Unfortunately, these amazing dolls aren’t for sale — because the real, live women get to keep their one-of-a-kind, look–alike Barbie. (Womp, womp.) However, for Barbie enthusiasts who want to get their hands on other dolls inspired by other kick-@$ $ women, there is a bit a good news. Mattel has also announced its new Inspiring Women line featuring historical dolls that come with educational info about the important contributions each woman has made to society.

The first three dolls in the series, according to a news release, are: Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo and Katherine Johnson.

“As a brand that inspires the limitless potential in girls, Barbie will be honoring its largest line up of role models timed to International Women’s Day because we know that you can’t be what you can’t see,” Lisa McKnight, senior vice president and general manager, Barbie, said in the news release. “Girls have always been able to play out different roles and careers with Barbie and we are thrilled to shine a light on real life role models to remind them that they can be anything.”

Now this is the kind of Barbie I can get behind.

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Gilt and the Women’s March Partner on Capsule Collection

IN SYNC: Gilt is launching an exclusive collection in partnership with the Women’s March in honor of International Women’s Day on Thursday.
Teaming up with “Together We Rise,” a new book released by HarperCollins and written by the Women’s March organizers, Gilt has created a 27-piece capsule of unisex and slim-fit Ts and long-sleeve sweatshirts for women, men and children. The clothing features quotes and sayings pulled directly from the pages of the book. Sayings such as “Making Change Is Hard Work” and “You Are What Democracy Looks Like” are featured on the Gilt x Together We Rise collection.
Prices range from $ 24 for the infant onesie up to $ 69 for the unisex sweatshirt. The adult T-shirts are $ 35. The collection will launch Thursday at 8 a.m. on Gilt.com.
All of the net proceeds from the line will benefit Girls Who Code, an organization whose mission is to close the gender gap in technology.
Explaining why Gilt was eager to partner with the Women’s March and Girls Who Code for International Women’s Day,  Tom Ott, chief merchant, Gilt and Saks Off 5th said, “Gilt has a proud history of supporting and empowering women…This collection is one of the many ways we’re looking to give

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Cara Delevingne Talks Women’s Revolution

WOMEN’S DAY: “Celebrating the feminine,” Cara Delevingne yelled as she took in the decor of the Dior show on Tuesday: the walls, floor and benches a collage of women’s magazines from 1968. The feisty model and actress had accessorized her gray suit with a black logo bra and cap from the show.
Joining her front row were guests including Langley Fox Hemingway, Yasmin Le Bon, rising French actress Lola Le Lann and Olga Kurylenko, who has five films in the works.
“I’m completely blown away by the visuals, it’s such a powerful message. It’s a celebration of the Sixties and the Seventies, the revolution — and we are in a revolution now. It’s female empowerment, female togetherness,” added Delevingne who is currently filming the new Amazon TV fantasy series “Carnival Row” in Prague, opposite Orlando Bloom, in which she plays “a fairy warrior.”
Ellen von Unwerth, who’ll be launching her magazine, Von, this weekend in Paris, said the first issue — “the Fight issue” — was inspired by the female boxers at the Overthrow boxing club on Bleecker Street in New York.
Selah Marley, who wowed the crowd with her look, combining a checkerboard jumpsuit, Space Age mirrored specs and a jutting ponytail, demurred on projects,

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U.S. Women’s Figure Skaters Describe an ‘Exhausting’ Olympics After Finishing Far From the Podium

The return of America to the Olympic podium in women’s figure skating won’t be for at least another four years. The three female U.S. skaters competing in the 2018 Winter Games finished on Friday no better than ninth.

It was, according to one longtime figure skating reporter, collectively the worst performance by the country’s women figure skaters — ever.

“I am extremely disappointed, I’m not going to lie,” Karen Chen told the press after her free skate in the final on Friday afternoon (Thursday night stateside).

“I know I’ve trained myself to skate better than that,” Chen said, “and not being able to deliver is a huge let-down for myself and everyone who supported me.”

Chen, 18, competed for Team USA along with 24-year-old Mirai Nagasu and 20-year-old Bradie Tennell.

All three have been national champions at one point or another, but none of them skated cleanly in the individual event, held over two days in Gangneung, South Korea. Chen finished 11th, Nagasu 10th and Tennell came in ninth, only a small change from how they were positioned after the short program on Wednesday heading into Friday’s free skate.

Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva, Olympic athletes from Russia, took gold and silver, while Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond earned bronze.

It was a stark reversal of the results in skating team event nearly two weeks ago, when the U.S. earned bronze in part thanks to Tennell and, even more so, Nagasu.

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Perhaps the brightest hope for the Americans in the women’s individual event was that Nagasu would land the tricky triple axel jump, having made history when she did so in the earlier skating team event at the Games. She was the first American woman to pull off such a feat at the Olympics.

But Nagasu fell on her second try, in her short program earlier this week, and appeared to change her mind about a third attempt on Friday while she was mid-leap, in what is called “popping” a jump.

While U.S. figure skaters have historically been dominant in the women’s individual event — earning 23 of its 75 medals since the modern Olympics began a century ago — no American has made it onto the podium there since 2006. The last gold-medal winner was Sarah Hughes, in 2002.

Such a decline has been the subject of much scrutiny within the sport, with one of the most recent contributions coming from the women’s 1998 Olympic gold medalist, Tara Lipinski.

She wrote in a New York Times column on Monday about how figure skating needs to be reworked to encourage female skaters to be more technically adventurous at a younger age, so as to keep pace with competitors in Japan, Russia and elsewhere.

But that will be for the future. On Friday, the U.S. women’s skaters each spoke with reporters about their Olympic performances.

Nagasu spoke candidly and with mixed emotions about her three Olympic skates in Korea, including that early medal win.

“I saved the team event with Adam and the Shibutanis. We were about to lose our medal,” she said before pulling her bronze out of her jacket. “So today I put my medal in my pocket — here she is — and I said, ‘Mirai, you’ve done your job already and this is all just icing.’ And it has been so emotionally draining, but this is what I wanted.”

“I’m proud of what I did,” she said, adding, “Maybe it won’t be enough for another person or maybe someone else could have done a better job, but I didn’t back down. And although I got zero points for my attempt at the triple axel, in my mind I went for it, so it’s unfortunate that I hit a rut today. But I’m proud of what I did.”

Asked why it seemed the American women could no longer handle a strong Olympic performance, Nagasu pushed back at the question. She noted that Canada’s Gabrielle Daleman, who earned a gold medal in the team event last week, also had a weak free skate on Friday.

Nagasu then began speaking more broadly about her experience at these Games, which opened with that exciting team-medal win and then … kept going.

“I love competing as part of a team,” she said. “But also it’s been a long, long journey, and we’ve had so many other commitments and you know — I wouldn’t change it for the world. We went to the Team USA House on the lunar holiday out here and it took four hours just to get to the mountain. And I also haven’t taken a warm shower because there are a lot of people on Team USA and somehow I keep trying to take a shower when all the hot water is gone.”

“But at the same time, I wanted this. I wanted to be here and I’m so happy,” Nagasu continued. “I also can’t wait to go home and put my medal around the kids’ necks at home and tell them that they can do it too, if they persevere. And I hope there are better, brighter things to come, and I hope that I get more opportunities to let my personality just shine.”

Chen, too, spoke of the drain and disorientation of competing in the Olympics.

“It was all so brand new and so different, and the biggest change for me was not being able to see my mom 24/7 and for me that was something that I really missed,” she said.

She began to cry as she described what her mom’s support has meant to her so far.

“I wanted this moment to be very special and I wanted it to be a great moment for both of us and for my family that’s been here,” Chen said. “And I’m just extremely thankful that she’s been at my side through all this time and she’s part of the reason why I’m here today.”

Echoing Nagasu, Tennell said the experience of these Games had been “very exhausting,” and like Chen she said being separated from her mother was challenging.

“Having to compete in the team event so early and then having to wait like two weeks almost is — it was very, very mentally and physically trying,” she said. “Seeing all these other athletes finish their events and be able to let loose a little bit and then us having to stay focused, it was definitely a challenge.”

Of questions about how U.S. skaters can change to compete more effectively at the international level, Tennell tells PEOPLE, “I can’t speak for everybody, but for me I’m sticking around and I’m going to work as hard as I possibly can to bring us up in the rankings.”

She said, “I think anything’s possible, with hard work and determination.”

The 2018 Winter Olympics are airing live on NBC. To learn more, visit teamusa.org.


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USA Women’s Hockey Team Is Now the Great American Olympic Hope

As expected, the United States women’s hockey team defeated Finland, with ease, on Monday afternoon at the Olympic tournament semifinals in South Korea. The 5-0 win pushes the U.S. into the gold medal game. Let me speak for all Americans when I say … Whew.

If Finland had upset the Americans — and a Finland victory would have been a monumental upset — panic would have overswept the nation. Enraged fans would have lit sticks (hockey) and stones (curling) on fire.

Yes, the great Olympic meltdown of 2018 would have been all but complete. But don’t go berserk quite yet. The women’s hockey team is here to save us.

You may have heard that Team USA hasn’t exactly been rocking the medal count. As of late Sunday in the U.S., the Americans were tied for sixth in the total medals standings, with 10, a full 16 pieces of hardware behind medals leader Norway. Sure, Norway’s a cross-country skiing factory, and a general winter wonderland. But Norway’s up by like seven touchdowns in the third quarter.

Even a Norwegian freestyle skier, Oystein Bratten, won the slopestyle event on Sunday. Events like extreme skiing was pretty much invented to pad the American medal count. The Americans swept the slopestyle podium in Sochi, and won just a silver here.

For context, Team USA won 28 medals four years ago in Sochi, to Norway’s 26. The measly totals in PyeongChang are particularly embarrassing because the United States sent the largest Winter Olympic team in history — 242 athletes strong — to South Korea.

But don’t panic quite yet. While the American women’s hockey team won’t singlehandedly make up the medal difference, its pursuit of a first hockey gold in two decades is something worth cheering for. The American onslaught of Finland in the semis started early, when Gigi Marvin, on an assist from captain Meghan Duggan, scored just over two minutes into the game. Later in the period, Dani Cameransi picked off a pass and fired an unassisted shot past Finnish goaltender Noora Raty to give the Americans a 2-0 lead.

In the second period Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson — who scored two goals in six seconds against the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) during round-robin play — put the Americans up 3-0 when she fired a slap shot into the net while the Americans held a 5-on-3 advantage on the ice. And as in the Russia game, Team USA came back with a quick goal, though it was Hilary Knight who joined the fray: Knight scored 34 seconds later on a power play to effectively clinch it. “You had to have a gold-medal mentality today,” says U.S. coach Robb Stauber. “There’s no way you can go out there and do what we did if your foot’s not on the gas. We did things right from start to finish.”

So now, the U.S. likely faces arch-rival Canada, winner of every Olympic tournament since the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, in Thursday’s gold medal duel. (Canada plays the OAR squad in other semifinal late-Monday in South Korea) Canada hasn’t lost an Olympic hockey game in 20 years, since Feb. 17, 1998 in Nagano, when the Americans won 3-1 and took the first-ever Olympic women’s tournament.

Americans besides the women’s hockey team could win gold. Skier Lindsey Vonn will race in the downhill event on Wednesday; she won the downhill in Vancouver. Mikaela Shiffrin — already one of five American gold medalists with her giant slalom win last week — could join her in that race, and Shiffrin’s a favorite in the combined (slalom and downhill) event, which is scheduled for Friday. Americans could grab gold in women’s and men’s halfpipe skiing; Maddie Bowman and David Wise are the defending champs in those events. Medals in bobsled and ice dancing are also up for grabs.

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Still, a women’s hockey gold medal would just feel better than the others. Canada beat the U.S. 2-1 in a preliminary round contest; players like Duggan and Knight and Lamoureux-Davidson have lost two straight gold medal games to Canada. The Sochi defeat is still bitter. In that gold medal game, the American blew a late 2-0 lead and lost in overtime 3-2. These American players leave little doubt that they’re seeking vengeance. “Everything’s at stake,” Duggan said before the Olympics even started.

Though the four straight snowboarding golds the Americans won in the first week of the Games — by Red Gerard, Jamie Anderson, Chloe Kim and Shaun White on successive days — were at times electrifying, another win outsides the X-Games genre would be nice. Speedskating, for example, has been a bust. The American men have come up empty in alpine skiing, and Shiffrin missed the podium in slalom, her best event.

A hockey win over a tough opponent adds an extra sweetener. We celebrate rivalry victories in hockey like no other. But the Russian men’s hockey team crushed the U.S. 4-0 in a preliminary round game. The men start their elimination games on Tuesday. The U.S. men are still in the mix, but haven’t looked all that strong.

So hockey hopes falls on the women. Some of the players have had casual conversations about U.S. underperformance at these Olympics with their teammates. But they’re not using it as some sort of rallying cry. Let’s Do It For Those Suffering American Fans! “We’re at the Olympics, there’s enough pressure as it is,” says Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Jocelyn’s twin sister, and another veteran of those two straight gold medal game losses to Canada. But Stauber, the team’s coach, and his players are not blind to reality. “At the of the day, we have very proud players,” he says. “We can feel that we have a lot of people pulling for us. There’s nothing we’d love more than to deliver what they’re pulling for.”

A panicked America would be grateful.

 

 

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The Wait Continues for Mikaela Shiffrin as Strong Winds Delay Women’s Slalom

(PYEONGCHANG) — The start of Mikaela Shiffrin’s bid for multiple medals at the 2018 Olympics was delayed yet again when the women’s slalom was postponed from Wednesday to Friday because of strong winds.

It’s the third time in four days an Alpine skiing race was shelved because gusts made it too dangerous for competition. That complicates matters for someone such as Shiffrin, who could try to enter up to five individual events but now has less time to rest and prepare between them.

Based on the sport’s original 11-event program for South Korea, Shiffrin would have raced on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in Week 1, with full days off to help in the transition from her preferred technical events of slalom and giant slalom to the speed events. As of now, she would have zero days in between, racing three days in a row from Thursday through Saturday.

“Well, it compresses the schedule, so it makes for a more hectic five, six days as we approach into the speed events,” U.S. women’s head coach Paul Kristofic said. “So that’s something we’re considering as we move forward. It’s a consideration, absolutely.”

Shiffrin was supposed to get started with the giant slalom on Monday; that race was rescheduled for Thursday and will now be her first at these Winter Games. Under the current plan, next would come the slalom, a race she won at the 2014 Olympics at age 18, followed by the first women’s speed race, the super-G, on Saturday.

Weather permitting, that is.

“The wind is supposed to settle down the next couple of days and the slope itself is in perfect condition, so we have that going for us,” Kristofic said.

The men’s downhill, which was supposed to open Alpine skiing on Sunday, also was shifted to Thursday, when the forecast calls for a lessening of the swirling and blustery winds that have been creating problems.

Friday also will be a double-competition day, with the women’s slalom at the Yongpyong Alpine Center that hosts technical races, and the men’s super-G at the Jeongseon Alpine Center speed hill about 30 miles (50 kilometers) away.

That super-G was originally scheduled for Thursday but was pushed to Friday once the men’s downhill was moved.

On Wednesday at Yongpyong, snow was falling and wind blowing this way and that. Already facing a bit of a time crunch because of all of the weather issues, organizers kept pushing back the first run of the two-run slalom until eventually deciding to call it off about an hour after the start time.

“The No. 1 thing is safety. And the second thing is: Have a good, fair race. Neither of those were really achievable today,” Kristofic said.

Shiffrin has dominated the slalom for five years, including her Olympic gold as a teenager and the past three world titles.

Whenever she does get to head down the hill through the gates, the 22-year-old American will be attempting to become the first athlete to win the slalom at two Winter Games in a row.

She is expected to be one of the superstars of the next two weeks, considered a medal favorite in slalom and giant slalom, a strong contender in the combined and a possible entrant in the other two women’s individual races, the downhill and super-G.

Among the women who could challenge Shiffrin in the technical races are Switzerland’s Wendy Holdener, who claimed silver in the slalom and gold in the Alpine combined event at last year’s world championships; Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter, owner of three world championship medals in the slalom; and Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova, who has won two World Cup slaloms this season.

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Alexis Mabille to Forgo Women’s Runway Show Amid Repositioning

MOVING ON UP: Alexis Mabille is sitting out the runway season in Paris as he repositions his main collection to focus on the sophisticated tuxedos and glamorous evening gowns that have won him fans including Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Dita Von Teese.
The French designer will show his fall ready-to-wear line in showroom appointments, alongside a film clip, together with items from his pre-fall collection, for those buyers who could not come to Paris in January.
“The main collection is much more concentrated this season, and since we are changing its focus, I didn’t necessarily want to do a runway show, but rather shoot a video and a very nice look book in order for the message to be clearer,” Mabille told WWD.
That message is: out with the sweatshirts, in with the cocktail and bridal offerings. To wit, he snuck items from the pre-fall collection – which represents 70 percent of sales – onto the runway during Paris Couture Week alongside his haute couture creations, proof that they have become hard to distinguish.
To be coherent with its new strategy, the house is severing some of its retailer relationships, even as it develops new partnerships, including a return to Net-a-porter in May,

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Why Women’s Hearts are more Vulnerable to Stress

Ladies, you already know that chronic stress isn’t good for you. But did you know that it can affect your heart more seriously than it affects the hearts of the men in your life? We all worry about our guys falling victim to heart attacks, and we have good reason to—statistics show that between the ages of 18 and 55, men are more likely than women to suffer a heart attack. (Women make up for it…

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Why Women’s Hearts are more Vulnerable to Stress

Ladies, you already know that chronic stress isn’t good for you. But did you know that it can affect your heart more seriously than it affects the hearts of the men in your life?

We all worry about our guys falling victim to heart attacks, and we have good reason to—statistics show that between the ages of 18 and 55, men are more likely than women to suffer a heart attack. (Women make up for it as they get older, evening out the numbers and making heart disease the number-one killer for both genders.)

Yet according to recent research, women may be more vulnerable to the effects of stress on their hearts. Here’s more and how you can increase your odds of staying healthy.

Women More at Risk for Myocardial Ischemia

Previous research has found that compared with men, women who already have heart disease are more likely to suffer a from what is medically called “myocardial ischemia”—lack of blood flow to the heart. When the heart doesn’t get enough blood, it doesn’t get enough oxygen, which increases risk of a heart attack and other serious complications.

In 2016, scientists performed another study on women with coronary artery disease under the age of 50. They found that mental-stress induced myocardial ischemia (MSIMI) was more frequent in young women compared to younger men, and even compared to older women.

Myocardial ischemia usually occurs because the arteries feeding the heart become narrowed or blocked, often due to coronary artery disease, or the gradual buildup of cholesterol and plaque in the arteries. The condition can develop slowly over time, or occur quickly if a blood clot suddenly forms.

Symptoms of myocardial ischemia are similar to those of a heart attack, and include shoulder or arm pain, shortness of breath, sweating, fatigue, neck or jaw pain, and a racing heartbeat. Without treatment, it can lead to a full-blown heart attack or heart failure.

A number of studies have found that women seem to be more at risk for this type of heart problem, particularly in response to stress. In the Psychophysiological Investigations of Myocardial Ischemia Study, mental-stress-induced ischemia “predicted increased risk for all-cause morality” in patients with coronary artery disease. In the Women’s Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation, researchers again found an association between stress and premature mortality.

In 2016, scientists performed another study on women with coronary artery disease under the age of 50. They found that mental-stress induced myocardial ischemia (MSIMI) was more frequent in young women compared to younger men, and even compared to older women.

When trying to figure out why, scientists theorized that sex hormones may be involved, but otherwise couldn’t point a finger at the reason for the connection. They did conclude that stress management techniques might help.


Study Finds Stress Affects Women’s Hearts Differently

In this new study, however, published in December 2017, researchers say they’ve finally found out why women are more vulnerable to MSIMI. It seems that when we experience stress, our blood vessels respond by tightening up or constricting more than men’s do.

You know how your muscles respond to stress—they get tight and taut, which can cause you pain and headaches later on in the day. According to this study, our blood vessels do the same. (Could we call it a “blood vessel ache?”)

For the study, researchers analyzed data from 678 people with coronary artery disease. Again, this is the disease that results from the gradual buildup of plaque that narrows and stiffens the arteries. They then put each patient through a stressful event—in this case, public speaking! You can imagine how the prospect of getting up and talking to a group may affect you. It’s one of the most common activities associated with stress.

It seems that when we experience stress, our blood vessels respond by tightening up or constricting more than men’s do.

Each individual, then, engaged in public speaking, and during their talk, the researchers used heart imaging to see if the experience triggered myocardial ischemia. They found that it did in 15 percent of the patients. Interestingly, men and women were affected at a similar rate. The difference, however, was in what caused the myocardial ischemia.

In men, the mental stress triggered a rise in blood pressure and heart rate, which increased the workload on the heart. In women, however, the stress caused the small blood vessels to constrict. This can cause an increase in what doctors term “afterload,” the force the heart has to exert to pump blood out of the heart.

This isn’t a good thing, as typically during stress, what we want to have happen is for the blood vessels to relax and open up or “dilate,” so that more blood can get where it needs to go. (When we’re stressed, we typically need more blood, not less.) Yet if the blood vessels constrict, there are areas in the heart that suffer from reduced blood flow. Constriction of blood vessels in and around the heart can cause problems, but so can the constriction of blood vessels elsewhere in the body.

“Constriction of peripheral vessels can also induce ischemia in the heart indirectly,” said Viola Vaccarino, M.D., Ph.D. and senior author of the study, “because the heart has to pump against increased resistance.”

Vaccarino adds that the findings are important, as previous studies have shown that “a reduction in blood supply to the heart (ischemia) during mental stress doubles the risk of heart attack or death from heart disease.”

 

How Women Can Protect Their Hearts

Clearly experiencing chronic stress isn’t good for men or women, but now we can understand more why it can be particularly dangerous for women, especially women who already have heart disease.

Obviously we’re going to have stress. We can’t avoid it entirely. But we can incorporate more stress-relieving activities into our days.

What can you do to protect yourself? Adopt those healthy lifestyle habits you’ve heard about a million times: eat a wholesome, nutritious diet, exercise regularly, avoid smoking, and try to maintain a healthy weight. But in addition, considering these findings, you may want to do more to manage the stress in your life.

Obviously we’re going to have stress. We can’t avoid it entirely. But we can incorporate more stress-relieving activities into our days. Vaccarino warned that both men and women need to talk to their doctors about ways to reduce stress, and to reach out for professional help with depression and anxiety when needed.

“The main message is,” she said, “we need to find healthy ways to cope with stress.”

If you’re looking for new ways to de-stress, there are many options, including taking a walk in the park, journaling, spending time with a good friend or a beloved pet, talking to a counselor, engaging in art or music therapy, crafting, and more. You may want to add yoga to that list, however.

According to a 2014 study, yoga may help lower heart disease risk as much as regular exercise, like brisk walking. The practice helped the participants lose weight, lower their blood pressure, and lower their levels of harmful LDL cholesterol. And in an exciting recent study, researchers found that yoga and meditation could not only help you relax and reduce stress in the moment, but could even reverse stress-related changes in genes linked to poor health and depression.

 

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“Heart Attack Risk Factors: Women vs. Men,” GoRedforWomen.org, https://www.goredforwomen.org/about-heart-disease/heart_disease_research-subcategory/heart-attack-risk-factors-women-vs-men/.

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Report Sheds Grim Details on Black Women’s Net Worth

A recent report from the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, shed another dim light on the current wealth inequality gap in America by highlighting the current state of black women’s net worth. Some sobering takeaways include:

-Single black women without a bachelor’s degree ages 20–39 have a net worth of $ 0.

-Single black women without a bachelor’s degree ages 40–59 have a net worth range of just $ 1,000 to $ 2,000.

-Single black women without a bachelor’s degree age 60+ have a net worth of just $ 12,000.

-Single black women with a bachelor’s degree ages 20–39 have a net worth range of -$ 11,000 to $ 0.

-Single black women with a bachelor’s degree ages 40–59 have a net worth range of just $ 6,000 to $ 9,500.

-Single black women with a bachelor’s degree age 60+ have a net worth of just $ 11,000.

In Contrast, Single White Women Are Doing Better

The report shows that numbers for single black women are in stark contrast to that of single white women, especially those with a bachelor’s degree:

-Single white women with a bachelor’s degree ages 20–39 have a net worth range of $ 3,400 to $ 7,500.

-Single white women with a bachelor’s degree ages 40–49 have a net worth of $ 25,000.

-Single white women with a bachelor’s degree ages 50–59 have a net worth of $ 117,500.

-Single white women with a bachelor’s degree age 60+ have a net worth of $ 384,400.

What’s Causing Black Women’s Financial Struggles?

The report attributes a portion of African American women’s economic woes to The Great Recession as well as to the significant pay gap between black women and white male workers. With the pay gap, research shows that black women had to work seven months into 2017 to be paid the same amount as white men for the entire year of 2016.

Additionally, the report also shows that neither a college education nor a lifetime of work has provided the true solution to closing the wealth inequality gap between single black women and single white women, as single white women have benefited far more from wealth being passed down to them from their families in contrast to that of black women. This leads white women to rely less on debts like student loans, in comparison to black women. A member of a white family is twice as likely to receive an inheritance in comparison to a black family member, and the inheritance received is usually three times larger than what the black family member would have received. For those families with inheritances to give, the white family’s wealth is likely to be 7.5 times larger than that of the black family’s wealth. For every dollar of wealth owned by a typical white family, the median black family owns just five cents.

The state of black women’s wealth and their role in politics and the workplace have been dominating subjects in 2018. Black women were lauded for turning out in droves to vote in the Alabama election to help Democrat Doug Jones defeat Republican Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate seat.

The recent Women’s March—a movement where people took to the streets across the country to mostly protest Donald Trump’s presidency—stirred debate over whether the march and mainstream feminism were inclusive enough about issues uniquely pertaining to African American women and girls. Black Enterprise’s Caroline Clarke took a look at this debate in her piece “#WOMENSMARCH: WHOSE MARCH IS IT, ANYWAY?”

And, there has been a ton of controversy over comedienne Mo’Nique’s call for the boycotting of Netflix, for what she says was an attempt to pay her less for a performance than white female and male comics received—sparking further debate about black women’s economic value. You can read the full coverage by Alfred Edmond Jr. in his piece, “MO’NIQUE VERSUS NETFLIX: FOCUS ON THE MESSAGE, NOT THE MESSENGER.” 

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We Heart: These 10 Inspiring Speeches from the 2018 Women’s Marches

A number of things stay with us after we head home from a Women’s March—namely, hope, new plans for organized resistance and poster ideas. But the inspiration, too, is long-lasting—and this year was no exception. Celebrities, politicians and activists delivered moving, powerful speeches and performances at the 2018 Women’s Marches. Here are some of our favorites—what were yours? Tell us in the comments!

Natasha Piñon is an Editorial Intern at Ms. and a junior at the University of Southern California, where she studies political science and journalism. She also writes for The Daily Trojan.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Thousands of people poured into a football stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday, the anniversary of women’s marches around the world, to cap off a weekend of global demonstrations that participants hope will continue building momentum for equality, justice and an end to sexual harassment.
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Kathy Griffin Says She’s ‘Not Welcome’ at the Women’s March — but She Still Supports It

Explaining why she wouldn’t be one of the celebrities who joined millions of women (and men) across the world for a second year of the Women’s March this weekend, Kathy Griffin claimed her presence was “not welcome.”

“So, yeah, after all these months, I’m still not welcome at #WomensMarch2018 etc. (For now). But I support you!!!” she wrote on social media Saturday.

Although the comedian did not go into details about her claim, she shared her message alongside a black-and-white version of her infamous photo holding a mask of Donald Trump’s bloodied head, which seemed to imply the controversial photo was the reason she felt she wasn’t welcome.

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Although Griffin initially apologized for the photo, she walked back on those comments during an interview with BBC World News program HardTalk in November when she said wasn’t sorry for sharing the photo.

“I’m not sorry. I take the apology back 1,000 percent,” Griffin said. “The reason I made the apology is when the image went out, I thought people would just think, ‘That’s Kathy doing another shocking image.’ ”

“I’ve done many throughout my entire career, and I’ve done many shocking things,” she added. “When I won my first Emmy I said, ‘Suck it, Jesus, because this award is my God now!’ And you know, the conservatives took ads out it the papers. That’s what they like to spend their time and money on. So yes, I knew what I was doing.”

Griffin went on to explain that she felt motivated to apologize originally when “good friend” Rosie O’Donnell — whom Griffin called “the preeminent expert of being trolled by this fool, ‘the Accidental President’ ” — likened the photo to Daniel Pearl, the American journalist who was beheaded in Pakistan.

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“She said, ‘What if Daniel Pearl’s mother saw this?’ ” Griffin recalled. “When she said that, I thought, ‘Oh my gosh.’ I’ve never apologized for a joke. I get it.”

After the image went viral, Griffin claimed she received hate mail and death threats from Trump supporters and was put under federal investigation for two months (she remains on the no-fly list and has been detained at every airport she’s flown to since, she says). Some of her tour dates of were canceled, and she was fired from her gig co-hosting CNN’s New Year’s Eve Live show (which she had for nearly 10 years). Griffin also lost high-profile friends, including CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

 

 


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What We Can Learn From Women’s Historic Election Wins

The November elections saw big wins among women running for office, many of whom made history with their victories. Virginians voted in the first openly transgender woman ever to serve as a state legislator; they also elected the first openly gay woman, the first Vietnamese American woman and the first two Latina women to ever serve in the state’s House of Delegates. Charlotte, North Carolina voters elected the city’s first black woman mayor. Seattle, Washington voters elected their first openly lesbian mayor. The first openly transgender woman of color ever elected to public office was voted onto the Minneapolis, Minnesota city council. And on and on. Many of the women elected were first-time candidates.

With women, especially women of color, still hugely underrepresented in political office, many feminists were moved by the historic progress made for political representation in 2017—myself included. While we celebrate the historic wins, we should also seize the opportunity to learn from these trailblazing new leaders and to think big about what women who are now considering running for office might gain from their examples nationwide.

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Despite a surge in political activism among progressive women following Trump’s election, data shows that women are still significantly less likely than men to consider running for office themselves. A national survey from May found that only 23 percent of women say they have considered running for office compared to 38 percent of men, with men more than twice as likely to report having “seriously” considered it. Earlier studies found that this gap is present across women and men of different races, ages, and income levels. Even with the increase in women’s progressive political engagement since Trump took office, researchers note that “other factors that impede women’s political ambition—in particular, their self-assessments of whether they’re qualified to run for office—are longstanding and deeply embedded.”

Beliefs about how qualified or unqualified we are, as it turns out, can be hard to shake. Among men and women with comparable professional backgrounds, men are nearly 60 percent more likely to consider themselves “very qualified” to run. There are all kinds of societal factors contributing to this, including the fact that young men are more likely to have been taught by their parents to think of politics as a potential career path and more likely to have been encouraged to run for office by friends, family, or political leaders.

Some of the trailblazing women who won elections this year were open about their initial doubts about seeking public office. Kathy Tran, one of the first Asian American women elected to the Virginia House, told CNN: “I never thought I would run for office. It was something not in my wildest dreams—partly because nobody ever looked like me that was elected to office.” A woman elected to the city council in Anchorage, Alaska earlier this year said that as the filing deadline approached, “I kept thinking, surely someone more competitive will sign up.”

Watching other women take that leap, run and then win can open up new ideas about what is possible in our own lives.

Of course, there is more to the story than simply shifting beliefs about running for office. Many women—disproportionately women of color and low-income women—face entrenched barriers that can make it difficult for them to run, even when the interest in serving in office is already there. As Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams told The Grio earlier this year, women of color can come up against the dual challenges of their own doubts about preparedness and external discouragement: “I think for women of color, it’s not only being ready to run but it’s also feeling the pressure not to run because we’re often told it’s not our turn.” Relatedly, women of color often face a deck stacked against them when it comes to accessing the fundraising money that political gatekeepers use to determine whether someone is a “viable” candidate. It’s a problem exacerbated by a political fundraising landscape dominated by a tiny, unrepresentative slice of ultra-wealthy donors. In addition, the fact that local and state offices tend to offer very low pay often serves to exclude women who aren’t independently wealthy.

Making changes to address these structural impediments, like by rethinking the way candidates are recruited and supported, by establishing small-donor public financing programs that help address the influence of big money in politics, or by increasing the pay for officeholders, would help clear the path for more women to run for office.

Even as we work to fix these structural barriers in the long-term, watching women from all backgrounds decide to run—and then seeing so many of them win—may help inspire others to reconsider assumptions about whether they, too, can run and win. One young woman who aspires to become the first black woman elected mayor of Philadelphia put it this way earlier this year: “If they can do it, I can do it. If she can run, I can run.”

Layne Amerikaner is the senior communications manager for writing and content at People For the American Way and coauthor of Thinking Outside the Girl Box: Teaming Up With Resilient Youth in Appalachia. She has a master’s degree in public policy and women’s studies from George Washington University.

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Location:      Honolua Bay, Maui/Hawaii 
Event window:   November 25 – December 6, 2017
Today’s call:   Lay day, next call tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. local time
Conditions:   Three-to-four foot inconsistent surf

HONOLUA BAY, Maui/Hawaii (Monday, November 27, 2017) – The final event of the 2017 World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT), the Maui Women’s Pro, has been called off for the day with inconsistent three-to-four foot surf on offer at Honolua Bay.

“There are some waves on offer today but it’s not quite what we’re looking for so we’re off for the day,” said WSL Deputy Commissioner, Jessi Miley-Dyer. “Right now Wednesday looks really good and there’s also some potential for tomorrow so we’ll be back in the morning to take a look.”

The Maui Women’s Pro will decide the 2017 WSL Women’s Title and going into the event five surfers are in mathematical contention to clinch the title: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Tyler Wright (AUS), Courtney Conlogue (USA), Carissa Moore (HAW) and Stephanie Gilmore (AUS).

The World Title scenarios are as follows:

Fitzgibbons, Wright and Conlogue can each clinch the Title by winning the event;
– If Fitzgibbons finishes runner-up then Wright or Conlogue need to win the event to win the Title;
– If Fitzgibbons finishes 3rd then Wright needs a 3rd and Conlogue 2nd to win the Title; or
– If Fitzgibbons finishes 5th or lower than Wright needs at 5th, Conlogue a 3rd, and Moore and Gilmore need to win the event to claim Title.

Six-time WSL Champion Gilmore will be the first title contender to compete in the opening heat of Round 1 when competition gets underway. Three-time world champion and two-time event winner Moore is up in Heat 2, Jeep Ratings Leader Fitzgibbons will compete in Heat 3 and defending WSL Champion and event winner Wright and world no. 3 Conlogue will take to the water in Heats 4 and 5 respectively.

Event organizers will reconvene tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. to assess conditions and make the next call.

Surfline, official forecaster for the Maui Women’s Pro, are calling for:

The series of swells we have been anticipating is finally upon us. Leading off will be a solid North swell with overhead to well overhead sets at Honolua on Monday morning. After that, a pair of shadowed yet still good size NW-NNW swells will move in Wed-Fri (29th-1st) with more overhead to well overhead sets. Expect breezy ENE Trades to prevail all week, along with some secondary ENE tradeswell wrap mixing in (mainly at the top of the point). Another possible NW pulse lines up for around the 4th-5th.

The event will be broadcast LIVE via WorldSurfLeague.com, the WSL app and on Facebook LIVE via the WSL’s Facebook page. Also check local listings for coverage on CBS Sports Network in the U.S., Fox Sports in Australia, ESPN in Brazil, Sky NZ in New Zealand, SFR Sports in France and Portugal, Sport TV in Portugal and the EDGEsport Network.

For more information, check out WorldSurfLeague.com

Maui Women’s Pro Round 1 Match-Ups:
Heat 1: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW)
Heat 2: Carissa Moore (HAW), Johanne Defay (FRA), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 3: Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Silvana Lima (BRA), Brisa Hennessy (HAW)
Heat 4: Tyler Wright (AUS), Tatiana Weston-Webb (HAW), Laura Enever (AUS)
Heat 5: Courtney Conlogue (USA), Keely Andrew (AUS), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)
Heat 6: Lakey Peterson (USA), Sage Erickson (USA), Coco Ho (HAW)

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We Need Women’s Voices in Media—Beyond Their Stories About Powerful Men

Our media landscape is currently flooded with women’s stories.

Harvey Weinstein’s flagrant history of sexual assault and harassment, ironically, temporarily allowed women representation in key commentary forums. A snowball effect in the wake of his own downfall has led to a landmark moment in the fight against sexual abuse—one in which survivors appear to finally be gaining ground and garnering victories and offenders are, at long last, facing consequences for their own bad behavior.

This temporary amplification of women’s experiences is crucial; their voices are helping to end the culture of silence surrounding sexual violence. But will the #MeToo-shrouded media frenzy finally grant women credence—with men and within the systems they control?

Women have been reporting on and talking interpersonally about the trauma caused by sexual harassment and assault for decades. There is nothing unique about Weinstein’s behavior or his peers’ acceptance of it; indeed, his case has even led us back to the testimonies levied against Bill Clinton, Clarence Thomas, Donald Trump and Bill Cosby, among others. Of course, cases involving high-profile men and high-profile victims sell more papers—but journalism purports to have a higher moral purpose than selling advertising and earning a profit.

According to the American Press Institute, the purpose of journalism is “to provide citizens with the information they need to make the best possible decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies and their governments”—yet media institutions have, by and large, provided us with the same white male voices on repeat since their establishment. That means that citizens and decision-makers alike aren’t getting well-rounded perspectives on the issues, and it means that information about issues that affect people’s lives and communities is disconnected from those lives and communities from its inception.

The press is currently allowing women to narrate a tiny sliver of the world—the lovely “sexist men of Hollywood” beat—but even in this way, women’s voices are being defined in relation to powerful men. Women have much more to say, not only about powerful men and their shameful behavior but about their own experiences and issues.

Despite the increase in women submitting and publishing opinion pieces, the Women’s Media Center regular research shows that the men are still by far the reporters and arbiters of most of our news. One study, which tracked the number of political analysts on the three major networks between March 1, 2016 and November 11, 2016, found that only 28 percent of analysts on morning and primetime television were women, and only 4 percent were women of color. On a “Heavy Hundred” list of news and opinion radio hosts classified as “talkers,” only 13 of frequent talkers were women. The highest one ranked was coming in 20th place.

Although we’ve seen an all-out assault on women’s reproductive rights in recent years, men are writing the stories about reproductive health 52 percent of the time—and they are also the majority of voices quoted. Ninety-one percent of reported rapes and sexual assault victims in the U.S., and specifically on campuses, are women, yet men are more likely to cover these cases—and they are also more likely to include quotes from men and highlight the impact of these cases on the alleged rapists rather than the victim.

The only topics that women have parity or slight majorities in reporting on within the major media are lifestyle, health and education. The Op-Ed Project, founded in 2008, aims to change the world’s conversation by increasing women’s participation at “front door” commentary forums, like op-ed pages—which are heavily dominated by men, by margins of up to 80 percent, at every major news outlet. These forums are critical predictors of ideas, and the individuals that publish within them become influential. A 2008 Rutgers University study found that 97 percent of op-eds by academics in the Wall Street Journal were written by men; over the next five years, a study revealed an increase of women thought leaders in key commentary forums from only 15 to 21 percent.

It is important who reports the news. The lack of women skews the content of the news, gives the impression that women don’t count and makes it difficult for women to gain credibility with men. If we don’t have credibility, it doesn’t matter who we tell about sexual harassment and assault.

Women are not allowed to shape media narratives—and their voices, therefore, don’t count because they simply aren’t there to be counted and heard when they should matter most. While the media alone isn’t responsible for rape culture, its institutions have allowed men to ignore women’s stories, opinions and expertise on myriad topics for too long. Those institutions didn’t create silence, but they also haven’t taken enough steps toward shattering it.

Let’s be clear: Women cannot change the unequal systems and power dynamics that create these criminals like Harvey Weinstein. Women cannot prevent sexual harassment and violence. Women have been telling men for decades how damaging and traumatic sexual aggression of any kind is to their lives and their careers. What have men been doing in that time to show that our voices, stories and experiences matter to them?

Weinstein’s victims told people about their experiences long before the New York Times aired their stories on the front page. People listened. People knew. And people didn’t act—not only because Weinstein is powerful, but because he is also seen as more credible than his victims by virtue of his sex and the power it has afforded him. Members of the media need to examine their role in perpetuating the systemic undermining of women’s credibility that allowed men like Weinstein to abuse women and simultaneously control their stories.

Journalists have a responsibility to ensure that credible women and men narrate the world—even when their stories fly in the face of our antiquated power structures.

Colleen Hennessy is a social policy researcher and writer. She also helps non-profits and public agencies  write about their impact.  She is an alum of The OpEd Project’s Write to Change the World Seminar. You can read more at colleenhennessy.com or tweet her @colleenhenness4.

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Nigeria Women’s Bobsled Team Qualifying For Winter Olympics Is Magic

Nigeria’s women’s bobsled team made history this week!

The team qualified for the bobsled at the upcoming Winter Olympics in PyeongChang after they finished strong at the last of five qualifying races in Calgary, Alberta on Wednesday. This victory means the group will be the first African team to participate in that category in the games next year.

“This is a huge milestone for sports in Nigeria,” driver Seun Adigun told KweséESPN. “Nothing makes me prouder than to know that I can play a small role in creating opportunities for winter sports to take place in Nigeria.”

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Adigun, a former African 100m hurdles winner who competed in the summer Olympics in 2012, drove the team to victory. Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga supported Adigun as brakewomen.

The team slayed at races in Utah, Whistler, Canada and their last two races in Calgary on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.  It’s not surprising that the group wants to put their best foot forward at next year’s games.

“Our objective now is to be the best representation of Africa that the Winter Olympics have ever witnessed,” Adigun said.The team’s accomplishment has drawn global attention, but the biggest congratulations have befittingly come from their home country.

“I commend the personal dedication and commitment of these women,” Solomon Ogba, President of the Bobsled and Skeleton Federation of Nigeria, said.”Their hard work was inspiring.”

Adigun began a Go Fund Me campaign to fund their Olympic bid, and the team won a sponsorship deal with Visa, according to the New York Post.

The women exemplify #Blackgirlmagic in breaking down this huge barrier. They may have to make room for other Nigerian athletes, with driver Simidele Adeagbo just three races away from qualifying for the Skeleton competition.

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[OPINION]: Thousands Visit Detroit for The Women’s Convention Inspired to Create Change

On Jan. 21, 2017, the largest single-day protest took place in U.S. history at the Women’s March. The momentum and energy from that event was an experience of a lifetime. Lives were changed and many women went back to their communities to continue the efforts for change.

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During the weekend of Oct. 27–29 in Detroit, over 5,000 attendees came together at the Cobo Center for the first-of-its-kind Women’s Convention in 40 years. The inaugural event brought together thousands of first-time activists, women who’ve organized locally and nationally, students, movement leaders, politicians, and more. Attendees were from Los Angeles, New York, D.C., Chicago, Florida, Oklahoma, and more.

Confronting White Womanhood

 

The theme of the convention was “Reclaiming Our Time,” this was in honor of Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ viral phrase “reclaiming my time.” The event had over 170 workshops and 400 speakers and panelists. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about wellness as it relates to activism, fighting for gender equality, how to plan a rally in less than 24 hours, strategies on building a new vision for safety to overcome mass incarnation, strategies for organizing in schools and communities for youth, and combating sexual violence within the community.

One of the most popular sessions was “Confronting White Womanhood,” which led organizers to create a repeat session on Saturday due to the overwhelming demand. The convention also included a Social Justice Concert with Melanie Fiona, Alice Smith, BombaRica, V. Bozeman, Jessica Care Moore, and more.

From the moment the convention started, the energy was infectious and electric. The opening remarks included speeches from Women’s March co-Chairs Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour; Tarana Burke; the original founder of the #MeToo campaign; actress Rose McGowan; activist Rosa Clemente; and more. That set the momentum that would run throughout the weekend. After a full day of sessions, Friday night remarks included Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

Maxine Waters: “Creep, Get Off My Back!”

 

On Saturday, Congresswoman Maxine Waters was honored and gave a speech that spoke to sexual harassment, sharing that the issue is beyond Hollywood. She also warned those who are trying to divide the women’s resistance movement to “go to hell.” She started the catchphrase “reclaiming my time.” Another one that will surface soon, is “creep, get off my back.” This came as Waters was telling the attendees about Trump walking near Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in an intrusive and intimidating manner during a 2016 debate. “Hillary should have said: ‘Creep, get off my back!’” Waters said. Wrapping up the speech Waters had the crowd on their feet cheering and chanting “Impeach 45.”

As the weekend came to a close, a very important question was answered during the final discussion “Where Do We Go From Here?” The panel was moderated by Mallory. Panelists were Angela Rye, Carmen Perez, Bob Bland, and Donnell R. White. The speakers encouraged attendees to go local when it comes to creating change. Rye referenced Martin Luther King’s 1967 speech Where Do We Go From Here and broke it down into three prongs. She advised the crowd to, “bank black, give black, and buy black.” She continued to share that “black women are the largest group of entrepreneurs” and encouraged attendees to support black-owned businesses.

Where do we go from here is a loaded question, but the people who attended the Women’s Convention are up for the challenge. Many left feeling a bittersweet emotion, clarity, rejuvenated, and ready to take action. Although there is much work to be done, this event was a strong follow up from the march.

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