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Naomi Osaka Just Won the Women’s US Open. Here’s What She’s Getting

When Naomi Osaka beat out Serena Williams in a controversial match, she became the women’s singles champion at the U.S. Open Saturday night. However, she walked off the court with more than just the prestige that comes with winning the nation’s most famous tennis tournament. She also got a $ 3.8 million check.

The prize, taken from a $ 53 million pool designated for this year’s event, is a record-breaker. It’s “the largest payout in U.S. Open history,” according to a news release. And even though Williams may have lost the match, she also got a piece of it: As the women’s singles runner-up, Williams received $ 1.85 million. (Semifinalists Madison Keys and Anastasija Sevastova, who got knocked out of the tournament on Thursday, each earned $ 925,000.)

The cash is sure to boost Osaka’s already rising status in the tennis world. According to the Women’s Tennis Association, the 20-year-old has earned over $ 3.2 million in prize money in her career so far. She’s picking up major brand deals, too: Osaka has appeared in ads for Adidas and is sponsored by Japanese TV station WOWOW and Cup Noodles maker Nissin.

The U.S. Open is known for awarding men and women equal pay — but it wasn’t always like that. The first modern U.S. Open, in 1968, gave its male winner $ 14,000, while its female winner got just $ 6,000, according to the New York Times.

Billie Jean King, the namesake of the tennis center where the U.S. Open is now played, fought for prize parity in the ’70s. King, fed up with pocketing thousands of dollars less than her male colleagues, told organizers of the 1973 U.S. Open she wasn’t going to participate unless competitors of all genders got equal pay. King even persuaded Ban deodorant to make up the $ 55,000 difference in the awards.

“Everyone thinks women should be thrilled when we get crumbs. I want women to have the cake, the icing, the cherry on top, too,” King said in 2016.

Coincidentally, it was Williams’ sister, Venus, who pushed the team behind the Wimbledon tournament to finally give men and women equal prizes in 2007. Both of the Williams women joined King earlier this year in calling for the gender pay gap to be eliminated in all jobs.

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The Hunt: Stylish Women’s Belts for Work

Stylish Women's Belts for WorkSure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.stylish women's belts for work 2018

We haven’t done a hunt for belts in a while (if ever? hmmn) so I thought we’d round up a few today. There are some great sales, as noted below — and ladies, if you don’t have an animal-print belt, there are a TON of options, particularly for leopard print belts — now is the time to stock up. (We’ve noted before how these are surprisingly versatile options, and the leopard belt + red dress is a favorite style trick of Selina Meyer on Veep.)

Readers, what are your favorite belts right now? How do you wear them — and where are your first stops when you’re hunting for stylish women’s belts for work? 

Some particular favorites at the moment, featured below:

This narrow belt at H&M comes in at the super affordable price of $ 6.99 — I like the double belt loop. It’s available in black, as well as neon pink and green, in sizes X-L.
stylish women's belts for work - Modcloth This Deco-inspired metal belt from ModClocth only has plus sizes in stock at the moment, but it’s a best-seller there and only $ 15 — it has 37 reviews and 4.2 stars. I love the customer pictures showing that yes, you can wear it with everything from a simple office dress to a lacy bridesmaid-type dress and it looks great with all of them. Echoing Deco Belt
stylish women's belt for work - brooks brothersBrooks Brothers always has great belts, I think, and they’re having some crazy sales at the moment. This lovely leather belt with a little flat bow on the outside now comes down to $ 29. It’s available in black and green in sizes XS-XL.
stylish women's belts for work - Banana RepublicBanana Republic has a decent selection of belts right now, many of them on sale — I love the black and white pattern on this skinny trouser belt. It’s $ 30, available in sizes S, M and L. Haircalf Skinny Trouser Belt
stylish women's belts for work - talbotsHaircalf definitely seems to be another trend right now (BR and Talbots both had a ton of them) — this black and white polka dot print is a fun change from all the solids and animal prints, and I like that the textured haircalf keeps it from feeling too twee. The belt is $ 54, available in sizes XS-XL at Talbots (where it also comes in leopard.)  (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Talbots!) Talbots haircalf belt dotted
stylish women's belts for work - bodenBoden’s “classic belt” is highly rated, available in sizes XS-XL, and comes in 7 colors. The texture on this one is so great that it’s almost a perfect dupe for this pre-order belt from Maison Boinet at almost double the cost. (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Boden!)
stylish women's belts for work - mmlfThis ringed belt from MM.LaFleur is just one of the many drool-worthy belts the brand carries — I think they all would look great on top of sheath dresses or cardigans. This one is $ 80, available in sizes XS-XXL.
stylish women's belts for work - rose gold skinny belt from reissThere are a lot of glittered and glittery leather belts out there right now, but I think this $ 120 wide buckled skinny belt from Reiss is among the best of them. I also like that the color is rose gold — with a gold accent. Fun. It’s $ 120 at Reiss, available in sizes XS-L. (Here’s a very similar option at H&M.)
stylish women's belts for work - B.Low the BeltThis is another trend — having a long belt loop that hangs down vertically — and I like it. (Here are two similar options from Isabel Marant and Rag & Bone.) I like that this one is more along traditional lines — and of course I like the cobalt color. It also comes in black in sizes S, M, and L for $ 128 at Nordstrom. Annie Pull Through Leather Belt

Readers, what are your favorite belts right now? How do you wear them — and where are your first stops when you’re hunting for stylish women’s belts for work? 

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Today We Recognize Black Women’s Equal Pay Day Because Wage Discrimination is Real

By now, most of us are aware that women earn about 80 cents to every dollar made by a man. But that commonly quoted stat is misleading. In actuality, that ratio is true for white women. Black women, on the other hand, are paid roughly 63 cents on the dollar earned by a white man. As a result, a black woman will have to work 23 years longer than her male counterpart in order to earn the same salary. And, to make matters worse, there is a striking lack of awareness around the pay gap that black women face. According to research data, one in three Americans is not aware of the pay gap between black women and white men, while half of the country is not aware that black women are paid on average 21% less than white women.

This harsh reality underscores the importance of the recognition of Aug. 7 as Black Women’s Equal Pay Day. It’s also important to dispel gender and racial inequality myths, like the argument that the pay gap is caused by black women’s lack of education or choice to accept low-paying jobs. In reality, studies show that black women earn less than white men at every level of education and even when they work in the same occupation.

To raise awareness of the pay gap and its negative effect on black women and families, LeanIn.Org is launching #38PercentCounts to emphasize the fact that black women are paid 38% less than white men. In partnership with Adidas, Lyft, P&G, and Reebok, LeanIn.Org is highlighting the unfairness of this pay gap and the double discrimination that holds black women back.

“The pay gap facing black women is an urgent problem,” said Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org, in a statement. “It has huge financial implications for millions of families. And it signals something deeply wrong in our economy. We need to address the gender and racial inequalities that give rise to this imbalance—and create workplaces where everyone’s labor is valued, everyone is treated with respect, and everyone has an equal shot at success.”

Here are key findings from the 2018 Black Women’s Equal Pay Survey conducted by LeanIn.Org and SurveyMonkey, in partnership with the National Urban League.

 

  • On average, black women are paid 38% less than white men, which amounts to almost $ 870,000 lost over the course of a typical career.

 

  • People are overly optimistic about the state of black women. About half of white men think obstacles to advancement for black women are gone, but only 14% of black women agree.

 

  • Nearly 70% of people who are not black think that racism, sexism or both are uncommon in their company—yet 64% of black women say they’ve experienced discrimination at work.

 

  • When people know there’s a pay gap, they think it’s unfair. When presented with information that black women on average are paid 38% less than white men, 72% of Americans think it’s not fair.

 

  • On average, back women are paid 21% less than white women. Yet 50% of Americans—as well as 45% of hiring managers—think black women and white women are paid equally.

 

  • 77% of working Americans think no gap exists between black and white women in their own organizations.

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Women’s CT Called ON at 2018 Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif./USA (Saturday, August 4, 2018) –  The World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Championship Tour has been called ON at the Vans US Open of Surfingpresented by Swatch for a 7:35 a.m. PST start. The day will start with the CT Round 3 to determine their Quarterfinal draw, along with deciding the Men’s Qualifying Series (QS) Quarterfinalists by day’s end. Also on the schedule, the event’s first winners will claim their US Open titles for the Men’s and Women’s Pro Junior divisions, as well as the Women’s Duct Tape Invitational.

“The CT women will get back in the water to start things off at 7:35 a.m. and we’ll get through Round 3 before the Men’s QS Round 5” said WSL Deputy Commissioner, Jessi Miley-Dyer. “It’s a big day planned. We will run the men’s and women’s Pro Juniors Finals, along with the Women’s Duct Tape Invitational Final. We’re looking forward to an exciting day and crowning our first 2018 US Open winners.”

Yesterday’s standout performer Pauline Ado (FRA), who sent Lakey Peterson (USA) to Round 2, will take on three-time WSL Champion Carissa Moore (HAW) and Johanne Defay (FRA) in Round 3 Heat 1.

On the Men’s QS side, US Open trials winner Reef Heazlewood (AUS) begins Round 5 Heat 1 battles against CT veteran Kolohe Andino (USA).

The Men’s Pro Junior Final showcases some of North America’s top up-and-coming surfers Kade Matson (USA), Cole Houshmand (USA), and Alan Cleland (MEX) taking on Hawaii competitor Barron Mamiya (HAW).

A hefty Women’s Pro Junior Final awaits Hawaii representatives Summer Macedo (HAW) and Zoe McDougall (HAW) taking on Californians Samantha Sibley (USA) and Kayla Coscino (USA).

Also vying for the inaugural Women’s Duct Tape Invitational crown, reigning WSL Longboard Champion Honolua Blomfield (HAW) will face fellow Hawaii surfer Kelis Kaleoppa (HAW), two-time WSL Champion Jennifer Smith (USA), and Californian Kaitlin Maguire (USA).

The Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch 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:

Small surf will continue through the weekend, although gradually creeping up as a mix of SW-SSW and SSE Southern Hemi swells fill in, as well as some local NW windswell.  

Vans US Open Women’s CT Round 3 Matchups:
Heat 1: Johanne Defay (FRA), Carissa Moore (HAW), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 2: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Malia Manuel (HAW)
Heat 3: Lakey Peterson (USA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Coco Ho (HAW)
Heat 4: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Caroline Marks (USA), Courtney Conlogue (USA)

Vans US Open Men’s QS Round 5 Matchups:
Heat 1: Reef Heazlewood (AUS) vs. Kolohe Andino (USA)
Heat 2: Adriano De Souza (BRA) vs. Griffin Colapinto (USA)
Heat 3:  Jorgann Couzinet (FRA) vs. Cam Richards (USA)
Heat 4: Tanner Gudauskas (USA) vs. Dion Atkinson (AUS)
Heat 5: Jadson Andre (BRA) vs. Peterson Crisanto (BRA)
Heat 6: Italo Ferreira (BRA) vs. Michael Rodrigues (BRA)
Heat 7: Seth Moniz (HAW) vs. Evan Geiselman (USA)
Heat 8: Kanoa Igarashi (USA) vs. Michael February (ZAF)

Upcoming Vans US Open Men’s Pro Junior Final:
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: Barron Mamiya (HAW), Alan Cleland (MEX), Kade Matson (USA), Cole Houshmand (USA)

Upcoming Vans US Open Women’s Pro Junior Final:
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: Summer Macedo (HAW), Samantha Sibley (USA), Zoe McDougall (HAW), Kayla Coscino (USA)

Upcoming Vans US Open Women’s Duct Tape Invitational Final:
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: Kelis Kaleoppa (HAW), Kaitlin Maguire (USA), Honolua Blomfield (HAW), Jennifer Smith (USA)

Recognized as the largest professional sports competition and action sports festival in the world, the Vans US Open of Surfing is currently sanctioned and operated by the World Surf League under license from IMG, the event owner. Official partners of this year’s event include Vans, Swatch, Jeep, Airbnb, Michelob ULTRA, Hydro Flask, LifeProof, Jose Cuervo, Barefoot Wine, Woolmark, BF Goodrich, Harley-Davidson, Peet’s Coffee, Red Bull, U.S. Army, Slowtide, CLIF Bar, U.S. Marine Corps, Let it Block Sunscreen, Tea of a Kind, Flowater, and Frontier Communications.

For more information, including continued updates and scheduling, please visit VansUSOpenofSurfing.com.

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Huntington Beach Welcomes Women’s Championship Tour for Vans US Open of Surfing

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif./USA (Friday, July 27, 2018) – The Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch welcomes back the world’s best surfers starting Monday, July 30 through August 5, 2018 as they compete in Stop No. 7 of 10 of the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour (CT).

The Vans US Open will play a critical role in the 2018 WSL World Title race, which is currently led by six-time WSL Champion Stephanie Gilmore (AUS). The Australian now wears the Jeep Leader Jersey after her win at the Corona Open J-Bay earlier this month. Gilmore has yet to claim a CT win in Surf City but will look for a strong start in her opening heat against last year’s event winner Sage Erickson (USA) and the event wildcard, who will be determined by a one-heat trials event.

“Huntington is a totally different venue to the rest of the year and I’ve always struggled a bit, but I feel good heading into it,” said Gilmore. “I feel excited about the current ratings and the processes I’m going through. All the girls are ripping so, it’s just about staying focused and making sure I’m investing all my energy into each heat. I feel like I can get a good result. I just have to really apply myself there.”

Lakey Peterson (USA), 2012 event winner, returns home to California for this event. The surfer from Santa Barbara, California sits just behind Gilmore in second place on the Jeep Leaderboard, hungry for her first World Title. She will be up against Coco Ho (HAW) and injury replacement Pauline Ado (FRA) in Round 1.

“It’ll be nice to be home for a minute and get that crowd support behind you,” Peterson said. “We’ve been in Australia, which has a lot of Aussie support there, and Bianca (Buitendag) had that support in South Africa, so that’ll be great to have that kind of hometown support. I’ve done well at Huntington Beach in the past so I think it’s a great opportunity to keep chipping away at Steph (Gilmore). I’m just looking forward to some time at home and getting the jersey on while there.”

16-year-old rookie Caroline Marks (USA) will also be one to watch in Huntington Beach next week. Earlier this year, Marks made history as the youngest surfer to ever qualify for the elite Championship Tour. Now, with more than half the season complete and currently sitting at World No. 7 on the Jeep Leaderboard, Marks hopes to continue her previous success in Huntington Beach and earn a big result in her rookie debut. Marks will be up against Australians Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS) and Bronte Macaulay (AUS) when competition commences.

“The US Open is a different event because there are so many competitive surfing events on display,” said Marks. “There is the men’s and women’s juniors, our CT event, and even a big men’s QS event, so everyone is there together and cheering each other on. It’s really cool. I grew up competing at Huntington through all the amateur and junior events, and I’ve had a lot of success there. That gives me a lot of confidence heading into the CT event. I’m just excited to have my family there, it’s been a long year on the road so it’s a perfect time to be home for a few months.”

Facing ongoing health issues from contracting Influenza A during the Corona Open J-Bay, Tyler Wright (AUS) has withdrawn from next week’s Vans US Open of Surfing. The Australian is the reigning World Champion and currently ranked No. 5 on the Jeep Leaderboard.

“Unfortunately I will be withdrawing from Vans US Open of Surfing,” said Wright. “I’m still recovering from Influenza A. I’m home with the doggos getting better, but still a long way from full strength. Thanks to everyone for the continued support.”

Stepping in for Wright will be fellow Australian, Macy Callaghan. The 20-year-old is currently ranked No. 9 on the WSL Qualifying Series (QS) and competed at the Corona Open J-Bay earlier this month, where she lost to Frenchwoman Johanne Defay in Round 2.

Brazilian Silvana Lima has also withdrawn from the US Open after sustaining a knee injury in Round 1 of the Corona Open J-Bay. Although Lima powered through the rest of her heat, she was unable to finish the event. She will be replaced by former WSL CT surfer Ado.

The Huntington Beach waves will also feature the WSL Men’s Qualifying Series event, the men’s and women’s WSL Pro Junior events, the first-ever all women’s Vans Duct Tape Invitational longboarding competition, and the annual Vans Stoke-O-Rama, bringing local Huntington Beach youth together for friendly surf and beach activities.

Starting Monday, July 30, the Vans US Open of Surfing presented by Swatch 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:

The first several days of the event window are looking relatively slow with a minor blend of Southern Hemisphere swells and local NWwindswell on offer. Heading through the end of next week into the final weekend of the event window we anticipate a slightly better mix of new SSW swell and NW windswell.

Vans US Open of Surfing Women’s CT Round 1 Matchups:
Heat 1: Carissa Moore (HAW), Nikki Van Dijk (AUS), Courtney Conlogue (USA)
Heat 2: Johanne Defay (FRA), Keely Andrew (AUS), Paige Hareb (NZL)
Heat 3: Stephanie Gilmore (AUS), Sage Erickson (USA), TBD
Heat 4: Lakey Peterson (USA), Coco Ho (HAW), Pauline Ado (FRA)
Heat 5: Tatiana Weston-Webb (BRA), Malia Manuel (HAW), Macy Callaghan (AUS)
Heat 6: Caroline Marks (USA), Sally Fitzgibbons (AUS), Bronte Macaulay (AUS)

More available at WorldSurfLeague.com.

Recognized as the largest professional sports competition and action sports festival in the world, the Vans US Open of Surfing is currently sanctioned and operated by the World Surf League under license from IMG, the event owner. Official partners of this year’s event include Vans, Swatch, Jeep, Airbnb, Michelob ULTRA, Hydro Flask, LifeProof, Jose Cuervo, Barefoot Wine, Woolmark, BF Goodrich, Harley-Davidson, Peet’s Coffee, Red Bull, U.S. Army, Slowtide, CLIF Bar, U.S. Marine Corps, Let it Block Sunscreen, Tea of a Kind, Flowater, and Frontier Communications.

For more information, including continued updates and scheduling, please visit VansUSOpenofSurfing.com.

About Vans
Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans authentic collections are sold globally in 84 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans also owns and operates more than 600 retail locations around the world. The Vans brand promotes the action sports lifestyle, youth culture and creative self-expression through the support of athletes, musicians and artists and through progressive events and platforms such as the Vans Park Series, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, Vans Warped Tour®, and Vans’ cultural hub and international music venue, House of Vans.

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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5 things you didn’t know about women’s rugby

Ahead of the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco this weekend, Sarah Mockford, editor of Rugby World, gives us the lowdown  on the state of play in women’s rugby while England’s scrum half Natasha Hunt teaches us a thing or two about what it takes to be a player.

‘Every year women’s rugby continues to make strides and we saw a giant leap in 2017, with the 15-a-side Women’s World Cup final shown live on prime-time Saturday night TV,’ says Sarah Mockford, who as well as being the editor of Rugby World magazine was the first female chairman of the Rugby Union writers’ club.

‘Not only did that take the sport to a wider audience but it was recognised as a great game of rugby, regardless of the gender of those playing it.

‘This weekend we’ll see some of the game’s most skilful athletes, women and men, playing in the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco. There are sure to be plenty of thrills at AT&T Park and if I had to pick my favourites to reach the women’s final it would be Australia and New Zealand.’

Meanwhile, Natasha Hunt reveals what it takes to be an international player:

1. Most female rugby players have regular full-time jobs

‘As an athlete, you make sacrifices. Or rather, you make a choice to commit. I am also a trained PE teacher, so I had two jobs when I started out, but I have been a full-time athlete now since 2014.’

2. It’s a sport that forges strong friendships

‘Rugby seems like a strange game. You’re trying to hit people as hard as you can and run past them as fast as possible – everybody is putting their bodies on the line. You work hard because you don’t want to let your team down and, because of this, you forge strong friendships.’

3. They wake up early and workout – a lot

‘An average day starts at 7am, with training at 8am, where we have a screening to make sure our bodies are not vulnerable to injuries. Then we go to the gym for a weights and capacity session, or a speed session outside.’

4. As well as physical training, they also do mental training

‘After lunch, the girls normally head to our local coffee shop for a caffeine hit, before our afternoon training, when we concentrate on mental skills. Sevens is a game about focus, so it’s important to work on our mindsets as well as our moves.’

5. Rugby players need to eat carbs, carbs and more carbs

‘There is a movement at the moment for living actively and finding a healthier lifestyle. I find it difficult to eat between matches, so I load up on carbs in the build-up to a match, as it’s vital to have energy in reserve.’

Tudor Watches is sponsoring The Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, which takes place in San Francisco  20-22 July.

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‘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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Opening Day at 2018 Oi Rio Women’s Pro Called ON

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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

Save the dates! National Women’s Health Week is May 13–19, 2018. Make your health a priority.

It’s never too early or late to work toward being your healthiest you! This National Women’s Health Week, we want to help you take control of your health.

Take the first step! Join the National Women’s Health Week celebration and learn what you can do to lead a healthier life at any age.

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

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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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