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The Week in Women: a gun-toting bounty hunter, an absurd cellphone ban, and the triumph of Viola Davis

By Brigit Katz on September 25, 2015

It’s been an interesting week in crime, which—as the recent crop of international headlines has taught us—is generally abhorrent, unless it’s been turned into a primetime drama and blessed by TV goddess Shonda Rhimes. Without further ado, let’s take a look back.

A 91-year-old woman has been charged with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder for her work as a radio operator in Auschwitz during WWII. Officials say the unnamed woman is complicit in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Jews because she was instrumental in keeping the camp operating. In July, a 94-year-old ex-Auschwitz guard was found guilty of 300,000 counts of accessory to murder, and prosecutors are thus confident that there is precedent to proceed with a trial.

The only female bounty hunter in Las Vegas is pulling in an hourly rate of $350 (and sometimes more) for chasing down wayward defendants. In an interview with Vice, the hilariously self-aware Uyen Vu explained that she turned to this renegade branch of law enforcement because she has “a hard time taking orders from people, especially if they’re dumber than me.” Vu boasts a black belt in martial arts, and claims that she has been shooting guns since she was three years old. Would any rational person skip court if they knew they would be tailed by a woman of such solid resolve and questionable upbringing? We think not.

More than 10 villages in the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh will ban girls from wearing jeans and using mobile phones, out of fear that such behaviors prompt an uptick in crime. “We don’t think it is good for unmarried girls to use mobile phones,” said the president of the Muslim council that issued the decree. “God forbid, if they talk to someone (men), it results in increase of crimes and mischief, so we have banned it. In fact, I think only the married men, the responsible men should carry mobile phones.” Right. Because we all know that men hold the gold standard for responsible cellphone use.

Viola Davis became the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series, thanks to her (thoroughly awesome) performance in How To Get Away With Murder. The actress also gave a rousing speech addressing the issue of diversity in Hollywood. “Let me tell you something: the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity,” Davis said. “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” Now, if Davis could somehow be incorporated into the glorious Kerry Washington/Mary J. Blige/Taraji P. Henson Apple Music commercial, all would be right in the world.