The Week in Women: Clinton clinches, a hot dog goes viral and tampons get smarter

Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets supporters during a primary night event on June 7, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

What an exciting week it has been! Over the past several days, women the world over have made history, revolutionized technology, and just generally gone against the grain. And so we’ve dedicated our news roundup to the groundbreakers among us. Let’s get started, shall we?

Hillary Clinton has secured her foothold in the presidential race, likely making her the first woman to ever become a major American political party’s nominee for president. The presumptive nominee won four out of six voting states during this week’s Super Tuesday, thereby earning enough delegates to clinch the nomination and effectively shut Senator Bernie Sanders out of the race. “Tonight caps an amazing journey — a long, long journey,” Clinton told a crowd of supporters in Brooklyn, New York, after her win. “Barriers can come down. Justice and equality can win. This campaign is about making sure there are no ceilings, no limits on any of us.”

A brief video clip of a Middle Eastern wedding went viral this week, with internet denizens praising the married couple for resisting Saudi Arabia’s “racist” social policy. The footage depicted guests dancing at the wedding of a Saudi woman and a Syrian man. While the Saudi Arabian government does not prohibit marriage to foreigners, it does impose strict regulations on men and women who seek to marry outside their nationality. The union between a Saudi and a Syrian was thus met with words of encouragement on social media — along with a predictable outpouring of hostility. As one commenter put it, “If you have an authentic and noble steed, would you throw her onto a mule?” Looks like somebody could stand to learn a thing or two from Shrek.  

Harvard researchers are developing a “smart tampon” equipped with technology that will allow women to collect and test their own blood during their monthly cycles. The project is being spearheaded by infectious disease experts Ridhi Tariyal and Stephen Gire, who hope that the tampon will help women track their fertility and detect the early stages of diseases like cervical cancer. Should the tampon come to market, this revolutionary piece of technology could give women unprecedented agency over their reproductive health. Or as Tariyal told Fast Company: “Women who are data-forward want to be empowered to track their own health at a granular level.”

Five-year-old Ainsley Turner from North Carolina captured the internet’s heart when she arrived at her dance school’s “Princess Day” dressed as a hot dog. A photo of little Ainsley — a proud Oscar Mayer amidst a group of frilly princesses –proliferated across social media, inspiring people around the world as an emblem of individuality and spirit. Ainsley’s dad tweeted that his daughter wanted to wear the costume because “she just loves hot dogs!” We feel you, Ainsley. We feel you.

Previous weeks:

The Week in Women: A starlet’s tattoo hullabaloo, a Trekkie spots new planets, and a spy finally gets her due

A waterskiing baby, female Twitter trolls, and Gillian Anderson as James Bond

Crackdown on Iranian models, a boys-only golf club, & an embarrassing moment for Justin Trudeau

Vacationing without a headscarf, a reviled Olympian, and a blank space in Pakistan

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