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Canadian P.M. Justin Trudeau sits alongside Ivanka Trump during a roundtable discussion on women entrepreneurs and business leaders at the White House on February 13, 2017. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)


The Week in Women: An African-American ‘Bachelorette,’ Iran’s first female bodybuilder, and Trudeau’s White House visit

February 17, 2017

This week in news was marked by an array of firsts: the first black Bachelorette, the first female body-builder in Iran, the first meeting between two world leaders who are on opposite ends of the follicle spectrum. Let’s take a look back, shall we?

Hide yo’ kids, because the March-April issue of Playboy will feature a nude photo shoot — its first in a year. In a bid to stem declining subscription numbers, the magazine had stopped publishing photos of nude women, and placed greater emphasis on incorporating women’s voices into its pages. That approach does not seem to have worked, because Playboy will gingerly return to its roots with an issue titled “Naked is Normal.” “I’ll be the first to admit the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but removing it entirely was a mistake,” CCO Cooper Hefner (son of Hugh) said on Twitter. “Nudity was never the problem, because nudity isn’t a problem.” We’re sure gaggles of teenage boys wholeheartedly agree.

Fourteen years into its run, the Bachelorette reality series has named its first African-American lead. Rachel Lindsay, a 31-year-old lawyer from Dallas, will have a gaggle of men compete for her affection, eliminating contestants each week on her path to finding True Love™. While the Bachelorette and its parent reality series, the Bachelor, have welcomed the occasional person of color as a contestant on the show, the network has never selected a black man or woman to be the romantic lead. Go get ‘em, Rachel. There is many a heart (and sense of dignity) waiting to be crushed.

Shirin Nobahari, Iran’s first female bodybuilder, spoke out about the political persecution she has faced while pursuing her chosen sport. Nobahari has received warnings over her Instagram photos, which show her exercising with her arms bare and her head uncovered—a violation of Iran’s strict Islamic dress code. She has also been barred from competing in national or international events, and often lacks the proper equipment she needs to train. “Disregarding someone, dispiriting them and planning to make them forgotten, or not even seen at all,” she said, “are the hardest blows to a human being.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made his first visit to Trump’s White House on Monday, and the two world leaders launched a joint task force to promote the advancement of women in the workplace. The initiative was formally introduced during a roundtable meeting attended by Trump, Trudeau, several female CEOs and business leaders, and first daughter Ivanka Trump, who is often given the unenviable task of smoothing over her father’s deplorable comments about women. “It’s about understanding that women in leadership positions is a very powerful leverage for success, for business, for communities, and for our entire economy,” Trudeau said at the roundtable. Thanks for the support, Joe. Erm, we mean Justin, Justin.