The Week in Women: Yoko Ono gets her credit, an Iraqi girl gets rescued, and an Uber board member gets his comeuppance

Yoko Ono. (REUTERS/Edgard Garrido)

It may sometimes feel like there is no justice in this cruel world, but over the past week, a number of news events worked out just the way they should. So this week’s roundup is devoted to happy—or maybe just vindicating—endings. Let’s take a look back:

Yoko Ono will finally be awarded a writing credit for John Lennon’s 1971 song “Imagine.” Lennon himself once said that the song “should be credited as a Lennon-Ono song because a lot of it — the lyric and the concept — came from Yoko.” But it took more than four decades for the National Music Publishers Association to acknowledge her contribution. Ono accepted the organization’s “Centennial Song” award, and said that the moment was “the best time of my life.” Things would presumably get even better if people would stop accusing her of breaking up the Beatles. (She didn’t break up the Beatles).

A mobile branding executive was awarded a $41 million settlement after an arbitrator found she was wrongfully terminated. Alexis Berger, a marketing executive at Kargo Global, had been accused by her fellow executives of being too emotional, aggressive, and profane—but Berger alleged that similar behavior from her male colleagues was tolerated quietly. One male executive at the company, in fact, was confronted with several complaints from other women employees, and another allegedly taunted Berger for being gay. But it was Berger who got the boot. Because Kargo denies any wrongdoing, a Manhattan federal court judge will decide whether or not to uphold the arbitration.

A 6-year-old Iraqi Christian girl who was kidnapped by the Islamic State was reunited with her family. In 2014, Christina Ezzo Abada was snatched away from her mother while they were trying to escape the city of Qaraqosh. Her family spent nearly three years trying to track her down, and Iraqi security forces recently rescued her from a neighborhood in Mosul. Her mother, Aidah Nuh, told Reuters: “The best day of my life is the day when Christina came back.”

An Uber board member swiftly stepped down from his position after he made a sexist joke about women talking too much—during a company-wide meeting to address numerous instances of alleged sexual harassment at Uber. The remark came after board member Arianna Huffington noted there is “a lot of data” showing that once one woman is added to a corporate board, more women are likely to follow. “Actually, what it shows is that it’s much more likely to be more talking,” fellow board member David Bonderman said. After audio of the meeting was leaked to Yahoo, Bonderman apologized and resigned. It was the latest in a string of damaging incidents involving top employees at Uber, who may or may not be letting off steam in the company lactation room.

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