The Week in Women: All manner of problem-solvers — solicited or otherwise

(Jason Henry/The New York Times)

Sure, there are a lot of issues and problems in this world, but things aren’t all bad. This week’s news cycle featured a host of problem-solvers who stepped up to the plate with solutions and advice, solicited or otherwise. Let’s take a look back, shall we?

Anthony “They’ll all be fired by me” Scaramucci had some helpful pointers for White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “Sarah, if you’re watching,” he said during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, “I loved the hair and makeup person we had on Friday, so I’d like to continue to use the hair and makeup person.” Scaramucci was swiftly criticized online for seeming to imply that Sanders’ performance would be improved by a hair iron and a smoky eye. And Scaramucci backtracked, writing on Twitter that he “was referring to my hair and make up and the fact that I like the make up artist.” Sure, but assuming that the female press secretary coordinates the White House makeup team is also a rather egregious offense.

GoDaddy, the internet company once known for making sexist commercials that were offensive in a million ways, is now gaining recognition as one of the best workplaces for women in the tech industry. How could it be, you ask? Under new leadership, GoDaddy has committed to hiring more women, and to making systemic changes to the way it conducts its performance reviews. For instance, because female employees are often the primary parent in their home, the company’s assessments have shifted focus from how quickly a person responds to messages when they are out of office. Well done, GoDaddy! We’re getting close to forgetting that this ever happened.

Rania Kisar, an American-Syrian woman, has founded a tech school for adults in a rebel-held enclave of Syria. The Syrian Humanitarian Institute for National Empowerment (SHINE) offers classes in computers, web design, and programming. Thus far, the school has graduated 237 students — Kisar calls them a “geek squad” — who are often called upon to fix their neighbors’ cellphones and computers. It’s a vital service in a region where there are no phone lines and most communication takes place through patchy internet. “There are no private institutes, no universities, there are no hospitals,” Kisar explained. “It is us, a bunch of locals, volunteers, stepping forward … This is my part. This is my honor.”

One Republican congressman knows just who is to blame for the Senate’s rejection of the Obamacare repeal proposal. “Some of the people that are opposed to this … are some female senators from the Northeast,” U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold said during an interview with a Texas radio station. And to be fair, he has a point. Republican senators Shelley Moore Capito, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski publicly said that they would not support the repeal of Obamacare—not because they all have a uterus, but because the Republican Party had not put forth a viable replacement. Farenthold also had a solution for any male senators who stand in the way of the repeal. “I might ask him to step outside and settle this Aaron Burr-style,” he said, apparently referring to the 1804 duel that killed Alexander Hamilton?? Welcome to 21st century America, folks.

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