The Week in Women: Allegations against James Franco pile up, the 1st female Army general dies, and … Oprah!

Oprah Winfrey. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)

The Golden Globes have come and gone, but we’re still not ready to let go of that moment when Frances McDormand got bleeped for saying “tectonic shift.” So this week’s newsletter is devoted to the famous — and the infamous. Let’s take a look back, shall we?

Five women have accused James Franco of sexual misconduct. The women described a range of unsettling and exploitative behavior, which includes Franco allegedly devising improvised nude scenes for female extras and, in another case, forcibly pushing a former girlfriend’s head into his lap. Let us also remind you of that time back in 2014, when Franco was outed for trying to hook up with a 17-year-old girl. Because it seems like members of the Hollywood Foreign Press forgot about that incident when they gave Franco a Golden Globe on Sunday.

Oprah gave an impassioned speech at the Golden Globes, and everybody loved it, including Ivanka Trump, who tweeted about it. “Just saw @Oprah’s empowering & inspiring speech at last night’s #GoldenGlobes. Let’s all come together, women & men, & say #TIMESUP!” wrote Ivanka, the daughter and ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, who has been accused by more than a dozen women of sexual harassment and assault. Way to read the room, Ivanka. Way to read the room.

Anna Mae Hays, who became the first female general in the U.S. Army, died this week at the age of 97. Hays enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and began her career helping doctors amputate gangrenous limbs at a military base in the jungle near Assam, India. She served in Korea and Vietnam, and in 1970, was named a brigadier general. In 2013, Hays said that she hoped to be remembered not only “as the first woman general, but as a very honest person, as a kind individual who did her best — and succeeded.”

Pope Francis reiterated, for the fifth time, that mothers should feel free to breastfeed in the Sistine Chapel. “If they start performing a concert [by crying], or if they are uncomfortable or too warm or don’t feel at ease or are hungry … breastfeed them, don’t be afraid, feed them, because this too is the language of love,” the pontiff said during a yearly baptism event for the children of employees of the Vatican and the diocese of Rome. He’s made similar comments in the past, which is great, because women continue to get a lot of flak for breastfeeding in public. Besides, if there is any place to get prudish about the human body, the Sistine Chapel isn’t it.

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