In the wake of a difficult day on Capitol Hill, we’ve devoted this week’s newsletter to bold and brave statements. Let’s take a look back:
During a live broadcast that riveted the nation, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford appeared on Capitol Hill Thursday to testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, whom Ford claims sexually assaulted her decades ago. Kavanaugh later mounted an emphatic self-defense. Hundreds of people gathered outside the Dirksen Senate Office Building to protest Kavanaugh’s nomination, and some were seen crying during the more emotional parts of Ford’s testimony. “I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified,” she said during her opening statement, before recounting what she remembered about the alleged assault. “I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me.”
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern made her debut speech at the United Nations this week, and her 3-month-old daughter Neve was there to see it. Ardern is breastfeeding, and she said that bringing her baby on a six-day international trip was a “very practical decision.” Ardern’s partner, Clarke Gayford, held little Neve during her mom’s speech, and also tweeted a photo of the special I.D. that U.N. staff made for the teeny politician. Neve’s first order of business? Cookies and juice for all delegates.
Cool as hell nuns who grow marijuana on a ranch in northern California dished out some political wisdom during an interview with ABC News. Example? “We do need men,” one Sister Kate said. “We just want the women to own the businesses and hold all the offices in town. That’s all.” They grow a strain of medical marijuana that does not contain THC, but when it comes to them smoking some ganja themselves, the sisters are partial to types of pot that will get you high. The nuns are not actually affiliated with an established religion or church (obviously), but they wear habits, take regular prayer breaks, and say grace before eating — presumably several times a day, because munchies.
Meghan Markle closed a car door. The Duchess of Cambridge made her first official solo outing on Tuesday at Royal Academy of Arts, and caused a kerfuffle when she shut the door of the car that had taken her to the engagement. Typically, a member of the royal security detail takes up this sacred deed, prompting much speculation about whether Markle was subtly communicating her intentions to bring the British monarchy into the 21st century, or whether she was in fact just closing a door. Don’t know about you, but we are shooketh.
Previously in The Week in Women