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Presumptive Speaker, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and President Donald Trump argue before a meeting at the White House December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Presumptive Speaker, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and President Donald Trump argue before a meeting at the White House December 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Week in Women: Pelosi Soars – A Surprise from Kavanaugh – Professional Ghosting

By on December 13, 2018

PLANNED PARENTHOOD PROTECTED

The Supreme Court declined to hear a case seeking to remove Planned Parenthood and other essential women’s health organizations from the Medicaid program. While three of the court’s conservative judges voted to sit for the case, the result was decided by an unexpected ‘No’ vote from one Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

RBG WATCH

Having broken three ribs in a fall last month, Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the three words (“I’m feeling fine”) we all wanted to hear this week at a screening of ‘On the Basis of Sex’, the new film about her life. Felicity Jones, the actress who plays Ginsburg, delighted the media when she revealed that she “knew Ginsburg was a human being” after observing her “eyes light up when she met Armie Hammer.” Tina Brown will be in conversation with Jones about the film at a screening in Manhattan next week.

THE NOTORIOUS NANCY P?

After taking charge of a fractious Oval Office meeting this week in which she repeatedly put President Trump in his place before calling his wall obsession a “manhood thing,” Nancy Pelosi is giving RBG some competition in the liberal adulation stakes. Whatever reputation Pelosi might have had for being ‘yesterday’s news’ has completely evaporated: she was on every one of yesterday’s front pages, and last night seemed to have reached a deal to achieve the final votes she needs for confirmation in January.

IN THE NEWS

Female scientists were the recipients of the Nobel Prizes for both Physics and Chemistry for the first time ever. One of the women quoted Cyndi Lauper in her victory speech.

“Rachael Denhollander, I am in awe of you.” Watch Christine Blasey Ford pay tribute to the athlete who first exposed Larry Nasser.

Ariana Grande made even more music history, scoring the biggest-ever streaming week for a female artist with nearly 100 million plays of a single song in seven days.

Maya Merhi, the disabled 8-year-old Syrian girl who went viral after images of her walking with tin cans attached to her waist were shared online has been given a new pair of top of the range prosthetic legs.

As Qatar’s film industry grows, women are directing more and more of its films — and bossing the country’s awards ceremonies. A number of their works are focused on women’s narratives, which can only be a positive development for the socially conservative country.

CLIMATE CHAMPIONS

The historic U.N. Climate Change Conference in Poland has taken a moment to recognize international women’s efforts. Recipients include an app for neighborly food sharing, a wildly successful female-led initiative to encourage biking in Syria, and a Haitian company seeking to increase energy access for women in rural areas.

TRULY BEAUTIFUL

Police in Holland aren’t allowed to make an arrest during a prayer service. So one church, in an operation led by rotating female pastors, has ensured that their service hasn’t stopped for six weeks. It’s so that refugees from Armenia – who believe they face certain danger if deported — can stay in the country. The church is also providing psychological help and teaching for their children inside.

DOWNTIME

Professional Ghosting. It’s America’s newest corporate trend, and refers to workers leaving their jobs without telling a single soul at their company. Analysts blame a healthy economy and unhealthy social skills.

The Atlantic has released their 40 Photos of 2018, which include Ilhar Oman, Serena Williams, and images from the Kavanaugh protests alongside stunning natural photography. Scrolling through is a wild ride — you won’t believe it all happened in the last 12 months.

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