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A pro-choice activist holds a sign as she counter-protests in front of the the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2018 March for Life January 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
A pro-choice activist holds a sign as she counter-protests in front of the the U.S. Supreme Court during the 2018 March for Life January 19, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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The Week in Women: Venezuela’s Lost Women – Hollywood’s Divorce Doctor – Roe v. Wade Protected

By on January 24, 2019

THE DAMAGE IS DONE
Politicians and pundits may have spent last night cheering the apparent end of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, but really there’s nothing to celebrate. Whether or not Maduro accepts his ouster (and it looks unlikely) millions of women have been already displaced by a 10-year economic nosedive that’s seen the country with the largest oil reserves in the world become the planet’s murder capital, its maternal mortality rates double year to year, and 40 percent of its doctors flee as a starvation crisis worsened by the day. Two of the doctors who stayed behind, Astrid Cantor and Federica Davila, flew to our Women in the World summit last year to share how it feels to see your own people dying every day. Watch their talk here for the true and clear story behind the dizzying headlines.

HOT DOC
An explosive new Nightline documentary from ABC on the rise and fall of health-tech company Theranos features the unearthed deposition tapes of baritone fraudster Elizabeth Holmes, whose company achieved a $10 billion valuation before it crumbled when a journalist revealed the entire thing to be a snake oil operation.

PROTECTED
On Roe v. Wade’s 46th anniversary (to the day) New York legislators passed a bill that guarantees abortion access to women even if the Supreme Court reverses the 1973 decision.

NEWS TO KNOW
Hannah Beachler is the first African-American Oscar nominee for production design. Tuesday’s nod comes for her work on Black Panther, but you’ve been watching Beachler’s work for years — she crafted the look and feel of Creed, Moonlight, Fruitvale Station, and Beyoncé’s influential Lemonade.

Afghan women fear the Taliban’s current peace talks with the United States could result in increased power for the organization – and a rolling back of the women’s rights victories they’ve achieved in recent years.

Journalist Rebecca Traister used her long overdue appearance on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show to tell the must-hear story of Mum Bett, the first female slave to successfully sue for freedom in 1781.

FISCAL FEMALES
Gita Gopinath might only be three weeks into her new job as the International Monetary Fund’s Chief Economist, but she’s already one of the stars of Davos 2019, with the BBC and Bloomberg chasing her around the summit for her take on the global financial situation. Gopinath’s hiring in December created a holy trinity of women in Chief Economist roles at the world’s most influential economic agencies — and let’s not forget that the IMF’s Managing Director (and the woman who appointed Gopinath) is France’s most formidable femme, Christine Lagarde.

THE DIVORCE DOCTOR
Superstar Attorney Laura Wasser brokered the Brangelina split and counts Johnny Depp, Britney Spears and Ashton Kutcher among her clients. On the newest episode of the TBD Podcast, Wasser tells Tina Brown how few couples actually read their prenups, how often sex comes up in her work, and just how she ended up in this position.

DESPICABLE
Two French policemen from the country’s most elite unite are in court this month, charged with raping a tourist at the unit’s headquarters at 36 Quai des Orfèvres (a famous address frequently referenced in French heist films and crime novels.)

DOWNTIME
We’re now used to finding love through our phones, but could the next step be falling in love with our devices themselves? Academics and futurists claim that ‘digisexual’ is an emerging sexual identity — an idea that compelled one New York Times reporter to deliver this half brilliant, half bonkers investigation into whether our era’s rapid advances in artificial intelligence will collide with our expanding conception of sexual identity to form something unprecedented.

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