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The Week in Women: Behind His Generosity – Your Say on Title IX – France’s Misogynist Gawker

YOUTH WAVE
Thousands of teenage girls across Europe have staged school walk-outs to protest their countries’ lack of action on climate change, with the movement coming to U.S. schools on March 15th.

The trailblazing young women behind the actions in Belgium, Germany and Sweden say they were inspired by 16-year old Greta Thunberg, whose solo protest outside the Swedish Parliament garnered international attention.

On stage at the Davos Summit last month (after a 32-hour train ride), Thunberg told attendees: “I want you to panic.”

EVERYBODY KNOWS (NOW)
Rock superstar Ryan Adams has received acclaim in recent years for his support and mentorship of young female musicians, frequently taking them on tour with him and sharing their music on social media.

But in a new exposé published Wednesday night, a number of those women alleged that his attention came with strings attached.

Along with Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore, the accusers include a musician who wrote to Adams as a fan when she was a teenager. Soon, Adams was requesting naked photos, giving pet names to her body parts, and reportedly even compared himself to alleged child abuser R. Kelly.

Ryan Adams performs on September 14, 2014 in London, England. (Paul Thomas/Getty Images for Jaguar Land Rover)

GOOD RIDDANCE
When a Facebook group mocking female journalists with rape jokes and photoshopped pornographic images emerged in France, it was assumed that online trolls were behind the sick page.

The country has since been rocked by the truth: that the group was founded by well-known male journalists, who often sat in the same offices as the women they were attacking. Many have been fired since.

LET HER KNOW
If you’re equally concerned that Betsy Devos’ plans to reform Title IX include giving those accused of campus sexual assault the right to cross-examine their accuser, you now have 24 hours this Friday to tell her about it.

Because of a website glitch during the public comment window last month, the portal is being re-opened for one more day this Friday.

Bookmark this link to ensure your voice is heard is tomorrow.

HER RED LINES
Afghanistan’s first female ambassador to Washington has made it clear that the ongoing U.S.-Taliban peace talks must make protecting women’s rights a cornerstone of any agreement.

Afghan women are reportedly concerned a U.S. withdrawal could usher in a return to gender norms they’ve fought hard to move past. In the face of those concerns, Ambassador Rahmani’s new comments will be a clear and welcome clarion call:

“The women and the youth are the majority, and they are not willing to give up or compromise their human rights.”

IS THIS A JOKE?
A new prank show from comedian Jena Friedman ingeniously subverts the tired Bro-y format we’re all so used to.

In Friedman’s Soft Focus, the pranks involve putting men in situations women are subjected to daily, from indecent exposure to emotional gaslighting.

On top of being hilarious viewing, Friedman’s show makes a powerful point: that the lack of control that comes with being a woman in a sexist society isn’t all that different from being a powerless prank victim.

WE’RE ALSO READING
Dana Marlowe is the ‘accidental bra fairy’ who sent essential hygiene products to female federal workers during the government shutdown.

Before her Grammys sweep on Sunday, Kacey Musgraves was known for being the woman country radio wouldn’t play because of her progressive, defiant lyrics. With a new single out this week, Rolling Stone asks: will her awards change anything?

‘I Know That Face.’ Before she became the Democrat’s star, Nancy Pelosi raised five children, something former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers argues prepared her well for dealing with Donald Trump. This week, one of her daughters spoke to the Washington Post about the similarities between Pelosi’s parenting and governing style.

The March issue of Out magazine is the first-ever issue dedicated exclusively to women. Guest edited by television star and activist Janet Mock, the issue’s theme extended far beyond the subjects to include the stylists, photographers and writers too.

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The Week in Women: (First) Ladies’ Night – Man-Repelling Apartments – Dubai’s Silenced Princess

The Week in Women: Tiffany Trump’s Resistance – The Pope Confesses – A Victim Flips The Script

The Week in Women: A Miscarriage From Overwork – Ariana’s Equality Pledge – France’s #MeToo Progress

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