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The Week in Women: Which two superstars ran point on Meghan Markle’s baby shower?

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during a visit to The National Theatre on January 30, 2019 in London, England.(Photo by Jon Bond - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

MODEL BEHAVIOR
Two British models and activists have engaged in a bitter fight over the late Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy.

When Jameela Jamil described Lagerfeld on Twitter as a “ruthless, fat-phobic misogynist” who should never be hailed as an inspiration, Cara Delevingne held nothing back in a since-deleted comment on the post, telling Jamil to: “Have some respect…you don’t know the man so keep your opinions to yourself and stop bashing people for attention.”

Wherever you fall, don’t expect these two to be sharing a cover anytime soon.

BRINGING UP BABY
Senator Elizabeth Warren has introduced a heroic new bill to revolutionize America’s broken childcare industry.

The Universal Child Care Act, if passed, would establish free, high-quality care centers across the country for families living at or just above the poverty line.

Warren has spoken at length about the challenges she faced trying to balance law school and working as a teacher with raising her two children. The introduction of this motion, while by no means a done deal, is a positive sign that family issues will be central to this year’s Democratic Primary debates.

NEANDERTHAL
Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro has announced that school textbooks will no longer include references to feminist history or the LGBTQ community.

During the campaign trail Bolsonaro promised to “enter the Education Ministry with a flamethrower.” With those move, he’s done just that.

According to human rights experts, an average of four women have been killed every day in Brazil since the start of the new year. Bolsonaro’s response? He’s also clearing out any mention of violence against women from the national curriculum.

CAUSE CÉLÈBRE
French President Emmanuel Macron has assembled a super squad of 35 gender equality advocates in Paris, where as chair of this year’s G7 he’s made gender equality his chief cause.

Many friends of Women in the World, including actress Emma Watson and Nobel Laureates Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, accepted Macron’s invitation to address a G7 advisory committee on improving access to education, fighting domestic violence, and helping women start businesses.

One expert who wasn’t present? Human rights lawyer Nasrin Soutoudeh, who has been imprisoned in Iran since mid-2018. The assembly left a seat vacant at the meeting in her honor.

SPEAKING OF SQUADS …
Amal Clooney and Serena Williams spent yesterday in a $75,000 a night New York City hotel room hosting Meghan Markle’s baby shower, where they were joined by Gayle King, and the Duchess’ former co-star on Suits Abigail Spencer.

As if that wasn’t epic enough, America’s own ‘royalty’ also spent their Wednesday celebrating Meghan. Accepting their Brit Award for International Artist last night, Queen Bey and Jay-Z appeared via video in front of a portrait of Markle, turning to face her image deferentially after making their speech.

IN OTHER NEWS
In a discussion about the #MeToo movement — something she very much welcomes — Dolly Parton revealed she “never slept with anyone unless she wanted to”, and would draw on her “great personality and sense of humor to joke my way out if I had to.” If they still wouldn’t stop? “I have a temper.” Parton responded. “I could get out of it.”

Sister Act. First Daughters Chelsea Clinton and Jenna Bush Hager rushed to Malia Obama’s defense after tabloids uncovered her personal Facebook account, which included photos of her drinking and insulting the President.

Emma Thompson is refusing to work with John Lasseter, the ousted Pixar chief who admitted to sexual misconduct. Thompson gracefully exited the set of her newest film as soon as Lasseter unexpectedly showed up as part of the production team.

The leather jacket flex is here. Fortune has called it the “new power blazer” for women, noting the item has recently been worn by the female chief executives of Nasdaq, General Motors, IBM and Facebook.

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