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The Week in Women: How Did 60 Minutes Leave These Women Out of Their Tech Gender Gap Report?

Reshma Saujani speaks about challenging gender stereotypes during Advertising Week New York on September 26, 2016. (Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Advertising Week New York)

SHEWHEELING
The organizers of a cycling race in Belgium shifted into crisis mode this weekend when a rider from the women’s race caught upwith the men’s competition.

The whole event had to be paused when Nicole Hanselmann, whose race began ten minutes after the men set off, pedaled right up onto the heels of the men’s pack.

While the organizers attributed the circumstances to a “very slow men’s race,” we’re inclined to attribute Hanselmann’s burst of speed to exactly what she hashtagged on Instagram after the event: #WomenPower.

WHAT GIVES, CBS?
Reshma Saujani, the CEO and Founder of Girls Who Code, is right to question why CBS declined to include women’s organizations in their 60 Minutes feature, “Closing the Gender Gap in the Tech Industry.”

In her must-read letter, Saujani shares that producers from the show contacted her to ask about her company’s research findings. But when the segment aired, Saujani claims, the show “used Girls Who Code’s own research without attribution,” while neither her organization, nor Black Girls Code, nor the National Center for Women and Information Technology, were even mentioned. Instead, the feature focused on Code.org’s male CEO Hadi Partovi, depicting him as a champion of women — even though his organization educates more male students than female.

FIRST FELLAS

With four women among the favorites to win the Democratic 2020 nomination, the odds are increasing that America will have its first ever ‘First Gentleman.’

One of the responsibilities of that position? Decorating 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Presumably, a Warren White House would have dog-friendly furnishings: the senator’s husband, Bruce, has been sending her photo updates of their puppy while she’s been on the trail. Kamala’s husband, Douglas, is an avowed Nirvana fan, meaning Barron’s room may only need minor adjustments from its current tween spirit.

A Gillibrand White House, meanwhile, may require more smoke alarms. Jonathan Gillibrand would be first Brit to take over the White House since his countrymen burned the place down in 1814.

UNSHACKLED
On the newest episode of The TBD Podcast, Tina Brown talks to formerly incarcerated Topeka Sam about the systemic discrimination women face in America’s prisons. They also discuss why Sam founded Hope House, a re-entry home for formerly incarcerated women, and her strange day in the Oval Office for the signing of the First Step Act, the most significant legislation to improve the criminal justice system in decades:

“I wanted to be angry,” Sam says. “Next thing I know I’m standing right by [President Trump’s] desk. Vice President Pence is on my right. And I’m like, okay, you know, breathing. Telling myself these people are evil, they don’t care about us. But in that room I didn’t feel any of that. I felt this was their way of taking a step, a first step in acknowledging that we have a problem.”

Listen to the episode by clicking here, or find it in your podcasts app.

WHEELS UP
To celebrate International Women’s Day this Friday, Ethiopian Airlines is operating an all-women flight from Addis Ababa to Oslo.

That means more than just a female pilot and crew — everyone from air traffic control to baggage handlers to the person who waves those little cones on the runway will be a woman.

The news follows Ethiopia’s announcement of a fully gender-balanced cabinet in October.

SWEET REVENGE
In 2014, Estonia’s then-Financial Minister (now Minister of Foreign Affairs) Jürgen Ligi wasn’t interested in what fellow politician Kaja Kallas had to say, quipping that “her beautiful eyes have usually been above her closed mouth.”

Perhaps Ligi will be motivated to pay attention now that she’s his boss — Kallas was just elected Prime Minister (providing she can form a coalition government, which looks likely.)

THERE’S MORE
Britain has launched a global “period poverty” fund to help all women have access to sanitary products by 2050. The mission is starting at home: women will be able to access free tampons at all of England’s hospitals starting this summer.

More than ever, in our stranger-than-fiction news cycle, fiction remains a glorious escape: take your pick from the freshly announced Women’s Prize for Fiction long-list.

Moving on, but not out. The cost of rent is so high in San Francisco that women who split from their partners are increasingly forced to continue living with them.

Brie Larson wants her starring role in Marvel Comics’ first woman-led film to be seen as a meditation on intersectional feminism and female strength. You can hear more from the superhero in person at our 2019 Summit. Click here for more information, and here to secure your seat!

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