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Teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg demonstrates with students against global warming at a Fridays for Future demonstration on March 01, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany. (Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg demonstrates with students against global warming at a Fridays for Future demonstration on March 01, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany. (Adam Berry/Getty Images)


The Week in Women: This fearless teen was just nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize

By on March 14, 2019

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate change activist, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. The honor is well-timed — tomorrow, student-led “school strikes” inspired by her activism are expected to take place in over a hundred countries.

Thunberg started the Youth Strike for Climate movement when she began a solo protest outside the Swedish Parliament last summer. Since then, other students across Europe have staged mass walkouts, and Thunberg earned an invitation to the World Economic Forum in Davos, where she famously told the audience: “Our house is on fire… I want you to panic.”

Time for an announcement: The newest speaker at the 2019 Women in the World Summit is Priyanka Chopra. The activist, actress, entrepreneur, and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador joins Brie Larson, Stacey Abrams, Anna Wintour and Oprah Winfrey on the incredible lineup. See them all at the 10th Annual Summit in New York, April 10-12. Secure your seat before they’re gone.

As media outlets scramble to tell us every detail of actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman’s alleged involvement in a college admissions bribery ring, the men implicated in the same case appear to be facing far less public scrutiny.

Bill McGlashan is a Silicon Valley investor who travels the world lecturing on ethics and social responsibility. Despite his busy schedule, prosecutors say, McGlashan found time to pay $300,000 to get his child into an elite school — 20 times what Huffman is said to have paid.

Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte has always been a misogynist, but he outdid himself at a recent event intended to honor women in law enforcement.

His remarks, which he said he hoped would bring his female critics “to the limits of despair,” included multiple references to the women in the audience as “crazy.” Duterte later defended himself as someone who “loves women.” His proof? “I have two wives.”

On International Women’s Day, protestors marched against him in Manila, chanting “Tama Na, Sulong Kababaihan!” (Enough, Onward Women!) Read more about their resistance at Rappler (and see that publication’s Executive Editor and CEO Maria Ressa at the Women in the World Summit.)

Elizabeth Warren and Nancy Pelosi have dominated the political headlines this week.

While Warren was disagreeing with her old sparring partner Joe Biden (and receiving the unlikely backing of Ted Cruz for her ambitious plan to combat big tech) Nancy Pelosi was busy converting Mike Pence’s existing office into additional space for her own team.

When Pelosi was asked late yesterday about new charges against Trump associate Paul Manafort, she responded: “Don’t ruin my day,” then added she was focused on “happy things” and staying out of the “slime.”

But a woman will get there first. This week, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced that a woman is likely to be the first human being to walk on Mars.

During a New York City radio appearance, Bridenstine delivered further good news: the next time Americans land on the moon, a woman will be among the astronauts walking on its surface.

Two stars of the World Cup-winning U.S. Women’s Soccer Team have announced their engagement. Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris will marry in Florida following this years’ competition.

Black actresses are calling out Hollywood studios for consistently supplying them with hairstylists who have no idea how to do their hair.

A new app can scan any page of a history textbook and replace the male figures with an inspirational woman from the same period.

Meghan Markle has been credited with “moving the dial” for the royal family after her International Women’s Day remarks addressed menstruation, feminism, and how men must support the movement.

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