CAN WOMEN SAVE THE WORLD?
“A woman’s wisdom comes from the great juggle of her life. Until recently, that kind of wisdom was banished to folkways or deprecated as secondary. But as women step into their new roles, the value of that wisdom is beginning to emerge in unexpected ways.”
So writes Tina Brown, founder of Women in the World, in a new op-ed for the New York Times on how leaders like Jacinda Ardern, Nancy Pelosi, and Stacey Abrams are offering an alternative to masculine mayhem.
Brown will lead next week’s 10th annual Women in the World Summit in New York City, welcoming Oprah Winfrey, Brie Larson, Stacey Abrams, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Bryan Cranston, and many, many more. Only a few seats remain, so get yours today.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH
New York’s fearless Attorney General Letitia James just filed the most comprehensive lawsuit in American history against the big-money drug manufacturers behind the opioid crisis.
The state’s first woman A.G. saved space in her announcement to directly call out the billionaire Sackler family, saying they profited off the suffering [and] death of New Yorkers” by continuing to aggressively market OxyContin — even as 130 Americans die each day from overdosing on opioids.
James was surely buoyed by last week’s news from Oklahoma, where the Sacklers agreed to pay $270 million to settle a lawsuit — and avoid a televised trial — over their role in the opioid crisis. At last year’s Women in the World Summit, Janis McGrory shared just how powerless opioid addiction leaves parents, telling a hushed audience: “My only option to save my daughter was to throw her in jail.”
THANK YOU, NEXT
After a rival publication suggested Britain’s Guardian newspaper had been overly “feminized” by its first female editor-in-chief, they received an unexpected letter from that very same editor.
“I wonder what he means by “feminized?” Katherine Viner, the only woman currently helming a major British newspaper, wrote to the New Statesman. She then went on to wonder: If he means forcing a cabinet minister to resign, delivering record numbers of readers, exposing the Cambridge Analytica scandal, being nominated for an Oscar, and breaking even financially for the first time since the 1990s, “then perhaps being ‘feminized’ isn’t so bad?”
The Western media implied this week that things were looking up for three Saudi women’s rights activists after they were freed from prison. The truth is much less rosy.
The women have only been freed temporarily, and worse, their trial has brought to light disturbing new claims of torture and abuse. Plus, news outlets have received leaked medical reports from the prison that describe “malnutrition, cuts, bruises, and burns” on the bodies of the women still awaiting trial.
Saudi activist Manal Al-Sharif knows this oppression all too well. She defied the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia in 2011, and has been forced to live in exile ever since. Al-Sharif will appear at next week’s Women in the World Summit to discuss “Saudi’s War on Women” along with filmmaker and journalist Safa Al-Ahmad.
BERNIE (AND BETO, AND BUTTIGIEG) BROS
Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign is fretting over finances after the senator made a “no big donors” pledge — and then came up short on small donations.
One can’t help but feel that the bros are flexing their financial muscle yet again. While Bernie and Beto bragged about receiving $6 million each in their first 24 hours as candidates, Warren took in about $300,000 after she announced.
That wasn’t the senator’s only headache. After her finance director quit, she had to listen to the news that Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of a small Indiana city, had also joined the multi-million-dollar men’s club, raising $7 million in grassroots donations before even confirming his candidacy.
IN THE NEWS
An unsavory cadre of far-right politicians, anti-abortion activists, and Putin-affiliated Russian power brokers gathered in Italy for a conference with a mission to roll back women’s rights.
Senators Susan Collins and Dianne Feinstein have put forward a bill to create a Smithsonian Women’s History Museum.
“I f***ing better!” was the unequivocal response from Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus when asked whether she’ll see a female president in her lifetime.