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Anna Wintour at the 2019 Women in the World Summit.
Anna Wintour at the 2019 Women in the World Summit.

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The Week in Women: Which woman did Oprah, Hillary and Anna Wintour all laud at Women in the World?

By on April 16, 2019

POINT OF HOPE
The arresting image of 22-year-old Alaa Salah leading Sudanese protestors in song with her finger pointed to the heavens has come to symbolize the women-led revolution credited with ousting dictator Omar al-Bashir.

Women in particular bore the brunt of al-Bashir’s three-decade reign of terror. In Sudan, a third of girls are married off before their 18th birthday, male guardianship laws are strictly enforced, and the country has some of the highest FGM rates on the planet.

CNN International Correspondent Nima Elbagir received news of al-Bashir’s expulsion minutes before walking on stage at last week’s Women in the World Summit. The Sudanese journalist quickly booked the next flight home and shared her reaction in real time with the rapt Lincoln Center audience: watch it here.

PARENT TRAP
Delivering a battle report from the front lines of the feminist movement on the summit’s second day, journalist and author Rebecca Traister said that Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation felt like “a bucket of cold water” had been poured on the energy generated by the #MeToo movement.

In her newest essay, Traister highlights how the current crop of female presidential candidates have been constantly asked to defend their approach to motherhood, while fathers like Beto O’Rourke get to leave their spouses behind in favor of a soul-searching road trip with zero accountability.

Traister’s essay echoes the question raised by former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi at the Women in the World Summit: How do we reach a place where women aren’t undermined by their relationships to their home lives?

CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
The European Union has finally called out Google and Facebook for profiting from journalists’ work without compensation.

Under new legislation announced yesterday, tech giants must now make deals with publishers to share their work, and will face far harsher punishments for ignoring copyright laws.

At last week’s summit, Rappler Founder and Executive Editor Maria Ressa called for similar legislation to prevent Facebook from becoming an information “war zone.” But there is one person whose content-sharing habits we can get behind: Ressa’s co-panelist Barkha Dutt, who delighted the audience by explaining how she fights men who send her TMI photos: She posts them on Twitter, along with the guys’ phone numbers.

THE HEROES’ HERO
Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and Anna Wintour all used their Women in the World Summit appearances to celebrate the leadership of one woman in particular: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Clinton hailed Ardern’s response to the Christchurch shootings as being “as strong a signal as we could get that, given the chance, many women will govern and lead differently.” Oprah went even further, telling the opening night crowd she had “never seen such leadership.” See all their comments here.

STEP UP OR STEP ASIDE
Freshman congresswoman Katie Porter became a new Democratic star last week, ripping JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon a new one with her forensic itemization of what it costs a single mother earning minimum wage to actually live a life.

“I appreciate your desire to be helpful,” Porter said after Dimon’s weak response, “but what I’d like you to do is provide a way for families to make ends meet.”

IN THE NEWS
It’s a cover-up! The last British newspaper to still show a topless woman behind its front page says it will cease the objectifying tradition.

South Korea has legalized abortion, overturning a 66-year-old law that made it punishable by up to two years in prison.

A new study has found that smoking marijuana might make one particular activity more pleasurable for women…

“I call myself Kamala.” Presidential candidate Kamala Harris had no time for a question about whether she calls herself an “Obama Democrat.”

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