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The Week in Women: What Meghan Markle Pregnancy Decision Caused a Tabloid Hissy Fit?

Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, exits a hotel in New York City on February 19, 2019. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

MAKING HER MARK
Duchess Meghan Markle’s decision not to be photographed immediately after giving birth has incensed the British media — and earned her plaudits for once again modernizing the Monarchy.

Comparing Markle to Princess Diana, Women in the World Founder Tina Brown stopped by CBS This Morning to defend the defiant Duchess, who must contend not only with the insatiable press, but also the “awful, gossiping, feuding, snaky, vipering, hissing courtiers” that comprise the rival Palace camps.

The impending birth of Baby Sussex — expected any day now — has spawned an unsavory army of “Meghan Markle Truthers,” an online community convinced that the baby doesn’t exist. If that’s the case, Serena Williams is going to be upset — the tennis star recently co-hosted a baby shower for her royal friend, a lavish event she said “took a lot of effort.”

“JUSTICE IS NOT INEVITABLE”
Amal Clooney and Angelina Jolie have spoken out forcefully against the Trump administration’s despicable refusal to sign a U.N. declaration that could have helped women raped in conflict access abortion services.

“You owe it to the thousands of women and girls who must watch ISIS members shave off their beards and go back to their normal lives while they, the victims, never can.” Clooney said, calling this a “Nuremberg moment.”

A watered-down version of the resolution was eventually signed after the U.N. removed the reproductive health references to appease the U.S. With Women in the World speaker Nadia Murad at her side, Clooney admonished the U.S. in the packed United Nations hall, reminding them: “Justice is not inevitable.”

GRETA’S POWER SOURCE
“10 years, 252 days and 10 hours away from now, we will be in a position where we set off an irreversible chain reaction beyond human control that will most likely lead to the end of our civilization as we know it.”

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg held Britain’s Parliament in hushed silence this week as she lambasted the room full of aged policymakers, telling them: “You did not act in time.”

And after a media company backed by the climate-denying Koch Brothers mocked Thunberg’s autism, the teenage firebrand shot back that it’s precisely her autism that helps her see what everyone else is blind to, telling the camera: “Many in the school strike movement are on the spectrum.”

A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND?
For decades, female employees at the parent company of some of America’s best known jewelry chains allegedly faced sexual threats, assault, unequal pay and daily harassment.

In 2008, thousands of these women filed a lawsuit — at one point, the claimant list had 70,000 names — describing hot tub orgies, sexual attacks at company meetings, and a grotesque assertion by one corporate VP who said it was “better to hire female employees because the company did not have to pay them as much.”

A new investigation questions why — and how — “the company that sells love to America” has stalled this lawsuit without resolution for over a decade.

FREE TO SPEAK OUT
“CBS has a white problem.” The network’s former executive Whitney Davis has written a blistering open letter in Variety about what she says is a broken culture inside CBS. Davis shares how a “toxic work environment,” systemic racism and the rushed handling of the investigation into Les Moonves’s sexual abuses caused her to quit after a successful decade and a half working there.

“Did you know that there’s not one black creative executive working at CBS Television Network?” Davis asks, adding that of the company’s 36 creative directors, only three are women of color, and none of them black.

WE’RE ALSO TRACKING
NBA Basketball Coach Luke Walton has been accused of sexual assault by a reporter who says he pinned her down in a hotel room and laughed when she resisted.

TIME 100 honoree Jane Goodall wants to “fly all the climate change deniers to Antarctica and drop them in a melting glacier.”

“Conventionally attractive women” are considered untrustworthy in business, according to a new study that dubbed the phenomenon the “femme fatale effect.”

One journalist watched 21 Marvel movies in quick succession — and discovered a “decade of progress” in their portrayal of women on screen.

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