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Cardi B attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
Cardi B attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Dia Dipasupil/FilmMagic)


The Week in Women: Which show-stopping Met Gala gown took its inspiration from feminism?

By on May 7, 2019

Prince Harry had just ten words yesterday when asked how it felt to be a father: “How any woman does what they do is beyond comprehension.”

Those ten words apply to women everywhere, but the Prince’s decision to use the iconic first interview to put the spotlight firmly back on his wife was historic. From that point on, however, the interview veered more towards the surreal: The New York Times observed that the Prince appeared “so addled with happiness and sleep deprivation he appeared to thank the horses.

Appearing on CBS News this morning to celebrate the birth, Women in the World founder Tina Brown said it was a gift for the British public, to finally have a Royal baby who mirrors the diversity of the population.

Are you cycle syncing yet? Across America, working women have begun to plan their professional lives according to their menstrual cycles, scheduling high-intensity, creative days for the usually more energetic follicular cycle — and quiet, organizing days during menstruation.

Back when the name of the game was mimicking men to get ahead, women often felt compelled to deny that their periods had any effect on their day at all. But this is a new era, one where women have stopped leading like men (to the world’s benefit.)

Two new books, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement, and Flex: The Modern Woman’s Handbook, may yet prove to be the new 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Whenever countries elect their first female leaders, the initial round of #GirlBoss coverage is often so over-zealous it could convince even the most hardened feminist that the sexists are gone for good.

Events in Estonia this week have been a helpful reminder that this is rarely, if ever, the case.

After President Kersti Kaljulaid walked out of the swearing-in ceremony of a minister accused of domestic violence, her own interior minister accused her of being an “emotionally upset woman,” declaring she wasn’t fit to serve in her position.

Senator Elizabeth Warren has found herself suddenly able to enjoy one of her oldest hobbies: exposing Joe Biden’s hypocrisy.

The former Vice President’s decision to join the 2020 race led to an immediate headline-making statement from Warren, who stated simply: “Joe Biden was on the side of the credit card companies.” The comment was on brand for the Senator, who famously sparred with Biden in a heated debate on bankruptcy in 2005 that has never really ended.

Social media has been firmly #TeamLiz throughout — after Biden revealed he was “too busy” to put forward a healthcare proposal this weekend, 26,000 people liked a tweet pointing out that Warren had found the time, even though “she has a job.”

“I am a woman and I am fast.” Caster Semenya is a South African runner whose only offense for the past decade has been dominating the sport. But rather than celebrate a champion, the IAAF (running’s governing body) has ruled that Semenya must take hormone-suppressing drugs to slow herself down.

The ruling — which was upheld in court last week — has not only emboldened conspiracy theorists, it’s also continued a long history of authorities feeling they can police black women’s bodies.

Somehow, Semenya has found the strength to brush off her sport’s continued attempts to stop her competing, saying this week: “For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down. They have actually made me stronger.”

For the first time in history, Miss America, Miss Teen USA and Miss USA are all black women.

As revolution comes to her native Sudan, veteran international BBC journalist Zeinab Badawi has penned an incisive essay to explain the situation at home, issuing a single warning: “If the revolution fails the women of Sudan, it has failed the whole country.”

Yet another female candidate has entered the 2020 race! Happily, the fictional Selina Meyer, who Julia Louis-Dreyfus brilliantly portrays on Veep.

The Met Gala set up camp in New York City last night, where rapper Cardi B won the night with a stunning feathered gown “inspired by feminism.” See all the looks here, then watch Anna Wintour’s epic interview with Women in the World founder Tina Brown at the 2019 Women in the World Summit.


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