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The Week in Women: Which hot-button issue inspired AOC’s most liked Tweet ever?

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in New York City, April 27, 2019.(REUTERS/Jeenah Moon)

A BATTLE BEGINS
“1 in 4 women have an abortion by 45. I’m one of them.”

Busy Philipps — America’s only female late-night host — devoted an unforgettable opening monologue on Tuesday to Georgia’s horrific ruling that, come January 1st, women seeking abortion in the state will be regarded as murderers, and face a potential sentence of life imprisonment.

The decision by Governor Brian Kemp — which also makes it illegal to seek an abortion out-of-state — led Philipps to rewrite her entire script, which was meant to be a ‘Who Wore What’ look at the previous night’s Met Gala. “I’m sorry if it’s jarring”, Phillips continued, “but being a woman is f—ing jarring. Having a regular Tuesday, then suddenly being reminded people are trying to police your body, then you just have to go back to work.”

Philipps is not the only one speaking out. Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’ response to the bill became her most-liked tweet ever, and while Georgia’s ACLU has vowed to take the bill to court, we’re reminded today of comedian Joe Rogan’s ever-relevant quote: “If men had children, abortion would be an app on your phone.”

SYRIAN SANCTUARY
A group of Syrian women have built a female-only village to protect and elevate those displaced by ISIS and the civil war (as well as any woman tired of being treated as a second-class citizen under patriarchy.)

“The village“, 35-year-old resident Fatma Emin told CNN, “is a response to every person who thinks a woman is the weaker sex in the society, or that she can’t manage her life or manage her children.”

Its name, Jinwar, means “women’s land” in Kurdish. Men are allowed to visit during daylight, but forbidden from staying once darkness falls.
THEIR LOSS
“Oh, you’re pitching me? I thought we were meeting up to get to know each other.”

Having lost count of the amount of meetings where men with money suddenly implied they wanted to make more than an investment, female entrepreneurs around the world are increasingly bypassing male firms altogether, and taking their ideas to female funders only.

While it’s long been known that female-led businesses typically outperform male ones, traditional investors appear yet to get the message. According to a study published in the Harvard Business Review, venture capitalists consistently describe young male entrepreneurs as “promising,” and women the exact same age as “inexperienced.”

THE KIDS ARE ALT RIGHT

The pendulum had swung. And now it was stuck.”

One day, a 13-year-old boy feels alienated at school. The next — with the help of internet forums — he’s a member of the alt-right.

That’s what happened to a Washington family, who bravely shared the story of their nightmare year, and how they painstakingly fought to get their child back.

CANCEL YOUR PLANS

The streaming giants are going head-to-head this weekend in a battle of the docs, but the winner’s already been determined — it’s all of us.

Hulu is sending the newly-released Ask Dr. Ruth into the ring, the first documentary to cover the life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America’s 90-year-old “Goddess of Good Sex.”

Netflix have countered by uploading the long-anticipated Knock Down the House, which features never-before-seen footage from inside the historic Ocasio-Cortez campaign. You’ll need to set aside three hours (and six minutes) to get through them both.

THERE’S MORE

“It feels like you’re not really working, you’re just kind of hanging out with a girlfriend.” On the newest episode of TBD, Phoebe Robinson tells Tina Brown what it’s like to interview Michelle Obama.

The New York Times is upping its parenting content, starting with this myth-busting look into the pressures women face to have a “natural birth” — whatever that means.

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