BATTLE WON, WAR TO COME
The district attorneys of Georgia’s four largest counties say they won’t enforce the state’s new abortion law.
But while their united interview in yesterday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution is worth a read, remember that the end goal of the anti-abortion bills recently passed in several states was never for them to quietly become law. Instead, the mission has always been to put Roe vs. Wade before the Supreme Court by provoking a legal battle sure to end up in front of the nation’s highest court.
And now that Louisiana’s Democratic Governor John Edwards says he’ll sign his state’s version of the ban, it’s clear that these attacks on women’s reproductive rights aren’t being led by Republicans — they’re being led by men.
CAN’T STOP KATH
After returning The Guardian to profitability for the first time in decades (the newspaper lost $72.5million the year before she started) Katharine Viner had every right to take the rest of 2019 off.
Instead, the paper’s first female editor-in-chief is making history again in the very same month. In a move we hope to see all publications follow, Viner has rewritten the newspaper’s style guide to ensure that its environmental reporting accurately depicts a planet facing a “catastrophe for humanity.”
As part of the new dictum, ‘climate change’ is becoming ‘climate emergency’, ‘global heating’ will replace ‘global warming’, and ‘climate denier’ will replace ‘climate skeptic’.
WORK, WORK, WORK (x18)
The company that owns Louis Vuitton and Dior hasn’t launched a brand from scratch for more than thirty years. But they didn’t have Rihanna before.
This week, luxury group LVMH is launching Fenty, which will make Rihanna the first black woman to lead a major fashion house. To celebrate, the star has given a rare interview that includes a glimpse at her leadership style (“I’m very smart with my control freak. I welcome other people’s expertise.”), why she used to change her voice in business meetings, and why she has no plans to act again soon: “I’m always like, “Guys, thank you for trusting me, but Angelina Jolie is over there.”
FAILURE TO LAUNCH
In France, the progress of #MeToo — which they call #OutYourPig — may be flatlining.
While President Macron’s impressive Gender Equality Minister has handed out hundreds of on-the-spot fines to street harassers, a new report shows that famous French men who were forced out of their positions for sexual abuses are quietly (and not so quietly) returning to their professions.
And of course, French women fighting for progress have also had to face down attacks from their own: 100 female artists, celebrities and intellectuals famously signed an open letter last year accusing the movement of having gone too far.
“In the name of all who hold fast to an ideal in the midst of the storm, I accept this award with a full and humble heart.”
Late Sunday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was honored with the prestigious JFK Profile in Courage award. The Speaker used her speech not only to acknowledge her successes, but also to share her hopes for the future — and even to hint at her 2020 candidate preferences:
“I don’t like when people say I’m the highest-ranking woman this or that,” Pelosi revealed, “because I thought by now we would certainly have a woman president. Hopefully that will be sometime in the near future.”
NO SAFE REFUGE
As many as 60% of female North Korean refugees in China are being trafficked into the sex trade.
A damning new report from the London-based Korea Future Initiative confirms what Human Rights Watch began reporting on last November — that thousands of North Korean women and girls are being sold as wives to Chinese men, forced into prostitution and made to livestream sex acts to the internet.
In 2015, Women in the World spoke to then-21-year-old Yeommi Park, who defected from North Korea when she was 13 — only to be sold for $26 into sexual slavery in China. Park eventually escaped by trekking across the Gobi Desert, and now speaks out about rampant sex trafficking and human rights abuses in her homeland. Watch her appearance here.
WE’RE ALSO TRACKING
Austria’s right-wing government is in disarray after one of its senior figures was caught promising government contracts to a woman posing as a Russian oligarch’s niece. The politician has attributed his actions to “alcohol-fueled macho behavior” and an attempt to impress the “attractive hostess.”
Chicago has finally inaugurated Lori Lightfoot as Mayor. Watch her full speech here, including a moving moment with her proud mother in the front row.
Selena Gomez, the third most-followed user on Instagram with 150 million followers, says social media has been “terrible for my generation”.