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The Week in Women: How did AOC know Game of Thrones was “written by men”?

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (REUTERS/Jeenah Moon), U.S. 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

“UGH, THIS WAS WRITTEN BY MEN!”
Appearing together in a hilarious video, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have taken a moment to share their feelings on that Game of Thrones ending — and they aren’t impressed.

As AOC points out: “We were getting so close to this ending with women running the world, and then at the last minute it was like ‘Nope! They’re too emotional.’ It’s like, ugh, this was written by men! We need to get some feminist analysis up in HBO.”

It’s been a great week for Warren, who on top of enjoying a strong bump in the polls also found time to get on the phone with a Twitter follower who asked for romantic advice.

ABOUT THOSE HANDMAIDS’ OUTFITS…
These days, every news story on abortion seems to be accompanied by visuals of protestors dressed up as characters from the hit show The Handmaid’s Tale.

But could these outfits be doing more harm than good? Washington Post journalist Molly Roberts sure thinks so: “We should be discussing real consequences for real people at a real moment in time” she writes, “not focusing on an imagined future.”

“As long as an image pulled from fiction is used to define reality,” Roberts continues, “reality starts to seem a lot less real.”

ATHLEISURE’S DARK SIDE
The number of women getting liposuction is soaring –– and some surgeons are blaming the ‘athleisure’ clothing trend.

In the U.S., a new report found that liposuction procedures went up 5% from 2017 to 2018. In the United Kingdom, the increase was even greater, at 12%.

Plastic surgeon and researcher Rajiv Grover believes that the trend’s staple items — yoga pants, tight leggings and sports bras — may lead some women to feel more insecure about their appearance, because the style is all about showing “what kind of physique you have, rather than covering it up.”

SWEETGREEN GETS SWEETER
You can enjoy your fancy salad a little more today. The Sweetgreen salad chain has announced that all employees are to be given a bar-raising five months of parental leave, whether they’re male, female, adopting, giving birth, or fostering.

Meanwhile, Nike has hit a sour note with some members of Congress. The sports giant has just been forced to answer to Congresswomen for refusing to pay female athletes while they were on maternity leave.

OF COURSE
The Trump administration says abolitionist hero Harriet Tubman will not be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill after all.

Rep. Ayanna Pressley’s disbelief was palpable as she questioned Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on why the $10 and $50 notes will be rolled out as planned, but new imagery on the $20 is suddenly being delayed until 2028.

Over 600,000 people were surveyed in 2015 to choose which female hero of American history should be on the $20 in 2020, the year that marks the 100th year anniversary of women having the right to vote. As journalist Farhad Manjoo points out: “Trump wants to get Americans on the moon by 2024, but design problems will delay the Harriet Tubman $20 until 2028.”

THERE’S MORE
After disposing of JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Rep. Katie Porter wiped the floor this week with Ben Carson, who revealed that, despite being Housing Secretary, he doesn’t know what REO (real estate owned) stands for – and then started cracking jokes about Oreos.

She’s Back: Hope Hicks has been subpoena’d by House Democrats.

The Taj Mahal has become the first Indian monument to get a breastfeeding room.

You watching Wanda? After sending the audience into fits at Women in the World 2019 summit, Wanda Sykes’ new special is finally on Netflix.

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