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WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 23: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill May 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Speaker Pelosi said she is concerned for the President Trump's well being and that of the country. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 23: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill May 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Speaker Pelosi said she is concerned for the President Trump's well being and that of the country. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Week in Women: How does Nancy Pelosi feel about Facebook’s smug behavior?

By on May 30, 2019

NANCY’S RESPONSE
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held nothing back when asked yesterday for her opinion on Facebook’s refusal to remove fake videos of her that made their way across alt-right forums and onto the President’s official social media channels.

With trademark strength, Pelosi stated, “I can take it. But Facebook is lying to the public.”

“By not taking down something they know is false,” the speaker continued, “I think they have proven that they were willing enablers of the Russian interference in our election.” Pelosi was backed up in her anger by Hillary Clinton, who had two uncompromising words for Trump’s sharing of the edited footage: “Sexist trash.”

SA’S NEW DAY
For the first time in the country’s history, South Africa is today celebrating a gender-balanced government.

After his African National Congress party won the general election earlier this month, President Cyril Ramaphosa this morning announced his new cabinet, surprising the nation by even including a woman from his party’s opposition (former Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille.)

The South African President is spending the rest of today hosting “Take a Female Child to Work Day” – a national initiative seeking to inspire South Africa’s girls to see themselves in a range of careers.

ELLEN’S TRAUMA
Ellen DeGeneres spends every second on camera working to make the rest of us feel better. But this week, she’s using the screen to share the story of her sexual assault.

Appearing on the new season of David Letterman’s Netflix show, DeGeneres opens up about being sexually abused by her stepfather when she was a teenager. DeGeneres reveals that when he tried to break her door down — forcing her to escape out of her window — she didn’t tell her mother because she didn’t want to upset her.

DeGeneres’ reason for going into such detail? “I want other girls to not ever let someone do that”.

TALKING FASHION
One year on from her sexist catsuit controversy, Serena Williams is righteously showing no intention of toning down her outfits to please French umpires.

On her return this week to the Paris court where she received that spiteful dress ban last year, Williams’ uniform bore four words: “Mother, Champion, Queen, Goddess.”

As the New York Times’ chief fashion critic Vanessa Friedman pointed out, Serena isn’t just making a statement about sporting traditions at the French Open.. Friedman wrote: “It’s also a statement about women in general, and to what extent they should be free to break old rules that have lost all meaning.”

THERE’S MORE
For Japanese women, the most exciting part of President Trump’s visit was the central presence of Empress Masako, the multi-lingual diplomat and Harvard grad who was captured in direct conversation with Trump, shattering the stereotype that emperor‘s wives should stay quiet and produce children.

After women voted in the same numbers as men in India for the first time, a record number of women have been elected to Parliament. However, the new 1 in 7 ratio remains well below the global average.

Ashley Judd says she’ll take Harvey Weinstein to trial, regardless of his settlements with other women. No surprise to anyone who saw Judd’s steel unsheathed at this year’s Women in the World summit