Nearly 200 CEOs have signed an open letter declaring the recent spate of abortion bans bad for American business.
Signatories include the heads of Twitter, Bloomberg, Glossier, Slack, and Yelp, alongside Women in the World speakers and business leaders Diane von Furstenberg and Audrey Gelman. And while we don’t feel great about a human rights issue being decided on the basis of profit margins, there’s no doubt that the more noise being made on this, the better.
Turning to the battle at ground level, Shelley O’Brien is our newest hero. The Michigan hotel owner is offering free stays to women who have to travel out of their state to to have the procedure.
PUTTING UP A FRONT
Could America’s Ann Taylor stores be secret feminist headquarters?
No doubt, writes Olga Khazan in a hilarious new essay on the empowering upside to basic dressing.
As Khazan points out, in a world where Mark Zuckerberg is deified for wearing the same gray hoodie each day, we should also be celebrating all the Ann Taylor women out there, who “choose to dress somewhat boringly so they can apply their energies elsewhere.”
IKEA MANUAL FOR DICTATORS
Don’t miss today’s episode of the podcast TBD with Tina Brown, which features Tina’s interview with renowned Turkish journalist Ece Temelkuran.
Temelkuran’s new book, How To Lose A Country, lays out the seven-step playbook being used by populist leaders around the world–or as she calls it, an “Ikea manual for dictators.”
The new interview covers Trump’s creep towards autocracy, Temelkuran’s battles with online trolls (“It was like having a swordfight with ghosts.”) and why we tolerate lies from our leaders.
SOUNDS GOOD TO US
A decision in Delhi to make public transport free for all women has sent India into a tizzy.
With women’s voter turnout finally equalling men’s this year, detractors have labelled the plan an opportunist stunt ahead of upcoming city elections.
However on the other side of the debate (where you’ll find us), Delhiites are celebrating the initiative as a victory in the fight to make women feel safe and welcome in public spaces and to encourage more women to join the workforce.
THE BLOODLUST CONTINUES
Saudi Arabia reportedly plans to execute an 18-year old boy for taking part in protests including some when he was just ten years old.
The sickening news arrives as equal rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul suffers in prison, following a PR stunt trial in March that convinced some easily fooled media outlets she was halfway to freedom. In April, Loujain’s sister told a hushed Women in the World audience about the torture and trauma her sister was enduring in prison.
As for America’s response? President Trump again ignored human rights abuses in the kingdom when he bypassed Congress to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia last week.
WE’RE ALSO TRACKING
“The heads of my department branded me with a scarlet letter.” The Google employee who organized last year’s global walkout has quit the tech giant, citing punishment for her activism.
“I didn’t want to play a long-suffering Indian woman whom everyone called chubby.” Mindy Kaling has opened up about creating The Mindy Project, and about what’s coming next.
108 Women’s World Cup players have shared how they balance being professional athletes, often with second jobs.
Law firms have been warned to ditch their “rigid and archaic traditions” if they want to secure female talent and end the exodus of women attorneys switching industries in search of more compassionate maternity policies.