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Women in the News + Levi Strauss Expands Paid Parental Leave

March 2: Badass women and the news that affects them

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Company Culture

  • In a historic first in the world of retail, Levi Strauss & Co. (3.3 stars) will provide eight weeks of paid family leave to all corporate employees and all hourly retail staff who work at least 30 hours a week. Hourly staff rarely receive equal benefits to corporate employees (or any, tbh) and paid family leave is rarer still, so we applaud Levi Strauss for this industry-leading move and hope other companies will soon follow suit. Fortune

  • The Federal Communications Commission has proposed more than $200 million in fines from AT&T (2.9 stars), Verizon (3.2 stars), T-Mobile (3.5 stars), and Sprint (2.8 stars) after a probe revealed the carriers were sharing customers’ real-time location data. Fast Company

  • Erika H. James will serve as the next dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. James will be the first woman and the first person of color to lead the business school. Inquirer

  • Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company (3.2 stars), has announced he will step down as leader of the company, but will remain the company’s executive chair. Vox

Quick Hits

  • NASA announced the passing of legendary mathematician Katherine Johnson last Monday at the age of 101. Johnson, whose life and achievements were celebrated in the film Hidden Figures, is remembered here by Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to visit space. NY Times

  • A new report from the United States Commission on Civil Rights has found that women in prison often face harsher punishments than incarcerated men for minor rule violations like stealing food from the kitchen or “disrespecting” an officer. Incarcerated Black women face the most disproportionate punishments of all; they make up only 23 percent of women in prison but comprise 40 percent of the women in solitary confinement. NPR

  • More than two years after the allegations against him helped spark the #MeToo movement, Harvey Weinstein was convicted of rape and a criminal sexual act at his New York trial. Weinstein faces a five- to 25-year prison sentence for the rape and up to a four-year prison sentence for the criminal sexual act. His lawyers plan to appeal the verdict. Bloomberg

  • Oregon point guard Sabrina Ionescu has become the first basketball player of any gender to reach the milestone of 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in a career. NPR

  • Forbes is well-known for its splashy “30 Under 30” and “Most Powerful Women” lists, but for the first time, it’s publishing a list of 50 women over the age of 50 in an effort to take on ageism. They’re taking nominations now! Forbes

Around the World

  • Scotland: The Scottish Parliament has approved plans to make menstrual products free to all who need them, moving the Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Bill through its first stage of voting into the second. If passed, the legislation would make tampons and sanitary pads available at designated public locations, such as community centers, schools, and pharmacies, and Scotland would become the first nation to ever enact such a law. Reuters

  • Luxembourg: In an effort to encourage green lifestyle choices, Luxembourg has introduced free public transportation, waiving fees to ride on buses, trams, and trains for residents and visitors to the country. EcoWatch

  • Saudi Arabia: In it’s latest social reform, Saudi Arabia will launch a women’s football league a mere two years after women were allowed into sports stadiums. CNN

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By Mitra Norowzi

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