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November 4: Badass women and the news that affects them

Mitra Norowzi
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Company Culture

  • Twitter (3.7 stars) CEO Jack Dorsey announced the social media platform will ban paid political advertisements starting Nov. 22. The move comes as Facebook continues to take heat for its decision to run political advertisements that contain false information. Dorsey succinctly summed up Twitter’s rationale behind its new policy, tweeting “We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought.” Variety

  • Ah, Poo-pourri, the cleverly named stink-masking product that’s taken residence in powder rooms across the country. What people may not realize, though, is just how wildly successful the product’s marketing and implementation has been—and how that success can be solely attributed to the brand’s eccentric founder Suzy Batiz and her journey to learn to “let the shit go.” The New Yorker

  • Christine Carona, a former broker at UBS (3.0 stars), succesfully sued her former employer for gender discrimination, and was awarded more than $1.5 million in arbitration. Bloomberg

  • Several stories of pregnancy discrimination cropped up last week, including allegations brought by former WeWork (2.7 stars) chief of staff Medina Bardhi in The New York Times, Chelsey Glasson against Google Google (3.8 stars) in Fast Company, and an anonymous sales engineer against Informatica (3.1 stars) in VICE.

  • Delta Air Lines (3.3 stars) is facing criticism after a same-sex love scene in the film “Booksmart” was cut from its in-flight edition. It’s not the first time the airline has dealt with this issue, either. It also censored “Rocketman,” “Carol,” and “Bad Moms” for similar reasons. The Washington Post

Quick Hits

  • Period tracking apps Flo and Clue recently introduced health tools that evaluate whether a woman is at risk of polycystic ovary syndrome; however, the apps don’t conduct high-level clinical studies to make such assessments, so some women might believe they have a hormonal imbalance...when they don’t. NY Times 

  • Actress Jane Fonda was arrested and spent a night in jail Friday after protesting the U.S.’s inaction on climate change in D.C. Fonda is holding weekly anti-climate change protests that she’s dubbed “Fire Drill Fridays” and plans to continue her efforts, and risk further arrests. NY Times

  • Medical school already sounds like one of the most trying experiences a person can have, but new studies reveal that surgical residents are reporting concerning rates of discrimination, abuse, and harassment, with nearly a third reporting gender discrimination and nearly a fifth reporting racial discrimination. Fast Company

  • A U.S. District Court judge temporarily blocked Alabama’s strict abortion ban, which did not allow for exceptions in cases or rape or incest, from going into effect. In celebration of the decision, the ACLU tweeted out that all of the state-level proposed abortion bans, which also included Georgia, Missouri, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Ohio, and Utah have been blocked in court. The Washington Post

  • For the past 40 years, a legal loophole in North Carolina state law prevented the revocation of consent once a sexual act had begun. Finally, after five years of attempts to change the law, state lawmakers approved a bipartisan bill to restore conditional consent and strengthen laws against drugging to include beverages in addition to food. NY Times

Around the World

  • Belgium: Sophie Wilmès has been named as the first woman prime minister of Belgium. The Guardian

  • Colombia: Continuing in the vein of women making political history around the globe, Colombia’s capital city of Bogota elected Claudia López as mayor—making her the city’s first woman mayor and first LGBTQ mayor. Quartz

  • India: The capital city of New Delhi is rolling out a free bus transportation program for women in the hopes of increasing their participation in the labor force by providing them with affordable, safe travel to and from work. Al Jazeera

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