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September 16: Badass women and the news that affects them

Mitra Norowzi

Company Culture

  • Apple (3.5 stars) is launching three new studies to assess the Apple Watch’s health monitoring capabilities. The new studies aim to improve the device’s hearing monitoring features, mobility signals, and ability to assess women’s health. The latter will make use of the watch’s new menstrual tracking feature to inform screening and risk for infertility, conditions like polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and osteoporosis. Stat

  • Turner Classic Movies (3.6 stars) has named Jacqueline Stewart as host of of its silent movie program “Silent Sunday Nights.” A professor of cinema studies at the University of Chicago who has specialized in the racial politics of film preservation, Stewart is the network’s first black host. Fortune

  • Purdue Pharma (3.0 stars), the maker of the drug OxyContin, has filed for bankruptcy after becoming embroiled in more than 2,600 lawsuits that accuse the company of igniting the opioid crisis. NY Times

Quick Hits

  • Harvard Business Review continues to do the Lord’s work by publishing research to prove the value of inclusivity. According to new HBR research, having women board members helps tone down male overconfidence to improve a company’s decision making. HBR

  • For the first time, most new hires between ages 25 and 54 are people of color. According to The Washington Post, the tight labor market is forcing employers to expand their candidate pools—finally. Experts also say more women are entering the workforce because households need dual incomes to pay the bills. The Washington Post

  • After posting a list of the 100 most innovative leaders in America and only including one woman (wow), Forbes received a slew of criticism. Editor Randall Lane responded to the backlash, explaining how the publication will adjust its methodology and mindset moving forward. Forbes

  • Joan Johnson has died at 89. She was the cofounder of international cosmetics empire Johnson Products Company, one of the nation’s largest black-owned companies and the first publicly traded black-owned company. In 1954, Joan and her husband turned a $250 investment into a multi-million dollar company, manufacturing iconic products like Ultra Sheen and Afro Sheen. CNN

  • California legislators have approved a bill that will require companies like Uber and Lyft to treat contract workers as employees. The bill would affect over a million workers in the state, and labor rights activists are pushing to see similar legislation passed across the country to revolutionize the gig economy. NY Times

Around the World

  • United Kingdom: Meghan Markle has collaborated with designer Misha Nonoo to create a capsule workwear line to benefit British charity Smart Works. For approximately two weeks, any sale of the Smart Set collection, which includes professional attire such as a blazer, tote bag, and trousers, will see another donated directly to a Smart Works dressing room to help unemployed women prepare for interviews. Harper’s Bazaar 

  • Iran: According to the Iranian government, women will be allowed inside stadiums to watch soccer matches “as soon as possible.” The change comes in the wake of public outcry over a woman that faced possible jail time for sneaking into a match set herself on fire last week. Bloomberg

  • Canada: Sterilization is one of the United Nations 10 stages genocide, but as it turns out, the procedure isn’t technically illegal under Canadian law. VICE follows the harrowing journey of Canada’s indigenous women to outlaw forced sterilization. VICE

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