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Still Loving Lyft, Multitasking Myths, Carrasco’s Motorbike, and More

October 1: Badass women and the news that affects them

Happy October, witches!

Quick Hits

  • Lyft’s latest diversity and inclusion report shows modest, but promising progress. The company has increased the number of women in technical roles to 21 percent, a three-point increase, and the number of Black and Hispanic employees at the company to 19 percent, a six-point increase. However, women’s representation at the company overall dropped from 42 percent to 40 percent. High-five on the transparency, Lyft!  Fortune

  • Wall Street bank State Street says it’s “running out of patience” with companies that refuse to respond to pressures to add at least one woman to their boards. And it’s prepared to vote against these offenders. Bloomberg

  • A Facebook content moderator is suing the company saying she has been “exposed to highly toxic, unsafe, and injurious content during her employment as a content moderator at Facebook.” She claims going through the violently racist and sexist hate speech that festers on the site has given her PTSD and Facebook has not provided adequate mental health resources to cope with the disturbing content. And TBH we can understand her argument — some sickos on the internet post things that could make anyone’s stomach churn. Motherboard

  • Are you doing too much? Women are commonly thought to be better multitaskers than men — probably because we’ve had to do it more, balancing work and family. But, a new study from the Harvard Business Review has found that multitasking is equally difficult for men and women. So don’t let that be the excuse given when someone tries to dump their work onto your plate! Harvard Business Review

  • White House adviser Kellyanne Conway spoke of her own #MeToo moment Sunday morning, revealing that she, herself, is a victim of sexual assault. She said she feels for victims, but that her experience should not be “conflated” with allegations against Trump or Kavanaugh. TIME

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren told a town hall meeting this weekend that she is considering a bid for the presidency in 2020. Despite her popularity among the left, Warren has never before in such clear terms expressed this possibility. Boston Globe

A few articles you should be reading this week

  • Quick: Although it seems like companies are talking about diversity more than ever, the percent of women leaders has seemed to stall out around a measly 5 percent — and it’s not likely to improve anytime soon. Bloomberg’s Jeff Green explains why. Bloomberg

  • Medium: The past week’s media circus surrounding the Dr. Ford’s and Kavanaugh’s hearing was hard for a lot of people, especially survivors. Writer Liz Spokal has a heartbreakingly honest take on how the hearing has made her relive her assault. BBC

  • Harrowing: Padma Lakshmi’s powerful story of rape and why she is sharing it now. New York Times

Around the World

  • India’s top court has abolished a law that allowed a woman’s husband to sue a man she had relations with outside of their marriage, but did not allow the opposite. CNN

  • Weam Al Dakheel made history last week when she became the first woman in Saudi Arabia to deliver the nightly news. The Washington Post

  • Spain’s Ana Carrasco, 21, became the first woman to win a world motorbike title when she beat her male opponent by one point at the World Supersport 300 this weekend. BBC

  • Thousands of women took to the streets in Brazil this past weekend to protest far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro for what they see as his sexist, racist, and homophobic views. Al Jazeera

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By Mitra Norowzi

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