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June 17: Badass women and the news that affects them

Mitra Norowzi

Company Culture

  • The American Medical Association (3.1 stars) is taking a stand to stem the epidemic of hate crimes against the transgender community. Ten transgender people have been victims of murder in 2019—all of whom were trans women of color—but the real number is likely much higher because many cases never get catalogued as hate crimes or misgender victims in official reports. In light of this sobering issue, the AMA has adopted a plan to increase awareness, lobby law enforcement for better and more consistent collection of hate crime data, and address the physical and mental health disparities the trans community faces. Forbes

  • Paris Lees, a trans activist and writer, will become the new face of hair care line Pantene. The announcement comes as Procter & Gamble (3.8 stars), which owns both Pantene and Gillette (which recently released an ad featuring a dad teaching his trans son how to shave) pushes for stronger identities around its products. Fortune

  • Woman-founded fashion companies like MZ Wallace (Rate This Company), Birchbox (3.8 stars), and Lingua Franca (Rate This Company) are teaming up with She Should Run, an organization that helps women run for public office. Through this partnership, the brands have committed to offering professional training for their employees that will not only encourage women to run for office, but also to develop the skills they’ll need to get elected. Fast Company

InHerSight Research

  • Our CEO Ursula Mead wrote about our unlimited PTO policy for BizWomen: “As the CEO of a startup, I’m constantly thinking about how my company’s culture is evolving, how each new funding round or new hire will change our dynamic. These are a few things I’ve learned while developing an unlimited PTO policy that works.” BizWomen

  • Our Managing Editor Beth Castle explains why she quit her job (before us!) and why that decision shaped how she thinks about her career now. Fast Company

  • Fifty-four percent of women say their workplace doesn’t provide this—and it’s required by law. InHerSight

Quick Hits

  • In honor of yesterday being Father’s Day, here’s a lovely article where women founders share the best advice their dads gave them. Forbes

  • Women’s health will have a starring role in the Democratic primary election thanks to Planned Parenthood. The reproductive health care provider is set to host a forum on women’s health topics later this month, and 16 of the primary candidates have already signed on to participate. NY Times

  • A bill to legalize paid surrogacy passed the senate in New York state, but it’s receiving criticism from prominent feminists like Gloria Steinem. Women’s rights scholars argue paid surrogacy turns women’s bodies into commodities, which affects poor women because they’re the most likely to use surrogacy to bring in extra cash. Conversely, the bill would help LGBTQ families or couples who can’t conceive have children. NY Times

  • In what is an all-too-familiar tale, it turns out another woman scientist was forgotten by history: Jean Purdy, a nurse and embryologist. Two male scientists are credited with developing in-vitro fertilization, and although both claimed Purdy was an equal contributor in their research, the Oldham Health Authority refused to credit her. NY Times

  • Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager is set to take command of the 40th Infantry Division in the California National Guard this month, making her the first woman to lead a United States Army infantry division. NY Times

  • Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield has become the first woman to be appointed president of the U.S. Naval War College. NPR

Pop Culture

  • The U.S. Women’s National Team continues to dominate in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. With a 3-0 win over Chile on Sunday (and a 13-0 win over Thailand), it’s clear, more than ever, that these athletes should be paid what they’re worth. And although some criticized the players last week for over-celebrating their win against Thailand, we think their revelry was much more appropriate than half the touchdown celebrations we’ve seen. InHerSight

  • As Hollywood continues to produce more television shows and movies with dynamic female characters, the trope of the “bad female boss” is evolving as well. NY Times

  • “Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness has come out as non-binary—though he said he will continue to use he/him pronouns for the moment. He’s also the first non-female brand ambassador for nail polish brand Essie. We support you, honey! Out

Around the World

  • United Kingdom: The U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority ban on advertisements that make use of gender stereotypes to sell their message is now in effect. The ASA came up with these new standards after conducting research that found harmful stereotypes, reinforced by advertisements, had detrimental effects on kids and young people. Under these new standards, ads that qualify as playing into harmful gender stereotypes might include showing a person having trouble with a task due to their gender (think clueless men unable to care for their children, or women not being able to do their taxes or park) or criticizing a type of physique specific to a gender. NY Times

  • Switzerland: This country is one of the wealthiest in the world, yet gender equity for Swiss women is startlingly stunted. They couldn’t even vote until 1971 (what on earth??!) and the wage gap is about 20 percent. That’s why Swiss women took to the streets last week to protest under the motto, “Wages. Time. Respect.” NPR

  • Ecuador: Same-sex couples in Ecuador can offically marry after the country’s highest court legalized gay marriage! CBS

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