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Farewell Forced Arbitration, Toodleloo Tampon Tax, and More!

November 20: Badass women and the news that affects them

Mitra Norowzi

Company Culture

  • Progress! After thousands of Google employees staged a walkout to protest the tech company’s handling of sexual harassment a few weeks ago, parent group Alphabet Inc. did away with forced arbitration for assault cases. Well done, protestors. Bloomberg

  • What makes this even better? After Google’s announcement, Facebook, eBay, and Airbnb all decided to follow suit and end forced arbitration within their companies as well. NBC

  • Uber, too, has made changes to help bring transparency to sexual assault by unrolling a new reporting system for riders. Fortune

  • Victoria’s Secret came under fire recently for transphobic and fatphobic claims made by chief marketing officer Ed Razek. In an interview with Vogue, Razek  said the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show would never feature plus-size women because “no one had any interest” in seeing them and would never include transgender women because the show is supposed to be a “fantasy.” And, of course, Victoria’s Secret’s woman CEO, Jan Singer, has stepped down, while Razek hasn’t. Huh. Refinery29

  • Under Armour has announced that it will no longer allow employees to charge Totally Professional Visits to strip clubs on their corporate cards. Pretty ridiculous that this was even permitted to begin with, but okay! Wall Street Journal

  • With the addition of Jane Lauder to its board, Eventbrite has reached 50/50 gender parity on its 10-person board. Fortune

Quick Hits

  • Kasey Musgraves was the only woman nominated for the County Music Award’s Album of the Year. But guess what? She won! Vulture

  • Nevada has become the 10th state to nix the tampon tax — good riddance! Vox

  • But there’s another pink tax that you’re probably less familiar with, one on transportation. Women in NYC spend an average of $26 to $50 extra on transportation per month for safety reasons, and if they are the main caregiver in their family, up to $100 extra each month. That adds up to as much as $1,200 more in transportation than men each year. Wired

  • Glossier, the cosmetics line founded by Emily Weiss that has been dubbed a “millennial Estée Lauder” by the New York Times, opened its first brick-and-mortar store. The New York Times

  • Meet Dr. Leana Wen, Planned Parenthood’s new president. Despite Alabama’s recent passage of a restrictive fetal rights law and the current administration's efforts to allow employers to opt out of providing contraception for employees, Wen isn’t prepared to back down on the fight for women’s health care. The Guardian

  • Remember Brian Krzanich? Former CEO of Intel who was ousted over an inappropriate relationship with an employee? Yeah, he’s employed again as CEO of CDK Global Inc. with a salary of $15 million. That was fast. Bloomberg

  • A study from the University of Bristol has found that women who are early-risers are less likely to get breast cancer than women who are night-owls. BBC

  • The misogyny of video gamers will never fail to astonish. Shortly after the highly-anticipated release of Red Dead Redemption 2, an open-play style game set in the late 19th century, players have released sadistic videos showing their avatars beating up and killing a feminist suffragette side character. Fighting this character isn’t a challenge within the game, these players merely have done it for fun. The Guardian

Around the World

  • The number of girls under 14 subjected to female genital mutilation in east Africa has decreased from 71 percent in 1995 to 8 percent in 2016. We won’t be able to totally celebrate until that number is zero, but the progress is encouraging. The Guardian

  • For the first time since the revolution, Iranian women were allowed to attend a live football match at a public stadium. Quartz

  • Meet the Feminist Five — China’s most badass feminists. TIME

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