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Gymnastics' Hidden Abuse Crisis The Daily Beast

The world will tune in Sunday morning to watch as "Spandex-ed, chalk-covered women gymnasts rocket themselves into space and maneuver their bodies into otherworldly contortions" for the Olympic qualifying rounds in women's gymnastics . The U.S. women’s team, which includes 4’9” mini terror Simone Biles and returning gold medalists Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman, are known as the “Fierce Five” for their "daring domination in the sport that is the darling" of the summer Olympics. But domination assumes another definition in a disturbing report on widespread allegations of sexual and psychological abuse by top coaches behind the American powerhouse women's gymnastics team. 

Officials in USA Gymnastics, a key governing body, admitted under oath that they routinely ignored complaints about predatory coaches and rarely alerted authorities. An investigation, published yesterday by the Indianapolis Star, found that USA Gymnastics ignored multiple warnings about William McCabe, a Georgia coach who was allowed to sexually abuse vulnerable girls and young women for years. (He is currently serving a 30-year sentence for the sexual exploitation of children.)

Will Ladies Rule?

Women in Charge: A New Record? Merkel, May, Clinton: A Hillary presidency would add to a worldwide shift in what power looks like Politico

“Women come across that divide and say, ‘Enough already,” says Melanne Verveer, who was U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues under Hillary Clinton at the State Department and now leads the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.
That inclination toward compromise is especially useful in highly fractured countries, where female leaders are associated with higher rates of political and economic success. A 2013 Journal of International Affairs study showed that having a female leader in “highly diverse countries” correlated with a 6.6 percent higher GDP growth rate compared with having a male leader, because of female leaders’ ability to navigate divided societies and ethnic fractionalization.

New study finds that men are often their own favorite experts on any given topic Washington Post

Tokyo Elects Yuriko Koike as Its First Female Governor New York Times

Yuriko Koike, a conservative former defense minister of Japan, became the first woman elected governor of Tokyo on Sunday, handily winning a vote to replace the city’s previous chief executive after he fell to a financial scandal.

Ms. Koike’s biography is unusual for a Japanese politician, even apart from her gender. A divorced former newscaster, she attended a university in Egypt and speaks fluent Arabic.

What Hillary Clinton's Historic Nomination Means for Women in America Fortune

How Alicia Vikander Unleashed Her Inner Superstar Vanity Fair

27-year-old Swedish actress Alicia Vikander shot from relative obscurity to international superstardom with four major films in just 12 months—Testament of Youth, Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and The Danish Girl. Vanity Fair interviews the actor in Sydney, Australia, where she's camped out with boyfriend Michael Fassbender.

Some readers unconvinced by our True rating for White House slave claim PolitiFact

On the first night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, we rated Michelle Obama’s statement that the White House "was built by slaves" as True.
As we wrote in our fact-check, "Strictly speaking, the White House was not exclusively built by slaves; it was built by a combination of slaves, free blacks and whites. But slaves were significantly involved in the construction of the White House, so we have no quarrel with the way Obama worded her claim."

The Obamas will remain in Washington DC until daughter Sasha graduates from high school. Have you see images of their house rental in Kalorama? Take a look in AOC Salon.

America's first couple also announced the location of Obama's presidential library in Chicago's Jackson Park.

The site "is located near the shores of Lake Michigan, a short walk from the University of Chicago where President Obama once taught and [with] neighborhoods slowly gentrifying."

The Jackson Park site beat out the other major contender, Washington Park. In announcing their decision, the Barack Obama Foundation described Jackson Park as "a historic location too just a few miles away on Chicago's south side, but in a more isolated area, and [with] nearby neighborhoods more economically depressed."


Can This Brain Exercise Put Off Dementia? The Wall Street Journal

Researchers have identified one particular type of mental exercise that may succeed at putting off dementia.

A new, 10-year study showed that speed training—computer exercises that get users to visually process information more quickly—beat out memory and reasoning exercises, two other popular brain-training techniques. Incredibly, "researchers found that a total of 11 to 14 hours of speed training has the potential to cut by as much as 48% the risk of developing dementia 10 years later."

Women's News

Do Your Friends Actually Like You? The New York Times

Don't Tell Women in Advertising That They Lack 'Vertical Ambition' New York Magazine

The Women on Top Theory Foreign Policy

Closing the Gender Data Gap by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The 50 Best Documentaries on Netflix (2016) Paste Magazine


Court Vacates Purvi Patel's Feticide Conviction, Landing a Blow Against 'Personhood' Laws Slate

The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed the February 2015 conviction of Purvi Patel, sentenced to 30 years in prison with 10 years suspended for allegedly taking black-market abortion pills. 


The truth about the gender gap VOX

In 2009, three economists at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business studied the gender gap in salaries among its MBA graduates.

Women earned an average salary of $115,000 right out of graduate school, while men earned $130,000.

Nine years later, women earned an average of $250,000 while men were earning $400,000 on average.

Harvard economist Nan Goldin reminds us that the wage discrimination is more lifestyle choice than overt salary discrimination.

America rewards professionals who commit to working long, often grinding hours. There is a direct conflict between success and parenting.



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The threats and abuse outspoken Pakistani women receive BBC

The apparent 'honour killing' by her brother of Pakistan's Qandeel Baloch has unleashed a fury of conversation over women's rights and the freedom to speak in a nation close to the bottom of global surveys on the quality of women's lives.

BBC journalists discuss their own experiences as women in Urdu. Amber Shamsi explains: Some months ago, I published a story on Qandeel Baloch for BBC Urdu in which I identified her as a cultural landmark of sorts, a provocateur. Inevitably, the abuse followed. BBC Urdu and I were accused of having "nothing better to cover" for giving space to a "slut" who was disgracing the country.


The Two Female Leaders Who Have To Figure Out The Brexit NPR

Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May is extricating her country from the European Union, which she supports. Her primary partner in executing this effort is German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The German media have wasted no time in calling May the "British Merkel," and drawing comparisons between the two women.



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