November 1 Google Global Walkout Demands End To Sexual Harassment and Systemic Racism In 'Destructive' Corporate Culture

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At 11:10 am, Thursday morning November 1, thousands of Google employes worldwide stood up and walked out of their offices as participants in the Google Walkout. The global demonstration was triggered over their employer’s mishandling of sexual-misconduct allegations that surrounded Android creator Andy Rubin.

The Rubin case is not new. On October 25, the New York Times publishing a damning exposé that revealed Google had paid a shocking $90 million to Android creator Andy Rubin, who resigned in 2014 following a sexual-misconduct investigation. Per the report, Rubin “coerced [a female co-worker] into performing oral sex in a hotel room” in 2013 — allegations she reported a year later, which Google investigated and found credible.

Beyond the $90 million payout, Google’s then chief executive Larry Page celebrated Rubin’s career, without making public the reason for his departure. Page demanded Rubin’s resignation, after details of the situation between two Google execs was revealed. Rubin’s case is one of three high-profile Google executives accused of sexual misconduct charges.

The bottom line of the Times article isn’t that Google took no action in dealing with the sexual misconduct claims. Rather, the inference is that Google prioritized its own interests in not having the employee be fired without a payout and join a competitive company.

Google’s Thursday strikers demanded that the company enact a handful of specific changes that address larger topics in the days of #MeToo. The umbrella of changes coalesce under the overarching demand for an “end to the sexual harassment, discrimination, and the systemic racism that fuel this destructive culture.”

“All employees and contract workers across the company deserve to be safe,” reads an open letter they published on the Cut. “Sadly, the executive team has demonstrated through their lack of meaningful action that our safety is not a priority. We’ve waited for leadership to fix these problems, but have come to this conclusion: no one is going to do it for us. So we are here, standing together, protecting and supporting each other.”

New York Magazine’s The Cut also shows pics of demonstrations from Mountain View to Dublin, Cambridge, New York City, Seattle, Tokyo, Zurich and more.

Related: We’re the Organizers of the Google Walkout. Here Are Our Demands New York Magazine

Jessica Chastain Fronts 'Sisterhood of Leaders' Film In Ralph Lauren 'Woman' Fragrance #LeadLikeaWoman Campaign

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Star actor and Ralph Lauren ‘Woman’ fragrance ambassador Jessica Chastain presents ‘Sisterhood of Leaders’ as part of the brand’s ‘Lead Like a Woman’ campaign, launched in May 2018. The spot attempts to tear down what could be a male-conceived, self-serving belief that women do not support each other.

Starring powerful women from different industries, Chastain is joined by jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer, chef Dominique Crenn, producer Stephanie Allain, director Catherine Hardwicke and more outstanding women who discuss what happens when strong women support strong women. The short film also attacks the myth that women supporting women is atypical behavior.

Jessica Chastain has a long history of advocating for pay equity in Hollywood and beyond. She has also become self-educated and articulate in speaking out about the added burdens of pay equity that impact women of color. In January 2018 Octavia Spencer thanked Chastain for her activism around women of color being paid even less than white women in Hollywood, telling a Sundance panel that she saw a five-fold increase in her own salary for an upcoming movie, thanks to Chastain’s willingness to confront the issue with her in their own movie.


Priyanka Chopra's Nick Jonas Bridal Shower Lights Up Tiffany & Co's Blue Box Cafe

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Tiffany & Company has figured front and center in the engagement of Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra. In a scene straight out of Sweet Home Alabama writes Vogue, Jonas reportedly shut down the jeweler’s London store in order to purchase his bride’s engagement ring in privacy.

Tiffany & Co’s flagship store on New York’s Fifth Avenue was the scene of Priyanka Chopra’s bridal shower at the fourth floor Blue Box Cafe, hosted by bridesmaids Anjula Acharia and Mubina Rattonsey. The Sunday event welcomed about 100 people including Chopra’s future sister-in-law Danielle Jonas, Kelly Ripa, and Lupita Nyong’o.

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