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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.

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.

Donna Brazile and her 'Colored Girls' crew to pen an inspirational book about politics and friendship Washington Post

Donna Brazile, the interim DNC chair, and her power players posse of Democratic party heavyweights and close friends are set to collaborate on a book together, writing with a collaborator.

Published by St. Martin's Press, the book is tentatively titled “The Colored Girls,” a name the fivesome gave themselves years ago. The quintet includes Brazile; top Hillary Clinton aide, Minyon Moore; chief executive of the Democratic convention, Leah Daughtry; director of the convention’s podium operations, Yolanda Caraway; and Bill Clinton’s chief of staff, Tina Flournoy.

In troubled times, Germans embrace 'Mommy Merkel' Politico

With little more than a year to go until the next general election, Chancellor Angela Merkel, the leader Germans only half-mockingly like to refer to as Mutti (Mommy), is once again leading in the polls.

Related: German Chancellor Angela Merkel Stands Firm on Migrant Policy After Terrorist Attacks Wall Street Journal

The iPhone Era Is Over for Apple Vanity Fair

Margot Robbie on her controversial Vanity Fair profile CNN

The "Suicide Squad" star was the subject of an article written for the August issue of the magazine by contributor Rich Cohen. The profile was widely criticized as being sexist toward Robbie, and patronizing toward her native Australia.

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."

Michelle Obama's Dress May Have Looked Simple But It Spoke Volumes New York Times

Cobalt blue silk crepe, with cap sleeves, a flared skirt and a neat waist, it was by the designer Christian Siriano, and it pretty much matched the backdrop, playing down Mrs. Obama’s appearance and playing to the patriotic theme, especially when contrasted with the bright red jacket that Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts wore during her speech.

The Clintons and the Reality of a Long Marriage Cosmopolitan

Bill's speech made a case for his wife as president, but maybe it also made the case that working through infidelity could pay off, and that staying married could be creative and exciting. "I've lived a long, full, blessed life," Bill said. "It really took off when I met and fell in love with that girl." Lord knows he could have had a lot of fun single. And Hillary could have put her husband's recklessness behind her like a bad haircut and moved on to continue her change-making and achievements without him too. But she stayed. And now they get to be doting grandparents together, mutually supporting each other in their latest acts, and potentially becoming the first married to couple to ever both be President, which will make a good Christmas letter.
"What I admire most about Hillary," Michelle Obama said in her own much praised convention speech, "is that she never buckles under pressure. She never takes the easy way out. And Hillary Clinton has never quit on anything in her life." That stubbornness is a trait for which last night Bill seemed particularly grateful. In his speech he was a husband who, Rebecca Traister wrote in New York magazine, "was managing, for once in his life, a moment of self-control and of submission." Seeing him that way — humble, smitten — made it look like Hillary's investment in him may have been a smart bet, like maybe she saw in him the potential to be just this kind of partner.

How Michelle Obama wrote Donald Trump out of the American narrative VOX

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."

Wives & Daughters

Update: Melania Trump's Websigte Has Mysteriously Disappeared New York Magazine

Why Men Want to Marry Melanias and Raise Ivankas New York Times

Today, 40 percent of women are their family’s primary breadwinners, and nearly 80 percent of Americans agree that women should not return to traditional roles in society. A third still say it’s best for small children if Mom doesn’t work at all. The Republican Party has particularly struggled to accept this new model, and still pushes back on women’s progress by opposing policies that would help women work and plan their families: things like federally funded child care, paid parental leave and access to birth control.

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. 


Daddies, 'Dates,' and the Girlfriend Experience: Welcome to the Prostitution Economy Vanity Fair US

If increasing numbers of young people are selling their bodies online for countless reasons -- student debt, luxury labels, top-tier museum memberships -- is this an example of American, entrepreneurial skills at their best or exploitation? 

Vanity Fair grabs a table and talks turkey over ribs about “dates” with “daddies.” As an appetizer: “They want the girlfriend experience, without having to deal with an actual girlfriend.”

“The girlfriend experience” is the term women in the sex trade use for a service involving more than just sex. “They want the perfect girlfriend—in their eyes,” says Miranda, the young woman at our table.* “She’s well groomed, cultured, classy, able to converse about anything—but not bringing into it any of her real-world problems or feelings.”


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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.

We quote lavishly from Maajid Nawaz's jawdropping essay about the killing at the bottom of this page.


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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