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By Claire Zillman
November 16, 2016

A hotline for complaints of mansplaining? A Swedish union has turned what sounds like a sketch comedy premise into reality. No kidding.

Unionen, the nation’s largest union with 600,000 workers, is encouraging its female members to call a hotline when male coworkers “mansplain” or give them unsolicited lectures on things they already understand. The new resource, which will advise frustrated callers on what action to take next, is aimed at upping equality. Left unchecked, mansplaining can contribute to men out-earning women and being promoted faster, the organization said. Those outcomes are “something most of us, regardless of sex, think is unfair and want to change,” it said.

Not all the union members were receptive to the announcement. Seemingly unaware of the irony, some men stated in Facebook posts that such an initiative was unnecessary, but the organization is standing by its program. “Enough women are exposed to enough mansplaining for it to be a problem that needs to be highlighted, discussed and solved,” said Peter Tai Christensen, the union’s gender expert.

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EUROPE/MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA

Campaigning for equality
The AP followed Nabila Mounib, a 56-year-old endocrinology professor and Morocco’s highest-profile female politician, during the election that marked her emergence on the national stage. As a female politician in a leadership position, she remains a rarity in the Arab world. Her country’s gender gap in politics ranks 97th out of 145 countries.
Associated Press
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Refashioning Dior
As she takes over as the new artistic director of Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri is drawing from predecessors who shaped the house’s past—Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons—while trying to tap into the girl-power style of her 20-year-old daughter Rachele. And she’s doing it on a 9-to-7 schedule. “I put a lot of passion in this job, but I want to maintain control of my life,” she says.
Vogue
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Another Brexit barrier
Supreme Court Judge Lady Hale angered those in favor of the U.K.’s swift departure from the EU when she suggested that U.K. PM Theresa May might have to comprehensively replace existing EU legislation before her government can even start the Brexit process. Her comments, if true, could delay the split even longer.
Guardian


THE AMERICAS

Women for Trump
President-elect Donald Trump needs to reach out to women in his effort to unite the country. He could make strides toward that goal by giving women prominent places in his administration. Fortune has a run-down of the four women on his transition team and the 12 women who could end up in his cabinet and other top positions.
Fortune
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Monetizing the presidency
Ivanka Trump’s jewelry company issued a potent reminder yesterday of the potential conflicts of interest that could arise from the Trump family’s vast business assets. Her jewelry brand sent out an email to fashion journalists highlighting the bracelet Ivanka wore on Sunday’s episode of 60 Minutes, reiterating that the piece was for sale.
New York Magazine
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Dear Donald
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has a few suggestions for President-elect Trump. She wrote an open letter to the businessman, outlining several bipartisan steps she thinks the new administration could take to help create jobs. For instance, the federal government could apply data analytics to cut Medicare fraud. (Interestingly enough, IBM is in the data analytics business.)
Fortune
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Addressing abuse
Twitter is finally taking steps to try to eliminate the harassment some users receive by introducing controls akin to Facebook’s. Twitter is allowing users to block out tweets directed at them that contain certain words and mute entire threads of tweets directed at them. It’s also retrained its user support team to better handle reports of abuse.
Fortune

 


ASIA-PACIFIC

Barred from office
A Hong Kong court yesterday ruled that pro-independence politician Yau Wai-ching, along with colleague Sixtus Leung, is barred from taking the city legislature seat she won in a recent election. The ban comes after Yau and Leung inserted a slur for China into their oaths of office and flew a flag in the council’s chamber that said, “Hong Kong is not China.” The court’s ruling is being characterized as an extraordinary example of Beijing’s interference in Hong Kong politics. 
New York Times


IN BRIEF

This civil rights activist is running for Minneapolis mayor
Star Tribune

California Senator Barbara Boxer filed a long-shot bill to scrap the Electoral College system
L.A. Times

Model Ashley Graham gets her own Barbie doll
Fortune

Barbra Streisand on what keeps her going
iTunes

How this British mom forgave his son’s killer and started a boxing club
BBC

Walgreens trashes Elizabeth Holmes’ Theranos in their fiery $140 million legal battle
Fortune

 


PARTING WORDS

“[P]erhaps Congress will do some work.”
--Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, assessing the election of Donald Trump.

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