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The World’s Most Powerful Women: April 4th

Good morning, WMPW readers! Welcome to the debut issue of the World’s Most Powerful Women, the ultimate must-read about women to watch across the globe. In today’s headlines: Embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff gets a surge of support, hijab-wearing fashionistas in Turkey become a hot retail market, and the U.S. venture capital world is still a boys’ club. Got a tip for a future issue? Send it my way at or @laurascohn. Have a great Monday!


Defending Dilma In Brazil, 100,000 demonstrators rallied in cities across the country in defense of the nation’s beleaguered President, Dilma Rousseff. A popular movement has emerged in Brazil to defend Rousseff, whose approval rating has fallen to 10% amid an economic crisis and a corruption scandal involving Petrobras, the national oil company. The surge of support might seem surprising given the recent protests against Rousseff, but some Brazilians see the movement against her as a coup and say they’re “defending democracy rather than the president.” Guardian


Hot hijabs
Rising levels of education and wealth in Turkey’s conservative class have made women who wear the hijab an attractive fashion market. In all, Turkey spends $39.3 billion each year on Islamic clothing. Among those courting the market: DKNY, Mango, Uniqlo, and H&M. 
Financial Times


Bridging the gap—slowly
New regulations in the U.K. will require businesses with 250 or more workers to reveal what their male and female employees are paid each year. Companies must report the figures by April 2018, which gives them a full two years to fix any gross disparities. 
Management Today


A Syrian speaks out
A Syrian refugee, identified only as “Laila,” presses the European Union to do more to help refugee families.
New York Times


Tapping tech
Female entrepreneurs in Africa are using low-cost technology such as BlackBerry’s messenger feature to start their own businesses. 
Huffington Post


An elegant entrepreneur
Japanese artist Natsuko Minegishi has used her knowledge of the traditional craft of lacquerware to start a business creating jewelry. Her handmade, multi-colored creations include Western-style pieces as well as Japanese accessories. Minegishi’s Tokyo-based brand, Miyabica, is derived from the Japanese word “miyabi,” which means “elegance.”
New York Times


Provocative portraits
Nimisha Bhanot, a Canadian artist of South Asian descent, paints provocative portraits of liberated Indian women and says “all women are badass.” Her goal? To explore “the perception of self and societal roles from a bi-cultural perspective.”


Hong Kong assaults rise
The number of sexual assault cases in Hong Kong is up nearly 50% over the past decade.
South China Morning Post


A pause for Hillary
The State Department is taking a break from its review of classified information on the personal email server of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It is waiting to complete its process until the Federal Bureau of Investigation finishes its own review.

Wall Street Journal


VC still very male
According to an analysis by Fortune, just 6% of the decision makers at U.S. venture capital firms are women. The small bit of good news? That figure is up from 4% in 2014.




Women-only art shows are on the rise
New York Times

Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva, 16, breaks a record
Wall Street Journal

She connects female VCs with women-owned social businesses
Financial Times

Harrison Ford auctions his Han Solo jacket to raise money for epilepsy, his daughter’s condition


Why do they want me to resign? Because I’m a woman, fragile. I am not fragile. That is not my life.
—Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff