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The World’s Most Powerful Women: April 22

Good morning, WMPW readers! Time’s new list of 100 influential people includes a number of powerful women you may not have heard of, a report details women’s disturbing experiences with sexual harassment on public transport around the world, and China has censored one of its rising online female stars. Want to share some news on a remarkable woman? Get in touch, at: or @laurascohn. Happy Earth Day!


Global girl power This year’s Time 100 list of influential people includes powerful women you know well, such as Angela Merkel, Hillary Clinton, and rapper Nicki Minaj. But there’s also a group of women on the list you may not be so familiar with. Each one has made a contribution in her own right. Take Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, who’s managed successful international climate conferences; Gambian Activist Jaha Dukureh, who’s fighting to end female genital mutilation; Chinese fashion designer Guo Pei, who made that memorable yellow gown for Rihanna; and pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha, a whistleblower in the Flint, Michigan water crisis, to name a few. Talk about girl power. Time


Winning on the pitch, at least
Female soccer players in Nigeria out-kick the men on the pitch—but still get paid less. The Super Falcons, the country’s national women’s soccer team, have won the women’s Africa Nation’s Cup nine times. By contrast, the Super Eagles, the men’s team, has not qualified for two years running.


Tough on tax
Vera Jourova, the European Union’s commissioner for justice, consumers, and gender equality, said it was not right that wealthy citizens can move their money abroad to dodge taxes. “We need to further increase transparency,” she said. The comments come in the wake of the massive tax avoidance scandal revealed in the Panama Papers.
Financial Times


Precarious travel
A Guardian report examines readers’ experiences with sexual harassment on public transport around the world. The details are disturbing. After asking readers to share their encounters, the newspaper heard reports of women being followed off trains, having their breasts felt, or being pressed up against.



Making the list
Thanks to a corporate diversity program, Tata Consultancy Services, India’s largest IT firm, has been named as one of the U.K.’s top employers for women by the Times of London. TCS has more than 100,000 female employees, making up a third of its workforce.
Business Standard


An impolitic politician
Go to hell.” That’s what Rodrigo Duterte, the expected winner of May’s Philippine presidential election, told a women’s group after it lodged a complaint against him for offensive comments he made about Jacqueline Hamill, an Australian missionary who was taken hostage in Davao, gang raped, and murdered in a prison riot in 1989. Duterte, who was the city’s mayor at the time, said: “She was so beautiful. I thought, the mayor should have been first.” Appalling.


Silencing a star
Papi Jiang, an online celebrity in China, has been censored by the Chinese government. The star, whose growing popularity led investors to give her $1.9 million in funding, had her videos removed from Chinese video-streaming site Youku. The Chinese Communist Party’s newspaper says her videos were taken off the web because she was swearing.
Wall Street Journal


Slamming the SEC
Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts chastised the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for letting disgraced billionaire Steven Cohen form a new firm. Cohen recently settled allegations that he neglected to supervise employees who were later convicted of insider trading. Warren said the SEC’s decision “raises serious questions about the SEC’s ability…to impose meaningful accountability on wrongdoers.”


Oprah comes into her OWN
OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s five-year-old TV network, is on the rise. The network is producing new dramas that rival those on HBO and Showtime. “Our team got together and had the dream of being able to do this kind of scripted television,” she said.


New money for old stuff
Online consignment site TheRealReal has received $40 million in new cash. The site, founded by Julie Wainwright, last year sold $200 million of goods, twice what it sold in 2014. While it is not yet profitable, Wainwright told Fortune revenues will jump to more than $1 billion annually in the next three years.


Hillary Clinton weighs having a female vice president

Why Elizabeth Holmes is ahead in the PR war for Theranos

Powerade ad features American boxer and Olympic hopeful Claressa Shields

Argentinian judge indicts associate of former President Cristina Kirchner for money laundering
Wall Street Journal

EU’s Margrethe Vestager tells CNBC the charges against Google are not political

Merkel to host Obama, leaders of U.K., Italy, and France next week to talk about Syria and immigration
Wall Street Journal


I know as women we want to be able to have it all, but we can’t have it all at the same time. Make your priority of what you want at that time. Sometimes you don’t even have to get married.
—Iman, in an interview taped before she lost husband David Bowie to cancer