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The World’s Most Powerful Women: April 28

Good morning, WMPW readers! Zaha Hadid’s first posthumous project has been inaugurated, a female South African gin distiller is taking on the big boys, and even a seasoned political spouse can forget to suppress an eye roll. Want to pass on some news about a powerful woman? Get in touch, at: or @laurascohn. Have a great Thursday!


Zaha’s touch Zaha Hadid, the celebrated Iraqi-born British architect who died last month, had her first posthumous project unveiled this week. And it’s a stunner. The project, a sleek concrete maritime terminal in the ancient city of Salerno, Italy, was hailed by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi as a masterpiece. Salerno thanked Hadid by posting her portrait around the city, and about 200 employees from her London office came to pay tribute. Check out the photos. New York Times


Suspending anti-Semitism
In the U.K., Naz Shah, a Labour party member of parliament, was suspended on charges of anti-Semitism. Two years ago, Shah suggested Israeli citizens be sent to the U.S. as a “solution for the Israel-Palestine conflict.” Shah has now offered an apology: “Anti-Semitism is racism, full stop.”
Financial Times


Policing women
Iran, which already requires women to dress modestly, has upped the ante. Tehran’s police department has instituted a new 7,000-officer plainclothes division that some fear will be tasked with enforcing the government’s Islamic dress code. Critics see it as a sign of a growing rift between President Hassan Rouhani and established hard-liners.


Craving craft gin
Lorna Scott, founder and owner of the successful Inverroche craft gin distillery in South Africa, chalks up the country’s current “gin craze” to a desire for flavors with “very strong local roots.” Scott’s product, infused with a local plant called fynbos, has grown so popular it’s competing with Gordon’s gin.



Shy on self promotion
According to a new survey, just 38% of women in Asia feel they can talk about their ambitions in the workplace. That stands in contrast to the 47% of women globally who think they can do so. Global recruiting expert Hays, which conducted the survey, blames the discrepancy on cultural factors.
Business Wire


Baking from Bangladesh
Nadiya Hussain, who won Britain’s wildly popular “Great British Bake Off” TV show, is getting her own cooking show on the BBC. It’s being dubbed a “food inspired journey” from her home in Luton, U.K., to her roots in Bangladesh and will be called “The Chronicles of Nadiya.” Very punny, Beeb.



Viral eye-roll
Sometimes, even the politically astute forget the world is watching. Take Mary Pat Christie, wife of the New Jersey governor, who’s considered Donald Trump’s potential running mate. When Trump referred to Hillary Clinton using her “women’s card,” Christie barely managed to contain an eye roll. The comments became hashtag gold on Twitter. Will Christie’s reaction hurt her husband’s chances of becoming Trump’s vice president? Email me your thoughts.


Female veeps
U.S. presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a Republican, has named Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential pick. Only two other women, Sarah Palin and Geraldine Ferraro, have been nominated for vice president of a major U.S. political party.


Girls in space
NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman wants girls to reach for the stars. Newman, the first woman to hold the position, said she’s used to being the only female in the room, but that may be changing. NASA has added women to its scientist and engineer ranks.
New York Times


Pink Ceiling
Cindy Whitehead, the woman who created Addyi, known as the female Viagra, has launched a new project. The Pink Ceiling will help startups aimed at women by providing consulting services and funding.


Chart shows Donald Trump’s claim that “women don’t like Hillary” is wrong

Arianna Huffington joins Uber’s board

Marissa Mayer’s Yahoo cuts deal with investor to add board members
Wall Street Journal

Ecuadorian women create top radio show from prison

The breast pump goes high tech

Marine Le Pen tries to win over French Jews

Study shows the gender pay gap starts early
Christian Science Monitor

American expats launch girls-only soccer league in South Korea
Expats blog

Actress Sarah Jessica Parker talks about ambition


I remember some people telling me my nose was too big or my eyes were too small, that I could never be on a magazine cover. It wasn’t easy to be 14 and hear that kind of criticism. It made me feel insecure.
—Brazilian Gisele Bundchen, the world's highest-paid fashion model, reflecting on her start in the business