The World’s Most Powerful Women: May 3

May 3, 2016, 5:13 AM UTC

Good morning, WMPW readers! A French photographer who covered the Paris bombings may be in trouble, Angela Merkel is living up to her reputation as the “climate chancellor,” and Anna Wintour still rules the fashion business. Got some news on an exceptional woman? Get in touch, at: or @laurascohn. Have a great Tuesday!


Covering terror

French war photographer Maya Vidon-White, who has covered conflict in Africa, Israel, and Indonesia, is in the middle of a legal fight for taking a picture of a TV5Monde employee in the aftermath of the Paris bombings. The photo of Cedric Gomet, who was wounded in the attacks and later died, was published in a magazine called VSD. Vidon-White, a freelancer for United Press International, heard from the Paris prosecutor's office a month after she took the photo. The case illustrates the challenges of covering the news while protecting the privacy of terrorism victims.New York Times


Hopes dashed
Late last year, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny pledged that roughly half of his 15-member cabinet would be made up of women if he held onto power. But now that the creation of the next government depends on joining with independent members of parliament who are male, Kenny has to back away from that promise. How disappointing.
The Times


The climate Chancellor
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who earned the nickname the "climate chancellor" after calling for her country to phase out nuclear energy, has added another notch in her belt. This time it's a $1.4 billion electric car subsidy program that will benefit the environment and give a big boost to German chipmaker Infineon.


Upbraiding ballet bosses
Russian prima ballerina Irina Kolesnikova denounced ballet companies for pressuring dancers to remain thin while overly exerting themselves during 10-hour days. Kolesnikova of the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre urges companies instead to institute "gentle" rehearsal periods. Otherwise, "at some point the body just switches off," she said.


Grabbing a CFO
Uber rival Grab has widened its executive ranks by hiring its first CFO: Singapore-based Linda Hoglund, who left telecommunications company Singtel's video streaming startup HOOQ to take up the new post. Hoglund is expected to work on raising new money for Grab, which has brought in over $650 million so far.
Tech Crunch


Action in Asia
Jean Lin, CEO of digital agency Isobar, says opportunities abound for her industry in India. She points to the fact that 4G services, while available, have yet to become priced competitively. She puts her money where her mouth is: when she was appointed CEO two years ago, she could have moved to the U.S. or the U.K. but opted to stay in Asia. "The action is in this part of the world," she says.
Business Standard


Mad Men still dominate
While nearly 50% of workers in the advertising world are women, gender bias endures. Susan Credle, one of the industry's top women who was behind the ads featuring those cute M&M's characters, says she tries to not get emotional at work. If she does, "I immediately am looked at as the crazy woman," she says.
New York Times


Revving up tech
Julie Samuels, executive director of new nonprofit Tech: NYC, hopes to revive New York's tech world. The coalition, expected to be formally announced this week, is made up of tech startups, big companies, and VC firms.
New York Times

Who ya gonna call?
The new Ghostbusters movie, which will replace its four male lead characters with women, is the latest female-led film due out in the coming months. "It's one thing to say there should be more great roles for women, but if you don't create them it's all lip service," says director Paul Feig, also of "Bridesmaids" fame. Unfortunately, the movie's trailer has brought out the misogynists.

Where Anna Wintour rules
The annual Met Gala, a star-studded event that took place in New York last night, has become an epic illustration of Vogue editor Anna Wintour's enduring power. Plus, it's raised millions for the New York museum's Costume Institute.
New York Times


Father of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen says she will lose next year's elections


Nielsen adds TV veteran Lauren Zalaznick to board of directors
PR Newswire

Honest Co., founded by actress Jessica Alba, is battling its critics

Men are three times more likely than women to win salary negotiations

Tory Burch on why women should own their ambition

Meet the 92-year-old great grandmother who's McDonald's oldest employee
Straits Times


Kindness isn't going to cure the world of all its awfulness but it's a good place to begin.
—actress Daisy Ridley, who played Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens