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The World’s Most Powerful Women: May 13

Good morning, WMPW readers! Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been suspended, the EU’s Margrethe Vestager blocked her first deal, and a Pakistani artist received a big boost from Beyonce. Want to pass on some news about an exceptional woman? You can find me on Twitter at: @laurascohn. Enjoy your weekend!

THE BIG STORY

Dilma Rousseff gets suspended

It’s been a rough week for Dilma Rousseff. First, the embattled Brazilian president faced a vote on the impeachment process. Then, it looked like she would avoid one. But yesterday, the vote took place, allowing a political trial against her to go ahead. Rousseff, who was suspended from office, is alleged to have violated budget laws. She vowed to “never stop fighting.” The trial could last for months, which means she could still be suspended during the Olympics, which kick off in Rio on Aug. 5.BBC

EUROPE/MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA



Deal derailed
It was her first veto, and it was a big one. EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager took a break from girding Google and blocked a 10.5 billion pound deal between O2, the U.K. mobile division of Telefonica, and CK Hutchison, saying it would have led to “higher prices and less choice” for consumers.
Fortune

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Greening a German giant
Six years ago, Elizabeth Turnbull enrolled in an Environmental Defense Fund program on energy efficiency. Now she’s helping Adidas reduce its carbon emissions. The result: the equivalent of taking 1,000 cars off the road.
Bloomberg

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Females in finance
Santander’s Ana Botin, one of “Fortune’s” Most Powerful Women, isn’t alone anymore. Dutch bank ABN Amro has appointed Olga Zoutendijk as the chair of its supervisory board, a sign the bank values global experience.
Financial Times

ASIA-PACIFIC


The Bey bounce
Talk about a lucky break. Pakistani artist Samya Arif created a striking multi-colored interior for a taxi that wound up in Coldplay’s “Hymn for the Weekend’s” music video, which also featured Beyonce. The video, seen over 300 million times on YouTube, has helped Arif find global acclaim.
New York Times
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Fighting for Rio
Two years ago, she was banned from boxing for 12 months for giving back her bronze medal to protest a decision of the judges at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. But now Indian boxer Sarita Devi is fighting for a spot at the Rio Olympics.
Live Mint

THE AMERICAS


Give my regards to…Oprah?
Oprah Winfrey is setting her sights on Broadway. The media mogul, who has acted on TV and in film, said she would do a live show “if the right material comes along.”
New York Times

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Crowdsourcing design
Entrepreneur Lee Mayer uses crowdsourcing to test the ideas, products and pricing strategies she has for “Havenly,” her interior design site. It seems to be working.
New York Times

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A gap in academia
Turns out, academia has a big gender pay gap, too. A new study shows female PhD’s in the science and engineering fields make 31% less than their male peers.
Inside Higher Ed

IN BRIEF


Can your boss force you to wear high heels?
Fortune


Oracle CEO Safra Catz says the tech biz needs women
Jerusalem Post


Calvin Klein’s “Upskirt” ad causes controversy
Fortune


Elizabeth Warren, other potential VP picks, aren’t known by voters
Fortune


Sally Brampton, pioneering first editor of “British Elle,” has died
The Times


Comedian Amy Schumer pokes fun at retail biz
Vanity Fair

PARTING WORDS

Sexism in the city is a good little soundbite. I just think it is crazy. It is gender stereotyping and there is a sexual element to it. I wear heels on a night out but that is my choice. Wearing flats would not impair my ability to do my job.
—Nicola Thorp, the receptionist in London's financial district who was sent home from work this week because she refused to wear high heels