The World’s Most Powerful Women: May 20

May 20, 2016, 4:55 AM UTC

Good morning, WMPW readers! The journalists trailing Hillary Clinton are overwhelmingly female, a list of the top European Parliament members includes a number of women, and entrepreneur Josephine Takundwa is making a name for herself in Zimbabwe’s energy biz. Want to get in touch about a remarkable businesswoman? You can find me on Twitter at @laurascohn. Have a great weekend!


Girls on the bus

The esteemed book "The Boys on the Bus" recounted what life was like on the campaign trail for journalists covering the 1972 U.S. presidential campaign. The book, which revered male reporters, is still used in journalism schools. But it's dated. The political correspondents covering Hillary Clinton these days are overwhelmingly female. Vogue recounts a campaign trip Clinton made this spring in which she was trailed by 12—yes, 12!—female reporters. It also says there are 26 female journalists and just three male correspondents floating in and out of the campaign's coverage. Yet sharing a gender does not guarantee access. The magazine reports Clinton does not fly on the same plane with the reporters, and even takes pains at times to avoid them.Vogue


Power in parliament
A new list of the 40 members of European Parliament "who actually matter" by Politico includes 14 women, which coincides with the share of women in the body. The publication says it's a "coincidence," which I found encouraging. Top ranked women include: French far-right leader Marine Le Pen (number 2), U.K. Tory Vicky Ford (number 9), and German Ingeborg Grassle of the European People's Party (number 10).


Men in heels
Remember the Twitterstorm that erupted last week after a woman was sent home from PwC's London office for not wearing high heels? Stylist Magazine has created a hilarious video depicting men trying to walk in heels. Check it out--it will make your Friday.


Sexy surge protectors
Seeing an opening can spark an startup. After Josephine Takundwa, founder and CEO of Earthlink Technologies in Zimbabwe, noticed her local market sorely lacked reliable surge protectors, she approached a power company about a deal. Twelve years on, she's won numerous leadership awards, and her company has more than 100 product lines.
Huffington Post


Shut down
It must be tough to be a journalist in Russia. Elizaveta Osetinskaya, the respected editor-in-chief of the independent news organization RBC group, was dismissed after the publication of a series of investigative articles—including some on the Panama Papers. Employees blame the Kremlin, though a Vladimir Putin spokesman called that "absurd."
Financial Times



Where female pols shine
Taiwan is a great place to be a female politician. Today, Tsai Ing-wen has become its first female president, and a record 38% of its parliament is made up of women. That's well above the global average of 22%.


Men need not apply
Here's a unique approach to increasing the number of advanced math professors who are women: only accept female applicants. That's what the University of Melbourne is doing for three positions in its School of Mathematics and Statistics.


Huma's nightmare
This week, I've been following how hard it is to be a political spouse in the public eye. But the position of Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton's longtime top aides, may be the toughest one yet. A documentary called "Weiner" about Abedin and her husband, former Congressman Anthony Weiner who resigned over a sexting scandal, is being released in theaters today and will be aired on Showtime in October.


Hospital harassment
Sexual harassment can crop up in unexpected places. A new study in the journal JAMA says 30% of female doctors have experienced sexual harassment, compared to just 4% of men. The author, Reshma Jagsi of the University of Michigan, said she was surprised at the findings since more women are entering medicine.


Less for Yahoo
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer may be disappointed in the end. The Wall Street Journal reports bidding for the Internet pioneer's core business by Verizon Communications and other suitors is now at $2 billion to $3 billion, below the $4 billion to $8 billion expected last month. The bidding deadline is the first week of June.
Wall Street Journal


Just 10% of the Supreme Court's "friend of the court" appointments go to women
New York Times

Victims of sexual assault in U.S. military who file complaints are discharged

What Bill Clinton should do if he becomes FMOTUS
Washington Post

Men post poor reviews of women's TV shows, analysis shows

Alanis Morisette is suing her ex-business manager, alleging he stole millions
Los Angeles Times


As a writer who is feminist, one of my most fond interests is masculinity. Yes, masculinity. It may sound like an oxymoron but transforming men's roles is a necessary task while transforming women's roles.
— Minna Salami, founder of the award-winning MsAfropolitan blog