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The World’s Most Powerful Women: July 27

The historic nature of the U.S. race for president—that it could put the first woman in the White House—has been largely lost in the last few months. The controversial campaign of businessman Donald Trump, his Twitter feed, and cable news soundbites have stolen this cycle’s spotlight, as has Hillary Clinton’s own email scandal that’s prompted questions about her judgement and truthfulness. I’d also like to think that in 2016, electing a female president just isn’t that big of a deal for many voters. After all, Americans have watched some of their country’s closest allies—Germany and the U.K—elect female leaders; perhaps they think it’s just a matter of time before they get their own.

Clinton got one step closer to that ultimate goal Tuesday night, when a glass ceiling she’s been jabbing for years finally gave way as she officially became the first-ever female nominee for president for a major U.S. party. As they cast their votes aloud at the convention in Philadelphia, a few states sent some of their oldest female delegates to the microphone, and they reminded everyone that history was in fact being made. One from Oklahoma said she was born in 1929, just nine years after women won the right to vote. She said, “I never thought I would live to see this day.”

Here’s the video. It’s worth a watch.

Fortune writer Claire Zillman


(filling in for Laura this week)


Following Farage
Suzanne Evans, ex-deputy chair of the U.K. Independence Party, has dropped out of the race to succeed Brexit champion Nigel Farage, who resigned as party leader after the EU referendum. In endorsing little-known female councilor Lisa Duffy, Evans said UKIP must end its “rugby club” image.BBC


Reading the Stars
Last month, 32-year-old Chiara Appendino of the upstart Five Star Movement was elected mayor of Turin, Italy. This story looks at if the anti-establishment wave she rode into office will sweep through the rest of the country too.
The Economist

A life in film
Sara Jadallah, daughter of iconic Sudanese filmmaker Jadallah Jubara, is digitizing her father’s entire film collection to create what’s thought to be Sudan’s first private archive of 15 and 35mm films. “Through his camera he documented Sudan’s history. I want to preserve this legacy,” she says.
The Guardian


Riding high on low rates
U.S. Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard has emerged as a leading advocate for low interest rates as a way to stir domestic growth and global stability—a position the Fed is expected to adopt again today. Her stance has stoked rumors among Democrats that she could land a top job in a Hillary Clinton administration. 
New York Times

Marissa’s next act
Despite Marissa Mayer’s insistence that she’s staying on as Yahoo CEO for the foreseeable future despite the company’s impending sale to Verizon, there’s already speculation about where she’ll go next. At 41, she’s certainly young enough to head another company, but it’ll be tough for her to rebound from what some see as a rookie reign marked by mistakes.
Wall Street Journal

Money matters
A new report shows that U.S. workers’ access to paid sick leave corresponds greatly to their income. $28.60 per hour is the magic number. Of those who make that or more, 84% had access to the benefit.


Out at the Olympics
Footballer Katie Duncan of New Zealand is just one of the queer female athletes competing at next month’s Olympic Games in Rio. This article provides an introduction her and 13 others. 


‘Hustle stats’ at work would recognize the contributions of women

Daughter of undocumented migrant to the U.S. got a standing ovation at the Democratic Convention

Michelle Obama and the power of black motherhood
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The women, I don’t know what is going on with the women here, but I think, I think I’m doing well with the women.
—U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump, despite polls showing a significant gender gap among his support base.