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The World’s Most Powerful Women: August 10

Fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad broke a barrier in Rio this week when she became the first woman to compete for the U.S. Olympic team while wearing a hijab. She lost her first competition, but has won over the world in other ways, becoming an ambassador of sorts for Muslim women.

“Anyone who has paid attention to the news would know the importance of having a Muslim woman on Team USA,” said Muhammad, who will make another appearance in the team competition on Saturday. “It’s challenging those misconceptions that people have about who the Muslim woman is.”

Across the pond, Britain’s Nadiya Hussain offers a similar message. Hussain, who gained fame after appearing on the popular reality TV show The Great British Bake Off , told The Times it was initially “incidental” that she wore a headscarf on the show. Hussain—who is so well known in Britain now she is simply called “Nadiya”—also told the Radio Times that at first, she worried “that perhaps people would look at me, a Muslim in a headscarf, and wonder if I could bake.” After a while, her concern died down. “The feedback I have had reveals how accepting people are of different cultures and religions,” Hussain said, adding that British society is “tolerant and accepting.”

Powerful words. Yet Muhammad also recently revealed she was followed home in New York City by someone who tried to report her to the police. History has been made. But clearly, there’s still more work to be done to do away with false perceptions of Muslim women.

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EUROPE/MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA

Big bucks from the BBC
Clare Balding, who’s anchoring the Rio Olympics for the BBC, is one of the highest-paid TV anchors in the U.K. Balding, who made more than 500,000 pounds last year, also covers Wimbledon.
Guardian

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Marine and Donald
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has endorsed Donald Trump, but her National Front party is trying not to associate itself too much with the Republican candidate. Le Pen is running for president of France in 2017.
World Policy

THE AMERICAS



Trump suggests gun backers could act against Clinton
Did Donald Trump intend to incite violence against Hillary Clinton in his comment about how she would undercut gun rights? That’s what critics are saying after Trump said: “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks,” adding, “Although the Second Amendment people–maybe there is, I don’t know.” Clinton’s campaign said the remarks were “dangerous.” You can watch what he said here.
New York Times

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Getting gold again
They did it. The U.S. women’s gymnastics team claimed Olympic gold in Rio, with a massive 8-point margin. The group–consisting of superstar Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian–put on a stunning show and were coached by famed team coordinator Martha Karolyi, who is retiring after Rio.
New York Times

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Stress in the C-Suite
The Wall Street Journal reviews the extra pressure female CEOs face. Using Marissa Mayer of Yahoo as Exhibit A, the paper concludes the decisions and personal lives of female leaders come under more intense scrutiny than those of their male counterparts, which raises the stakes when it comes to success.
Wall Street Journal

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GOPers lean into Hillary
In a vivid graphic, the New York Times illustrates the fact that Republican donors for former party-establishment candidates such as Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and Chris Christie, are giving money to Hillary Clinton, not to Donald Trump. It’s a historic shift, given that donors tend to give money to their nominee of their own political party. Meanwhile, Republican women are abandoning Trump.
New York Times

ASIA-PACIFIC


A taxing pay gap
Patricia Apps, a University of Sydney professor, says changes made to Australia’s tax system under former PM John Howard discriminate against working women and have contributed to the country’s gender pay gap.
Syndey Morning Herald

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Invincible archers
It seems like female archers from South Korea are invincible. The team in Rio this year got gold medals, marking the eighth straight time they’ve become Olympic Champions.
Korea Times

IN BRIEF


How Sallie Krawcheck is trying to fix the gender investing gap
Recode


Jury rules that Chipotle discriminated against pregnant worker
Fortune


Serena Williams loses in Rio to Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine
NBC


Post-Roger Ailes, women (and men) at Fox News feel relieved
Vanity Fair


Soccer legend Brandi Chastain says the pressure is on for equal pay
CBS News


Ancestry names tech vet Carla Newell chief legal officer
Globe Newswire


Lean In Belfast leader Nuala Murphy wants Sheryl Sandberg to come visit
Belfast Telegraph

 

PARTING WORDS

We have a very high standard.
—China's Wu Minxia, who just won her fourth consecutive gold medal in 3-meter synchro diving in Rio.