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The World’s Most Powerful Women: August 11

There’s new proof that allegations of sexual harassment aren’t confined to the corridors of Fox News.

Just-released research from the Trades Union Congress and women’s equality group Everyday Sexism Project in the U.K. shows that 52% of women have had to deal with sexual advances, groping, and unwanted off-color jokes in the workplace. The problem is especially acute for women just starting out: 63% of those 24 or younger said they had experienced such behavior.

If that weren’t bad enough, nearly 80% of those who said they had been sexually harassed say they did not report it. Fear plays a role, particularly if you’re a junior employee in your first job and don’t want to stir the pot. But sadly, so does money. The report says the 1,200-pound (roughly $1,570) fee required to file a sexual discrimination claim in the U.K. means some women are “priced out of justice.” Since the fee was introduced, sexual discrimination claims have declined by 76%.

Everyday Sexism asked women to share their stories using the hashtag #HarassedAtWork. You can find a sampling of how Twitter users responded in this story by Fortune’s Kristen Bellstrom.

Activist Laura Bates, who founded Everyday Sexism, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation sexual harassment is “so pervasive” because “it isn’t being talked about.” Let’s hope the widespread press coverage of the report–and the ongoing saga about tension at Fox News after the resignation of Roger Ailes amid sexual harassment allegations–can put us on a short path to change the pervasiveness of this ugly behavior.




Nicola’s nudge
Despite the onset of the August holiday season in Europe, Nicola Sturgeon isn’t taking a break from her fight to keep Scotland in the EU. The head of Scotland’s government traveled to Germany to press officials to find a way to keep her country in the bloc–and reiterated her position that a second Scottish independence referendum is still “one option” following the Brexit vote.


Let them eat meat
An Italian lawmaker wants to jail parents who make their kids go vegan. Elvira Savino, a member of the conservative Forza Italia party, has proposed a law that carries jail sentences of a year for raising a child on a vegan diet, up to four years if the child develops a permanent health problem and up to seven years if the child dies as a result.


Warren’s war
The Twitter fight between Senator Elizabeth Warren and Donald Trump heated up again, after the Republican nominee suggested gun backers could act against Hillary Clinton. Warren, the Democratic Massachusetts senator, tweeted that Trump “makes death threats because he’s a pathetic coward who can’t handle the fact that he’s losing to a girl.”


Doubting Dilma
With all the attention on the Olympics this week, it’d be (almost) easy to forget that the fate of Brazil’s suspended president, Dilma Rousseff, is hanging in the balance. Yesterday, Brazil’s Senate voted to try Rousseff for impeachment, a move that could see her get kicked out of office.


Watch your language
Just call her the language cop. Michaelle Jean, secretary general of the International Organization of la Francophonie, is going around Rio’s Olympic venues to see who’s adhering to the Olympic charter’s so-called Rule 23, which says French is one of two official languages of the Games (the other being English).
New York Times


Hillary’s edge
As the presidential race enters its final months, it looks like Hillary Clinton could beat Donald Trump in three key states. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll shows Clinton has an 11-point advantage in Pennsylvania, a 5-point lead in Ohio, and is ahead by 4 points in Iowa.
Wall Street Journal


Fu’s fame
You don’t have to win a gold medal to gain fame in Rio. Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui, who got the bronze in the 100-meter backstroke, has given a series of interviews that have gone viral in China. On Chinese social media platform Weibo, Fu’s following has grown to almost 4 million this week–from roughly 550,000 before the Games began.



Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton trade barbs
Wall Street Journal

Swimmer Katie Ledecky leads Team USA to gold in relay
Sports Illustrated

U.S. gymnast Laurie Hernandez sparks debate on Olympians going pro

This medical “boutique” says it can cut the cost of egg freezing in half

Delhi University launches app to enhance women’s safety in India
Business Standard

Just 5% of CEOs in Africa are women

Olympic beach volleyball photos of women from Egypt, Germany highlight diversity of the Games
Huffington Post


It is the best feeling in the world.
— British swimmer Siobhan-Marie O'Connor, who won a silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley in Rio