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The World’s Most Powerful Women: February 28

For years now, there’s a been a bit of folklore about the physical fitness of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, age 83. An early reference came in a 2013 New Yorker profile of Ginsburg titled “Heavyweight” that mentioned she shared a personal trainer with Justice Elena Kagan and regularly out-repped Kagan, 27 years her junior, in bicep curls.

Just how in-shape is Ginsburg? Politico reporter Ben Schreckinger tackled the muscle vs. myth quandary by working out with Ginsburg’s personal trainer Bryant Johnson and completing her regular 90-minute regimen of elliptical work, bench press, squats, and pushups. His account of the workout, complete with Supreme Court humor (“It was so many rows I asked Johnson, ‘What about Wade?'”) is entertaining and not nearly as silly as it might seem. Ginsburg’s wellbeing became nationwide news with the election of Donald Trump since any serious health setback of Ginsburg’s could give the president an opportunity to appoint a second justice, swinging control of the court to conservatives and threatening the rollback of landmark legal decisions like the 2015 same-sex marriage ruling. If Schreckinger’s experience is any indication, the Supreme Court’s oldest jurist is in tip-top shape: he said he finished the routine “panting and red in the face.”




Berry’s baking againIn its jump from the BBC to Channel 4, the incredibly popular Great British Bake Off lost its beloved host Mary Berry. But she’s found a new home with her own show Mary Berry Everyday on the Beeb. The Evening Standard describes her latest gig as “a wonderfully homely new series from the former Bake Off judge, full of comforting recipes, uncluttered locations, and Berry’s trademark Queen’s English accent.”Evening Standard


Hidalgo hits back
At the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, President Donald Trump criticized Paris by quoting a friend he called “Jim” who told Trump he refuses to visit the city because “Paris is no longer Paris.” In tweets, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo responded to Trump by citing the increase in American tourists and with a photo of the Eiffel Tower that said, “We celebrate the dynamism and the spirit of openness of #Paris.”

She’s a natural
Producer and director Emma Napper told Cosmo how she ended up with what has to be one of the coolest jobs in the world: working on the nature documentary Planet Earth, whose second series debuted in the U.S. earlier this month. (It aired in the U.K. late last year.) As a child, Napper idolized David Attenborough, the show’s narrator. “I used to watch [his] programs and think, ‘That’s what I want to do,” Napper recalls. “I just thought the natural world was amazing, and I wanted to study it and spend time in it.”


Another diversity dimension
The gender and race of Oscar honorees have received tons of attention in the last few years, but there’s a class of underrepresented people who haven’t seen even a sliver of that spotlight: those with disabilities. Not since Marlee Matlin’s Oscar win in 1987 has a disabled person received an Academy Award, and the population remains scarce on screen. “In television and film only 1% of roles reflect a character with a disability,” says Matlin, who is deaf. “And of this 1%, only 5% of those roles are played by actors with a disability.”
Teen Vogue

Tarnished reputation?
In 2008, a dozen women filed an arbitration case against Sterling Jewelers, the conglomerate behind Kay Jewelers, claiming its leadership fostered a culture rampant with sexual harassment and discrimination. That still-unresolved class-action case has grown to include 69,000 women; 250 of whom have signed declarations alleging that female employees in the 1990s and 2000s were groped, demeaned, and told to sexually cater to their superiors to stay employed. Sterling denies the allegations. A spokesman said the company “has created strong career opportunities for many thousands of women working at our stores nationwide” and takes allegations of pay and promotion discrimination seriously.
Washington Post

This is my fight song
Last year, when a female Japanese musician was killed in Trinidad and Tobago’s capital during Carnival, Port-of-Spain’s mayor blamed the crime on women’s revealing costumes. So it’s no surprise that women at this year’s festival have adopted a sort of feminist anthem called “Leave Me Alone.” It’s about a woman who wants to party in the streets without being disturbed by men. “Leave me, let me free up,” she tells them.
Washington Post


All mine
Earlier this month Philippines Environment Secretary Gina Lopez announced the closure of 23 mines. World markets reacted in shock since the Philippines is the world’s largest nickel exporter. The mining industry is now challenging the decision and looking to undermine Lopez’s authority in the process. It argues that her past as an anti-mining activist disqualifies her from the job, but so far President Rodrigo Duterte is standing by his pick.

Time’s up
There’s yet another twist in the scandal surrounding South Korea President Park Geun-hye. The acting president filling in for Park following her impeachment vote is at risk of being impeached himself. The opposition party is furious that Hwang Kyo-ahn declined prosecutors’ request for more time to question Park about the on-going influence-peddling scandal. He said that continuing the prosecutors’ investigation is not in the best interest of the nation. 



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“So we deconstructed the jockstrap and recreated it as a jockbra.”
--Inventor Lisa Lindahl, whose company later became apparel brand Champion, recalling her inspiration for the first-ever sports bra.