Mayor Femke Halsema’s Amsterdam Gets a Brexit Boost

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Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Voters side with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong local elections, moms love TikTok, and Amsterdam is the new London, post-Brexit. Have a lovely Monday. 


- Hallo, Amsterdam. With Theresa May out of the hot seat, the Broadsheet hasn't covered Brexit quite as closely as we once did. But the impending departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union is still, of course, affecting women across Europe. 

Take this piece by Vivienne Walt from Fortune's December issue. Viv spends time in Amsterdam, where "Brexit refugees" have flocked in anticipation of Brexit's affect on industries traditionally headquartered in London; the financial services industry, especially, is all-in on the Dutch city. The story opens with Rhian Ravenscroft, an attorney for U.S.-based bond-trading platform Market­Axess, who was the first one to ask her employer to move out of London the morning after the Brexit referendum results came in. She was seven months pregnant at the time; more than three years later, her toddler is fluent in Dutch. 

Amsterdam is a city the Broadsheet has followed as Mayor Femke Halsema has enacted reforms, including of the Red Light District. In Viv's story, Deputy Mayor for Economic Affairs Simone Kukenheim weighs in on the Brexit refugee phenomenon: “This is a reaction to Brexit, not us saying, ‘Hah, let us see what we can get out of this.' There is deep sadness over Britain leaving.”

While Kukenheim is wary of seeming to capitalize on what many see as a tragedy, there's no doubt that her city has already been significantly influenced by the U.K.'s political turmoil. Read the rest of Viv's feature for insightful analysis of two European cities—Amsterdam and London—caught in the middle of the fight over the fate of the U.K.

Emma Hinchliffe


- Protesting via vote. Voters turned out in record numbers for local and district elections in Hong Kong, overwhelmingly choosing pro-democracy candidates and rejecting pro-government ones. The elections are seen as a referendum on the protest movement that has taken over the city and objects to the leadership of Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Wall Street Journal

- A disturbing summer. Motivational speaker Tony Robbins railed against the #MeToo movement last year and has already been accused of groping women. Now, BuzzFeed reports on a California summer camp where Robbins went as guest speaker in 1985, when he was 25. He allegedly sexually assaulted a teenage camper there. Multiple people who were there at the time describe the incident, which Robbins denies happened as they say. BuzzFeed

- How it happened. Before she took over as as interim president of Bolivia this month, Jeanine Añez was relatively unknown. The senator represented a remote region, had sat out October elections, and was about to retire. Read the tick-tock of how she came to power: New York Times

- Supreme Courts. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg took a quick trip to the hospital this weekend after experiencing chills and a fever. A Supreme Court spokesperson says the justice is now "home and doing well." In the U.K., Supreme Court president Lady Hale predicts that women will hold half of the judgeships in the U.K. by 2033—sooner than others have estimated. 

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: GE this morning announced that Carolina Dybeck Happe, CFO of A.P. Moller-Maersk, will become its new senior vice president and CFO early next year. Belinda Johnson will step down from her role as Airbnb's COO but join the company's board of directors as it prepares to go public. Amazon's director of software development for Alexa Pawan Uppuluri joins Glossier as chief technology officer. 


- Just another Marla Sunday. Since the election of her ex-husband in 2016, have you been dying to know how Marla Maples spends her Sundays? The moment is finally here, and it involves a trampoline: New York Times

- Sisters in grapes. Monks are known for making wine. But nuns make wine too! Fortune profiles Monastero Suore Cistercensi in Vitorchiano, Italy, where the Sisters of the Cistercian Order tend five hectares of vineyards to make two whites and a red. Fortune

- Going viral. TikTok is for teens—or is it? Here, the moms of the shortform video app. They aren't anything like the millennial moms of Instagram; instead they "live in unattractive houses cluttered with children’s toys" where they "dance in sweats" and "make dumb, hilarious memes in which they purposefully come across as clueless olds." New York Times 


The only 'gear' you need to stay active while pregnant Outside 

The heroines of America's black press New York Review of Books

Prince Andrew to stand aside from all 230 of his patronages Guardian

K-pop singer Goo Hara found dead, highlighting pressures on female stars Washington Post


"I really want to shake up this old-fashioned, beautiful, wonderful place a bit."

-Composer Olga Neuwirth, whose operatic version of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography will be the first opera written by a woman to be staged at the 150-year-old Vienna State Opera


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