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- Teaming up. MacKenzie Scott and Melinda French Gates teamed up to give $40 million to four organizations that promote gender equality—Building Women’s Equality through Strengthening the Care Infrastructure, Changing the Face of Tech, Girls Inc.’s Project Accelerate and The Future is Indigenous Womxn. Bloomberg
- A new twist. Simone Biles has likely taught us all a new term: the twisties. It's what occurred to the gymnast during her first vault in the team all-around at the Olympics; she essentially lost control of her body mid-flight. The condition is well-known among gymnasts who say it's a terrifying—and potentially dangerous—experience. Washington Post
- Statues—or bust. U.S. Senators have introduced a bipartisan bill to add statues of Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to the halls of the U.S. Capitol where just 14 of the 266 sculptures feature women. "Obviously they are pioneers, and I think it would send a great message to all the young girls who go through the Capitol," says Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R–W.V.). NPR
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
- Britney's army. Once on the fringes of pop culture, the campaign to free Britney Spears from her conservatorship is now fully mainstream, thanks in part to fan accounts that have the power to mobilize thousands on social media. “This is about the human condition. It’s a human rights issue. It’s a disability rights issue. It’s a civil rights issue,” says Angela Rojas, a lawyer behind the account @BritneyLawArmy. New York Times
- Crypto promised land. Caitlin Long, founder and CEO of “crypto bank” startup Avanti Financial Group and an alum of Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley, has lobbied the passage of 24 crypto-friendly laws in Wyoming, giving the state a reputation as a cryptocurrency promised land. Critics, meanwhile, see the measures as creating a sort of Wild West that risks financial instability down the road. Fortune
- Fighting a culture war. This story better introduces us to Kimberlé Crenshaw, a law professor at Columbia and UCLA and a mastermind of critical race theory, which has become a weapon in America's culture wars. She spends a lot of time correcting misinterpretations of her work. “You cannot fix a problem you cannot name,” Crenshaw says of the campaigns to outlaw teaching critical race theory. “You cannot address a history that you’re unwilling to learn.” Vanity Fair
ON MY RADAR
Opinion: Women Spac founders are good for finance Financial Times
Lucy Liu gets personal on fame, art and standing up for herself on the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ set L.A. Times
The unexpected summer of Lady Gaga’s ‘Chromatica’ WSJ
‘They thought I was dead’: Haitian president’s widow recounts assassination New York Times
"There was a point in time where I just didn't think I would ever get here. I'm super proud of myself for sticking with it and believing in myself."
- American Suni Lee on winning gold in the women's gymnastics individual all-around.