This week:

A proposal to overhaul Amsterdam’s red light district, how automation may disproportionately affect women’s job opportunities, and a Q&A with the woman at the forefront of fixing Hollywood’s gender imbalance.

U.S. victory in Women’s World Cup final met with ‘equal pay’ cheers

After an undefeated run in the Women’s World Cup, the United States beat the Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday to defend its title as reigning champions. Co-captain Megan Rapinoe scored off a penalty kick in the 61st minute; eight minutes later, Rose Lavelle doubled the lead with a 17-yard shot. After the win, the stadium in Lyon, France, erupted in “equal pay” cheers when FIFA President Gianni Infantino stepped out onto the field for postgame ceremonies.

Just a day before the game, Rapinoe had called out FIFA for unequal prize money and for scheduling three championship games on Sunday. That came after Infantino announced that he’ll seek to double the prize money for the women from $30 million to $60 million — an amount that still doesn’t compare with the $440 million the men are set to win in their next World Cup.

After the game, Rapinoe, who became the oldest player to score in a Women’s World Cup final at age 34, told Fox that the game was “unbelievable.” She made headlines throughout the tournament for her vocal opposition to the Trump administration, including her refusal to visit the White House. President Trump congratulated the team on Twitter after the game, as did first lady Melania Trump, former president Barack Obama and several other celebrities.

Automation may negatively impact women’s job opportunities more than men’s, research finds

(Lily illustration)
(Lily illustration)

Automation and artificial intelligence technologies will displace men and women more or less equally over the next decade, but women may find more difficulty in that transition, Harvard Business Review reports. An analysis from the McKinsey Global Institute found that about 20 percent of men and women across 10 countries could see their job displaced by automation by 2030. However, opportunities will arise in different fields — and evidence from the United States shows that, in recent years, more than 60 percent of newly created occupations were in male-dominated fields. That means that women are likely to have more barriers to succeeding in the new labor market, researchers say.

“In the age of automation, men and women need more than ever to have the right skills, to be mobile and adaptable, and to be tech-savvy,” they write. “Due to the barriers they face, women lag behind men on all three.”

Appeals court admonishes judge who said teen accused of rape was from ‘a good family’

(iStock; Lily illustration)
(iStock; Lily illustration)

A family court judge’s ruling from last month captured national attention after several outlets reported on it last week: In the New Jersey case, Judge James Troiano denied the prosecutor’s request to elevate a rape case involving two 16-year-old students to adult court. The judge cited factors such as the defendant coming from a “good family” and having high test scores as reasons to deny the prosecutor’s request. Now, an appeals court is admonishing Troiano for the decision, saying the judge’s consideration of these elements “sounded as if he had conducted a bench trial on the charges rather than neutrally reviewed the State’s application.”

In the case, a 16-year-old girl alleged a 16-year-old boy sexually assaulted her — and filmed it — at a pajama-themed party. The boy, identified as G.M.C. in court documents, allegedly sent a text to his friends that read, “When your first time having sex was rape.” He also allegedly sent along a video of the encounter. As a result of the appeals court’s rebuke of Troiano’s ruling, the case will head to a grand jury where the teenager will be treated as an adult.

Reactions are mixed after Saudi Arabia announces Nicki Minaj performance

Nicki Minaj. (Stuart C. Wilson/AP)
Nicki Minaj. (Stuart C. Wilson/AP)

Saudi Arabia announced that Nicki Minaj, the hip-hop star famous for hits such as “Anaconda,” will headline its Jeddah World Fest musical festival on July 18. As the Associated Press reported, the announcement came as a surprise to many, given the kingdom’s ultraconservative laws — including gender segregation between single men and women in many restaurants and public schools. While some said performances by stars such as Minaj and Mariah Carey, who performed in Saudi Arabia earlier this year, are steps forward, others argue that it’s hypocritical for the country to invite Minaj to perform while restricting the rights of Saudi women.

The announcement comes amid international criticism of the country for several reasons, including the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was a Washington Post columnist, and the treatment of several women’s rights activists who remain on trial.

Indonesia’s top court rules woman who recorded lewd calls from her boss should be punished

(iStock; Lily illustration)
(iStock; Lily illustration)

A bitter legal battle that has been playing out in Indonesia since 2015 represents a step backward for women’s rights in the country, advocates say. The case involves Nuril Maknun, a bookkeeper at a school on Indonesia’s Lombok island who alleged her boss, the school’s principal, repeatedly shared details of his sexual encounters with her and demanded she engage in an affair with him in lewd phone calls. Maknun’s lawyer said she began recording the calls for her own protection. When Maknun’s boss, who goes by only one name, Muslim, found out about the recording, he reported her to police.

A panel of three judges found her guilty of distributing indecent material in sharing the recordings and sentenced her to six months in prison and ordered her to pay a fine of around $35,000. Maknun took her case all the way to the Supreme Court, where another panel of judges denied her request for it to be reviewed.

“I, as a woman, should be protected, but then I was the one who became the victim,” Maknun told the New York Times. “People should know that when we get harassed, there is no place to take refuge.”

How Amsterdam’s red light district could soon change

Femke Halsema, the mayor of Amsterdam. (Koen Van Weel/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock; iStock/Lily illustration)
Femke Halsema, the mayor of Amsterdam. (Koen Van Weel/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock; iStock/Lily illustration)

Last week, Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema announced plans to overhaul the city’s red light district. As Reuters reported, the plan would be “the most radical revamp of the sex trade” since the Dutch legalized prostitution in 2000. In a report titled “The Future of Window Prostitution,” the mayor is weighing four scenarios, including ending street window displays and moving city-center brothels elsewhere.

Earlier this year, Lily contributor Thessa Lageman wrote a feature on the persistent problems for sex workers in the city, from stigma to physical dangers. Halsema, the city’s first female mayor, said that she was particularly bothered by groups of tourists “staring and laughing” at the women in window displays. “This needs to stop,” she said, and it appears that change may soon be coming. Read the full piece here.


• A week after making her mark on the Democratic debate stage, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) unveiled a $100 billion plan to invest in black homeownership and close the racial wealth gap.

• Disney announced that Halle Bailey, who’s half of the musical duo Chloe X Halle, will star as the next Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of 1989’s “The Little Mermaid.” The movie generated buzz last week after Variety reported that actress Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play sea witch Ursula, and singer Lizzo subsequently tweeted several posts with sad-faced emoji.

Halle Bailey. (Amy Sussman/Getty; Disney; Lily illustration)
Halle Bailey. (Amy Sussman/Getty; Disney; Lily illustration)

• The Dalai Lama apologized for previous comments in which he said a female successor would need to be “attractive.” A statement from his office said the comments had been a joke and that the Dalai Lama is “deeply sorry.”

• In an interview with Vogue, supermodel Karlie Kloss said she quit modeling for Victoria’s Secret in 2015 after she started studying feminist theory at New York University’s Gallatin School. “I didn’t feel it was an image that was truly reflective of who I am and the kind of message I want to send to young women around the world about what it means to be beautiful,” she said of modeling for the lingerie conglomerate.

Stacy Smith. (Courtesy of USC Annenberg Marketing and Communications)
Stacy Smith. (Courtesy of USC Annenberg Marketing and Communications)

Stacy Smith is a professor of communication at the University of Southern California, where she writes and talks extensively about women’s representation in media. In 2005, she launched the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, which studies diversity and inclusion in Hollywood. For the past 15 years, the think tank has published multiple student-led research investigations on inequality in entertainment — on screen, behind the scenes and in music. The organization has already released six reports in 2019 and plans to publish six more by the end of the year.

How her work changed after the Time’s Up movement: “Through Time’s Up, we were able to discuss with actors, directors, producers and writers many of the ills of Hollywood, whether it’s on-screen issues of representation all the way through to issues of safety and exploitation. It was the first time we were putting data in the very hands of the people we were studying. That hasn’t happened on the scale that it did before Time’s Up.”

On getting invited to actress Brie Larson’s house to talk about issues in Hollywood: “It was a 45-minute conversation not only about the problems, but how to create change in the industry. That really showed me that we are really at a new moment. There were no gatekeepers; it was us and the people who needed our information and who were working toward change inside their industry. That was electrifying. ... I’m really proud of them, because not only are they actors, they’re true activists who are changing the landscape of humanity.”

Her message to others: “Consumers really drive what decision-makers in the industry do. The louder that women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, folks in the mental health space — the louder they can be about what they want and desire on social media and support that by viewing, commenting, posting on those stories ... they play a huge a role.”

Using mantras as passwords

I can’t remember where I heard of creating a password that doubles as a mantra, but I’ve been doing this for the past year. I type in my password multiple times a day, so I like that I’m able to repeat a mantra in my head multiple times a day as well. An example of an old password was: PracticePatience. The possibilities are endless, and you can change it at any time.

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