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This week:

U.S. protests erupt over the attack on Iran, astronaut Christina Koch makes history (again), and a recommendation for affordable earbuds.

Quick hits

Today’s featured news

The top moments for women at the Golden Globes

The 77th annual Golden Globes aired Sunday night. Here were three big moments for women not to miss:

+ When Michelle Williams accepted her Golden Globe for best actress in a limited series for “Fosse/Verdon,” she used the opportunity to talk about abortion rights. “I wouldn’t have been able to do this without employing a woman’s right to choose,” she said. “To choose when to have my children and with whom, when I felt supported and able to balance our lives.” She also urged women to “vote with our own self-interest.”

+ Ahead of the show, many people criticized that for the past several years, no women were nominated in the best director category. “Little Women’s” Greta Gerwig, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’s” Marielle Heller and “The Farewell’s” Lulu Wang and were among those who had been lauded by critics ahead of the nominations. Accepting her first Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy, “The Farewell’s” Awkwafina said she owed the win to Wang: “You gave me this chance, the chance of a lifetime, and you taught me so much.

(Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal/Getty)
(Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal/Getty)

+ Ellen DeGeneres received the second annual Carol Burnett Award, which honors excellence in television. In an introduction, “Saturday Night Live” star Kate McKinnon, the show’s first openly lesbian cast member, spoke about how DeGeneres impacted her own life when the comedian came out on her popular sitcom in 1997. The only thing that made her own coming out “less scary,” McKinnon said, “was Ellen doing it on TV.”

(Salwan Georges/The Washington Post; iStock; Lily illustration)
(Salwan Georges/The Washington Post; iStock; Lily illustration)

Antiwar protests break out amid escalating tension with Iran and Iraq

Over the weekend, Iranians mourned Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, who was targeted and killed by U.S. forces at Baghdad International Airport on Friday. Iran has promised “harsh revenge” for the attack and announced it is suspending all commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal. As The Washington Post reports, President Trump began mulling an operation against the leader of Iran’s Quds Force amid escalating rocket attacks that culminated in the death of an American contractor in Iraq on Dec. 27. Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi called for the removal of foreign forces in the country on Sunday.

Antiwar protests broke out across the United States, including in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Salt Lake City, after news of Soleimani’s killing. In Washington, D.C., hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the White House on Saturday. Organized by Code Pink: Women for Peace and the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), protesters decried the deployment of additional U.S. troops to the Middle East and demanded the removal of American forces from Iraq.

(Lily illustration)
(Lily illustration)

Google artificial intelligence better than doctors at detecting breast cancer, study finds

Research published in the journal Nature showed that a Google artificial intelligence system could identify breast cancer in mammograms with a similar degree of accuracy to radiologists, and more accurately in some tests; it also reduced the number of false positive and negative results. As Reuters reports, with AI, computers can learn to spot cancers based on the actual results of thousands of mammograms — which means they have the potential to “exceed human capacity to identify subtle cues,” said Connie Lehman, chief of the breast imaging department at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Archaeologists discover remains that back up existence of Amazon warrior women

Modern scholars have long believed that the Amazons, warrior women of Ancient Greek stories, were a myth. But the remains of four female warriors buried with arrowheads, spears and horseback-riding equipment were found in western Russia, right where Ancient Greek stories placed the Amazons. The groundbreaking research, revealed this month by a team from the Institute of Archaeology at the Russian Academy of Sciences, revealed the women to be Scythian nomads who were interred at a burial site some 2,500 years ago, and suggest that they trained, hunted and battled alongside their male counterparts.

Although similar evidence has been found before, these women represented multiple generations of Scythian women, the first discovery of its kind. One expert told The Washington Post that the findings suggested young girls were trained early on, just like boys, to ride horses and use bows and arrows.

Stat check

News by the numbers

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

A new report from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, which looks at the most popular films from 2007 to 2019, found that the prevalence of female directors in Hollywood significantly improved in 2019. Last year, a total of 113 directors were attached across the top 100 grossing films; 10.6 percent were female directors, compared with 4.5 percent in 2018 and 2.7 percent in 2007. Despite this, inequality persists; only 13 women from underrepresented racial or ethnic groups have directed any of the 1,300 top movies from 2007 to 2019, whereas white males held 82.5 percent of jobs.


Five need-to-know stories in 100 words or less

1. On Thursday, 22 women were awarded $13 million in their lawsuit against the owners of a popular pornographic website called GirlsDoPorn. The women alleged that they were lured into performing in sex videos after responding to Craigslist ads and that the videos were then posted online without their consent.

Danielle Outlaw (Monica Herndon/The Philadelphia Inquirer/AP)
Danielle Outlaw (Monica Herndon/The Philadelphia Inquirer/AP)

2. Danielle Outlaw was named Philadelphia’s police commissioner, becoming the first black woman to hold the position. In 2017, she became the first black female police chief of Portland, Ore.

3. Golden Globe-winning actress Sharon Stone said her account on the dating app Bumble was suspended after other users flagged it as fake — an increasing issue for matchmaking apps. Within hours of Stone’s tweet, Bumble reinstated her account.

4. The criminal trial against disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein begins today in New York City. Here’s what to know ahead of the trial.

Christina Koch (Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)
Christina Koch (Dmitri Lovetsky/AP)

5. Astronaut Christina Koch, who has now been in space for more than 298 days, broke retired astronaut Peggy Whitson’s world record for the longest single space flight by a woman. Koch, who made history in October for participating in the first all-female spacewalk, told “CBS This Morning”: “It’s not so much how many days you’re up here, but what you do with each of those days.”

A quick Q&A

This week, we hear from psychiatrist Alexandra Sacks

Alexandra Sacks. (Annabel Braithwaite)
Alexandra Sacks. (Annabel Braithwaite)

Alexandra Sacks is a reproductive psychiatrist affiliated with the Women’s Program at the Columbia University Medical Center. The second season of her podcast, Gimlet’s “Motherhood Sessions,” returns Jan. 9. In it, Sacks sits down with mothers and allows listeners to be part of discussions that are similar to what might happen in a therapist’s office.

On her favorite episode: “I would say the opening episode is helpful to anyone, because it’s really about how to connect and understand each other in terms of parent and child, when you have a different story. So the mother grew up in Kenya, in a much lower socioeconomic status than her daughter, who she’s raising in D.C. She’s coming to me because she’s worried about how to raise her daughters with good values.”

What came of the conversation: “What we worked on was admitting that this fear was her daughter would be spoiled. … I think people are kind of afraid to share these natural thoughts that are in their heads, because they’re worried it might come out sounding ugly. It was important for her to know that it’s okay to share that fear, that it doesn’t mean her daughter is spoiled or that she’s criticizing her kid. It just means she’s sharing a natural concern and trying to think proactively.”

On maintaining your relationship through parenthood: “Your identity changes because there’s a whole new domestic path around taking care of a child. Those domestic roles can create resentment. My advice in that domain is really about encouraging people to talk about the hard stuff — being able to talk about what you’ve had to give up or compromise on in new parenthood can really help.”

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Things we love but weren’t paid to promote

I’m kind of a nerd when it comes to headphones, particularly in-ear monitors (IEMs) — I listen to music so often that having a nice pair of IEMs is very important to me. I’m also prone to losing and breaking my stuff, so it’s not an easy task to find a relatively inexpensive pair that hold up to my reckless lifestyle and sound great. Luckily, I’ve discovered KZ headphones, specifically the ZS6s. The metal exterior, interchangeable chord and multiple ear-tips are all winners for me. Plus, the Verge just wrote about the trend of “Chi-fi” headphones, in which Chinese distributors build extremely high-end headphones and make them ultra cheap. KZ is listed as one of the top brands.

Ross May, Lily art director


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