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A bar altercation is being investigated as a hate crime, how President Trump uses the word “nasty,” and ideas to celebrate Women’s Equality Day.
Today’s featured news
Female doctors are likelier than women with law degrees, business degrees or doctorates to have children, and women are now half of medical students. A piece in the New York Times tracks why medicine has become an attractive profession for working mothers — and finds “flexible, predictable hours are the key.” Specifically, specialties with shorter hours and fewer emergencies, such as dermatology, attract more women, and younger women work fewer hours on average than men in the same specialty.
Doctors who work reduced schedules tend to be paid more proportionally than in other professions, according to the Times, and the fact that doctors earn enough to afford good child care contributes to the job’s family friendliness.
The Supreme Court will consider a case in October that tests whether Title VII, which prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of sex, protects transgender individuals. In its filings, the Trump administration’s Justice Department argues that Title VII “does not prohibit discrimination against transgender persons based on their transgender status.”
The case revolves around Aimee Stephens, the director of a funeral home who was fired after she came out as a transgender woman. The Associated Press reports that documents filed by the Justice Department earlier this month reflect the nature of the battle: While legal briefs supporting Stephens use “she” and “her” to refer to the transgender woman, the 100-plus pages filed by the Trump administration and the Michigan funeral home where Stephens worked avoid gender pronouns. When the U.S. Appeals Court of the 6th Circuit ruled that Title VII was broad enough to cover Stephens, judges used the gender pronouns Stephens preferred.
On Saturday, protesters gathered outside Las Perlas, a downtown Los Angeles bar, following what is being investigated by police as a hate crime. The incident involved a group of co-workers — two transgender women and one gay man — being removed from the bar after an altercation broke out. The group of co-workers said they were celebrating the LGBTQ community at DTLA Proud Festival when a man and a woman began verbally attacking one of the women in the group with transphobic slurs. Video shows the co-workers being forcibly taken outside by security guards.
The bar’s managers said both groups were asked to leave, and the guards removed those who refused to go, in accordance with company policy.
Earlier this month, India made the unprecedented move of stripping Kashmir, a Muslim-majority region that has long been disputed over, of its autonomy and statehood. The action, spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, is part of an agenda to emphasize Hindu primacy in India.
While BJP leaders argued the move would help bring gender equality to Kashmir, sexist comments by politicians have left Kashmiri women skeptical and even fearful, Al Ajzeera reports. For example, one BJP member of the legislative assembly reportedly said: “Muslim party workers should rejoice in the new provisions. They can now marry the white-skinned women of Kashmir.”
One 22-year-old makeup artist living in Srinagar, the Kashmiri capital, told Al Jazeera: “The way women of Kashmir are exoticized and objectified on a daily basis in India … has heightened the sense of being preyed upon.”
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A word that President Trump has become well known for using to describe his political enemies — “nasty” — made headlines last week after the president used it in relation to Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. That came after Frederiksen called Trump’s idea to buy Greenland, a self-governing country that is part of the kingdom of Denmark, “absurd.” Trump subsequently canceled a planned two-day state visit to Copenhagen slotted for early September.
While many media outlets seized on the fact that Trump said Frederiksen made “nasty” comments, Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake pointed out that the president doesn’t use the word only to describe women. After a review of Trump’s public remarks, media reports and social media accounts, Blake found that, since launching his 2016 campaign, Trump has actually used it to describe more men than women. However, the president has lobbed numerous other gendered and degrading insults at women — and his most famous use of “nasty” came during the 2016 election, when critics reclaimed the term “nasty woman” after he used it to describe Hillary Clinton.
Both Danish and U.S. officials said Friday that the two leaders had a “constructive” telephone conversation after the cancellation.
Five need-to-know stories in 100 words or less
2. Hilary Duff announced that she is reviving the role of Lizzie McGuire in a series for the new streaming service Disney plus. In the original “Lizzie McGuire” television show, Duff played a 13-year-old; the reboot will follow Lizzie as she turns 30 and navigates adulthood.
3. Two weeks after mediation talks broke down, a district judge set a trial date for the U.S. women’s national soccer team’s gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. It is slated to start May 5, 2020.
4. March for Our Lives, the student activist group started by survivors of last year’s Parkland, Fla., shooting, released a sweeping gun-control proposal. Tyah-Amoy Roberts, a Parkland survivor who is on the group’s board of directors, said they are “setting audacious goals” with the plan, which would include reducing civilian firearms by 30 percent, banning assault weapons and more.
5. Following last year’s controversial U.S. Open women’s singles final between Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka — during which chair umpire Carlos Ramos doled out a game penalty to Williams for verbal abuse — the U.S. Tennis Association said Ramos will not serve as chair umpire for any Serena Williams or Venus Williams matches this year. Serena will face off against Maria Sharapova in the tournament’s first round on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
What we’re watching.
By now, you may have seen the trailer for “Bombshell,” which hits theaters in December. The movie takes a look at how former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes was taken down by allegations of sexual harassment. Its cast is a powerhouse of Oscar winners and nominees: Charlize Theron appears as host Megyn Kelly, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson and Margot Robbie as a fictionalized producer.
John Lithgow portrays Ailes in the film, though he says the point of the movie is to highlight the women, not the singular man. “It really is about six or seven extremely different women who have extremely different experiences and response of the crisis at Fox,” he said at Sundance earlier this year.
Things we love but weren’t paid to promote.
This app allows you to connect all kinds of different services you use. For example, I have a WiFi-enabled motion sensor on my front door. When my door opens, I get a push alert from IFTTT. You can use it to automatically archive all your Spotify Discover playlists, sync all your iOS contacts to a Google spreadsheet, save Facebook photos you’re tagged in to Dropbox and so much more. The possibilities are endless.—Maya Sugarman, Lily video editor
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