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The most notable female winners at the Golden Globes

Last year, in the wake of the #MeToo movement, the Golden Globes set a strong precedent: Women wore all black to the ceremony as a show of solidarity with the movement; actresses walked alongside activists on the red carpet; and Oprah Winfrey gave an impassioned speech elevating women.

This year, co-host Sandra Oh had said beforehand that she hoped the ceremony would be lighter in nature and bring a “moment of joy.”

Issues of diversity and equal representation figured heavily into the ceremony, which aired Sunday night. Oh herself became the first woman of Asian descent to host a major awards show. During her opening skit with co-host Andy Samberg, Oh said: “In all honesty, I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight because I wanted to be here, to look out at this audience and witness this moment of change.”

But she didn’t just host the show — Oh won best lead actress in a television drama for her role in “Killing Eve,” her second Globe nomination and win. Accepting the award, Oh thanked her mother and father, who were both in attendance, in English and then in Korean.

Here are some of the other women who won big — and used their platform to elevate women — Sunday night:

• When Glenn Close took to the stage to accept the award for best actress in the drama category for her role in “The Wife,” she reflected on the themes of the film.

Close spoke about her own mother, whom she said had “sublimated herself” to her father for her entire life. “Women, we’re nurturers, that’s what’s expected of us,” she told the crowd. “But we have to find personal fulfillment. We have to follow our dreams. We have to say, ‘I can do that, and I should be allowed to do that.’”

Olivia Colman won the award for best actress in a motion picture, comedy or musical, for her role in “The Favourite.” The win was her second Golden Globe.

• Groundbreaking actress Carol Burnett accepted the inaugural Carol Burnett Award, which the Golden Globes created this year to be presented annually to someone who has made “outstanding contributions to television on or off the screen.” Burnett, 85, is the most decorated person of all time in the Golden Globes television category, and was the first woman to host a variety sketch show on television.

• During her acceptance speech, Regina King, who won for best supporting actress in a feature film for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk,” advocated for equal representation. “Time’s up times two,” she said, vowing to make sure that everything she produces in the next two years is 50 percent women. “I challenge you to challenge yourself and stand with us in solidarity and do the same,” she told viewers.

• For the second year in a row, Rachel Brosnahan won best actress in a comedy television series for her role in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” in which she plays Midge, a woman trying to become a standup comic in the 1950s. During her acceptance speech, Brosnahan thanked show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. “Our village is a matriarchy,” she said.

The race for 2020 is on

Elizabeth Warren. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
Elizabeth Warren. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced in a video that she is planning to run for president in 2020. The video featured Warren speaking about what she hopes to fight against: “Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more of the pie. And they enlisted politicians to cut them a bigger slice,” she said. Her announcement set off musings about who will enter the race next. Other Democratic potentials include Kamala D. Harris (Calif.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.).

Another potential 2020 presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), apologized after being asked about a New York Times report in which female staffers from his 2016 presidential campaign alleged that their complaints of sexual harassment and unequal pay were not sufficiently addressed. “I certainly apologize to any woman who felt that she was not treated appropriately, and of course if I run, we will do better next time,” Sanders said Wednesday in an interview with CNN.

After Houston rally, Eric Black Jr. is charged with the slaying of Jazmine Barnes

LaPorsha Washington, center, the mother of 7-year-old daughter Jazmine Barnes, who was killed on Sunday, speaks to the crowd during a community rally outside Walmart, Jan. 5, in Houston. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)
LaPorsha Washington, center, the mother of 7-year-old daughter Jazmine Barnes, who was killed on Sunday, speaks to the crowd during a community rally outside Walmart, Jan. 5, in Houston. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)

On Dec. 30, Jazmine Barnes, a 7-year-old black girl, was killed in Houston when a man shot into the car she, her mother and her three sisters were sitting in. Early Sunday morning, officials from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office identified the killer as 20-year-old Eric Black Jr., a black man, and announced that he has been charged with capital murder in the case. Authorities had previously described the suspect as a white man in his 40s, prompting many to believe the killing was racially motivated.

A day before, hundreds had gathered in the Walmart parking lot where the shooting took place to mourn Jazmine and demand that justice be served. At the rally, Jazmine’s mother, LaPorsha Washington, thanked the crowd. “There is going to be justice for Jazmine,” she said. “Keep your heads up; with your support, my head goes higher.”

For the first time, Marine Corps female recruits train alongside men

On Friday, a platoon of about 50 female recruits for the U.S. Marine Corps began training alongside five male platoons at a facility at Parris Island, S.C. This was, according to the corps, “a first time in the history of Marine Corps recruit training” — women and men are usually separated during boot camp. However, the corps said the decision to integrate the training was based on efficiency, not a shift in philosophy.

Five teenage girls in Poland die in ‘escape room’ fire

Sympathizers lay flowers and candles at the site of the ‘escape room’ fire tragedy in Koszalin, Poland. (Marcin Bielecki/EPA/EFE)
Sympathizers lay flowers and candles at the site of the ‘escape room’ fire tragedy in Koszalin, Poland. (Marcin Bielecki/EPA/EFE)

In the first known deaths in an escape room, five 15-year-old girls died in a fire while locked inside a room in Koszalin, Poland, where they were participating in an escape-the-room game to celebrate a birthday. The escape room was located inside a private house, and the fire was most likely caused by a leaky gas container inside a heater, prosecutors say. At a memorial, Bishop Edward Dajczak identified the girls as Julia, Amelia, Gosia, Karolina and Wiktoria. Polish officials have since closed down 13 other escape room sitesdue to safety concerns.


On Tuesday, an estimated 5 million women in the southern Indian state of Kerala joined hands for 15 minutes to create what they called a “women’s wall.” They were protesting the fact that women had yet to enter the Sabarimala shrine, a renowned Hindu temple that previously banned women of menstruating age. While India’s Supreme Court ruled in September that women must be admitted, conservative protesters had used physical intimidation to keep women from entering for months.

Just a day later, two women — a university professor and a government employee — became the first women to enter the inner sanctum of the temple. They set off on the three-mile trek at midnight, and arrived at the shrine with a group of six men and four policemen at about 3:45 a.m. on Wednesday. The women are now reportedly in hiding, as fierce backlash to their entry erupted afterward.

Amalia Andrade. (Andrea Espinosa)
Amalia Andrade. (Andrea Espinosa)

Amalia Andrade is a bestselling writer and illustrator whose hand-lettered book “You Always Change the Love of Your Life (For Another Love or Another Life)” hit shelves last week. Through stories, illustrations and interactive features, Andrade offers a guidebook on how to get over heartbreak — including a playlist for crying in the shower. Andrade was born in Cali, Colombia, and lives in Bogotá. This week, we asked Andrade to fill in the blank.

(Carolyn Kaster/AP)
(Carolyn Kaster/AP)

On Thursday, after garnering the necessary votes, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was sworn in as House speaker, reclaiming the gavel she lost eight years ago when Republicans took control of the chamber. She then swore in a record number of women to Congress: 102 in the House and 25 in the Senate. This, the youngest and most racially diverse freshman class in the House, included the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress, Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Minn.).

The partial government shutdown, meanwhile, entered its third week. President Trump refused to sign the spending bill the House passed Thursday, because it was devoid of the $5 billion in funding Trump wants for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Over the weekend, Vice President Mike Pence was unable to reach a deal with congressional leaders.

My previous backpack broke months ago, and I had been using a canvas one with absolutely no support ever since. While I knew I needed a new one, I kept putting off buying one because I could never find anything I was happy with. My requirements? Something comfortable, not too bulky, professional, water-resistant and able to hold my laptop, lunch and workout clothes. Is that too much to ask? Luckily, I went to a Timbuk2 store in New York and checked out the backpacks in person — and found one close to perfect. It’s beautiful and sleek and so comfortable.

—Rachel Orr, Lily lead art director

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