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The biggest moments from the Grammys, the monetary value of unpaid care work, and a sustainable alternative to paper towels.
Today’s featured news
There’s a growing trend among women: allowing their hair to naturally go gray. As The Washington Post reports, between 2017 and 2018, Pinterest saw a significant jump in the search term “going gray,” and stars such as Billie Eilish and Lady Gaga have sported the color. Trendiness aside, some women are choosing to stop dyeing their hair because of recent studies that look at the health consequences. A study last month reported that African American women who used permanent dye every five to eight weeks were 60 percent more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer than women who didn’t. Although no cause and effect was established, many experts said the findings warrant further research.
The study authors also did not ask women whether they had their hair dyed professionally or at home. One expert suggested women concerned about hair dye and breast cancer have a professional stylist use semi-permanent dye.
The 62nd annual Grammy Awards got off to a somber start after it was confirmed that basketball legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, were killed in a helicopter crash earlier Sunday. Host Alicia Keys repeatedly honored Bryant and pointed out the fact that the ceremony was being held in the Staples Center, where Bryant spent much of his career playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. “We’re literally standing here heartbroken in the house that Kobe Bryant built,” she said.
Another emotional moment came when Demi Lovato sang “Anyone,” which marked her first performance since her near-fatal overdose in 2018. After initially tearing up, Lovato restarted the song, which she said she wrote just days before the overdose. The crowd gave her a standing ovation.
Although Lizzo, who was nominated for more awards than any other artist, won best pop solo performance, there was a clear winner of the night: Billie Eilish. The 18-year-old pop star swept all four top categories, including album of the year, song of the year, record of the year and best new artist.
In the first testimony in the criminal trial against Harvey Weinstein, “The Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra, 59, gave emotional testimony that the disgraced Hollywood producer raped her more than 25 years ago. “I was punching him. I was kicking him,” she said. “I was just trying to get him away from me, and he took my hands and put them over my head. … He got on top of me and he raped me.”
Sciorra was the first of six women expected to testify in the Manhattan trial, which started Wednesday. As outlets pointed out, Weinstein lawyer Donna Rotunno’s cross-examination played up victim-blaming tropes. The jury includes seven men and five women, and the charges center on two allegations from 2006 and 2013, although dozens of women have alleged sexual misconduct and assault. Weinstein also faces charges in Los Angeles.
As antiabortion demonstrators gathered in Washington, D.C., on Friday for the annual March for Life, President Trump became the first president to speak in person at the rally. Trump, who has appointed Supreme Court justices who abortion opponents will hope further their cause, reiterated his administration’s antiabortion initiatives. That includes banning U.S. funding to nongovernmental organizations offering abortion counseling in other countries. “All of us here today understand an eternal truth — every child is a precious and sacred gift from God,” he said.
News by the numbers
A recent report from Oxfam, an international nonprofit organization, analyzed global wealth inequality and found that women are bearing the brunt of unpaid work. The report found that women globally spend an average of 4.5 hours of their day on unpaid labor — including essential care work such as cooking, cleaning and washing — while men spend about half that time. That has real economic consequence, according to the report: Women’s unpaid work is a contribution of at least $10.8 trillion a year to the global economy.
Five need-to-know stories in 100 words or less
1. The world mourned five-time NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna Bryant, after the news of their deaths. The flight manifest listed nine people on board: one pilot and eight passengers. Athletes, fans, celebrities and politicians, including former president Barack Obama, shared words of support for their families.
2. On Friday, House managers — which, for the first time, includes three women — completed their opening arguments in the impeachment trial of President Trump. A video released Saturday showed Trump ordering then-U.S. Ambassador Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch’s dismissal minutes after business executive Lev Parnes claimed she was telling people in the Ukraine that the president would be impeached.
3. Kotex released an ad that uses red liquid to represent menstrual blood on a sanitary pad. The move was a marked shift away from the tendency of brands to use blue liquid to represent blood and reflects a growing trend to destigmatize women’s bodies, the Hill reports.
4. The Trump administration announced that the United States will no longer issue temporary visitor visas to women hoping to travel to the United States for the purposes of having a child in an effort to crack down on what it called “birth tourism.” The State Department specified that consular officers cannot require pregnancy tests but would not rule out that a woman’s physical appearance could be taken into consideration.
5. After the Taylor Swift documentary “Miss Americana” debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, the pop singer opened up about her eating disorder, which she described for the first time in the film. In an interview with Variety, Swift said: “I didn’t know if I was going to feel comfortable with talking about body image and talking about the stuff I’ve gone through in terms of how unhealthy that’s been for me — my relationship with food and all that over the years.”
This week, we hear from journalist Anna Maria Tremonti
Award-winning broadcaster Anna Maria Tremonti recently left her 17-season hosting run on “The Current,” the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s daily current affairs show. Now, she’s hosting a new podcast, “More,” which launches tomorrow. It will feature interviews with women such as Sandra Oh and Samantha Bee.
On why she moved from broadcast into podcasts: “I’d spent 17 years at ‘The Current,’ and it’s a fantastic show. It has as a component some sort of long-form interviews where you can really get into things, but it’s also driven by the news of the day. I was ready to concentrate on different ways of going after stories, but I wanted to keep more long form conversation.”
Her advice on navigating careers: “I’ve always thought about what I’ll do next. I was very lucky, because I joined the CBC as a local radio host in my 20s in eastern Canada. And I managed to navigate a career that really interested me journalistically internally. But I was asking these questions of myself — I was watching what other people did and thought that’s so interesting, I wonder if I could do that, and then what do I need to learn. … It’s always really important to look around you and see what other people are doing in your field. ”
Her favorite guest: “There’s nobody who I don’t like, but we’re starting with Catherine O’Hara. It’s funny — every time I’d tell someone, ‘I’m going to talk to Catherine O’Hara,’ they’d do this breath intake thing. Everyone loves that woman, and I got to tell her that. She doesn’t appear to have much of an ego that way. But there’s something about her that everyone finds so interesting.”
Things we love but weren’t paid to promote
We use disposable diapers for my son, which really adds up, and I feel pretty bad about, so I’m constantly looking for other ways to cut down on household waste, however small. These dishcloths are incredibly durable, absorbent, efficient and can easily be sanitized and washed by throwing them in the dishwasher or microwave many, many times. I was extremely skeptical, but we are already using measurably fewer paper towels.
—Neema Roshania Patel, Lily deputy editor
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