Sneak Peek: 2019 Women Rule '2018Women of Impact' 2019 - POLITICO


NEW ... WOMEN RULE'S 2019 WOMEN OF IMPACT: We're excited to announce the 2019 Women Rule "Women of Impact" honorees, who will be featured Dec. 10 at our seventh annual summit in Washington. We had an amazing response from our Women Rule community, who nominated nearly 2,000 women as possible honorees.

This year's winners are the epitome of women who are both believers and doers. Whether they're running for office, leading a business or championing a cause, they are bringing their bold visions to life across the four Women Rule pillars: Running, Leading, Earning and Building.

-- RUNNING: Young Kim. The 2018 midterms elections saw a wave of women both running and winning. An immigrant from South Korea, Young Kim ran a congressional campaign that challenged what Orange County, Calif., voters expect a conservative Republican candidate to look like. After losing by a slim margin, she quickly decided she wanted a rematch in 2020.

-- LEADING: Debra Martin Chase. Strong, passionate and determined women are the common theme in producer Debra Martin Chase's movies and TV shows. She is an entertainment industry icon and trailblazer - the first African-American woman producer to secure a deal with a major Hollywood studio. Chase's films champion stories of female empowerment, as in "The Princess Diaries," "The Cheetah Girls" and, most recently, "Harriet."

-- EARNING: Arlan Hamilton. Today women, minorities and members of the LGBTQ+ communities still make up a shockingly low percentage of leadership roles in business and tech. As a queer black woman, Arlan Hamilton overcame society's expectations to build the venture capital firm Backstage Captial in 2015. Her firm has invested in more than 100 companies, and she continues to champion the importance of investing in underrepresented communities.

-- BUILDING: Mei Xu. Mei Xu, has spent her life building global brands and companies that bring people together, first with the Chesapeake Bay Candle Company and then with her second company, Blissliving Home, a home décor line. Her latest venture, MeiXu.com, focuses on using her experience and connections to help women entrepreneurs build their own empires. It's the epitome of her mantra: "A candle loses nothing by lighting up another."


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Good Friday afternoon. A big thank you to Maya Parthasarathy for taking the lead on the "What Rulers Are Reading" section. Programming note: We won't publish a Women Rule newsletter next week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. We'll be back Dec. 6.

IMPEACHMENT WATCH .... KNOWING FIONA HILL: "Fiona Hill Viewed Serving Trump as Risky. Now She's an Impeachment Witness," by Sheryl Gay Stolberg: "Fiona Hill knew she was taking a risk in going to work for President Trump. A British-born coal-miner's daughter with a Ph.D. from Harvard, Dr. Hill is a respected Russia expert, former intelligence analyst and co-author of a 500-page book analyzing the psyche of its president, Vladimir V. Putin. So the prospect of working for a president who speaks admiringly of Mr. Putin and has expressed doubts that Russia interfered in the 2016 election gave her pause.

"Her decision to join the National Security Council in April 2017 - and to stay for more than two years after Mr. Trump cozied up to Mr. Putin and publicly disparaged the nation's intelligence agencies - strained friendships and made her a target of right-wing conspiracy theorists who spread rumors that she was a Democratic mole.

"Now, it has landed her near the center of the impeachment inquiry into whether Mr. Trump abused his power to enlist a foreign leader to help him in the 2020 presidential election."

-- ONE THING that stuck out in her testimony this week: When Hill spoke about getting angry at Ambassador Gordon Sondland, she said that, unfortunately, women expressing anger are sometimes just dismissed as emotional. Watch the clip

2020 WATCH -- KLOBUCHAR'S BREAKOUT MOMENT? ... via POLITICO's ELENA SCHNEIDER: "Amy Klobuchar teed herself up for a question about sexism at this week's Democratic presidential debate, and seized her chance. Last week, the Minnesota senator took a shot at Pete Buttigieg, her 37-year-old Midwestern rival in the center-left lane in the primary, telling CNN that a woman with his résumé wouldn't be on the debate stage. When asked about her comments at the debate Wednesday night, Klobuchar said she believes Buttigieg is qualified to be on the stage but added, 'Any working woman out there, any woman that's at home knows exactly what I mean. We have to work harder, and that's a fact.'

"It's that kind of star turn that Klobuchar likely needs to launch herself out of the mid-single digits in the polls and into the upper tier of the presidential race - and to make clear that there are center-left candidates in the race besides Buttigieg and Joe Biden. At the debate, Klobuchar talked up her own résumé, including three statewide victories in purple Minnesota; Buttigieg, as the senator pointed out, has only won election in a college town and lost his only statewide bid. If Klobuchar hopes to move up, that's the ground she'll likely need to till with voters in Iowa, where Buttigieg is leading."


-- ON GENDER BIAS: "Women are held to a higher standard. Otherwise, we could play a game called 'name your favorite woman president,' which we can't do because it has all been men. ... And if you think a woman can't beat Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi does it every single day."

-- ON RAISING $$ FROM EXES: "My first Senate race, I literally called everyone I knew, and I set what is still an all-time Senate record. ... I raised $17,000 from ex-boyfriends."

OTHER DEBATE HEADLINES ... L.A. TIMES on Kamala Harris and Tulsi Gabbard getting into it over Gabbard's Fox News appearances.

A BIG NIGHT FOR WOMEN MODERATORS ... ALL FOUR MODERATORS at the MSNBC/Washington Post debate in Atlanta were women. Check out this GLAMOUR of Andrea Mitchell, Rachel Maddow, Kristen Welker and Ashley Parker. HUFFPO had an after-action about how the all-women panel was celebrated, and POYNTER the "best debate yet, thanks to the moderators."


It's the first time in history that women are the majority of the debate stage!

8 women - 4 moderators and 4 candidates - and 6 men. https://t.co/tCycpXpBkg

- Adrienne Watson (@Adrienne_DNC) November 21, 2019

THE PUSH FOR BLACK WOMEN VOTERS -- "Warren challenges Biden in bid for black women," by Laura Barrón-López and Alex Thompson in Atlanta: "Sen. Elizabeth Warren made a full-throated pitch to black women in a much-hyped speech here on Thursday night as she tries to tear into former Vice President Joe Biden's durability with black voters.

"'The fighters I want to talk about tonight are black women,' Warren said at Clark Atlanta University, a historically black school. 'When I am president of the United States, the lessons of black history will not be lost. Those lessons will live in every part of my presidency - and I will ask you to hold me accountable for that promise every single day.'

"Warren cast her own campaign as learning from past worker battles led by black women, from washerwomen in 1881 to the formation of the National Domestic Workers of America in the 1960s and '70s. 'Black women - then and now - are no strangers to facing resistance when they fight for justice, and black women - then and now - don't give up easy,' she said.

"Black women, the Democratic Party's most loyal voting bloc, led every part of the program on Thursday with the exception of Warren herself. Before the senator's speech, several women spoke and appeared onstage, including Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Angela Peoples of the political group Black Womxn For, which recently endorsed the Massachusetts senator."

PERSPECTIVE -- "What Do We Hear When Women Speak?" by Jessica Bennett: "Carole Simpson, a longtime television newscaster, was told early in her career that she could not be an anchor because 'women don't like to hear other women on the air.'

"'Women's voices are shrill and not authoritative enough,' one boss told her, noting that news coming out of their mouths 'sounds like gossip.' Ms. Simpson worked to make her voice deeper, 'pitching it to a lower register' to project the sound from her diaphragm. 'I was lucky, I had taken theater in school,' she said. 'It was great preparation.'

"By the time she was tapped, in 1992, to moderate a presidential debate between George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot - only the third woman, and the first woman of color, to have done so at the time - she said her voice was the last thing she was worried about. By then a correspondent at ABC, she'd had just five days to prepare. She was told they wanted an 'Oprah-style town hall.' (Is this why they'd given a black woman a chance, she wondered?) She said it felt as if everyone was saying to her: You're the first (insert woman, or person of color). Don't screw this up."

AROUND THE WORLD -- "Russian domestic violence: Women fight back," by Lucy Ash: "Few Russian politicians see tackling domestic abuse as a priority. Oksana Pushkina is a rare exception. She was elected in 2016 as a member of President Vladimir Putin's own party, United Russia, but the treatment of women has turned her into a rebel. She is now campaigning to get the 2017 decriminalization law overturned, and for Russia to pass a specific domestic violence law for the first time.

"'From the grandstand of parliament, we said you can batter your whole family,' she tells me in her office in the State Duma, referring to the decision taken two years ago. 'This is a really bad law.' Her list of proposals includes restraining orders to keep abusers away from their victims - which have never existed in Russia - anti-sexual-harassment measures and steps to promote gender equality. But she faces fierce opposition and daily hate mail."

-- "Australian women win landmark vaginal mesh class action against Johnson & Johnson," via The Guardian ... "Women can now shut down male-only debates in Germany's Green Party," via ... "Bogaletch Gebre, defender of Ethiopian women against female genital mutilation, dies," via Washington Post

LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD -- "Poverty Impacts Access to Health Care. These Women Are Trying to Change That," by Karen Weintraub: "In the United States people of color are more likely to be poor. African-Americans with cancer traditionally fare worse than white patients, said Dr. Nina Bickell, associate director, community engaged and equity research at Tisch Cancer Institute, Icahn School of Medicine in New York. But, she said, 'when black and white women are treated the same for the same disease process, the outcomes are the same for the most part.' To explore the disparity in care, The New York Times spoke with three women focused on improving the health of people with low incomes.

"Diana Hernández, 37, a public health researcher and New York native, sees housing as the centerpiece of a healthy life. Adrianne Lane, 64, a longtime nurse and nurse educator, addresses rural health from her home base in Indiana. And the surgeon Minerva Romero Arenas, 36, serves as a role model by providing care in McAllen, Tex., near the state's southern tip."

NEWS YOU CAN USE -- "Why this orthopedic surgeon insists women should 'sit like a man,'" by Elizabeth Kiefer: "What does it mean to sit like a man? If you live in a city with a subway, your mind might leap to the scourge of 'manspreading,' in which men sit with their legs wide apart, taking up more than one seat. But Barbara Bergin, an orthopedic surgeon in Austin, believes sitting like a man means emulating men's posture in the name of joint health.

"The movement to encourage women to sit like a man - or S.L.A.M. as Bergin calls it - started with an ache in the doctor's own hips. Around 2010, Bergin, who is now 65, started experiencing symptoms of bursitis, an inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs that act as a cushion between joints and soft tissue. She initially chalked it up to her age. Then she realized the pain went away on weekends when she was driving her big truck instead of the compact car she took to work during the week. Her hypothesis: the bucket seats of the smaller vehicle forced her knees closer together, causing hip pain. ...

"Her self-diagnosis turned into a lightbulb realization that she quickly began sharing with patients: Women's genetic predisposition to be knock kneed is only exacerbated by what Bergin, in her Texan twang, calls 'sitting ladylike,' with knees together or legs or ankles crossed."


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WOMEN AT WORK -- "Latinas Have the Last 'Equal Pay Day' of the Year. These Women Want to Do Something About That," via ... "Why are there so few women in aviation?" via

HEALTH BEAT -- "More Female Athletes Talk About a Taboo: Their Periods," by Rachel Bachman: "In May 2017, elite marathon runner Shalane Flanagan tweeted a very personal piece of information. In all her years of training and competing against the best in the world, she wrote, she had never missed a menstrual cycle. Five months later, she won the New York City Marathon.

"Flanagan's tweet was startling because many athletes don't even talk to their coaches about their periods-much less the world. It was also surprising because of the long-held perception that it's normal, even preferable, for women in distance sports to be so lean that they no longer menstruate. 'I just wanted to reinforce to endurance athletes that, 'Yes, here I am. I run 120, 130 miles a week. I don't miss (my period). So it's not normal,'' Flanagan said in a recent interview. 'That doesn't mean I'm not trying or training hard enough.'" Wall Street Journal

IN HOLLYWOOD -- "Women directed so many of this year's best movies. Will Oscar voters pay attention?" by Glenn Whipp: "You may know that in the 91-year history of the Academy Awards, only five women - Lina Wertmüller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, Kathryn Bigelow and Greta Gerwig - have been nominated for the director honor. I was certainly aware of that imbalance, but the sheer absurdity of that inequality really hit me the night of this year's Governors Awards, the event in which the film academy hands out its honorary Oscars.

"Gerwig and Campion took the stage to honor Wertmüller - who in 1977 became the first woman to earn an Oscar nomination as a director, for 'Seven Beauties.' Campion offered a brief history of female directors and the Oscars ('more of a haiku, really,' she said), and then slowly counted by tens the number of men who had earned nominations for direction over the years, starting at 10 and ending at 350. Just to reiterate, for those scoring at home: That's 350 directing nominations for men and five for women."

TECH TROUBLES -- "Women Are Pretending To Be Men On Instagram To Avoid Sexist Censorship," by Jesselyn Cook: "In April, Instagram began hiding photos and videos that it considers to be vaguely 'inappropriate' without explaining what specific kind of content that includes or alerting affected users. Such posts are algorithmically blocked from being featured in the Facebook-owned website's public Explore and hashtag pages, which help grow people's accounts by giving them broader exposure.

"This kind of covert censorship, known as 'shadow banning,' has disproportionately affected women and members of marginalized communities, including those whose livelihoods depend on Instagram - leaving many urgently seeking ways to restore their visibility on the platform."

TRANSITIONS -- Mira Ricardel is now a principal at the Chertoff Group. She previously was an assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser in the White House. ... Andrea Hailey is now acting CEO of Vote.org. She previously was founder and CEO of Civic Engagement Fund and was a longtime Vote.org board member. ... Emily Davis will be VP of congressional and public affairs at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. She currently is deputy assistant at USTR for public and media affairs.

WISDOM OF THE WEEK -- Lenore Anderson, President, Alliance for Safety and Justice, "I occasionally joke that I wake every day, make a bunch of mistakes and go to bed. Then I wake up and try again the next day. While I think (and hope) I don't actually make incessant mistakes, grounding myself in effort over a need for popularity or perfection has helped me focus and accept the path to growth.

"It's given me a mindset that listening, humility and drive is what counts. Asking questions, assuming I don't know the answers, listening to those I seek to support, and unrelenting effort are key tools that build partnerships and generate social change." Learn more about Lenore's work here.


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MARKETPLACE -- Each month, we highlight a female founder by sharing her company's story. This November, we're featuring 2019 Women Rule Summit Marketplace participant Ann Mashburn, an Atlanta-based designer and retailer in partnership with her husband, Sid Mashburn.

"The world is so different even from 2007 when we started out. It so much easier to make things happen today with the internet, shopping on your phone and the sense of discovery and accessibility from Instagram. The barrier to entry is lower, but the competition is higher. So I'm most excited about technology - the immediacy of feedback in business that it makes possible - and how it all may change in the next few years!"." Use code WOMENRULE for 15% off your first Ann Mashburn purchase in-store or online.

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