This Week in Women

Melinda Gates and David Malpass: After the pandemic, put women first

Women tend to be heavily employed in vulnerable sectors such as retail, restaurants and hospitality. They also often work in informal jobs, from selling wares on the streets to sewing at home, that lack protections such as paid sick leave or unemployment insurance. When those jobs disappeared, women had no social safety net to fall back on.

Biden to pick Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to run Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Brooks-LaSure would be a key player in executing Biden’s promises to rebuild the Affordable Care Act and strengthen Medicaid — as well as institute a government-run public option and lower Medicare’s eligibility age to 60, from 65.


The face of the Perseverance landing on Mars was Swati Mohan

It was Swati Mohan who first delivered the news to earthlings that NASA’s Perseverance rover had successfully landed on Mars.

“Touchdown confirmed,” she announcedto roaring applause from mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “Perseverance safely on the surface of Mars, ready to begin seeking the signs of past life.”

Woman-led Avid Ventures launches debut VC fund with $68 million

Fast forward to today and Lerner has just announced the closing of $68 million for her first fund—Avid Ventures—which she and her business partner Tali Vogelstein (who previously sourced early-stage investments in Avid’s core geographies and sectors as an investor at Bessemer Venture Partners) raised in 10 months during the pandemic.

2.5 million women have left the workforce during the pandemic

“Our economy cannot fully recover unless women can participate fully,” Ms. Harris said on a video call with several women’s advocacy groups and lawmakers, essentially reiterating the argument she made in a Washington Post op-ed published last week.

Rush Limbaugh has a lot to say about feminism. Women learned how not to care. 

“If we are going to pay for your contraceptives, and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something for it, and I’ll tell you what it is,” Limbaugh said on his show. “We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch.”

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