NEW YORK (Reuters) – A female executive at billionaire Steven A. Cohen’s Point72 Asset Management LP on Monday filed a lawsuit accusing the firm of operating as a “boys’ club” that subjects women to a openly hostile working environment and pays them less than men.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte last week told soldiers under his command that when engaging with rebel women, they should shoot them in the vagina.
Duterte, a former mayor of Manila who has made numerous incendiary remarks since taking office in 2016, made the comments while speaking to former rebels at a private event on Feb. 7.
During his speech, he described an imaginary conversation between a general and a solider: “'Are there any women holding guns?' 'Sir, she's a fighter. An Amazon.' 'Shoot the [slang term for vagina].'”
The official transcript of Duterte's comments released by his office replaces the word “vagina” and the slang for it with a set of dashes. According to the transcript, the male audience laughed.
“Tell the soldiers. 'There's a new order coming from the mayor. We won't kill you. We will just shoot your vagina so that…” If there are no vaginas it would be useless,” he said, according to local media reports.
Duterte went on to wonder aloud why any woman would join the communist New People's Army (NPA).
“We have pills for free,” he said. “Why would you give birth six, seven times and you're an NPA? Then you'd go to war, you leave your family behind. I feel pity for the person.”
Duterte's comments went mostly unnoticed until a Facebook post on Sunday from feminist group Gabriela condemned them. The president's “latest nasty remark openly encourages violence against women, contributes to the impunity on such, and further confirms himself as the most dangerous macho-facist in the government right now,” the post read.
Human Rights Watch on Sunday issued a statement, calling Duterte's comments “the latest in a series of misogynist, derogatory, and demeaning statements he has made about women.”
It's been one inflammatory comment after another from Duterte, who has been frequently compared to US President Donald Trump for his penchant to say exactly what runs through his head. Much like Trump, when confronted with his statements, Duterte's office insists that he was joking. Last week, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said that women were overreacting to Duterte's attacks on women, saying “I mean, that’s funny. Come on. Just laugh.”
Trump has praised Duterte on more than one occasion, drawing scorn from human rights advocates who point to the ongoing war against drug users in the Philippines. That war has compelled the International Criminal Court to open a preliminary investigation into whether crimes against humanity have taken place under Duterte's orders.
Still, Duterte's popularity hasn't waned among his electorate. A poll released in late January showed that 79% of those surveyed were satisfied with Duterte's performance, compared to just 9% who were dissatisfied. Another poll showed 82% of the populace trusts him. Both numbers represent all-time highs in the country.
“Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation,” Trump said, alluding to two White House staffers who departed this week amid accusations of domestic assault.
Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?
McEnany’s MSNBC appearance came the morning after Trump praised Rob Porter, the former top White House aide who was publicly accused of domestic abuse by both of his ex-wives this week. Porter’s first wife, Colbie Holderness, provided media outlets with a photo of her with a black eye she said Porter gave her in 2005, while his second, Jennifer Willoughby, said she got a restraining order against Porter after they separated. Apparently, Trump does not find that evidence persuasive.
During his comments on Friday, the president completely ignored Porter’s alleged victims and emphasized that he “says he’s innocent and you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent.”
Saturday morning, MSNBC host Alex Witt asked McEnany if she understands “why some people are upset at the president because he didn’t acknowledge the women or the abuse that they allegedly took.”
“Absolutely not,” McEnany replied. “This is a president that’s hired women at record rates, he appreciates women, he’s empowered them throughout his administration.”
Witt pushed back, pointing out that Trump’s staffing decisions aside, “there seems to be a tone deafness” involved in responding to abuse allegations by praising the abuser and ignoring the victims.
Later, Witt brought up the broader context in which the president is defending an alleged abuser — Trump himself denies each of the 14 sexual assault allegations against him, but has been recorded bragging about grabbing women by the genitals without their consent.
But McEnany disputed Witt’s contention that the Access Hollywood is evidence of Trump admitting to wrongdoing.
“That was not an admission of anything, that was locker room talk,” McEnany said, alluding to the term Trump used to dismiss the significance of the recording during the campaign
Witt closed by asking McEnany if she’s “comfortable with the tenor of the things that have been said and done by this president.”
“Just looking at the Access Hollywood tape — I mean, that is irrefutable, despite the fact that he tried to question whether or not it is a legitimate tape,” Witt added.
But McEnany wouldn’t budge. She again dismissed the tape as “words” that Trump “apologized for,” before insisting that “this is a White House that stands with women, unmistakably.”
“I understand that people want to go back to the past and relitigate a campaign issue, but the fact is the American people elected Donald Trump as president of the United States and his administration has stood for women.”
Minutes later, however, Trump signaled that he believes the real victim in the Rob Porter scandal is Porter himself — not the women he allegedly abused.
A record number of openly LGBTQ Olympians will compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, which opened on Friday. While the 2016 Summer Olympics featured 56 out athletes, only seven out athletes competed in the last Winter Olympics, held in Sochi, Russia. This year, 13 openly LGBTQ athletes will compete in the Winter Games, meaning the number of queer Olympians has virtually doubled since 2014.
Pyeongchang is also notable due to its inclusion of out queer men: until this year, an openly gay or bisexual man had never competed in the Winter Olympics. Transgender and non-binary athletes have also never competed in the Winter Games.
Media coverage so far has focused predominantly on those out male athletes, like ice skater Adam Rippon, arguably overshadowing the queer women who will be competing this year. The 2018 Winter Olympics will feature at least nine queer women, representing the United States, Austria, Sweden, and more.
Here’s what you should know about them.
Cheryl Maas (Netherlands, snowboarding)
Dutch snowboarder Maas — an out lesbian — actively criticized the Olympic Committee’s decision to hold the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, despite Russian legislation targeting the queer community. After failing to make the finals in Sochi, Maas famously held up her glove, which was covered in rainbows and unicorns, in clear view of the cameras. The moment was widely seen as a defiant gesture calling out anti-LGBTQ laws in Russia.
Maas is married to another former snowboarder, Stine Brun Kjeldaas from Norway. They have two daughters, Lila and Mila.
Emilia Andersson Ramboldt (Sweden, ice hockey)
Two-time Olympian Ramboldt is a defender on Sweden’s ice hockey team. She played for Sweden during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada and again during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Ramboldt has been out for a while — she married her wife Anna in June 2015.
Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (Austria, ski jumping)
One of the world’s most successful female athletes, Iraschko-Stolz has competed in ski jumping for nearly 20 years. The Austrian athlete has holds the women’s ski flying world record — a distinction she achieved in 2003 — and won a silver medal in Sochi.
Austrian athletes rarely come out, something Iraschko-Stolz has challenged in comments to the media.
“I don’t want to hide myself,” she said, after marrying her partner in 2013. “I never cared at all what other people think about me.”
Brockhoff came out as a lesbian in 2013 ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The Australian snowboarder actively opposed Russia’s anti-LGBTQ laws, joining other queer athletes in voicing her discomfort.
While Brockhoff suffered a knee injury a few months ago, she is considered a serious contender in Pyeongchang.
Simona Meiler (Switzerland, snowboarding)
Meiler has represented Switzerland at the Olympics twice before and will be back for a third run in Pyeongchang. She has advocated for coming out, arguing that living openly has allowed her to excel as an athlete.
“[Athletes] have to be ready to give everything and perform wholeheartedly, and in my eyes that’s only possible if they can accept and express their sexuality,” she said. “That doesn’t mean they have to blare out that they are gay. But it definitely helps if an athlete’s closer environment is supportive and encouraging.”
Brittany Bowe (United States, speed skating)
A former college basketball player and world champion inline skater, Bowe will be representing the United States in speed skating. She competed in Sochi but failed to medal, something she’s hoping to rectify in Pyeongchang.
“Sochi 2014 is still fresh in my mind. Having that disappointment is definitely something that I reflect on during tough times, during tired moments,” she told NBC.
Discussing her relationship with Dutch speed skater Manon Kamminga, she added, “It’s nice being with somebody that has the same passion, same drive, same goals. It’s obviously difficult living on different sides of the world. But we’re both focused on our goal.”
Barbara Jezeršek (Australia, cross country skiing)
Slovenian cross-country skiier Jezeršek currently represents Australia, where she resides. Jezeršek is a lesbian and was one of the openly out athletes to compete in the 2014 Sochi Games. This will be her third Olympics.
During the eight months spent waiting for her Australian citizenship, Jezeršek was unable to compete — something that’s about to change in Pyeongchang.
With a number of medals to her name already — including four gold — Wüst is a popular figure in her home country. At 19, she became the youngest-ever Dutch Olympic champion in speed skating. She is bisexual and in a relationship with Letitia de Jong, another competitive speed skater in the Netherlands.
Sarka Pančochová (Czech Republic, snowboarding)
Czech athlete Sarka Pančochová began snowboarding in 2002 and has been active in the sport for almost two decades. During the 2014 Olympic Games, she badly cracked her helmet in one of the more disconcerting moments of the competition. She ultimately finished 10th in the semifinal and will be back for another shot at gold in Pyeongchang.
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When I first had the idea for this story, I vastly underestimated how hard it would be to find couples who’ve been married for over 40 years. I started asking around within my circle of friends (hoping that their parents might qualify) and was quickly reminded that the statistics are no longer in favor of such long unions. That said, the people included below are in the very special percentage of women who’ve made love work long term. I don’t know if I’ve ever enjoyed working on a story more, or been more inspired by the wisdom and advice revealed. No matter how long you’ve been with your partner (or, if you’re like me and still looking for that special person) you’re sure to be inspired by the ideas below. Happy month of love! …see the slideshow here
By Ashley Reed, Human Resources for the Digital Home Team at Comcast Cable
For Internet of Things engineers, there’s a lot to be excited about these days, but one thing that’s been particularly inspiring to me – as a woman who is continuously on the lookout for talented software engineers – is the emergence of so many brilliant, dynamic women who are helping create the next generation of connected home experiences.
While we still have plenty of work to do to create more diverse teams in software engineering, the progress we’ve made as a technology community is inspiring.If you visit one of our IoT centers of excellence in Philadelphia, Austin or Silicon Valley, you’ll find any number of scrum meetings that are mostly made up of women are being led by women or both.
We know this is critical because diverse teams are more innovative. In a 2015 McKinsey & Company study, Mckinsey found that more diverse companies perform better financially. All the evidence we’ve seen – both anecdotal and empirical – reinforces the real-world value of diverse teams.
We also know that any progress we make has an amplifying effect.
When women engineers come to interview with us, they often ask to speak with other women in the organization. Having so many talented and diverse people to refer them to at all levels of our organization helps us attract critical talent.
There are too many stories to share, but I asked three of my colleagues to tell their stories, and have collected those here.
Creating Seamless Connected Home Experiences
Jugnu Gupta is senior director of product management, leading the IoT products and partner ecosystem for Comcast. She focuses on building the technology behind the Xfinity Partner Program, which lets Xfinity customers control a large and growing array of IoT devices like Nest Thermostats, Philips Hue Lights, and August Smart Locks, all from their Xfinity Home hubs.
Jugnu is also a leader on the team that built connected home “scenes” for Xfinity Home.
This lets customers set simple scenes like “Good Morning” or “Leaving” that prompt Xfinity Home to seamlessly perform a number of actions like turning on specific lights, arming or disarming the security system, and adjusting the temperature.
For Jugnu, work is driven by a deep passion for the power of IoT to improve people’s lives, and a firm belief that connected home experiences should be for everyone, not just techies, and early adopters. “I work very hard every day to build experiences that are easy to understand, enable and use on an ongoing basis,” Jugnu said. “With relevant recommendations that are personalized to each customer, simple first-time experiences, intuitive controls and automation, our customers can now use IoT products with minimum effort and even limited technical know-how to make their lives better.”
Creating Magic Through Simplicity
Tina Kim, a senior product manager on the digital home team, did not start her career at Comcast working on IoT products and experiences. Instead, she managed the powerful Platforms Rules Engine that the digital home engineering team leverages to build connected home products and services. To Tina, who is based in Comcast’s Silicon Valley Office, the IoT group was just one of many tenants using her team’s platform.
As she started working closely with the Xfinity Home team, she became a personal convert to IoT as well, installing IoT devices at home and tinkering with them to find the perfect balance. Now she’s a firm believe both in the potential of IoT, as well as the importance of making it accessible to customers.
“I envision a future where automation lives across virtually all of our devices. The real magic happens when devices just do what we want them to do with little or no demand on the user,” Tina said. “Imagine leaving your home and your lights turn off, Wi-Fi network locks down, garage opens, and your car starts to warm up based on the temperature outside. That future is now, and what’s coming down the road is even more exciting.”
Creating Peace of Mind with Smarter Cameras
For Sarju Mehta, Senior Manager of Software Development and Engineering on the Xfinity Home team, working in IoT was an opportunity she couldn’t pass up. Sarju started her work at Comcast on the team that was building the company’s e-commerce platform. While she thrived on that team which adopted the pace and urgency of a new startup, the appeal of taking on new engineering challenges was too strong when an opportunity opened up in the digital home team.
Sarju works on the video platform team, which focuses on building greater intelligence and functionality into the recently redesigned Xfinity Home security cameras. For Xfinity Home customers cameras play a critical role in providing peace of mind, and Sarju’s team has been working to make them better and smarter. Improvements included AI-powered computer vision and more seamless integration with other Xfinity products including apps and the X1 platform.
“People use our cameras to have peace of mind in terms of their security needs. My job is to ensure that performance and reliability always stay in the forefront of our minds because they are fundamental to our products’ success,” Sarju said.
Looking to the Future
Working with so many brilliant engineers (both women, and men), it feels greedy to say it, but we still need more. As we continue to offer dynamic new IoT experiences to customers, our need for talented engineers only continues to grow. If you want to work with these great women and more check, out our job listings