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The World’s Most Powerful Women: May 26

A study in contrasts German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with two U.S. presidents yesterday. First, she joined former president Barack Obama onstage to help celebrate 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation in an appearance the Financial Times called a "love-in." Obama praised Merkel's "outstanding work, not just here but around the world,” particularly with refugees. Hours later,… → Read More

Melania Trump: The Power of Her Refusal to Smile

Unlike other first ladies, Melania Trump isn't afraid to wear a frown in public. → Read More

Sally Yates Had This Advice for Harvard Law School Graduates after Defying Trump

Yates told graduates of Harvard Law School about the decision that led President Donald Trump to fire her as acting attorney general. → Read More

The World’s Most Powerful Women: May 24

A new study out yesterday confirmed what many Americans already know—they're generally terrible at taking vacations. More than half of employees failed to use all of their allotted time off last year. There was, however, a promising data point in the report by the U.S. Travel Association’s Project Time Off: the average number of vacation days used is on the rise. But behind that positive trend… → Read More

Women Are Worse Than Men At Using Their Vacation Time

A new study reveals the existence of a vacation gender gap. → Read More

Americans Are Still Terrible at Taking Vacations

They collectively sacrificed 662 million vacation days last year. → Read More

Oprah Winfrey Tells College Grads the Secret to a 'Blessed Life'

Oprah Winfrey, who is worth some $2.8 billion, gave advice to graduates of Smith College on Sunday. → Read More

The World’s Most Powerful Women: May 22

Diplomatic dress code When President Trump touched down Saturday in Saudi Arabia, Melania and Ivanka Trump eschewed covering their heads. The move—which follows the lead of Angela Merkel and Theresa May who also shunned head coverings on recent visits—is especially notable since President Trump criticized former First Lady Michelle Obama's decision to forego a headscarf in 2015, tweeting at the… → Read More

U.S. Could Finally Get Paid Family Leave Under Trump’s New Budget Proposal

News reports indicate the president's 2018 budget proposal will call for a program to guarantee new parents paid time off. → Read More

The World’s Most Powerful Women: May 19

And now for a counterargument. In the new issue of 1843 magazine, a man named Nathan cautiously makes what some may consider a give-me-a-break argument: "In the society that I live in, as a professional in New York City, I think it is easier being a woman than being a man." Resist that reflexive eye-roll and hear Nathan out. He argues that men are obliged to pursue work that supports a family… → Read More

The World’s Most Powerful Women: May 18

Applying herself Jordan Bone is a top beauty vlogger with more than 200,000 YouTube subscribers. She's also paralyzed from the chest down. A car accident at age 15 left her dependent on a wheelchair. The 27-year-old started posting positivity videos on YouTube after the accident, but turned to beauty tutorials when commenters asked about her make-up routine. "I just hope this reaches so many… → Read More

Sally Yates Disagrees With the Trump White House on These 10 Points

In an interview with Anderson Cooper, Sally Yates challenged the Trump White House's descriptions of her warnings about Michael Flynn. → Read More

The World’s Most Powerful Women: May 17

Choppy skies Discount airline easyJet reported a sharply worse first-half loss yesterday due to a weak British pound and a later-than-usual Easter weekend, when many Europeans travel. CEO Carolyn McCall struck a positive note on the earnings report: "We are seeing an improving revenue per seat trend as well as the continued reduction of competitor capacity growth." Uncertainty over future… → Read More

The World’s Most Powerful Women: May 16

Dynamic duo New French President Emmanuel Macron visited German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin yesterday, a day after his inauguration, and the two pledged to cooperate to strengthen the European Union. “Germany will only do well in the long term if Europe does well and Europe will only do well if there is a strong France," Merkel said. Daughter on the defense Brigitte Macron's youngest… → Read More

The World’s Most Powerful Women: May 15

New York City's subway system is taking a cue from London by introducing “Baby on Board” buttons for pregnant riders to help them secure often elusive seats on public transit. The yellow and blue button is the latest effort by the subway authority to encourage New Yorkers to be more polite to fellow commuters. (It previously targeted the "manspreading" epidemic.) "Please offer me a seat" buttons… → Read More

New York City Subway Is Giving ‘Baby on Board’ Buttons to Pregnant Women

The new campaign—inspired by a similar effort in London—will encourage subway riders to offer seats to pregnant women. → Read More

The World’s Most Powerful Women: May 8

Centrist Emmanuel Macron was elected president of France on Sunday, defeating the far-right National Front’s Marine Le Pen 66.1% to 33.9% and sending the euro to a six-month high. Macron, 39, will be the nation’s youngest president. A former investment banker, he has never held elected office, having previously served as economic minister under President François Hollande. His victory brought a… → Read More

The World’s Most Powerful Women: May 5

A photograph of 16-year-old girl scout Lucie Myslíková staring defiantly at a right wing protester during a May Day counter-protest in the Czech city of Brno quickly went viral Thursday, with Myslíková drawing widespread praise for calmly confronting the demonstrator. "I wasn't afraid," Myslíková told the BBC, explaining that she had argued with the unnamed man in the photograph over immigration… → Read More

The World’s Most Powerful Women: May 4

Face-off in France French presidential candidates Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron faced off during a primetime debate Wednesday night. Le Pen characterized Macron as the candidate of the “unbridled globalisation and the ‘uberisation’ of society,” while Macron called Le Pen “the high priestess of fear.” The two sparred over trade, homegrown jihadism, and the EU, with one post-debate poll… → Read More

The World’s Most Powerful Women: May 3

When it comes to the Brexit process, the U.K. and EU seem to agree on at least one thing: Theresa May's "impressive" stubbornness as a negotiator. Responding to leaked reports of a contentious dinner with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker last week, the U.K. Prime Minister told BBC that her reported clash with Juncker about the U.K.'s desire to make Brexit "a success" was just… → Read More