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Friday Five

It's been a helluva week, Mindr fam. Here we go:

1) People make mistakes, even Donald J. Trump. This Tuesday Trump rolled back remarks that put the honesty of U.S. intelligence agencies on equal footing with Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s word.

2) House Appropriations Committee just voted to make adoption for same sex couples more difficult. The bill still needs to be voted on by the House and the Senate, but the move has alarmed LGBTQ+ advocates.

3) Women make less in the gig economy. Studies done by the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research show that women earn less than men even in their side hustles.

4) This week’s Sports Illustrated runway was hot like a mother. Swimsuit model Mara Martin walked the runway while breastfeeding her five-month old, encouraging the world to #normalizebreastfeeding.

5) Serena Williams competes on behalf of moms. Once again proving she is the best, Williams dedicated her Wimbledon return to all the mothers out there.

Haven’t gotten your fill of Williams references? Check out her new commercial with Gatorade, which encourages us all to be strong #likeamother. Speaking of strong women, come join us for our next event Monday, July 30th with Audrey Symes who saw a need for diapers in low income families and made it happen.

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Families are at the heart of our work, and this week has been a difficult one as stories continue to break about the separation of families at the United States-Mexico border. We know you all have your own little ones to look after, so here are some quick links to keep you in the loop:

1. What’s happening? The New York Times created this explainer which covers how the administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy combined with a 1997 consent decree has led to the separation of minors from their parents.

2. Where are the children? Officials have been tight lipped about where children are being held. However, we do know that some children are being sent to foster care and many are being housed in facilities across the country. A recent ProPublica recording inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility provides some insight into the conditions there.

3. Who decided this? According to one picture, no women or people of color.

4. How do I explain this to my children? One woman uses fictional stories to help her kids understand.

5. What can I do? If you would like to donate, here is a list of organizations that support families and provide legal aid. You can also contribute to the global conversation using the hashtag #FamiliesBelongTogether on social media or join in on a march June 30th.

Comprehensive immigration reform is complicated, but we hope this has provided a little clarity on what’s happening.

To leave off with some good news, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern just became the second elected world leader in modern times to give birth in office, and coincidentally (we can’t make this up!), the new baby shares a birthday with the late Benazir Bhutto who was the first woman to do so in 1990.

Ali Feldhausen is a writer, illustrator, Mindr intern, and advocate for care work, basically all the work done in the home. Not yet a mama, she hopes to use her passion for this field to create both policy and individual level changes that help everyone be happier and healthier.

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Friday Five

In case you've been (justifiably) too distracted by Oprah's royal kumquats to think about anything else this week, here are five reads to get you back up to speed:

  1. Only one woman was allowed into the historic nuclear talks between the USA and North Korea this week. Which is a bummer, in light of the proven importance of diversity to making diplomacy work.
  2. Argentina may be about to ease up its restrictive abortion laws, as a bill to legalize abortion up to 14 weeks makes its way from the Chamber of Deputies into the Argentine Senate.
  3. After reviewing thousands of pages of court documents and public records, the New York Times reports that from Walgreens to Wall Street, many of the country's largest companies continue to systemically pass over pregnant women for promotions and raises and fire them when they complain.
  4. White House reporters wanted to know whether being a parent gave press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders empathy for what other parents are going through at the border. She changed the subject.
  5. Iranian men attending their national team's first World Cup game protested the ongoing ban that prohibits women from going to soccer matches in Iran.

And that's a wrap on the week! If you're in NYC, you're running out of chances to join us on Tuesday at Ribalta in Union Square. We'll be talking to the UN World Food Programme, celeb chefs and special guests about how families can lead the world to zero hunger, just by making some small tweaks to how we shop and eat. (PS there will be Neapolitan pizza and beer brewed from bread, so... see you there.)

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