6/30 – This Week in Women: Royal Raises, T-Shirts and Health Care

6/30 – This Week in Women:

Royal Raises, T-Shirts and Health Care

In the last week of June, lawmaking and lawsuits stole our headlines, along with a shocking pregnancy that resulted in a beautiful cover shoot, a T-shirt mishap for the ages, and a royal raise that needed some explanation for the Internet to be subdued. Check out the five ladies making up this week in women.

Serena Williams told Vanity Fair her pregnancy was a “shock”
Serena Williams Courtesy of Annie Liebovitz

This week, Vanity Fair released its issue with tennis star Serena Williams in all her pregnancy glory. Inside? Williams revealed that she was “shocked” to find out she was pregnant, just days before the Australian Open. Williams said, “Oh my god, this can’t be – I’ve got to play a tournament. How am I going to play the Australian Open?” Williams went on to win the tournament and announce her pregnancy five months later, posting a photo of herself in a yellow swimsuit to Snapchat captioned, “20 weeks.” Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is the father and the couple plan to be married in the fall after they welcome their child into the world. According to an Instagram from Williams, she is still waiting to find out the sex, but is accepting guesses from fans and followers.

Sarah Palin is suing The New York Times

Following the Alexandria, Virginia shooting on June 14th, The New York Times published the following statement: “Before the shooting, Sarah Palin’s political action committee circulated a map of targeted electoral districts that put Ms. Giffords and 19 other Democrats under stylized cross hairs.”

This was later found to be inaccurate, with the Internet taking to Twitter to correct The Times: The map had put crosshairs over targeted electoral districts but not Democratic politicians. Although The Times corrected the article and publicly apologized, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin filed a defamation lawsuit in federal court, as a result of The Times editorial that “falsely stated as a matter of fact” she had incited the attack in Virginia, where 19 were shot and six were killed. Palin also said that The Times “violated the law and its own policies.” In response to receiving the claim, a spokeswoman for The Times said that they “have not reviewed the claim yet but will defend against any claim vigorously.”

Sarah Palin Courtesy of Washington Times
Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s T-shirt mishap
Kendall and Kylie Jenner Courtesy of Buzzfeed

Kendall and Kylie Jenner have issued a public apology after printing their portraits over vintage shirts of musical icons, including Notorious B.I.G., Pink Floyd and Ozzy Osbourne. Family members of the aforementioned responded to the remixed-style shirts by making it clear that they were in no way affiliated to the original parties and had not earned the right to be on the shirts of musical icons

Kendall Jenner tweeted yesterday saying, “These designs were not well thought out and we deeply apologize to anyone who has been upset and/or offended, especially to the families of the artists. We are huge fans of their music and it was not our intention to disrespect these cultural icons in anyway. The t-shirts have been pulled from retail and all images have been removed. We will use this as an opportunity to learn from these mistakes, and again, we are very sorry.”

Queen Elizabeth II got a raise
Queen Elizabeth II Courtesy of CNN

Every year the Queen receives a sovereign grant, tax-free income from the state. This year, as Buckingham Palace’s refurbishment plans got underway, the Queen received a 78 percent raise in this grant, boosting the £42.8 million ($54.6 million) she received last year to £76.1 million ($97 million) this year. So what does the Queen spend it on? Although the Queen indirectly got a “raise,” much of these funds are put toward her travel, security staff and maintenance of the royal palace. As the Palace is entering a major renovation, this year’s inflated grant is said to cover wiring, piping and further preventive measures against fire and flood damage.

Elizabeth Warren announces her stance on single-payer health care
Elizabeth Warren Courtesy of Reuters

After Tuesday’s postponing of the proposed Republican healthcare bill, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) announced her stance on the direction of American health care: single-payer health care. Warren referred to President Obama’s health care coverage as “conservative” and that Democrats should be looking at single-payer health care to evolve this conservative model. The single-payer model is one where the government covers health care costs, rather than insurance companies and in order for America to adopt this policy. Her comments on this represent a change in stance for the Democratic senator who noted in March that Republicans would need to be onboard to “fix” the Affordable Care Act passed under Obama, rather than repeal it.

Jillian Dara

Jillian grew up an island girl but converted to city style after living in Boston, London, Santiago, and now, NYC. She is a writer, editor and content creator with a desire to share stories in the lifestyle genre. With a particular focus on travel and profiles, she prides herself on sharing the most authentic story for those who aren’t able to share their own.

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