8/18 – This Week in Women: Movin’ On Up

8/18 – This Week in Women:

Movin’ On Up

From promotions, to changing networks, and college acceptances, this week’s women have made pretty stellar moves across politics, education and entertainment. Read all about their moves and motivations below:

Hope Hicks announced as interim White House communications director

Up until this week, Hope Hicks was serving as Trump’s senior communications adviser. On Wednesday, the 28-year-old accepted the responsibilities of White House communications director, a little over two weeks since Anthony Scaramucci was fired. Hicks is the fourth person to accept and assume this role since Trump took office. As Hicks steps in, here are seven things you may not know about Trump’s latest aide.

Hope Hicks. (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)
Spotlight: 7 Things to Know About Hope Hicks
  • She was born in Greenwich, Connecticut
  • Growing up, Hicks acted, modeled and played lacrosse
  • She graduated from Southern Methodist University with an English Degree
  • She formerly worked for the PR firm, Hiltzik Strategies, that repped Ivanka Trump’s fashion line
  • She began as Donald Trump’s Press Secretary; prior to this position she had no political experience or inkling she would become involved in politics
  • She made Forbes 30 Under 30 for Law & Policy
  • She is one of the youngest, yet highest paid in the White House
Shonda Rhimes trades ABC for Netflix

This week started with ABC’s beloved producer-director, Shonda Rhimes, announcing that her production company, ShondaLand, is moving to Netflix. This is huge news in the world of television as streaming services continue to grow, ousting typical programming. Rhimes released a statement surrounding her decision saying that Netflix offers, “unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach.” While producing shows from “Grey’s Anatomy” to “Private Practice” to “How To Get Away With Murder,” Rhimes brought in hundreds of millions of dollars for ABC, as well as millions of viewers, to who she ensures can still watch her classic series on the network during this transition.

Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova granted wild-card entry into U.S. Open

After serving a 15-month suspension for doping, the United States Tennis Association has cleared the Russian tennis player a wild card into this year’s U.S. Open (August 28 – September 10). The Association released a statement around the concern of Sharapova’s doping suspension, reading, “Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wild card selection process.” This will be Sharapova’s first Grand Slam tournament since her suspension–missing both the French Open, for lack of a wild-card spot, and Wimbledon, due to an injury. Sharapova won the U.S. Open in 2006, but in recent years, has not played in the tournament–with 2012 being her latest participation. She tweeted, “Thank you, @usopen. This is so so special. #goosebumps.”

Malala Yousafzai (L). (Photo REUTERS/Darren Staples)
Malala Yousafzai is going to Oxford

In 2012, Yousafzai first made headlines after she was shot by the Pakistani Taliban as a result of campaigning for female rights and access to education. Since then, Yousafzai has committed to improving education for females globally, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. Now, Yousafzai is headlining the education world once again, as she reveals her acceptance and commitment to attend Oxford University next year. The 20-year-old tweeted, “So excited to go to Oxford!! Well done to all A-level students – the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead!” Yousafzai will be studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics, which the Press Association recognizes as “one of the prestigious university’s most over-subscribed courses.”

Kelsey McEwan responds to body shamers

Canadian meteorologist for the “Your Morning” show is eight months pregnant, which one viewer found as “disgusting.” The viewer Tweeted at the show directly, to which McEwan replied, “When what a 34 week pregnant woman is wearing is what someone finds ‘disgusting’ in this world… time to check your priorities.” McEwan continued to discuss the event on-air, to which she said, “I’m a firm believer that my body and your body is no one’s business but your own.” She also addressed the situation on social media, posting on Instagram that this was “bigger than pregnancy” and “comes down to how we fundamentally rank (and treat) people based on how they look. Enough is enough. We are better.”

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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