6/16 – This Week in Women: Comebacks, Controversies and PR Nightmares

6/16 – This Week in Women:

Comebacks, Controversies and PR Nightmares

Freada Kapor Klein. Photo courtesy of NPR

This week was all about reactions: from the Internet going wild over wellness to the women sharing personal insights on some of the more shocking news – including Wednesday’s shooting and Uber’s CEO taking a leave of absence. Not to be forgotten were the pop and political females who slid into our roundup this week, stirring responses of their own following some big moves.

Shania Twain breaks her musical silence after five years
Shania Twain. Photo courtesy of Wordpress

After battling heartbreak due to her split with her ex-husband, as well as throat dysphoria that led to speech therapy, the five-time-Grammy-Award-winning country singer is back. The “You’re Still the One” singer dropped her single “Life’s About to Get Good” this week, immediately releasing that this was to preface her album – the first in 15 years – which will hit stores in September. Twain admitted that the album was influenced by the emotions that surfaced as a result of her divorce and not working with her husband, who was also the producer of the album.

She told Billboard: “It was an emotional roller coaster, and the lyrics reflect that.” The new single references pain in the first verse with the following lyrics: “I wasn’t just broken, I was shattered/I trusted you so much, you’re all that mattered…” And, although, it’s a different direction from her prior pop playlists, the single has already climbed its way to the top of the charts, as No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Melania Trump moves into the White House

First Lady Melania Trump started off her week by moving to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with her son, Barron Trump. The FLOTUS tweeted, “Looking forward to the memories we’ll make in our new home! #Movingday.” 

For the past five months, Mrs. Trump has been between Washington and New York City, to perform necessary duties in her role as first lady, and to round out her son Barron Trump’s school year. As she and Barron, aged 11, join President Trump, Mrs. Trump’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN: “The first lady is very excited about this chapter in their lives. She recognizes this as the true honor that it is, and looks forward to their years ahead in the White House.” We expect to be seeing a lot more of the FLOTUS now that she’s made her move to the Capitol official.

Gabrielle Gifford reacts to Wednesday’s shooting in Alexandria, VA

In a compellingly direct Washington Post op-ed, Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford (D-AZ) prayed for courage because “We owe ourselves, our neighbors and our nation courage.” The shooting, which injured five people and left House Majority Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) critically injured, hit close to home for Gifford, who was shot as she exited a parking lot in 2011. Her op-ed is a reminder of the national and international reactions that will occur for the weeks following such a horrific event. She wrote: “As a nation, we will debate violence and honor service…We will debate the availability and use of guns. And we will wonder about the victims — how they are doing and how we can help them — as we also wonder about the shooter. What motivated such violence? What can we do to prevent it?”

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Photo courtesy of Amazon

In her suggestions of how to present solutions, Gifford related it back to her original prayers for courage, but also to the unity that should exist as part of these reactions. She wrote: “We will all need courage to speak to one another and actually listen, to put aside partisan political differences and talk with one another, not yell or call names.” Gifford concluded with: “We must stand together. And serve together. And work toward solutions together.”

Freada Kapor Klein’s lack of comments on Uber headlines this week

As one of the VCs who backs Uber, Freada Kapor Klein published an open letter expressing her “frustration” and “disappointment” in Uber’s unwillingness to change its company culture. This letter was published last month. This week, however, NPR checked in with the VC of Kapor Capital, to discover that she has shifted the way she discusses the subject, “because my goal now is to help Uber and any other company that genuinely wants to change.” As part of this effort, she diverted questions regarding Uber’s latest news that CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence. Kapor Klein felt it was more important to redirect attention to the fact that “Uber isn’t the only problem child in Silicon Valley.” And thus, she would neither defend nor offend the company, but rather issue yet another open statement on neutral terms, saying that her firm is “ready to help” but is giving Uber room to implement policies that will allow new plans to be put into effect. 

Kapor Klein concludes the letter by relaying it back to her original letter, and this week’s words that Uber isn’t alone with its problems. “Our stated hope all along was that Uber could leapfrog other companies to be a real leader in diversity and inclusion.”

Gwyneth Paltrow sent the Internet into a tizzy with her GOOP Conference

As the famed founder behind goop.com, Gwyneth Paltrow let us all in on many of her health and wellness habits, including her vitamins, daily rituals, eating trends and more. This week, the 600 attendees of the In goop Health were let into just a little more of Paltrow’s life and a lot more of the wellness trends she stands by – and the Internet reacted. “Crazy, Ridiculous” and “Pseudoscience” appeared in negative headlines next to “Crazy, Weird and Inspirational” adorning headlines. This left the millions of Paltrow’s followers confused on whether the conference was magical or abysmal. While we let the Internet battle that one out, what we know is that Paltrow managed to bring together hundreds of wellness enthusiasts, celebrities, panelists and fans to give them a full day of movement, pampering and education. This set a standard for future conferences in the wellness world and beckons the question: will wellness conferences be the next music festivals?

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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