8/4 – This Week in Women: Support Systems and System Upgrades 8/4 – This Week in Women: Support Systems and System Upgrades It was a big week for transportation: all eyes were on Lyft and Uber’s female faces, there were headliners for world breastfeeding week, those who were taking a stand against cancer, and an exceptional sports star who turned heads at the Women’s British Open. Read all about this week’s five women in the spotlight here: Georgia Hall Takes the Golf World by Storm The Women’s British Open began Thursday and runs until Sunday, so although it’s too early to analyze results thus far, all eyes are on Hall as she enters this tournament, not just as a powerhouse in the female golf world, but also in the sports world in general. By the end of last year, Hall was ranked as fourth best in the Ladies European Tournament and has since participated in the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Cup, as well as the Queen’s Cup, and is looking forward to hear if she will be announced to participate in the Solheim Cup following the current tournament. Regarding her potential position in The Cup, ESPN reports Hall saying, “It’s got to be the greatest honor in the game to represent Europe and it’s been a dream of mine since I was 8 years old, standing on the green saying, ‘This putt to win the Solheim Cup.'” In recent tournaments, Hall has been known for her breakthrough comebacks, stating that she “just didn’t give up,” no matter the circumstances, offering these inspirational words on mental strength and how we should expect to see that apply to her performance. “Bad bounces? Stay patient. Windy? Use it. I wish we played it more,” she said. Valerie Jarrett Joins Lyft Valerie Jarrett Courtesy of Washington Times The former senior adviser for Obama is Lyft’s newest addition to its Board of Directors. As the former chair of the Chicago transit board, Lyft’s founders commented on their excitement to take on such a powerful figure in both the advertisement and transportation sphere. “We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Valerie to the Lyft family,” said co-founder Logan Green. He went on to comment on the expected improvements and implementations to come, including working cohesively with public transit agencies to reduce congestion and “ultimately reshape our cities.” Bozoma Saint John to Outline her Plans to Transform Uber Bozoma Saint John Courtesy of Andrew J Walker Although the former Apple executive joined Uber as their chief brand officer last month, the next couple of weeks are seen as critical to her impact on the company’s culture and image, after the last few months of company instability and critique. Saint John told CBS, “I’ve never been afraid of anything, and I see potential. I see opportunity.” As part of restructuring and refocusing the company from the inside out, it was announced this week that she will be speaking at Disrupt San Francisco 2017 (September 18-20) outlining her plans to transform Uber, which TechCrunch speculates as starting with employee turnaround for a complete transformation. Kathy Griffin Shaves her Head to Support her Sister In an effort to support her sister, who is currently battling cancer, Griffin entered this week by shaving her head. The photos began circulating on Monday, with Yashar Ali tweeting, “In solidarity with her sister, who is going through chemo, @kathygriffin shaved her head. Donate to @AmericanCancer.” Kathy Griffin Courtesy of Huffington Post Although it hasn’t been released what type of cancer Griffin’s sister is battling, this isn’t the family’s first brush with cancer – the comedian’s brother passed away from cancer in 2014. Griffin’s mother and other influencers have been spreading Griffin’s decision to go bald for her. Jo-Ann Strauss, Former Miss Universe, Supports World Breastfeeding Week This first week in August, thousands of women around the world celebrated breastfeeding with the 25th annual week dedicated to the maternal act. As many of the women took to social media to post images of themselves breastfeeding, former Miss Universe Jo-Ann Strauss was one of them as she depicted her support as a mother of two with this image and supporting message: “Today marks the start of #WorldBreastFeedingWeek- the importance of breastfeeding cannot be overlooked or trivialized or stigmatized… Ironically we get more ‘likes’ when pictures with cleavage are posted and some debates about breastfeeding being ‘disgusting’ when a mom posts a picture of the most natural thing in the world. Please support moms who breastfeed.” Jo-Ann Strauss Courtesy of Chron 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.