Women Will Get It Done

Poppy Harlow, co-anchor of CNN Newsroom, a broadcaster since 2008, will be on leave from August 20th until May 2022 while she will be in a one-year Master of Studies in Law program at Yale University.

The program is designed in part for “mid-career journalists seeking an intensive immersion in legal thinking.”

During this period, she will be a fill-in anchor when she is available. (She filled in on Labor Day.)

The AFL-CIO has elected Liz Schuler as president following the recent death of its long-time leader, Richard Trumka. Schuler will be the first woman to hold the position of president in the AFL-CIO’s nearly 70 years of existence.

Previously, Schuler held the position of Secretary-Treasurer, which is treated as the “second in command” position. [Politico-Washington Post]

Remember Amanda Gorman, the 23-year-old poet, who captivated the crowd at Joe Biden’s inaugural? She was the first National Youth Poet Laureate. Ms. Gorman will become the first Estee Lauder “Global Change-maker.” She was also the co-host of the Met Gala on September 13. [NYT 9/5/21]

Kathy Hochul, formerly the lieutenant governor, was sworn in on August 24th at 12:04 a.m. ET as the first female governor of the state of New York, replacing Andrew Cuomo who resigned. [WSJ 8/24/21]

Originally, the Tokyo Olympics was not going to permit athletes who are nursing mothers to bring their infants with them to the Summer Games. But fortunately, prior to the games, the Organizing Committee issued the following statement, “After careful consideration of the unique situation facing athletes with nursing children, we are pleased to confirm that, when necessary, nursing children will be able to accompany athletes to Japan.”

When the original rule was still in place, a company called Milk Stork offered to deliver breastmilk from Japan to other places in the world. This company had been launched in 2015 after the organizer, Kate Torgersen, faced logistical challenges bringing breast milk for her twins from a work trip.

When the IOC reversed their ban on athletes bringing their babies to Japan, Milk Stork switched gears focusing on Tokyo-bound support staff who were not covered by the new policy.

“Through emails, text messages and direct messages on social media, Milk Stork ended up being a key service for those supporting staff including physical therapists, nutritionists, and trainers.”

The company estimates that it helped ship more than 21 gallons of breast milk during the games. Parents were given special coolers and other storage materials. FedEx was then engaged to deliver the packages within 96 hours.

The company estimates that it shipped an additional 10 gallons of milk during the Paralympics.

To date, since its inception Milk Stork estimates it has shipped 4 million ounces of breast milk to date. [19th News 8/24/2021]