October 28, 2023
Lawmakers are finally taking menopause seriously. Workplaces should too
Menopause may finally be having a moment in government — as — with more attention turning to the experience of who enter this phase of life each year. More than a moment, though, we need a movement — one that invests in better understanding and further destigmatizing menopause. This is an area that has been woefully underfunded. So and only a subset of that goes to menopause. We don’t even really know the scale of this neglect. It’s unclear because menopause doesn’t even have its own code for tracking purposes. The would have required the NIH to identify how much funding it had deployed for menopause. It also would have allocated $100 million to new menopause research. But the . Congress should resurrect that bill — or one like it — that prioritizes funding to advance scientific understanding of menopause. The NIH has made progress in ensuring that more Women participate in clinical trials, proving it can wield its clout to change research practices and priorities. Now it needs to use its considerable power and influence to make sure that we truly understand the safety and efficacy of available menopause treatments and to foster the development of new treatments. Growing up, I only ever heard menopause mentioned in whispers, if I heard about it at all. Today, thankfully, women are increasingly speaking up about their symptoms and their needs. Government and corporations need to answer this call. Perhaps the most important step toward removing is to improve our collective understanding of this normal hormonal process. The best way to understand menopause is to invest in scientific research into the symptoms that can plague women and into treatments that may bring women relief. In addition to the government’s efforts, corporate America also must do a better Job attending to the needs of women in menopause. Recognizing a , startups have been rushing in to help women manage menopause, creating new products and platforms to deliver resources and care. Now, it’s time for the rest of the business community to catch up. Beyond just eye rolling and dismissal, which may feel familiar to millions of midlife women, women can face real . A quantified the impact of menopause on working women. The study, conducted with more than 4,000 working women ages 45 to 60, found that 13 percent had experienced adverse work outcomes related to menopause symptoms. For example, 11 percent reported missing work because of their symptoms. The worse a woman’s symptoms, the more likely she is to have a bad outcome at work, the study showed. The researchers estimated that menopause causes $1.8 billion in lost productivity per year in the United States and that menopause costs $26.6 billion annually when accounting for medical costs as well. To combat these costs — for women and their employers alike — companies should enact policies that acknowledge, respect and support women’s experiences. Employers can provide women with tangible support through strategies such as flexible work-from-home options, the ability to control the temperature in their workspace, dress-code flexibility and time off for self-care. showed that 15 percent of large corporations offer or plan to offer benefits that would help women who are experiencing menopause symptoms. That’s a big improvement from last year’s rate of 4 percent, but more companies should take these needs seriously. It might help motivate corporations to expand their benefits if Congress required basic accommodations for women experiencing menopause. Congress can (and should) take steps to make this a reality for America’s working women. Despite progress, we still have a long way to go to destigmatize menopause. HealthyWomen, where I am a senior policy advisor, has been for years, finding that premenopausal and perimenopausal are less likely than others to proactively talk to their healthcare providers about their health concerns as they age, leaving many ill-prepared for menopause. A more recent earlier this year showed that a significant portion of women who discussed menopause with their healthcare provider did so only after they, themselves, brought it up. Being able to talk openly about menopause — and even removing the stigma from the word itself — is key. That’s as true in the doctor’s office as it is in the workplace as it is in the research lab. This Menopause Awareness Month, we need to raise our voices to ensure that employers and research institutions give menopause its full due. Midlife women deserve at least that.
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Star Wars Director Says It's About Time A Woman Makes A Star Wars Movie
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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