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Madrid moves to nix “manspreading,” a black woman makes NASCAR history and one prison’s famous former inmates.

Electing ‘one of our own’

(Melissa Golden for The Washington Post; Lily illustration)

Among the nation’s 50 governors, six are women. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican, is the only woman of color. Scholars and female strategists say the political establishment is wary of investing in women of color out of fear voters might not be ready.

Progressive groups focused on increasing diversity are tired of that assumption. They’re prepared to go all out for Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams. If she wins the state’s gubernatorial contest next year, she would make history as the first African American woman elected governor.

“Black women are tired of being taken for granted,” Aimee Allison, president of Democracy in Color, said. “We are organizing and galvanizing to elect one of our own.”

Short hair, don’t care

Eight-year-old soccer player Mili Hernandez likes her hair short. But when her all-girls soccer team was disqualified from a tournament because someone complained there was a boy playing, she “felt like she let her whole team down.” In solidarity, Mili’s teammates cut inches off their locks too. Others, including soccer stars Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach, also voiced support.

‘Manspreading’ in Madrid

Mujeres en Lucha, a Spanish women’s group, urged Madrid city officials to target the “very common practice” of manspreading on public transportation. It can make women feel uncomfortable, the group wrote on Change.org, “because there is a man next to her who is invading her space with his legs.”

Madrid’s public transportation officials listened. New signs will go up in city buses to dissuade passengers from spreading their legs, and Madrid’s metro system will adopt a similar campaign.

Stares at the speedway

For two days at Dover International Speedway, people stared at Brehanna Daniels, who became the first African American woman to pit a vehicle in a national NASCAR series race.

“People really aren't used to seeing a woman of my color in the sport,” Daniels, 23, told espnW, noting that fans requested photos and voiced support. “I saw people breaking their necks to turn around and look at me after I passed by.”

Many young women say they feel guilty taking time off, according to a new report from Project: Time Off, an initiative of the U.S. Travel Association. Some worry they’re replaceable and need to show their bosses they’re “work martyrs.”

Beyond ‘Orange Is the New Black’

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Before Alderson Federal Prison Camp opened in 1927, women were held in local jails and state prisons with men. The arrangement, a 1923 article in The Washington Post said, ignored essential differences.

“The male and female criminal are different types, requiring different treatment if the same result — reform — is to be had,” the article said. “It is twice as hard for a woman committing an offense against society to ‘come back’ and double effort should be made to help her.”

Nearly two dozen national women’s organizations and Assistant Attorney General Mabel Walker Willebrandt pushed for an all-women’s facility. First lady Eleanor Roosevelt toured the campus in 1934.

Nods to Alderson are sprinkled throughout a few episodes of “Orange Is the New Black,” which returned to Netflix with Season 5 on Friday. In OITNB, Judy King’s initial storyline closely resembles Martha Stewart, who spent five months at Alderson. Of the lessons she learned there, Stewart said: “The rehabilitation really is nonexistent for the most part.”

Stewart isn’t the prison’s only famous former inmate: jazz legend Billie Holiday, Puerto Rican nationalist Lolita Lebrón, World War II propagandist Tokyo Rose and Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, who attempted to assassinate President Gerald R. Ford, all served time there.

 
 
 
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Zojirushi thermos

Tea is an essential part of my morning routine, so I’m obsessed with thermoses. Ever since my Taiwanese mom got hooked, Zojirushi has been my go-to brand. (It’s popular in Taipei.) This Japanese brand is known for its rice cookers and thermoses because they last forever. Mine keeps my water hot or cold for long periods of time. It’s lighter than any thermos I’ve used before. I carry it with me wherever I go.

-Carol Shih, Lily producer

“Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls”

I just bought this as a gift for my 5-year-old niece.The book breaks down the adventures and accomplishments of 100 admirable women into quick, fairy-tale-style stories that will intrigue young kids while holding their attention span. It covers everyone from historic figures, like Amelia Earhart, to modern-day heroes, like Simone Biles and Malala Yousafzai.

-Neema Roshania Patel, Lily deputy editor

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