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It is aimed at women but does not hire for sex. Meet the CEO of Rosewood

in her words: she is aimed at women but does not hire for the gender. Meet Rosewood’s CEOW with children’s camps and postpartum wellness programs for affluent millennials, Sonia Cheng guided her luxury hotel group through the pandemic storm.

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Alabama and North Dakota pass bills prohibiting girls and transgender women from playing on women’s teams.

Lawmakers in Alabama and North Dakota on Thursday approved a ban on transgender girls and women competing on sports teams that match their gender identities, joining a series of Republican-led states that have turned focused on a rapidly growing cultural clash over the restriction of transgender athletes and the ban on gender. affirming medical treatments this legislative session.

The North Dakota bill prohibits public elementary and secondary schools from “knowingly” allowing students to participate in sports teams exclusively for their opposite sex, but allows girls to play on boys’ teams. The measure now goes to Governor Doug Burgum.

In Alabama, a similar bill was passed through the Senate and House on Thursday, and goes to Governor Kay Ivey.

The bills are “consistent with the attacks we’ve seen across the country on trans youth and their families as well,” said Dillon Nettles, director of policy for the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama. “These bills will have serious negative consequences on the outcomes of trans youth, from their social development to their ability to relate to their classmates and peers.

Republican lawmakers in more than 30 states have introduced dozens of measures this legislative session that seek to ban transgender youth from health care and limit their participation in society, the largest number of anti-transgender bills ever tabled in a single year.

Three states – Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee – passed legislation banning transgender women and girls from competing on women’s sports teams earlier this session, while Governor Kristi Noem, Republican of South Dakota, has signed two similar decrees after vetoing a transgender athlete. vague language concerns and the possibility of prosecution bill. Last year, Idaho became the first state in the country to ban transgender athletes, although a federal judge temporarily blocked the law from coming into force.

Dozens of states, including Alabama and North Dakota, are also considering measures that would bar transgender minors from receiving gender-affirming medical treatment or surgery. This month, Arkansas became the first state to enact such a law, after the Republican-controlled legislature overturned the veto of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, who condemned the law as “a vast government overrun ”that could politically harm Republicans.

Supporters of transgender sports restrictions say they are necessary to ensure fair athletic competition for female athletes, but transgender advocacy groups and sports organizations like the NCAA say the bills are based on inaccurate stereotypes and unfairly target transgender women and girls. The NCAA requires transgender female athletes to undergo testosterone suppression therapy for one year before they can compete on a women’s team.

LGBTQ rights activists have urged the organization to move events from states taking into account these laws and those who have passed them. On Monday, the NCAA released a statement in response to the growing number of bills, saying it was “committed to ensuring that the NCAA Championships are open to anyone who earns the right to participate.” But he stopped before saying he would shoot championships.

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Could the pandemic cause an “epidemic of loss” of women in science?

Like many women during the pandemic, Alisa Stephens found working from home to be a series of exhausting challenges.

Dr. Stephens is a biostatistician at the University of Pennsylvania, and the technical and detail-oriented nature of her work requires long, uninterrupted thought. Finding the time and mental space for this work with two young children at home turned out to be an impossibility.

“This first month has been really difficult,” she recalls of the lockdown. Her granddaughter’s daycare was closed and her 5-year-old was at home rather than at school. With their nanny unable to come home, Dr Stephens looked after his children all day and worked late at night. In the fall, when her daughter was due to start kindergarten, schools did not reopen.

Things calmed down once the family could safely bring in a nanny, but there was still little time for the deep thinking that Dr Stephens relied on every morning for his job. Over time, she adjusted her expectations of herself.

“Maybe I’m 80 percent versus 100 percent, but I can get things 80 percent to some extent,” she says. “It’s not great, it’s not my best, but it’s good enough for now.”

Dr Stephens is in good company. Several studies have shown that women published fewer articles, conducted fewer clinical trials, and received less recognition for their expertise during the pandemic.

Add to that the emotional upheaval and stress of the pandemic, protests against structural racism, concerns for children’s mental health and education, lack of time to think or work, and an already unbearable situation becomes unbearable.

“The confluence of all of these factors creates this perfect storm. People are at their breaking point, ”said Michelle Cardel, obesity researcher at the University of Florida. “My big fear is that we have a secondary epidemic of loss, especially among women entering STEM careers.”

Women scientists were struggling even before the pandemic. It was not unusual for them to hear that women weren’t as smart as men, or that a successful woman must have received a document along the way, said Daniela Witten, biostatistician at the University of Washington in Seattle. Some things change, she says, but only with great effort and at an icy pace.

The career ladder is particularly steep for mothers. Even during maternity leave, they have to keep up with lab work, teaching requirements, publications, and graduate student mentoring. When they return to work, most do not have affordable child care.

Women academics often have little recourse when faced with discrimination. Their institutions sometimes lack the human resource structures common in the business world.

The road is even harder for scientists of color like Dr Stephens, who encounter other biases in the workplace – in daily reactions, professional criticism or promotions – and now have to deal with it. disproportionate impact of the pandemic on black and Latin communities.

Dr Stephens said a close friend, also a black scientist, had five family members who had contracted Covid-19.

The year has been a ‘hiatus’ for everyone, Dr Stephens added, and universities should find a way to help scientists end the pandemic – perhaps by adding an extra year to the time. is allocated to them to earn their mandate.

Others have said that while the extra time on duty can help, it will be far from enough.

“It’s kind of like drowning, and the university tells you, ‘Don’t worry if it takes you another year to get back to shore,’” Dr Witten said. “It’s like, ‘Hey, that’s no use. I need a flotation device. ”

Frustration is compounded by outdated notions of how to help women in science. But social media has allowed women to share some of those concerns and find allies to organize and speak out against injustice when they see it, said Jessica Hamerman, an immunologist at the Benaroya Research Institute in Seattle. “People are much less likely to sit still and listen to biased statements that affect them.”

In November, for example, a controversial study of women scientists was published in the influential journal Nature Communications, suggesting that having female mentors would hamper the careers of young scientists and recommending that young women seek out female scientists instead. men to help them.

The response has been intense and ruthless.

Hundreds of scientists, men and women, have renounced the document’s flawed methods and conclusions, saying it reinforces outdated stereotypes and neglects to account for structural biases in academia.

“The newspaper’s advice was fundamentally similar to what your grandmother might have given you 50 years ago: find yourself a man who will take care of you, and you will be fine,” said Dr Cardel.

Nearly 7,600 scientists signed a petition asking the newspaper to remove the article – which it did on December 21.

The study came at a time when many female scientists were already worried about the effect of the pandemic on their careers, and were already on the cutting edge and angry with a system that offered them little support.

“It’s been an incredibly difficult time to be a woman scientist,” said Leslie Vosshall, neuroscientist at Rockefeller University in New York. “We’re already in the field, we’re already on our knees – and then the newspaper comes and pushes us to say, ‘We have the solution, let’s move from graduate students to a senior man.'”

Some people on Twitter suggested the Nature Communications article was taken down because a “feminist mob” demanded it, but in fact the document was “a data trash fire,” Dr Vosshall said. .

The study was based on flawed assumptions and statistical analysis, according to several statisticians. (The authors of the article declined to comment.)

Dr Vosshall said she felt compelled to push back because the paper was ‘dangerous’. Department heads and deans of medical schools have reportedly used the research to orient graduate students to male mentors and roll back any progress in making science fairer, she said, “The older I get, the older I get. I have a window into how this profession really works. “

She applied some of her wisdom to invoke change at Rockefeller University, one of the nation’s oldest research institutions.

A few years ago, Rockefeller University invited news anchor Rachel Maddow to present a prestigious award. As she entered the auditorium, Ms Maddow pointed to a wall adorned with photos of Lasker Prize and Nobel Prize winners – all male – affiliated with the university. At least four women from the university had also won prestigious awards, but their photographs were not on display.

“What’s up with the guys wall?” Mrs. Maddow asked. And Dr Vosshall, who had crossed the wall a thousand times, suddenly saw it differently. She realized that it sent the wrong message, overtly or not, to all the high school, undergraduate and graduate students who regularly passed it.

“Once you notice a guy wall, you see them everywhere,” she says. “They are in every auditorium, every hallway, every departmental office, every conference room.”

Rockefeller University finally agreed to replace the display with one more representative of the institution’s history. The photos were taken on November 11, Dr Vosshall announced on Twitter, and will be replaced with a more inclusive set.

Departments at Yale University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston have also reconsidered their walls, Dr Vosshall said. “Some traditions should not be carried on.”

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A love letter to black women

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For many, art gives a voice to those who are not heard. It can capture moments of positivity that might otherwise not be represented.

This is exactly what Bahamian multimedia textile artist Gio Swaby’s first solo exhibition, titled “The Two Sides of the Sun”, does. Love Letter to Black Women, Ms. Swaby’s work – which will be on display at the Claire Oliver Gallery in Harlem, NY from April 10 to June 5 – aims to redefine the often politicized black body.

A major aspect of Ms. Swaby’s practice is to use her work as a celebration. For her, being joyful as a black woman, as well as connecting and sharing that joy with other black women, is a form of resistance. “What I’m trying to achieve, above all else, is to have this moment of joy with the viewer and to understand that black joy can actually be a form of resistance to white supremacy,” a- she declared.

I spoke with Ms. Swaby about her inspirations as an artist and why it is important for her to celebrate the black body. Our conversation has been slightly edited and condensed for clarity.

Why is it important for you to emphasize the theme of darkness and femininity?

A lot of what I do is about me as a person, about my identity. I think of looking at everything through the lens of healing. I try to address these very often traumatic topics in my work, but I want to think about the healing and the pain. My work addresses this reciprocity of love in the black community and in particular with what I have experienced with other black women in my life who have really played a vital role in shaping my identity and who I am. am today. My work is like a love letter to all these women and just creates a space for us to be us.

Take a look at your exhibition at Galerie Claire Oliver. What will viewers see?

The pieces I made for the exhibition are three different series. I have five from a series called “Love Letter” and these works are large, more silhouetted pieces with lots of patterns and colors. The “love letter” expresses my love for my friends and family in my life and other black women. Through the pandemic and also throughout my life, I have just felt immense support from my family and friends. I wanted to create this work to express my gratitude and my thanks. For me, I think of my work as an idea for a visit. So the work itself isn’t necessarily the pieces that I do, but this act of reflecting on how we’ve cultivated love and care with each other, and these pieces are a tribute to that.

The next series of pieces is called “Pretty Pretty”. It’s also five larger pieces and these works for me are the culmination of personal style and reflection on personal style as a form of resistance. Some people feel so good when they put on an outfit, and I wanted to capture that empowering moment. I’ve asked some of the women in my life to pick their favorite outfits to wear or something that makes them look amazing, and catalog and document that moment in time and then be able to share the energy with the viewer.

Finally, the final group of pieces is called “New Growth” – reflection and focus on the idea of ​​hair care in the black community. Hair care as love and simply celebrating the beauty and uniqueness of black hair and the way we made it the art.

Who are you hoping to reach with this exhibition?

I would say, of course, the job is about black women and black women. This moment of seeing people see each other at work is such a beautiful moment of connection for me. That’s why I really like going to openings and going to see people and see the work; it’s like another layer of something going on. Another layer of conversation is added to the works. Even though they’re already considered done, I think connecting with the viewer is another life for work. But I think this job can be for everyone. I hope people see the artwork and just connect with it on a level maybe sometimes at the surface level of beauty recognition, or they can take it a step further and start generating some empathy around the subject of darkness. Little black girls too. I have five nieces, and when I do the work, I think of them and I want them to be able to see themselves represented in spaces where black bodies are not necessarily always included or are historically excluded.

What should someone who is looking at your work for the first time know?

What I struggle with a lot – as a black person exploring that and wanting to think about activism and how I can make an impact – was this idea of ​​joy and rest. I just felt a lot consumed with anger. I approached the work from an anger point of view about everything that is going on. But after reading a lot of Roxane Gay and Bells, I started to think about the idea that rest and joy can be a form of resistance, because in a system that wants us not to find joy, that wants us not to be happy, finding it is a moment to enter into you and it is a moment of power. Sometimes it may seem like the opposite, it is a time of reclaiming your own space and reclaiming your own path in life. I want my work to be continuously festive.

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Young women drop out of school and work. Is caregiving the culprit?

At the same time, the number of women who have dropped out of some form of education or are planning to do so is increasing. During the pandemic, more women than men have consistently said they have canceled their plans to take post-secondary courses or planned to take fewer courses, according to a series of surveys conducted by the US Census Bureau since last April.

A recent report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, using the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Population Survey, which has smaller samples but produces faster snapshots of the data, found that the rates of disconnected youth have risen sharply by 2019 to 2020 among Black, Latin and Native American Women.

While rates during this period also increased for young men, it should be noted that before the pandemic, the rate of disconnection among young women was declining faster than among men. In 2015, it was 16% for young women against 14.8% for men. By 2019, women had closed this gap somewhat – 13.5% of women were offline compared to 12.9% of men. Then in 2020, the rate for both men and women climbed to 17%.

The number of disconnected young people overall has been steadily declining, to 4.3 million people in 2018, from 6 million in 2008, according to Measure of America, a project of the Social Science Research Council, a nonprofit organization that published its latest report on disconnection last summer.

Measure of America researchers predicted that the pandemic could reverse much of that progress and even push the number of disconnected young people to a record nine million people – a quarter of America’s youth.

“We rely on carefully collected data that takes researchers 18 months or more to collate, verify and format,” the report says. But “we are painfully aware that as of this writing, the Covid-19 pandemic is eating away at these gains. The pandemic will drastically alter the rates of disconnection among young people, likely wiping out a decade’s progress.

Although it is still early to get definitive data, experts suggest that the same care crisis that forced adult women out of the workforce may have spilled over into younger women, with many dealing with their siblings or relatives, for example, work.

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Justice Department investigation of Matt Gaetz said it will focus on cash payments to women

WASHINGTON – A Justice Department investigation into Representative Matt Gaetz and an indicted Florida politician focuses on their involvement with several women who were recruited online for sex and received cash payments, according to people close to them survey and SMS and payment receipts reviewed by The New York Times.

Investigators believe Joel Greenberg, the former Seminole County, Florida tax collector who was charged last year with federal sex trafficking and other crimes, initially met the women through websites that relate people who have meetings in exchange for gifts, meals, travel and allowances, according to three people aware of the meetings. Mr Greenberg introduced the women to Mr Gaetz, who also had sex with them, the people said.

One of the women who had sex with the two men also agreed to have sex with one of their unidentified associates in Florida Republican politics, according to a person familiar with the arrangement. Mr. Greenberg initially contacted her online and introduced her to Mr. Gaetz, the person said.

Mr. Gaetz denied paying a woman for sex.

The Justice Department’s investigation is also examining whether Mr. Gaetz had sex with a 17-year-old girl and whether she received anything of material value, according to four people familiar with the investigation. The sex trafficking count against Mr Greenberg involved the same girl, according to two people briefed on the investigation.

Authorities also investigated whether other men linked to Mr Gaetz and Mr Greenberg had sex with the 17-year-old, two of the people said.

Mr. Gaetz, 38, was elected to Congress in 2016 and has become one of President Donald J. Trump’s staunchest supporters.

The Times examined receipts from Cash App, a mobile payment app, and Apple Pay that show payments from Mr. Gaetz and Mr. Greenberg to one of the women, and a payment from Mr. Greenberg to a second woman. The women told their friends the payments were for sex with the two men, according to two people familiar with the conversations.

In meetings in 2019 and 2020, Mr. Gaetz and Mr. Greenberg asked women to meet at certain times and places, often in hotels around Florida, and would tell them the amount of money they were willing to pay, according to messages and interviews.

One person said the men also paid in cash, sometimes withdrawn from a hotel ATM.

Some of the men and women took ecstasy, an illegal mood-altering drug, before having sex, including Mr Gaetz, two people familiar with the encounters said.

In some cases, Mr Gaetz has asked women to help him find other people who might be interested in having sex with him and his friends, according to two people familiar with the conversations. If anyone inquires about their relationships, one person said, Mr Gaetz told the women to say he paid for hotel rooms and dinners as part of their dates.

The FBI interviewed several women involved in the dating, including as recently as January, to establish details of their relationships with Mr Gaetz and his friends, according to text messages and two people familiar with the interviews.

No charges have been laid against Mr. Gaetz and the extent of his criminal exposure is unclear. Mr Gaetz’s office released a statement Thursday evening in response to a request for comment.

“Matt Gaetz never paid for sex,” the statement read. “Matt Gaetz completely refutes all disgusting allegations. Matt Gaetz has never been on such websites. Matt Gaetz cherishes the relationships of his past and can’t wait to marry the love of his life.

A lawyer for Mr Greenberg, Fritz Scheller, declined to comment, as did a spokesperson for the Department of Justice.

It’s not illegal to offer adults free hotel stays, meals, and other freebies, but if prosecutors think they can prove the payments to the women were for sex, they could charge Mr. Gaetz trafficked women under “force, fraud, or coercion.” For example, prosecutors have filed trafficking charges against people suspected of providing drugs in exchange for sex because of nurturing another’s drug addiction. person could be seen as a form of coercion.

Providing a person under the age of 18 with something of value in return for sex, which may include meals, hotels, drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes, is also a violation of federal law. child sex trafficking. A conviction carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 10 years.

The investigation stems from the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation of Mr Greenberg, who potentially faces decades in prison on three dozen charges. The US attorney’s office in central Florida initially obtained an indictment against Mr Greenberg in June, alleging he tracked down a political rival and used his elected office to create fake ID cards.

During the investigation, authorities uncovered evidence that prompted them to release him and Mr Greenberg was charged in August with sex trafficking.

One of the sites through which men met women was called the Seeking Arrangement, which describes itself as a place where the wealthy find attractive companions and pamper them “with good dinners, exotic trips and allowances.” The founder of the site said it has 20 million members worldwide. The FBI mentioned the website in a conversation with at least one potential witness, according to a person familiar with the conversation.

Mr Greenberg was indicted this week on additional charges, accusing him of submitting false claims to receive pandemic relief aid from the government and of attempting to bribe a government official. government. Authorities said Mr Greenberg undertook these efforts after he was initially charged last summer.

Mr Greenberg, who has pleaded not guilty to the previous charges, is due to stand trial in June. He was sent to jail in March for violating the terms of his bail.

Mr Gaetz said this week that his lawyers had been in contact with the Justice Department and that he was the subject, not the target, of an investigation. The subjects of investigation are often witnesses or persons who may have information that could help the government to pursue its objectives. But it is common for this designation to change during an investigation.

“I only know it has to do with women,” Mr. Gaetz said. “I suspect someone is trying to re-categorize my generosity towards ex-girlfriends as something more untoward.”

Mr. Gaetz, a lawyer, was first elected to the Florida Panhandle House at the age of 34. The son of a former president of the Florida State Senate, Mr. Gaetz studied at Florida State University and William & Mary Law School before serving in the Florida State Legislature.

Mr Gaetz sought to deflect attention from the Justice Department’s investigation by claiming he and his father were the targets of an extortion plot by two men trying to secure funding for a separate business .

The men – Robert Kent, a former Air Force intelligence officer who runs a consulting firm, and Stephen Alford, a real estate developer who has been convicted of fraud – approached Mr Gaetz’s father, Don Gaetz, to fund their efforts to locate Robert A. Levinson, an American hostage being held in Iran. They suggested to Don Gaetz that Mr. Levinson’s successful return could somehow be used to secure a pardon for Matt Gaetz if he was charged with federal crimes, according to a copy of their proposal provided to the Times.

Soon after, Don Gaetz hired a lawyer and contacted the FBI. Matt Gaetz said his father wore a thread and recorded a meeting and phone conversation with Mr Alford. An email exchange between Don Gaetz’s attorney and the Justice Department provided to The Times appears to confirm that he was generally cooperating with the FBI as he investigated his allegations.

Mr. Kent has denied the Gaetz’s claims. He said he had heard rumors that Matt Gaetz could be investigated and mentioned them only to soften his proposal. “I told him I wasn’t trying to extort, but if it was true he might be interested in doing something right,” Kent said in an interview.

Last year, the Trump administration informed the family of Mr. Levinson, a former FBI agent, that he had died captive in Iran, where he went missing in 2007 on an unauthorized mission for the CIA. .

But some people involved in the Levinson case continued to believe he may still be alive, including Mr Kent.

He was stunned to learn that Matt Gaetz had sought to link the Justice Department’s investigation to an extortion plot linked to the Levinson case.

“He threw Levinson and the whole Levinson family under the bus,” Kent said. “I can’t imagine what these poor people went through. This guy, to distract from himself, drew attention to the family.

Don Gaetz also recorded a phone call and a meeting with David McGee, an attorney for the Levinson family, where they discussed the bailout proposal. In an interview, Mr McGee denied any involvement and hinted that Matt Gaetz was inappropriately mistaking the case for his own potential criminal liability.

“He’s trying to distract from an impending tidal wave that’s about to sink his ship,” McGee said.

Adam goldman, Nicolas fandos and Barry meier contribution to reports.

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Missouri pastor who lectured women should be beautiful for husbands goes on leave

A pastor from Missouri took a leave of absence and “seeks professional advice” after a video of a sermon broadcast in which he stressed that women should be attractive to their husbands because “God created men to be. attracted to beautiful women ”.

The video was posted to Facebook on February 28 and is over 22 minutes long. In it, the pastor, Stewart-Allen Clark of the 1st General Baptist Church, in Malden, Missouri, can be seen standing on a well-lit stage, wearing an oversized, unfolded shirt and bluejeans, and holding a open book to its left. hand. “Why is it so often that women after their marriage let themselves go?” he asks.

“I’m not saying every woman can be the epic, the all-time epic trophy wife, like Melania Trump,” Mr. Clark says, adding, “Maybe you’re a participation trophy.” He then discouraged women from wearing sweatpants, flip flops and pajamas, saying, “It won’t work. There is nothing attractive about it.

The 1st General Baptist Church in Malden, about 130 miles north of Memphis, posted a brief statement on its website: “As of March 2, 2021, Pastor Stewart-Allen Clark has taken a leave of absence and is seeking professional advice. A phone message left at the church was not immediately returned Monday evening.

The General Baptist Ministries, which the church is affiliated with, said in a Facebook statement last week that Mr. Clark’s sermon “included comments that are inconsistent with the positions and values ​​of general Baptists.”

“General Baptists believe that every woman was created in the image of God, and they should be appreciated for that reason,” the release said.

The pastor also resigned as moderator at the General Association of General Baptists meeting in 2022, the statement said.

In the video, after an image of Ms. Trump in a blue dress appeared onscreen, Mr. Clark tells the audience, “Not everyone looks like this.” Then, as Mr. Clark is seen onscreen, he says, “But you don’t have to look like a butch either.”

“You have to know that,” he adds. “Men need their women to look like women.” Later, Mr. Clark says that the husbands’ perspective on their wives matters above all. “Do I think you are hot in this hairstyle?” That’s what matters, ”he said.

Towards the end of his remarks Mr. Clark reads a quote from Corinthians saying that men should put on their headboards: “The woman no longer has all the rights over her body, but she shares them with her husband. . “

“So,” adds Mr. Clark, “whenever she’s not in the mood, get out your Bible.”

Mr. Clark did not immediately respond to voicemail messages and emails Monday evening, and a Facebook user who posted the video clip did not respond to a message sent through Facebook Messenger.

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Biden approves of women generals whose promotions have been delayed for fear of Trump’s backlash

WASHINGTON – President Biden has appointed two female generals in elite four-star leadership, the Defense Department said, months after their Pentagon bosses agreed on their promotions, but withheld them out of fear that President Donald J. Trump reject the officers because they were women.

The appointments of Air Force General Jacqueline D. Van Ovost as Head of Transportation Command, which oversees the Army’s vast global transportation network, and Army Lt. Gen. Laura J. Richardson at the head of Southern Command, which oversees military activities in Latin America are now passed to the Senate, where they should be approved.

The unusual strategy of delaying officers’ promotions – intended to protect their accomplished careers – was devised last fall by Mark T. Esper, the Secretary of Defense at the time, and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the President. of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. .

They both believed that the two generals were exceptional officers deserving of command. But under Mr. Trump, they feared candidates other than white males for jobs primarily held by white males would face resistance once their nominations reached the White House.

Mr Esper and General Milley feared that if they even broached the names of the women, Mr Trump and some of his key aides would replace them with their own candidates before leaving office.

Pentagon officials therefore delayed their recommendations until after the November election, betting that if Joseph R. Biden Jr. won, then he and his aides would be more sympathetic to the choices than Mr. Trump, who had had a rivalry with Mr. Esper and General Milley and had a history of bashing women. They stuck to the plan even after Mr. Trump sacked Mr. Esper six days after the election.

“They were chosen because they were the best officers for the positions, and I didn’t want their promotions to derail because someone in Trump’s White House saw that I had recommended them or thought the DOD was doing it. of the policy, ”Mr. Esper, referring to the Department of Defense, said in an interview with The New York Times, which first published the strategy last month.

“It wasn’t,” Mr. Esper added. “They were the best qualified. We were doing the right thing.

The strategy paid off on Saturday, when the Pentagon announced in separate afternoon statements and in Twitter messages from his press secretary, John F. Kirby, that Mr. Biden had approved the promotions of generals and that the White House was formally submitting them to the Senate for approval.

The disclosure last month that Pentagon senior management withheld appointments to protect the careers of Mr. Trump’s two officers sparked heated debate in military newspapers and on social media.

Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, who left the military last summer after his own entanglement with the White House, argued in the national security blog Lawfare that Mr. Esper and General Milley should have fought with Mr. Trump.

“Maintaining good order and discipline within the military does not mean avoiding difficult debates with the Commander-in-Chief,” Colonel Vindman wrote.

But defenders of the strategy of Mr. Esper and General Milley say Colonel Vindman’s argument ignores the civil-military crisis between Mr. Trump and senior Pentagon leaders in the fall. Mr Trump, furious that they resisted him as he wanted to use active-duty troops to fight Black Lives Matter protesters, openly denigrated Mr Esper to his assistants and the public.

Mr. Trump also contradicted the Pentagon at every turn, especially on social issues.

When General Milley and senior military officials sought to create a commission to review the renaming of bases that were named after Confederate generals, Mr. Trump took to Twitter, vowing that “my administration will not even consider changing the name of these magnificent and legendary military installations. . “

Lloyd J. Austin III, the new Secretary of Defense, declined last month to comment on efforts by Mr. Esper and General Milley to ensure that General Van Ovost and General Richardson receive their command assignments. “I would just say that I saw the records of these two women,” he says. “They are exceptional.”

The promotions of the main generals and admirals of the army are decided months before they take up their new functions. So the delay in officially submitting the two officers’ promotions should not affect when they start their new jobs, most likely this summer, Pentagon and Congressional officials said.

General Van Ovost is a four-star officer leading the Air Force Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. Of the 43 four-star generals and admirals in the US military, she is the only female.

General Richardson is the three-star commander of the armed component of the San Antonio-based Pentagon’s Northern Command, which plays an important role in providing military assistance to the Federal Management Agency’s coronavirus vaccination program. emergencies.

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Two women “disguised as grannies” tried to be vaccinated in Florida.

Maybe it was the caps.

Or the gloves the two women donned, although temperatures in Orlando, Fla. Hovered in the ’60s on Wednesday.

In a scene straight out of a sitcom, the women walked to a coronavirus vaccination site “disguised as grannies,” said Dr Raul Pino, the Orange County health administrator, during a press conference on Thursday. Except they were 34 and 44, not over 65, so despite their outfits, which included glasses, they weren’t eligible to get the photos in Florida.

However, the ruse may have worked before. The women presented valid cards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicating they had already received their first doses of the vaccine, said Dr Pino, who did not name them. “I don’t know how they escaped the first time,” he says.

Florida has vaccinated about 42% of its more than 4.4 million people aged 65 and over, according to the state, and healthcare workers and people with certain underlying conditions are also eligible for vaccines. It’s unclear when the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, will consider sufficient numbers of these populations to have been vaccinated to open up eligibility more widely.

The state is one of many countries where vaccines are in high demand due to a delay in shipments due to weather delays.

Young people, teachers, police and other essential workers are all calling for doses, but Florida has not said which group it will prioritize.

The agencies administering the injections had to be “very careful” to get people to “fake”, said Dr Pino. “It’s probably higher than we suspect,” he said, adding that at least one man too young for a shot tried to impersonate his father, who had the same name.

“Our job as a health department is to vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible,” said Dr Pino, adding that the state health ministry was following the governor’s priorities, which are based on amended CDC guidelines.

Department of Health staff on Wednesday asked sheriff’s assistants to issue trespass warnings to bonnet-clad women whose birth dates did not match those they used to record vaccines a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said.

They have not been charged with any wrongdoing. But they did not receive the vaccine.

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Stacey Plaskett calls out Trump’s defense for ‘clip after clip of black women’

Delegate Stacey Plaskett, a Democrat from the Virgin Islands and one of the impeachers, called on lawyers for former President Donald J. Trump on Friday for their use of images of women of color as part of their efforts to equate the statements Democrats made to their supporters with those made by Mr. Trump before the assault on Capitol Hill.

At stake was a montage of video clips of Democrats urging their supporters to “fight” and of Mr. Trump worshiping “law and order.” The edit included clips from select black Democrats, including Vice President Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey, and Representative Ayanna S. Pressley from Massachusetts.

In remarks that garnered praise among Democrats on social media, Ms Plaskett highlighted the difference between women of color urging their supporters to stand up for civil rights and the speeches of Mr Trump, which supporters attacked the Capitol seeking to overturn the results of a legitimate election.

“I will briefly say that defense lawyers have released many videos in their defense, showing clip after clip of black women talking about fighting for a cause, problem or policy,” Ms. Plaskett said. “It is not lost on me that so many of them were people of color and women. Black woman. Black women like me who are tired of being sick and tired for our children, your children.

Ms Plaskett’s remarks, as well as her presentations made throughout the impeachment trial, earned her an instant fan base among Democrats.

Although she cannot vote for impeachment because she represents a territory and not a state, Plaskett was nonetheless chosen as one of nine impeachment managers by President Nancy Pelosi.

Ms Plaskett also noted in her remarks that her own voters in the Virgin Islands could not vote in the presidential elections.

“Every American has the right to vote,” she said. “Unless you live in a territory.”