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Women’s Daily Dispatch: The news you need to know on 26/4/18

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As part of our Visible Women initiative, brings you the Women’s Daily Dispatch: your daily digest of international news relating to women. It’s the good, bad, inspiring and urgent stories you need to know from around the world, all wrapped up in one bitesize piece.

In Thursday’s Dispatch: Google celebrates the 100th birthday of record-holding athlete Fanny Blanker-Koen; singer Kate Bush and other leading female voices pay tribute to the Brontë sisters with an art project; and women celebrate a record number of women in Congress for the first time. 

Google celebrates the 100th birthday of athlete Fanny Blanker-Koen

Today’s Google homepage features an illustration of Dutch athlete Fanny Blanker-Koen in celebration of her 100th birthday.

Blanker-Koen not only broke records but stereotypes, too. Her shining moment came during the 1948 London Summer Olympics when she became the first woman to win four gold medals in a single Olympics.

After World War II, Blanker-Koen returned to the track, despite receiving multiple angry letters from people denouncing her as irresponsible as she was a married mother with two children – hence her sexist nickname “The Flying Housewife”.

But she went on to defy her critics by winning gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m, and 80m hurdles. To this day, she still holds the record her opponents by the largest amount – 0.7 seconds – in the 200m.

She, ultimately, became a role model for women everywhere.

Read more on the story at 

Kate Bush has penned an Emily Brontë tribute 

Other well-known female voices will be part of the project honouring the Brontë sisters. 

Singer Kate Bush will, once again, be honouring writer Emily Brontë by writing the inscription for an art installation to be placed in Yorkshire.

As part of a summer project honouring all three Brontë sisters, well-known voices have been commissioned to write a piece of poetry or prose which will be engraved on stones between the sisters’ birthplace and their family home.

Novelist Jeanette Winterson will celebrate the Brontë legacy as a whole, Scottish poet Carol Ann Duffy will celebrate Charlotte, novelist Jackie Kay has Anne, and Bush has Emily.

The project, which will be unveiled in July, takes place in the bicentenary year of Emily’s birth, and the 40th anniversary year of Bush’s Wuthering Heights, the hit-song she released when she was 18-years-old.

“Each sister being remembered by a stone in the enigmatic landscape where they lived and worked is a striking idea,” Bush said.

“Emily only wrote the one novel – an extraordinary work of art that has truly left its mark. To be asked to write a piece for Emily’s stone is an honour and, in a way, a chance to say thank you to her.”

You can read more on the story at The Guardian

There are now more women in Congress than ever before

Republican Debbie Lesko was elected for Arizona’s 8th district. 

This week, Republican Debbie Lesko was elected for Arizona’s 8th district, meaning the number of women now in Congress totals a high of 107.

The historic feat includes 78 Democrats and 29 Republicans, constituting 20% of congressional seats for the first time ever.

Under the American system, 84 women (19.3%) will serve as voting members of the House of Representatives – 61 Democrats to 23 Republicans, respectively. Not including the five women who currently serve as non-voting delegates in the House.

Lesko is the second Republican woman elected to Congress in Arizona. The first, Republican Martha McSally, was elected in 2014.

At present, America currently ranks 102nd globally in terms of female representation in the federal legislature.

As a record number of women run for office this November, further change is afoot.

You can read more on the story at Fortune

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