WOMEN IN THE NEWS You Won't Believe What She Said
Girl power was on this past Sunday when Reba McEntire hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards for the 16th time. When asked if she ever got tired of hosting, the fiery 53-year-old redhead replied: "I'm a woman in the music business and we don't have time for tired." She went on to point out that it snowed in Las Vegas in recent weeks before firing off: "It froze us women out of entertainer of the year." Maybe she was still fired up from "Equal Pay Day" last Tuesday, a date symbolizing how far into the new year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. She gave a shout out to Kacey Musgraves who had swept the Grammy's and was overlooked for entertainer of the year (Musgraves later won the ACM's album of the year and female artist of the year -- dedicating the award to women who felt pressure to silence themselves). And Miranda Lambert was absolutely FIRE in her fierce cutout sequined catsuit (eat your heart out, Blake)! Last week marked some more major milestones for women: Chicago elected its first openly gay mayor. Voters overwhelmingly elected Lori Lightfoot to replace Rahm Emanuel, making Chicago the largest American city ever to elect a black woman mayor. In other Chicago election news, my cousin Courtney Lang handily defeated the competition to become the newest member of Chi-town's District 59 School Board (#ShamelessPlug). In female pop star news, Beyonce is entering the sneaker wars. Adidas announced that it would collaborate with Ms. Knowles on several endeavors, including a signature collection with the brand and an expansion of her active-wear line, Ivy Park. This may be the most notable partnership between a superstar and a sports brand since Rihanna paved a path in 2014 when she became a short-lived creative director of Puma. Who run the world?! Friday marked Kathie Lee Gifford's last day as co-host of the fourth hour of the Today show. The 65-year-old is moving to Nashville to focus on her country music career. Way to reinvent yourself - again, girl! And girls at a publicly-funded charter school in North Carolina scored a victory when a federal district judge ruled that they can wear shorts or pants to school, declaring the K-8 charter school’s dress code -- which prohibited anything but a skirt -- unconstitutional.