Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming continues to smash records. When the book was released in November of last year, it sold 725,000 copies on its first day and 2 million copies in North America within two weeks, quickly becoming the best-selling book of 2018. It also broke the record of best first-week sales at Barnes & Noble and went on to become a number one seller abroad, including in the U.K. and Germany.
"Of course it has to be led by a man, because it is a very challenging position,” Akbar Al Baker said in reference to his role as CEO at a press conference following a meeting of the International Air Transport Association’s board of governors—a group to which he had been named chair. According to Bloomberg, there were “loud groans of disapproval” following Al Baker’s comment at the Sydney event.
The Senate is where women are really picking up ground. The election of Tina Smith (D-Minn.) in January brought the total number of women in the Senate to 22, a new record. Smith replaced Sen. Al Franken, also a Democrat, who resigned his seat after allegations of sexual misconduct. Women now make up 23% of the Senate, with 17 Democrats and five Republicans. There are currently four states that have women serving as both sitting senators: California, New Hampshire, Washington, and Minnesota.