NYSE installs first female president

The New York Stock Exchange looking a little more inclusive these days.

According to USA Today, that’s because the NYSE has just named its first female president in its 226-year history. Now taking the helm of the financial market, USA Today says Stacey Cunningham will become the “67th president of the Big Board,” years after she began her career in the industry as a NYSE floor clerk in 1996.

By accepting the position, USA Today says that it now means “two of the world’s most well-known financial exchanges will be led by women,” as Adena Friedman rose to the position of Nasdaq CEO in January 2017 following a stint “serving as the financial market’s president and chief operating officer.”

Cunningham is taking over her presidential duties from outgoing leader Thomas Farley, who vacated the position in pursuit of heading up a pecial purpose acquisition company.

Chastain gives $2K to woman who left negative Instagram comment

The answer to negativity isn’t more negativity — that’s the lesson Jessica Chastain recently taught her followers.

According to Bustle, the actor and producer took to Instagram to share a photo on Thursday’s International Women’s Day of herself wearing a “We Should All Be Feminists” T-shirt; in the photo’s caption, Chastain wrote, “FEMINISM: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes #happyinternationalwomensday,” but Bustle says the seemingly innocent post drew ire from some followers, including one named Karin Hallsten Schulz.

“Yes, feminist that believe in God and stand up for The Unborn,” Schulz wrote. “I would be for that kind of feminist.”

Instead of immediately replying to the comment — or even thinking of replying at all — Bustle says Chastain decided to explore Schulz’s Instagram account, which led to the discovery of a GoFundMe page the commenter set up for herself to help fund fertility treatments. Asking for $5,000, Bustle says Schulz wrote that her insurance won’t cover the treatments — and in the blink of an eye, Schulz became $2,000 closer to achiever her goal of being a mother thanks to Chastain, who gave her campaign a $2K boost.

Bustle reports Chastain then responded to Schulz’s original comment this way:

“Yes you can decide what is right for you. I am pro-choice and I believe that everyone has the right to make their own decision. I read about your journey to become a mother and it broke my heart. I hope that your dream will come true in 2018! Much love to you ❤”

After also posting on her GoFundMe page by telling Schulz that her and husband will be “wonderful parents,” Bustle says Schulz wrote back to the actor sharing words of support and gratitude, offering that even though they don’t agree on everything, they are both on the same team.

“Thank you for your words, for your encouragement and loving wishes. I too am a feminist!! It is ok if we don’t see eye to eye on everything,” she wrote. “We do agree on more than we disagree!! You are my sister, and together wonderful change and more awesome things will happen in this beautiful world we live in.”

Proof positive that women can support each other despite differences of opinion and beliefs.

Nyong’o pays for 600 kids to see ‘Black Panther’

The #BlackPantherChallenge all began as a fundraising initiative to bring children from Harlem to movie theaters to see the box office smash Black Panther. But one of the film’s stars just took that challenge to a whole new level.

According to Glamour, actor Lupita Nyong’o took to Instagram to announce that, along with her mom, joined the challenge and paid for 600 kids from her hometown of Kisumu, Kenya to watch the film. Urging others to join the movement, Glamour says Nyong’o explained why it’s so important that kids see the film.

“I wanted kids from my hometown to see the positive images reflected in the film and superheroes that they can relate to on the big screen,” she wrote.

In one of the videos accompanying her post, Glamour reports that a girl who was able to watch the film because of Nyong’o’s kindness said that the film taught her about “being a good leader by never giving up in the face of challenges and ‘people coming together to work as a team, to achieve, and to build our nation.'”

 

DeGeneres gives generous gift to studio audience

One lucky studio audience at the Ellen DeGeneres show left with much more than some stellar memories.

According to Cosmopolitan, the beloved television show host filled her audience with do-gooders, people making a difference in their communities and in the world in ways both large and small and decided to give them a little more than just a good time. With guests such as a couple who delivered supplies and aid following Hurricane Harvey and a teacher who donated a kidney to a student, Cosmo says DeGeneres introduced her partnership with Cheerios’ “One Million Acts of Good” campaign, asking audience members to look under their seats for the cereal box.

What came next, reports Cosmo, was a major gift: each audience member left with a share of $1 million to not only commemorate the One Million Acts of Good campaign, but  also to celebrate the kindness and generosity of her audience members. DeGeneres’ one hope for her recipients — to continue to spread kindness wherever they go.

“It’s the biggest gift I’ve ever given anybody, ever,” she said, “and I hope you continue to pay it forward and share all the good.”

 

Women are 2 of 3 highest paid TV anchors

When long-time Today show host Matt Lauer was booted from the network following allegations of sexual misconduct, little did he know that his removal would help his female journalist colleagues.

According to Money, “Lauer’s dismissal means two women now rank within the top three highest-paid television anchor positions,” launching NBC’s Megyn Kelly and ABC’s Robin Roberts into the exclusive club. However, neither of the two anchors occupy the top spot, says Money, with Fox News’ Sean Hannity leading the pack with a $36 million-per-year contract.

So where do Kelly and Roberts fall on the list? Money says Roberts sits at No. 2, raking in $18 million per year, a contract she’s earned after hosting Good Morning America since 2005 and winning four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program.

Kelly’s position, however, is a bit more nebulous, as Money reports that the lawyer-turned-journalist makes between $15 million and $20 million per year. While Variety says her contract equals that of Roberts, Money offers that the former Fox News host’s salary remains unconfirmed.

No matter their exact salaries, it sure is refreshing to see female journalists at the top of the list. Now if only we could a woman in the No. 1 spot…

Minaj reveals donations to Indian village

Nicki Minaj isn’t just the queen of rap; she’s apparently the queen of charitable donations.

According to The Cut, the rapper recently took to Instagram to reveal photos and videos of a village in India she has “been donating money to for the past few years through her pastor Lydia Sloley.”

Minaj shared in her posts that her generosity has helped to provide the village with “a Computer Center, a Tailoring Institute, a Reading Program and 2 WATER WELLS,” says The Cut, writing that she’s telling of her charitable missions in case her fans would like to join in her efforts.

These Instagram posts follow her recent Twitter donation spree, in which she helped students with their tuition and student loans and is leading to the creation of a charity specifically for students.

We can’t wait to see what Minaj does next!