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Why Emily Blunt Hates the Word ‘Likable’ and Other Notes from the Week

Catch up on all the news you might have missed with our handy summary of the week’s top stories.

We’re pleased to bring you “While You Were Out”—the Verily editors’ quick takes on the happenings of this week.

Clinton and Trump Squared Off

This week the first presidential debate was held at Hofstra University in New York. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton faced off in a ninety-minute debate hosted by Lester Holt that reached more than 84 million viewers. Most commentators agreed after the debate that Hillary Clinton was a clear winner in performance value as compared to Trump, who admitted in weeks prior that he hadn’t done any substantial preparation for the debate. Hillary held Trump to task for some sexist and disparaging comments he made in the past to former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. Trump pressed Hillary on the infamous emails and trade. The next presidential debate is scheduled for Sunday, October 9. Until then, I’ll be tuning into Saturday Night Live this weekend for some much needed election-style comic relief. —Mary Rose Somarriba

Katy Perry and Madonna Strip Down to Encourage Voting

This week has supplied us with a vested interest around the political landscape with the first of several presidential debates, but what it supplied us with that didn’t quite impress us was Katy Perry’s naked ad. Amidst the political buzz was Perry, who bared all in her promotional video on Funny or Die, in an effort to get people to vote come November 8. Soon after she was followed by Madonna—who is perhaps the one we can credit for originally debuting the undress-and-vote crusade back in 1990 when Rock the Vote was founded. While encouraging people to vote is commendable, objectifying your body to do so is not. Selling sex isn’t the way to sell us a reason to vote. —Mary Brodeur

We’re Loving Kate Middleton’s Blue Hue in Canada This Week

The royal family made waves in Victoria this week during their Canadian tour, and per usual, all eyes were on Kate Middleton’s iconic style. This time, excellent style was a family affair as the Duchess of Cambridge wore a brilliant royal blue pencil dress that matched Prince William, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte. Color-coordinated outfits have never looked so regal! We don’t know about you, but we’re definitely inspired by these fresh blue hues and ready to incorporate them into our wardrobes this fall. —Lilly Bozzone

Emily Blunt Reminds Us That ‘Likability’ Isn’t the Most Important Thing

In anticipation of her upcoming film The Girl on the Train, actress Emily Blunt shared in an interview how the latest role she played is of a woman who (gasp!) isn’t likable. “With so many movies, women are held to what a man considers a feminine ideal,” Blunt told the Hollywood Reporter. “You have to be pretty. You have to be ‘likable,’ which is my least favorite bloody word in the industry. Rachel isn’t ‘likable.’ What does that mean? To be witty and pretty and hold it together and be there for the guy? And he can just be a total drip?” The lady’s got a point. —MRS

Survey Shows Women Facing Mental Illness in Record Numbers

More than a quarter of young women suffer from chronic mental illness, a new study claims. The findings were reported by the largest British public health survey of mental illness and treatment conducted since 2007. According to the survey, 12.6 percent of women ages 16 to 24 exhibited severe post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms, which is three times higher than the rate reported nine years ago. Another worrying finding is that the number of young women who self-harm has risen threefold in recent years.

While this survey was conducted in the United Kingdom, we know that the data is following similar trends in the U.S., too. As Anna Quinlan reported for Verily earlier this year, women are almost twice as likely to be affected by anxiety than men. "Young women today face more pressure than perhaps any generation in history," she wrote. Here's hoping this research leads to some practical help for anyone suffering from a mental illness. —Sophie Caldecott

Kim K. Is Targeted by Serial Prankster

Almost a week after randomly grabbing model Gigi Hadid around the waist in the street during Milan Fashion Week, celebrity "prankster" Vitalii Sediuk was at it again in Paris. This time Seduik attempted to grab Kim Kardashian and kiss her famous backside, before being tackled to the ground by Kardashian's body guard. Sediuk is a Ukranian "journalist" and media personality known for frequently accosting celebrities (both male and female) at film premieres and red carpet events. Back in 2014 he crawled under America Ferrera's skirt on the red carpet. We're kind of baffled as to why this counts as a "prank" rather than an assault and are hoping his brand of "entertainment" doesn't catch on. —SC

California to End Statute of Limitations on Certain Rape Cases

California lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday that will end the statute of limitations in certain cases of rape and child molestation, starting next year. The new law will also end the statute of limitations in certain older cases that haven't expired yet, although it will not cover the claims of the women who recently came forward against Bill Cosby because most of those date back over ten years. This new bill "tells every rape and sexual assault victim in California that they matter and that, regardless of when they are ready to come forward, they will always have an opportunity to seek justice in a court of law," State Senator Connie Leyva, D-Chino, said in a statement. "Rapists should never be able to evade legal consequences simply because an arbitrary time limit has expired." —SC

Tom Hanks Jogging in Central Park Surprises Newlyweds in Photo Shoot

In cute news from the week, some newlyweds getting photos taken in New York’s Central Park encountered a jogging Tom Hanks. The Sully actor struck up an impromptu conversation with the couple and even snapped a few photos with them. Hanks showcased his jovial, down-to-earth attitude he’s become known for, while making a couple’s day even more “New York iconic”—and possibly turning a wedding photographer into a celebrity photographer with one snap. —MRS

Millennial Women Face Job Obstacles at Work

A new survey has found that millennial women are facing the same obstacles at work that our mothers did decades ago. The study, conducted by, revealed that 23 percent of millennial women believe that their gender has prevented them from getting ahead at work. This is only slightly lower than the number reported in older employees, showing that not much has changed. The WSJ reported that in a 2013 survey, a whopping 75 percent of millennial women reported that they believe changes need to be made to achieve equality in the workplace.

It turns out that even though more women are leaning in, they are facing pushback at work. Unwilling to wait for companies to change, many young women are choosing to forge a different path as independent entrepreneurs or freelancers. Others are helping their peers in male-dominated industries by swapping workplace tips. And many young women are getting creative with new ideas to find career success, and stepping away from the thinking that only a C-suite position defines that, which sounds like the most empowering takeaway of all. —Emily Mae Schmid