Hijab Barbie

Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad and the Barbie doll made in her likeness.

For years, feminists criticized the Barbie doll for presenting an unrealistic, unattainable body image for young girls.

Her height, weight, bust size and hips were so “anatomically impossible,” a 2013 New York Daily News article said, a real-life Barbie “would be reduced to walking on all fours and incapable of lifting anything.”

Psychological studies show the doll’s image can create real harm in young girls, leading in some cases to eating disorders.

The message many received was, if you want to be happy, or popular, or successful in life, this is what you should look like. Mattel implicitly acknowledged this reality a few years back, when it introduced new dolls with more varied, realistic figures.

Tough job in high tech.

Apple VP of diversity and inclusion Denise Young Smith is leaving.

Apple’s first-ever vice president of diversity and inclusion, Denise Young Smith, is leaving Apple at the end of this year, TechCrunch has learned. Young Smith, who has only been in the position since May of this year, previously served as Apple’s head of worldwide human resources for three years.

Taking over as VP of inclusion and diversity will be Christie Smith, who spent 17 years as a principal at Deloitte. In her career, Smith has focused on talent management, organizational design, inclusion, diversity and people solutions. At Apple, she’ll report to Apple VP for People Deirdre O’Brien, the company announced internally today.

Who made the deal and who got the money?

6 Key Elements in Understanding the Tangled Uranium One Scandal …

… The foreign investment panel is made up of nine Cabinet members, two ex officio members, and others as appointed by the president. So, neither Clinton, who was secretary of state from 2009 until 2013, nor the State Department were in a sole position to approve the deal in which Russian interests acquired Uranium One. These officeholders frequently are represented on the foreign investment panel by lower-ranking officials.

Haven’t given this enough thought.

The massive fires that took the lives of over 40 people in California were not the only devastating wildfires as of late.

Utah, Montana, and other states have been hit by destructive infernos that have left death and widespread property damage in their wake.

Forest fires—what firefighters call wildland fires—are undoubtedly a part of nature and can never be stopped entirely, but the measurable uptick in extraordinarily large fires is a trend that is causing intolerable amounts of damage.

Forest management policy has become calcified and centralized over the last half century, but there are some serious ideas that can turn things around.