Brown, Hillmon lead No. 24 Michigan women past Irish 76-66

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Hailey Brown scored 18 points, Naz Hillmon had a double-double and No. 24 Michigan used two short runs in the fourth quarter to hold off Notre Dame 76-66 on Thursday night.

Leading 54-51 entering the fourth, the Wolverines (2-0) had an early 7-0 surge to put the lead at eight and scored six straight, capped by a Akienreh Johnson 3-pointer, to lead by 11 with four minutes to play.

Notre Dame (1-2) made just 2 of its last 12 shots.

Hillmon, coming off a career-high 35 points, scored 20 points but was just 4-of-10 shooting after going 27 of 37 in the first two games. She was 12 of 13 from the foul line with 11 rebounds and three blocks. Leigha Brown added 14 points and Johnson had 12.

Maddy Westbeld led the Irish with 18 points. Anaya Peoples added 13 and Dara Mabrey 12.

Michigan avenged a 76-72 home loss last season when the Wolverines were ranked 21st and the Irish were unranked.


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Freedom Rising Empowers Women Survivors To Lead Modern Slavery Eradication

Of the over 40 million people worldwide shackled by modern slavery, 70 percent are women and girls as gender discrimination is a primary driving factor in enslavement. Pandemic isolation has further exasperated the human trafficking and slavery crisis.

To empower women and survivors of modern slavery to lead anti-slavery organizations, the largest global funder of frontline, anti-slavery organizations, The Freedom Fund, virtually launched its Freedom Rising initiative on December 2nd with keynote speakers Nada Al-Nashif, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights joined from Geneva, and Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders and former president of Ireland.  A lineup of speakers including P. Jayashree, Program Manager, CARE (Tamil Nadu), Claire Falconer, The Freedom Fund’s Head of Global Initiatives and Movement Building, Anannya Bhattacharjee, International Coordinator of Asia Floor Wage Alliance were moderated by Amy Rahe, The Freedom Fund’s North America Director.

“Initiatives to support women’s leadership like this one are crucial, especially at this critical moment as the world battles a global pandemic,” Nada Al-Nashif, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights stated. “We know that putting women at the center, indeed ensuring women are at the helm, will help ensure our collective success in meeting the global changes that we face together.”

Al-Nashif cited women’s role in inspiring local and national movement as the “backbone of vibrant communities across the globe.” Citing the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration as a “remarkable achievement” she noted various women’s activism and leadership across the globe from August 1956 Women’s March in Pretoria, South Africa against Apartheid, to Rosa Parks, to Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina to the current women’s movement in Belarus, Myanmar and Black Lives Matter. “Progress and transformative change are impossible without” women’s participation she said, underscoring Freedom Rising as an exemplary effort to tackle these issues.

In her remarks Mary Robinson expressed how Covid-19 “is the mirror that has exacerbated the inequalities” bringing about a “feminist idea of the intersectionality of the inequalities.”

“If build back better is to go beyond the slogan, we need a new paradigm of leadership that draws on the successful examples of women,” Robinson cited the successful

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Biden Will Nominate First Women to Lead Treasury and Intelligence, and First Latino to Run Homeland Security

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. plans to name Janet L. Yellen as Treasury secretary, a nomination that would put a woman in charge of the Treasury for the first time in its 231-year history.

The expected appointment came as Mr. Biden moved to fill other top cabinet roles, selecting Alejandro Mayorkas as the first Latino to lead the Department of Homeland Security and Avril Haines as the first woman to be the director of national intelligence.

Mr. Biden is also expected to create a new post of international climate envoy and tap John Kerry, a former secretary of state who was a chief negotiator for the United States on the Paris climate change accord.

In choosing Ms. Yellen, who was also the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, Mr. Biden is turning to a renowned labor economist at a moment of high unemployment, when millions of Americans remain out of work and the economy continues to struggle from the coronavirus.

Ms. Yellen, 74, is likely to bring a long-held preference for government help for households that are struggling economically. But she will be thrust into negotiating for more aid with what is expected to be a divided Congress, pushing her into a far more political role than the one she played at the independent central bank.

“While the pandemic is still seriously affecting the economy, we need to continue extraordinary fiscal support,” Ms. Yellen said in a Bloomberg Television interview in October. Her expected nomination was reported earlier by The Wall Street Journal.

The emerging diplomatic, intelligence and economic teams, as outlined by transition officials, reunite a group of former senior officials from the Obama administration. Most worked closely together at the State Department and the White House and in several cases have close ties to Mr. Biden dating back years. Mr. Biden will officially announce some of them at an event in Wilmington, Del., on Tuesday.

They share a belief in the core principles of the Democratic foreign policy establishment: international cooperation, strong U.S. alliances and leadership, but a wariness of foreign interventions after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The transition office confirmed reports on Sunday night that Mr. Biden will nominate Antony J. Blinken to be secretary of state and Jake Sullivan as national security adviser.

Mr. Biden will also nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be ambassador to the United Nations and restore the job to cabinet-level status, giving Ms. Thomas-Greenfield, who is African-American, a seat on his National Security Council.

The racial and gender mix of the expected nominees also reflects Mr. Biden’s stated commitment to diversity, which has lagged notoriously in the worlds of foreign policy and national security.

The slate of picks also showed Mr. Biden’s determination to push forward with setting up his administration despite President Trump’s continuing refusal to concede. Mr. Biden received help on that front Monday evening, when the head of the General Services Administration formally designated him the apparent winner, unlocking federal funds and resources to begin

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