Weekly Brief: November 6, 2013
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund
Election Night: It was the best of times…
Congratulations are in order to the WCF-endorsed women who pulled off some incredible victories last night, including Houston Mayor Annise Parker (re-elected), Nan Whaley (Mayor of Dayton, OH), Kathy Sheehan (Mayor of Albany, NY), Eileen Filler-Corn (VA House of Delegates), Liz Crowley (NYC Council, NY), Melinda Katz (Queens Borough President, NY), and Stephanie Hausner (Clarkstown City Council, NY)!
It was the worst of times…
It was also a tough night, particularly in Virginia, where some of our candidates came up short in their races, including Barbara Buono (New Jersey Governor), Kathleen Murphy (VA House of Delegates), Jennifer Boysko (VA House of Delegates), Linda Bryant (VA House of Delegates), Freeda Cathcart (VA House of Delegates), Rebecca Feldman (NJ Assembly), Shari Song (King County Council, WA), Yvette Simpson (Cincinnati City Council, OH), Martha Good (Cincinnati School Board, OH), Marci Radcliffe (Mercer County Treasurer, PA), and Jenn Black (Loyalsock Township Supervisor, PA). I’ve got mad respect for each and every one of these trailblazing women and I’m pretty sure we haven’t heard the last from them.
New York's New Leaders
E-day was especially epic in New York, with two of its largest cities welcoming their first women mayors! Congrats to Kathy Sheehan in Albany and Lovely Warren in Rochester, as well as re-elected Mayor of Syracuse Stephanie Miner.
Back to the Future
Soon after a federal judge blocked the new Texas law designed to shut down most of the state’s abortion clinics, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the decision with devastating consequences. When Daylight Savings ended last weekend, we thought we’d just turn the clock back an hour – not freakin' time travel.
...And Back to the Past
Speaking of time travel, Senator Lindsey Graham’s turned his clock alllll the way back to pre-Roe v. Wade. This genius plans to sponsor a Senate bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks in all 50 states. Good luck with that, bud.
Big news out of Florida where Jessica Ehrlich has suspended her campaign for the 13th Congressional District. Jessica ran a great campaign from the very beginning and the entire WCF family is proud to have stood with her every step of the way. Incredibly bummed to see her go, but we have nothing but the utmost respect for her motivation: to clear the way for another amazing woman, Alex Sink, to make a run for the seat.
MsRep: It’s Good for You!
Believe it or not, less than half of Americans believe more women in Congress is a good idea. It gets even worse when you break it down by party: Less than a quarter of Republicans agree, and Dems don’t fare much better. Whoever answered this poll obviously hasn't been reading their weekly dose of MsRep...who are you? SHOW YOURSELVES.
That moment when you push really, really hard for a strict voter ID law...and then end up disenfranchised under your own law. You just keep doin' you, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Stand with Wendy...FOREVER
Texas has a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad gubernatorial candidate in Greg Abbott – and from the look of these polls, it seems like voters are catching on. If only there was an amazing, super qualified woman candidate in the race who was kinda famous for just how much she was willing to stand up for women… Oh, hi, Wendy Davis!
Trick or Terrifying
Turns out there is something worse than getting dental floss in your Halloween trick-or-treat bag: How about some anti-choice propaganda?
Fruit of the Gloom
So...“anti-rape” underwear is a thing now. But I’m not entirely convinced it’s a good thing, especially after reading this thoughtful critique. However, I’m totally down for a bra that stops anti-choice politicians from dictating what women do with their bodies. Can we get on that?
Sharing is Caring
Getting through to someone who’s anti-choice can be as difficult as it is for Rand Paul to write a speech without plagiarizing from Wikipedia. But college students are showing how sharing personal stories in public can destigmatize abortion and even bridge political divides.
Thankfully, a federal judge pretty much told Florida anti-choice protesters to STFU: He’s allowing the city of West Palm Beach to enforce a “quiet zone” around its sole abortion clinic, preventing protesters from noisily harassing its patients.
Lucy and Ricky Got Nothin’ On This
This one will hit ya right in the feels: When describing former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords at an award ceremony, her husband said, "I know what it takes to be a Woman of the Year. I see it in her every day." OMG you guys, staaaaaahp. JK, keep being cute forever and ever.
Give Ladies A Chance
All we are saying…is only 15% of Nobel Peace Prize winners are women. You’d think the international peace community would have this whole gender equity thing figured out, no?
Hard Hatted Haters
There are some huge tools in the construction industry...but I’m not talking about the jackhammers. From sexual harassment to threats of violence, women working in construction face serious sexism from their male coworkers.
Portrait of a Lady (Or Four)
The absolute fierceness of the Supreme Court’s women judges is now immortalized in paint. How badass is their official portrait?