Weekly Brief: February 12th, 2014
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Don't Stop Me Now
U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (KY) is trailing Alison Lundergan Grimes in the polls, and I'm over here hoping that the slow and anti-choice one doesn't win the race.
Pump It Up
This week, Senator Claire McCaskill introduced a bill that would mandate that military insurance providers cover breast pump counseling and equipment. It's nice to see a politician champion a cause that is near to the hearts of every woman.
For the first time in Olympic history, the Ski Jumping event is now available to women (unless you're a lesbian, of course).
Rape Culture: A Primer
Buzzfeed took a break from its regular schedule of “What Arbitrary Thing Are You?” quizzes to publish a breakdown of what rape culture is and how to combat it. It's excellent, but puppy pictures may be the only consolation for the fact that this article needs to exist in the first place.
Good House (of Delegates)-keeping
This article profiles Jolene Ivey, a Maryland state Delegate and candidate for Lieutenant Governor, but it focuses more on her parenting and relationship with her husband than her career. I guess we should be thankful that there was no mention of shoe shopping?
Sí Se Puede!
Latinas are grossly underrepresented in elected office, and when I say underrepresented, I mean ZERO Latinas have ever been elected into the U.S. Senate, which makes me LOL (llorar out loud. Obvs).
Hit The Road
A super mature Rhode Island Assembly candidate made an ad that depicts gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo saluting Hitler, because "you cannot make [guns] illegal...without sounding like dictators of the past." You can also not make random Hitler comparisons without sounding like a pain in the ass.
Ohio State Senator Connie Pillich and her fellow female colleagues recently introduced the Ohio Equal Pay Act. Thank you, Ohio, for showing the other states how to do feminism.
Another Day, Another Attack
Sandra Fluke has only been in the race for a California State Senate seat (say that three times fast) for a few days, and people have already started with the misogynistic criticism.