Weekly Brief: February 26th, 2014
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund
Ready Or Not
When asked about the possibility of a 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential run, Michele Bachmann said that the country isn’t ready for a female president. Are you sure about that, Michele? Because more than half of us think we’re all set.
You can barely throw a stick nowadays without hitting a newspaper that scrutinizes women politicians' life choices while giving their male counterparts a free pass. These double standards are getting TOO DAMN HIGH.
Ladies Is Hosts, Too
Virginia State Senator Steve Martin referred to pregnant women as “a child’s host.” Great double whammy there, Steve! You managed to make babies sound like some kind of parasite from Alien AND make women sound less than human at the same time.
Attention On Deck
According to this one Congress-guy, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is only fighting to reform the way the military prosecutes sexual assault because she “wants attention.” Silly me; I thought she was just trying to empower assault survivors and bring their abusers to justice.
The New Texas Two-Step… All Backwards
Texas lawmakers held a self-congratulatory hearing to pat themselves on the back for another hard day’s work of restricting access to basic healthcare, and to ponder how to, I kid you not, “improve” upon the “achievements” they’ve created. You keep using those words... I do not think they mean what you think they mean.
Entrepreneur Anil Dash only retweeted women for an entire year in order to magnify how little attention women in social media get in comparison to men. We would like to thank Mr. Dash for his consciousness-raising efforts, but it’ll probably take more than 140 characters.
They Blinded Us! With Sexism!
How many women were on the speaker’s list for the International Congress for Quantum Chemistry? Exactly zero. Now, I’m no scientist, but don’t we all benefit from a diverse and heterogeneous mixture of perspectives?
All The Sexists Live In Texas
One of the frontrunners in the race for the District Attorney of Houston, in addition to being racist and homophobic, seems determined to ignore and minimize the prosecution of domestic abuse as a crime. Well, thank goodness he’s not the only option in this election.
What A Way To Make A Living
Unfortunately, working single mothers are more likely to be below the poverty line than not. Sorry, Dolly Parton— it sounds like women need to work longer than 9 to 5 in order to make a decent living in this country.
When In Rome, Don’t Do As They Did
Good news: the new Italian prime minister appointed eight female ministers to his cabinet! Bad news: all the press wanted to talk about were their fashion choices. Male Italian media! Molto male!
Former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has endorsed Eloise Gomez Reyes in her race to represent California’s 31st district. Reyes went from underdog to top dog in her race— great things can happen when women help each other out!