Weekly Brief: March 5th, 2014
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Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was recently profiled in the Daily Mail, but the article mostly dwelt on how her “kittenish ways” and “legendary blonde tresses” make her untrustworthy. She's...too sexy for your trust. Too sexy for your trust.
Alabama lawmakers are attempting to advance several bills that would severely restrict the time period in which a woman could obtain an abortion. It's good to know that the big red X on their flag means “Basic human rights, keep out.”
We’re Not #1! We’re Not #1!
According to the 2013 Global Gender Gap report, Scandinavian countries are the most egalitarian in the world— at least, when it comes their efforts in bridging the gender gap, with Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden coming in at the top four. America came in 23rd place. “We’re #23!” is only a catchy chant when it comes from Miley.
Oh, Really, O’Reilly?
Bill O’Reilly was doing his usual sexist blowhard shtick when he told two female panelists that “there’s got to be some kind of gender deficiency” that would make women bad presidents. What's his excuse for being one of the most embarrassingly dumb TV hosts ever, then?
Not The Maine Attraction
A Maine State Representative is in hot water (or perhaps freezing water; it is Maine, after all) after some misogynist comments he made in the 90s surfaced, including one where he advocated for men to “use [their] superior strength to force [themselves] on a woman.” Maybe women should use their superior voting strength to force him out of office.
Lean Back, Lean Back
A female Georgetown professor has rejected Facebook COO Cheryl Sandberg’s business philosophy, saying that women shouldn’t have to "lean in" to succeed in the male-dominated business world. It seems everyone's got a different philosophy so you be sure to do you. Just don't tip over.
We Like Her, We Really Like Her!
Now that the Oscars have come and gone, let’s get to know the woman who makes it all possible: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs. She’s only the third woman and the first African-American to hold the position. Breaking through the celluloid ceiling never looked so good.
In an effort to create a cheap way for her friend to do homework after dark, 16-year-old Ann Makosinski invented a flashlight that uses body heat as a source of power rather than batteries. Late-night readers and homework-doers of the world, rejoice! Another STEM girl has made your dreams come true.
The Not-So-Silent Minority
Ten of the sixteen House candidates selected as part of the DCCC’s Red to Blue campaign are women. Congrats to them on their recognition for well-run campaigns (especially the WCF-endorsed women!).
Looking for a herstory lesson? March is Women’s History Month, and my peeps at the Women’s Campaign Fund are counting down the month by profiling 31 amazing ladies!