Weekly Brief: April 30, 2014
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund
Does our government need more women, people of color, young people, and LGBT people? I take your "HELL YEAH" and raise you six new Game Changers: Kelly Westlund, Shaughnessy Naughton, Aimee Belgard, Meshea Poore, Stephanie Chang, Kristy Pagan, Faith Winter, and Rebecca Thompson.
Those Endorsements, Though!
It's time to meet WCF's latest round of endorsements, which include federal candidates Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) and Monica Vernon (IA-01), and local candidates Michele Lepore-Hagan and Kathleen Clyde (Ohio State House), Teresa Lowry and Marilyn Dondero Loop (Nevada State Senate), Cyndi Munson (Oklahoma State House), and Val Demings (Mayor, Orange County, FL).
Life Of The Party
WCF's Parties Of Your Choice Gala is less than three weeks away, y’all! Your chance to dine with awesome political and special guests like Game Changer Sandra Fluke and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter and Donna Christensen is slipping away—get your ticket today!
Gaffe It Up
New Hampshire State Representative Will Infantine recently stated that the Pay Gap is just because men are just more motivated by money than women. I sure hope this little incident will motivate women in Rep. Infantine’s district to vote him out.
Y’all Cut It Out, Y’hear?
Here’s the bad news: Mississippi has enacted another ban on abortion at 20 weeks, and its one operating abortion clinic hangs in the balance. But here’s the good news: a similar law has already been struck down by an appeals court for its blatant unconstitutionality. If at first you don’t succeed… just give it a rest.
The Crowd Goes Wild... With Anger
In yet ANOTHER cheerleading-related lawsuit, the Buffalo Jills are asking for fair wages and to get rid of a hygiene-mansplaining handbook, including an explanation of how tampons work. Maybe someone needs to explain to them how to treat women like people.
Shame Of Thrones
The internet is still upset over that scene in Game of Thrones, and can you blame them? Shows are wayyyy too comfortable using rape as a plot device. If y’all even think about using rape as a stepping stone for someone’s character development, I will sic my dragons on you.
Does Not Compute
It seems like this election cycle’s hottest sexist trend is calling women “emotional,” and Justice Sotomayor is the latest target. Didn’t we go over this last week? Apparently, women have to be freakin’ robots in order to succeed in politics now.
See Liz Run
Elizabeth Warren has said repeatedly that she isn’t running for President, but she’s been repeatedly asked/told to “Run, Liz, Run!” during her book tour. Can you really argue with popular opinion, Senator?
You know endometriosis, that incredibly painful disorder that millions of women suffer from? Dr. Drew Pinsky called it a “garbage bag disorder” (what does that even mean?) and implied that women are making it up because tiny lady brains don’t know the difference between real and made-up pain.
The White House has created several initiatives to combat sexual assault on campus, including the creation of NotAlone.gov to give survivors resources and allow them to file complaints. Props for a long-overdue program, y’all.