Weekly Brief: June 4, 2014
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund
All They Do Is Win
Yesterday was Primary Day for lots of WCF's endorsed candidates, and I think you'll be pretty pumped on the results! Congrats to Jennifer Marsden (AL State House), Ellen Corbett (U.S. House, CA-15), Sandra Fluke (CA Senate), Cristina Garcia (CA State Assembly), Sandra Mendoza (CA State Assembly), Sharon Quirk-Silva (CA State Assembly), Amanda Renteria (U.S. House, CA-21), Hilda Solis (Los Angeles County Supervisor), Staci Appel (U.S. House, IA-03), Aimee Belgard (U.S. House, NJ-03), and Bonnie Watson Coleman (U.S. House, NJ-12) for moving on to their general elections.
Unfortunately, there were a few losses as well. Congratulations on amazing and inspiring campaigns, ladies: Sarah Boot (San Diego City Council), Eloise Gomez Reyes (U.S. House, CA-31), Suja Lowenthal (CA State Assembly), and Monica Vernon (U.S. House, IA-01).
The Game, It Is A-Changin'
Since some of the Game Changers recently lost their primaries, WCF is calling in reinforcements. So, say hello to the newest Game Changers: Congressional candidate Mary Rose Wilcox (AZ-07), gubernatorial candidate Donna Christensen (VI), Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors candidate Hilda Solis, Secretary of State candidate Nellie Gorbea (RI), and Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board candidate Hina Wong-Kalu.
The Price Is So, So Wrong
Wanna play the least fun game ever? See if you can you guess which states have the worst pay gaps for women!
Getting In The Zone
You may relate to this AMAZING comic strip if you're a woman who's ever committed the crime of "friendzoning" someone, aka demonstrated agency over your body instead of owing sex to all men. What? I'm not bitter.
Phil'd With Hope
As women everywhere continue to use the #YesAllWomen hashtag to share their stories of street harassment, sexual violence, and any other kind of oppression you can think of, this awesome Slate piece by Phil Plait informs fellow dudes how to learn from these stories instead of getting all defensive and horrible.
Extra, Extra Sexist
Remember that one time the Washington Post fairly interviewed all of the candidates running in Virginia's 8th Congressional district, and definitely didn't exclude the only woman in the race? Oh, you don't? Prob 'cause it didn't happen.
What happens when a well-intentioned pro-breastfeeding campaign is launched by the ever-misogynistic ad industry? Well, this...an awkwardly sexualized collection of posters that comes nowhere near accurately reflecting the women it's trying to represent. A big swing and a miss, Mexico City.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find Out What It Means For Your Safety
A recent study is claiming that respect for women is such a non-existent thing, that even HURRICANES with female names aren't taken seriously, and thus are more likely to kill folks. UGH. I have officially lost my ability to even.
Q: What do you call a Maryland gubernatorial candidate who never loses a debate? A: Heather freakin' Mizeur.
Rest In Peace
The WCF family's hearts are with Annie's List, who lost Executive Director Grace Garcia to a tragic car accident this week. Sincere condolences to her friends and family, and best wishes for a speedy recovery to Deputy Director Piper Stege Nelson, who was also in the accident.