Weekly Brief: June 11, 2014
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund
We Are The Champions, My Friends
And we'll keep on fighting until the general elections in November. Big ol' congrats to ALL of WCF's endorsed candidates who had their primaries last night: Erin Bilbray (NV-02), Emily Cain (ME-02), Suzanne Patrick (VA-02), Marilyn Dondero Loop (NV State Senate), Lucy Flores (NV Lt. Gov.), and Teresa Lowry (NV State Senate).
Not Putin Up with It
Apparently, everyone’s favorite Russian shirtless cowboy doesn’t think much of women. After meeting with Hillary Clinton regarding conflict in Crimea, Putin concluded that “it’s better not to argue with women.” If I called Putin a sexist jerk, would anyone argue with that?
It Happens To Everyone
Oof. Pharmaceutical companies are worried that patients are too embarrassed to ask their doctor for medications such as Cialis and Viagra, and it's hindering sales. This means male enhancement drugs may soon be available over the counter. Meanwhile, Plan B remains highly controversial. Uh, try a trip to the gynecologist, guys? You’ll love the stirrups.
Leggo my LEGO
Because assuming that all girls love pink-washed toys is as arbitrary and flawed as assuming all boys love pink-washed toys, LEGO is coming out with a female scientist mini-figure set. The figures will have the likenesses of astronaut Sandra Magnus, physicist Lisa Randall, primatologist Jane Goodall, astronomer Jill Tartar, oceanographer Sylvia Earle, and planetary scientist Carolyn Porco. Girls and toys that promote STEM careers fit together like…well...LEGOs.
Quantum of Solis
Good news! WCF-endorsed candidate and Game Changer, Hilda Solis, won the primary for the L.A. County Supervisor seat last week (easily, we should add). She was the first Latina to be elected in the State Senate 1994 and is a former cabinet member of the Obama Administration. She is truly a Jack of all trades. Er...a Jane of all trades?
Good, Ledbetter, Best
Erin McClelland, who won her Congressional primary last month in the race for Pennsylvania’s 12th District, has been endorsed by the one and only Lilly Ledbetter. You may remember her for being the namesake for the pay equality bill, or for being the hero of all your feminist dreams.
Mover and Shaker
Assemblywoman Toni Atkins of California was recently sworn in as the first openly lesbian Speaker of the Assembly. This position puts her at the fourth line to the Governor’s Office, and number one in our hearts.
Despite ongoing criticism of her involvement in Benghazi, Hillary Clinton continues to be seen as an honest and strong leader by most Americans. Compared to a similar 2006 poll, these numbers have barely wavered. Polling aside, her legacy as Secretary of State remains a memorable one, particularly for her advocacy for women and children in Third World countries. Be sure to look out for Clinton’s book, available this week, Hard Choices. This title has to be reminiscent of her decision to run in 2016 because we’re all still waiting!
Washington Post columnist and human trigger-warning George Will seems to be having trouble understanding sexual assault on college campuses. He thinks the hype has made “victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges.” He hits the nail right on the head! Being a survivor of rape is basically a free pass to a yacht club.
Don’t Mess with Davis
Wendy Davis spoke out about the ads containing graphics illustrating her as “Abortion Barbie,” calling out the fact that it isn’t just demeaning to her, but to women everywhere. Pledge your support to her campaign, while also sticking it to her opponent, Greg Abbott.
NPR affiliate W.H.Y.Y. in Pennsylvania broadcasted a story on the lack of gender equality in the state's public office...kind of. The show did report that PA may bring a cast of ALL male representatives to Congress if Erin McClellend isn't elected, but in the same radio hour, broke a riveting story about the increasing frequency of black bear sightings in suburban PA towns. Uh...okay, then.