Weekly Brief: June 25, 2014
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund
The Results Are In
There were some heart breaking losses in yesterday's primary, but I've got some good news for y'all, too! Among the WCF-endorsed candidates who didn't come out on top were Congressional candidate April Freeman (FL-19), gubernatorial candidate and Game Changer Heather Mizeur (MD), and MD Delegate candidate Laurie-Anne Sayles. We have an equal number of winners, though, including Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice (NY-04), State Senate candidate Cheryl Kagan (MD), and State Senate candidate Kay Floyd (OK)! Congratulations on well-fought races all around, ladies.
Get Your Change In The Game
It's time for the featured Game Changers of the week: Oklahoma State House candidates Mary Sosa, who has advanced from last night's primary to the runoff (fingers crossed so hard!), and Cyndi Munson, who advanced from last night's primary uncontested.
1 is 2 Many
Campus sexual assault and violence are finally being acknowledged as a legitimate problem, with colleges and universities now being asked to present more thorough statistics on the depressingly prevalent issue. This remedy is more overdue than some of my library books.
Fictional woman presidents definitely have their place in television and film every now and then. The problem is that the characters are almost always incompetent, flighty, or only given the position after the dude incumbent dies or something.
World Domination Sold Separately
What's the new doll that’s shaking up the toy aisle? Take a look at Entrepreneur Barbie, Mattel’s answer to the demand for STEM-friendly girls’ toys—complete with professional-business-lady features! Now, if only Barbie had human-lady features instead of looking like a male-gazey-fun-house-mirror reflection.
Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords threw the first pitch at the annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game—and it was amazing. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was right there next to her as she made the traditional first pitch. These two women are in a league of their own.
Dr. Oz’ Magic Beans
Dr. Oz, the fella in your TV constantly promoting the newest magical diet drugs, landed in the hot seat last week because it turns out they're actually not so magical. Answering to the Senate to discuss his “get thin quick” remedies, Senator Claire McCaskill called him out on his dubious recommendations, which is hopefully the "get cancelled quick" remedy.
Sexism, That Is The Question
When you've seen a woman politician being interviewed, are the questions typically, “How do you feel about this as a mother?” or “How will you balance work and taking care of your family?” Yes. Yes they are. These irrelevant, gender-specific questions serve as PERFECT field guides on “How Not to Interview a Female Candidate.”
Someone Gynecol 9-1-1!
An American exchange-student got his leg stuck in a 6-foot tall vagina sculpture in Germany on Monday and needed to be rescued by a team of firefighters. Geez, buddy. The world doesn't revulva around you, okay?
Sorry I'm Not Sorry
Pantene continued its tradition of girl-power-esque commercials and short videos, releasing one last week that shows how women apologize too much. Sorry, but they're totally right.
Happy 40th, Title IX!
The addition of Title IX on the Education Amendments was enacted forty years ago on Monday, which ensures that gender discrimination isn't taken into account when it comes to athletics and financial aid. Shout out to the late Congresswoman Patsy Mink (HI) for authoring this life-changing bill.