Weekly Brief: July 2, 2014
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund
Get a New Hobby
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby on Monday, making it legal for employers to say, "Wut? Insurance coverage for my employees' birth control? LOL NO THX." But no worries, we can all just put an aspirin between our legs instead—according to my misogynistic, typo-laden hate mail.
Land of the Not Free Contraceptives
Not fired up enough? Here's a map that shows which countries provide free birth control. That’s right; Russia, Egypt, Iran and Iraq, which are known for their firm religious beliefs, have free birth control. It's ALMOST like everyone but the U.S. knows that we probably shouldn't deny women basic healthcare...and that an individual's religious beliefs has absolutely nothing to do with an employee's hard-earned company health insurance...and that women can make their own damn medical decisions.
This week's featured Game Changers are none other than candidate for California Controller Betty Yee (who moved onto the general election yesterday after an intense month-long primary election vote count, woot!) and candidate for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Hilda Solis (who was the first Latina to serve in a presidential cabinet. WOOT!).
Tell 'em, FLOTUS
Michelle Obama thinks it’s about time for a woman president. Where, oh where, might one find an organization that strives to get more women in office? ;]
Olivia Wilde played a writer in her new film, Third Person, and a GQ movie reviewer’s head exploded. Wait...there’s such a thing as smart and pretty women? Wait...it's 2014 and we're still talking about things like this?
Last Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled against creating "buffer zones" in front of Massachusetts’ abortion clinics that would keep protesters a safe distance away. If you know any unemployed body guards, tell them Massachusetts is the new land of opportunity.
Always’ new ad campaign is all about girl power--they are trying to bring new meaning to the phrase “like a girl.” It’s more like a warning, “outta the way, confident girl coming through.”
The Daily Show let American colleges have it this week when they presented the “Do’s and Don’ts of Campus Safety.” The difference between what men and women fear on campus is completely different. Like night and day, which coincidentally are the most dangerous times for female students. (Other times include, dawn, dusk, mid-morning, cloudy days, sunny days and every day of the week.)
STEM Is Not Just for Them
Girls have scientific ambitions too, which is exactly what Verizon’s new commercial focuses on. The phone company wants girls to feel just as welcome in STEM as the boys. So tell your daughter to shoot for the moon, because she literally might end up working there.
“America’s Favorite Fat Guy” is a headline you will never see on the newsstands, which is exactly what Melissa McCarthy says in her PEOPLE magazine interview after being praised as a “America’s plus sized sweetheart.” Rather than patronizing McCarthy for her size, a more accurate title would read “America’s Most Wonderful Human That Was Not Given This Title Because Of Her Weight!”
Subjects in This Interview Are More Sexist Than They Appear
Just when you thought doubting a woman’s professional ability was a thing of the past, Matt Lauer brought it back in the most cliché way possible. He had the gall to ask General Motors CEO Mary Barra if she could handle being both a mom and a CEO. I wonder if he can handle being both rude and sexist?
During her recent run for office, former Maryland gubernatorial candidate and Game Changer Heather Mizeur received TONS of verbal praise from folks, but as we all know—that isn't enough. She's now calling out the like-minded institutions who “support [her] on the issues, but weren’t willing to back the campaign because they are part of the establishment." Tellin' it like it is, as usual.