Weekly Brief: July 30, 2014
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund
We Don't Need No Permission
Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10) thinks women need their husband’s approval to run for office, which is awesome, because women don't have enough obstacles keeping them from running as it is. Does he need my permission to shut his mouth?
The Fantastic Four
It's time for this week's Featured Game Changers! Take a good look at politics, folks, because these ladies are about to change it up for good: Rashida Tlaib (MI State Senate), Kristy Pagan (MI State House), Rebecca Thompson (MI State House), and Stephanie Chang (MI State House).
A Little More Twittersation
HBO director/actress/producer Lena Dunham sparked a great conversation on Twitter when she shared her personal reasons for using birth control. Whether you're a fan of Lena Dunham or not, she stuck up for women who'd really love to be in control of their own body parts, which apparently is a really radical idea these days.
Natalie Nakase is an aspiring NBA head coach. Yes, the NBA; where there has never been a female coach (not that sexism in sports is a thing, or anything). We know she’ll be a slam-dunk! Three-point shot! Other sports analogies!
Myth Busters: Mommy Edition
Family, work, chores, and running for office? The Brookings Institution released a study that negates the myth that women choose to forego a chance at running for office “because of family concerns.” The actual reason is that they feel they will not perform as well as the male candidates. Thanks a ton, gender roles!
Men are From Executive Offices, Women are From Sewing Circles
Diversity in the workplace has become quite a controversial concept. When a woman hires another woman it’s seen as an attempt to turn weekly staff meetings into another season of The View, but when a man hires a woman, he's praised for being ground-breaking and revolutionary. Who knew it was ground-breaking to hire the other half of the world's population?
Overhearing and Oversharing
Two IBM employees were caught discussing how HORRIBLE it is to hire young women because “they just get pregnant again and again.” Yeah! Damn those baby makin' wenches, because that's not a grossly sexist or ignorant view on women at all. On a completely unrelated note: Does anyone know what IBM stands for? Is it "I'm a Big Misogynist"?
Yay for Yee!
WCF candidate and always wonderful Betty Yee has been endorsed by Equality California PAC for California State Controller! With this added endorsement, Betty Yee continues to prove that she is a force to be reckoned with.
Readers Take Note
When does a woman owe you sex? Never. #Sexspreadsheets shouldn’t be a thing.
What the NFL?
Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice has been suspended for a mere TWO games as punishment for viciously beating his then-fiancé. If the two game suspension doesn't enrage you, think about Josh Gordon, wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, who is facing a SIXTEEN game suspension after testing positive for marijuana. There are a billion reasons that the NFL (and Ray Rice) is in the wrong—which Keith Olbermann sums up perfectly. (Extreme Trigger Warning)
This year’s Comic Con wasn’t your typical superhero love-fest. There were panels on “The Most Dangerous Women at Comic Con,” and “Creating Awesome Female Characters.” The best being the “Women Who Kick Ass” discussion scheduled right before the long awaited Marvel Studios panel. The crowd was amped as were the six actresses (from Game of Thrones, Orphan Black, Sons of Anarchy, Sleepy Hollow, and American Horror Story) that spoke on the portrayals of women in movies/television. Are we sure this was Comic Con and not a feminist fever dream?