Weekly Brief: August 13, 2014
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund
It Was the Best of Times…
There’ve been several primaries since last week’s MsRep, here’s what you missed. First, the good news: WCF-endorsed candidates Mary Burke (WI Governor), Kelly Westlund (U.S. House WI-07), Debbie Dingell (U.S. House MI-12), Brenda Lawrence (U.S. House MI-14), Stephanie Chang (MI State House), Pramila Jayapal (WA State Senate), and Kristy Pagan (MI State House) all won their contested primaries and will advance to the general election in November! One race, Colleen Hanabusa (U.S. Senate HI) is still too close to call. By the way, Kelly Westlund is actually one of our Game Changers, making her the perfect choice to be one of…
…It Was the Worst of Times...
Unfortunately, some of our candidates didn’t quite make it, but we’re so proud to have supported them all the way to the end. Thank you, Donna Mercado Kim (U.S. House HI-01), Susan Grettenberger (U.S. House MI-08), Mary Mancini (TN State Senate), Rebecca Thompson (MI State House), Hina Wong-Kalu (Office of Hawaiian Affairs), and Rashida Tlaib (MI State Senate)! If/when you choose to run again, we’ll be here!
…It Was the Spring of Hope...
Maybe more like Summer/Fall of Hope, but still! Today, WCF added five super qualified women to our already-impressive list of candidates, including Lauren Carson (RI State House), Karalee Hargrove (CA Assembly), Karen Kwan (UT State House), Martha Scott (Wayne County Commissioner, MI), and Anndrea Starzak (NY State Senate). Welcome aboard!
Congress? There’s a Woman for That.
Our friends over at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation have released a new app, Keys To Elected Office: The Essential Guide For Women. It’s available for free in the iTunes Store and Google Play so we won’t blame you if you want to go download it RIGHT NOW. Go ahead, we’ll wait.
She Throws Like a Girl
What can go 70mph but doesn’t have a driver’s license yet? Mo’Ne Davis’ fastball. Over the weekend, the 13 year old honor roll student struck out six batters to lead her team to the Little League World Series. League of her own? Nah, this one is just fine.
It’s a Matter of National Security!
Ok, maybe not. But after seeing the current and former First Lady in action last week, I think they’re ready for a promotion.
Red, White, and Blue
Congress recently passed a new law that provides government funding for abortions, lets women end a first-trimester pregnancy for any reason, provides support for domestic abuse victims, improves women’s wages, encourages paternal leave and a more equal division of childcare, increases female representation in politics, and limits stereotypical images of women in the media. Oh wait, that wasn’t Congress. That was France. Le sad.
The latest proof that Christina Hendricks is totally my spirit guide? This dead-on skit from Funny or Die targeting pay equity. Worried your office/business/corporation might also be stuck in the 60s? Don’t worry, Glamour’s got your back.
Must See TV
If you’re hosting an Emmys viewing party in two weeks, be sure to root for all the incredible, strong women nominated for playing, well, incredible, strong women. Prefer a night out at the movies? You’ve got some options there too, with women dominating the box office this summer! Now if only C-SPAN looked more like this…
Got 30 Seconds?
Great! Check out MSNBC’s new “30 in 30” series, profiling 30 women running for office in 2014. Day 4 featured U.S. Senator Kay Hagan, a WCF woman-in-office who is running for reelection in North Carolina. In her own words: “I have found that it is women, in particular, who work across the aisle, hold government accountable, and bring a commonsense voice to our policy-making dialogue. So, to the women reading right now, consider this your recruitment.” Yes, ma’am!
If I Were a Boy…
First, it was that catchy Beyonce song you couldn’t stop singing in your car. Now, it’s a new hashtag launched by Elite Daily to draw attention to gender inequality. Still pretty catchy, no? Tell us what you would do differently on Twitter @wcfonline!
Not Just Tokens
The Economist recently took a sledgehammer to the idea that women appointed to cabinets as “tokens” are any less effective than the men who outnumber them 3:1. But seriously, Sweden. Now you’re just showing off!
Are You Herring This?
Black women play a huge role in politics, as activists, campaign volunteers, and voters. So why don’t we have more black women in office? A recent roundtable at the National Association of Black Journalists convention might shed some light on the matter. Special shout out to WCF woman-in-office Charniele Herring!