Weekly Brief: August 27, 2014
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund
WCF's In The House
I think we can all agree that Congress could use a little shake up, so I'm pumped to announce that this week's endorsements are Congressional candidates Janice Kovach (NJ-07) and Marihelen Wheeler (FL-03)!
Cheri On Top
Who was the FIRST woman to represent Illinois' 17th Congressional district? None other than the woman most recently featured in MSNBC's "30 in 30: Candidates to Watch," (and endorsed by yours truly!) Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.
The Hits Keep Coming!
Two of our most recent Game Changers, candidate for Secretary of State Kate Marshall (NV) and Gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke (WI), have also been featured on MSNBC's "30 in 30" spotlight. Congrats to all of the WCF-endorsed candidates who have been featured—y'all are clearly doing this running-for-office thing right!
You've Gap To Be Kidding
"The Gender Pay Gap isn't actually THAT bad." "Ladies shouldn't choose jobs that pay less than men." "All a woman has to do to make as much as a man is stay single and childless forever!" Leave it to John Oliver to explain why this kind of thinking is bloody ridiculous.
She Should Run, Unless It's Out of Wine
How'd you celebrate Women's Equality Day yesterday? Personally, I popped 77% of a bottle of Champagne for every bottle my male counterpart pops. Just kidding, I actually just looked at these She Should Run memes and laughed. The bottle of wine was unrelated.
Unwelcome to Ohio
What is the Ohio Chamber of Commerce trying to get taken down? Well, if you guessed "billboards that make people aware of just how egregious the gender pay gap is," then you'd be correct. And maybe a little psychic.
If you have access to the interwebz, you probably know that Beyonce's recent VMA performance had a few feministy undertones to it. JK, she totally closed out her performance by standing in front of gigantic lit-up letters that spelled out "FEMINIST." Some folks are into it, and some are SUPER not...but I think we can all agree that it's a least a little nice to see a prominent pop culture figure bring this conversation to the forefront...no?
They See Me Eye-Rollin', They Hatin'
Not gonna lie--when people assume feminism goes hand-in-hand with hysterical man-hatingness, it's a little tough to handle. This awesome article gives a good li'l summary of why feminists are actually just regular ol' people who happen to believe that everyone is equal.
The Search Engine That Could
On the 87th anniversary of her birth and the opening day of the tennis tournament she won twice, the Google homepage paid an awesome tribute to Althea Gibson--the woman, the myth, and the legend (with the mean backhand).