Weekly Brief: September 3, 2014
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund
Saving The Best For First
WCF has one new endorsement this week, but that doesn't make it any less awesome: Please welcome former Congresswoman and current New York Lt. Gov. candidate Kathy Hochul to the team!
Forces Of Change
This week's Game Changers have primaries NEXT TUESDAY, people: Gayle Goldin, who's running for re-election to the State Senate (RI), and Nellie Gorbea, who has already faced and shot down sexism in her race for Secretary of State (RI). Stay tuned next week for all the election results!
You Are Qualified, No Matter What You Say
We all know that finding women in office can be harder than finding Waldo, but what most folks don't know is the reason why. The common misconception is that women are worried about raising a family, but the real reason is the "gender gap in recruitment and self-perceived qualifications." WCF's nonprofit sister organization, She Should Run, is tackling BOTH of these issues by asking women to run and telling them they're qualified to do so!
MO Bad Politicians, MO Problems
If you're anything like me, you still haven't gotten over the egregious travesty that is The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision (more like SUPREMELY AWFUL Court)(amirite, guys??)(...fine). So thank goodness for Progress Missouri, who made a list of all of the politicians who supported the decision in the state and should therefore never be voted for again. Shoutout to State Rep. candidate Stephanie Isaacson, who Missouri clearly needs in their House!
Girls Rule, Antichoicers Drool
Awesomely enough, this weekend was full of women-friendly rulings, including a HUGE win in Texas, where a federal judge struck down a law that would have closed more than half of the state's abortion clinics. Only a few days later, another federal judge suspended the enforcement of an antiabortion law in Louisiana. Dang, maybe it should be Labor Day weekend more often (the three day weekends have nothing to do with my feelings about this).
You were probably hoping that we live in a world where male elected officials don't call women in office "porky" or "even pretty when [she's] fat," but TOO BAD because that's not the case. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's new memoir will reveal all of the horrible things she's dealt with when facing Washington DC's Boys Club, and I'll definitely read it cover to cover—but may need a glass of wine. Or four.
Leading Las Vegas
You've heard politicians' gritty origin stories before, but I highly recommended you take a look at Nevada Lt. Gov. candidate Lucy Flores and the barriers she's overcome in her life. A self-proclaimed "very, very bad kid" who is now "planning an entire campaign around the fact that [she's] different," Lucy Flores is a bona fide badass who could not possibly be any less politics-as-usual.
I'm So Feisty, You Already Know
Have you ever heard a male politician be described as "hysterical," "naggy," or "bossy"? Nope. That's because those gems are saved for women who decide to differentiate themselves from doormats. UGGHH. Oh, sorry...I'm probably getting too "feisty."
Leslie Knope 2014
If you're going to complain about the woes of being a man, you might not want to do it to feministy powerhouse Amy Poehler, because she'll take you to Male Privilege School in less than 10 seconds flat. Watch this poor fella learn that the hard way.
You Go, Joe Joe
If you follow the Vice Prez on Twitter, then you know he sent out a pretty great li'l tweet on Women's Equality Day about ensuring that his granddaughters have the same rights as his grandsons. Some people weren't into his whole "equality for all" sentiment because...of a reason...that I'm sure exists...