Weekly Brief: September 10, 2014
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund
So, last night was nothing short of amazing, election-wise. Where to begin...how about with WCF's Game Changers? Secretary of State candidate Nellie Gorbea (RI) and Attorney General candidate Maura Healey (MA) won their primaries. Also, WCF's two gubernatorial candidates, Gina Raimondo (RI) and Martha Coakley (MA), won. And the list continues with wins from Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice (NY-04), Lt. Gov. candidate Kathy Hochul (NY), and local candidates Lauren Carson (RI House), Jo Ann Simon (NY State Assembly), and Rebecca Seawright (NY State Assembly). An exciting time for women in office? Abso-freakin-lutely.
May The Endorsed Be With You
I'm happy to announce WCF's exceptional new endorsements, which includes Adrienne Esposito (NY-03), Elissa Silverman (DC Council), Heidi Spear (VT House of Representatives), and Cecilia Tkaczyk (NY State Senate).
Makin' It Rain With Equity
The Senate could be voting on the Paycheck Fairness Act as early as this week, y'all. So, if being paid fairly is your jam--take action! Tell your Senator that anything men can do, you can do equally...and should be paid as such!
I Hate These Side Lines
In Senator Gillibrand's brand new book "Off The Side Lines," she opens up about the egregious sexism she's had to deal with in the U.S. Senate. And like any stand-up dude would, Senator Ron Johnson was quick to go on the defensive, saying that he's has never seen this kind of behavior. Ugh. We've got a long way to go.
Last week, Elizabeth Warren visited David Letterman's show to (awesomely) tackle issues like minimum wage, student loans, and Wall Street. While she made no mention of running in 2016, she did tell a story involving Harry Reid and a golden retriever at her barbecue. But anyway—I hope Warren considers running for Prez one day. And that I'm invited to her next barbecue.
Vice President, Lead Feminist
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act. I'd like to give a shout out to Vice President Joe Biden for recently labeling domestic violence as "the most vicious form of violence there is." And for of course, for helping write the act in the first place (along with some great women).
Ray Rice and the Victim Blamers
As the Ray Rice story continues to fold, it mostly just gets more and more heartbreaking/infuriating/enraging/head-desking. But through all the craziness, one thing's certain: The victim of domestic violence is NEVER the one at fault...which I cannot even believe I have to say, but I apparently do.
Rewriting the Rules
College students in California, get ready to learn a new language. The California Legislature is replacing the “No means no” phrase when talking about sex. Students, repeat after me: “yes means yes.” Class dismissed.
Love slut-shaming the celebrities whose PRIVATE/PERSONAL photos were HACKED? Yeah, me neither. Which is why I love DJ Jay Smooth’s response to this kind of misogyny, asking, "Does anyone have a complete list of everything that women are supposed to do so that they qualify for having their humanity respected?...I kind of feel like it'd be easier if we had a list of rules for MEN to follow." Music to my ears.