Weekly Brief: December 10th, 2014
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund
She Should Run's National Conversation was full of great ideas about how 2016 can be better for women in politics. Panelist Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition for Black Civic Participation, broke it down for us: We need to encourage women thinking about running for office and hop on the bipartisan bandwagon while we're at it. Want to help get the ball rolling? Ask a woman to run today!
Mary Landrieu sadly lost the runoff election for Louisiana Senator, but said in her concession speech that she has a lot to be proud of. Thank you Senator Landrieu for your incredible service...and PLEASE run again.
At the Massachusetts Conference For Women, Hillary Clinton talked about everything from equality to the hard choices President Obama faces everyday. Hills, you wrote an entire book about Hard Choices—so I think you can handle it.
Not So Nirvana
Professor Noah Smith argues that sexism is so bad in economics that it makes other sciences look like a "feminist nirvana." Where is this nirvana you speak of and how does one get there?
A study found that many women in tech are paid up to 12% less than their male colleagues, while other surveys found 23% to 66% experienced sexual harassment at work. So this is a "feminist nirvana" in science? Yikes.
Crews Got News
Actor Terry Crews schooled us on equality when he said, "I want to be clear that feminism is not saying 'women are better than men.'" Now I just want to be clear in saying that Terry Crews is my new favorite feminist scholar.
It Was The Best Of Times
The "39 Most Iconic Feminist Moments of 2014" highlighted everything from Malala Yousafzai winning the Nobel Peace Prize to Robin Thicke's new album flopping. My apologies for using their names in the same sentence...but they are truly epic feats.
It Was The Worst of Times
From the Hobby Lobby decision to #GamerGate, the "23 Moments From 2014 Women Are Happy To Leave Behind" recapped this years lowest of the lows. Would now be a good time to remind you that Robin Thicke's album tanked?