Weekly Brief: January 14th, 2015
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund
Only A Century Ago...
Hard to believe that 100 years ago Congress denied women the right to vote. For the last time. In honor of this indignant anniversary, we should encourage women in our life to run for office, 'cause nobody can deny your right to ask a woman to run today!
Thank You, Senator Boxer
Last week, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said she will not run for re-election in 2016. Whether she was writing bills to improve health insurance or writing songs to gain access to the all-male House gym, Boxer was always taking names. I would be sad, but I also know a woman like Barbara Boxer never truly retires.
Just when we thought no good could come from Senator Boxer's retirement, Kamala Harris (CA Attorney General) said she'll be running for the open seat. Campaign staffers and interns, assemble!
We Are Not In Kansas Anymore
Looking for women leaders in Kansas? Well, you won't find them in any statewide office. For the first time in nearly half a century, no women were elected at that level. I thought you were gonna be different, 2015.
The 2015 Golden Globes brought the girl power this year with one feminist moment after the other. We'll miss the irreplaceable Tina and Amy next year, but here's hoping The Honorable Woman and Jane the Virgin consider co-hosting.
These Numbers Ain't Lyin
Nationwide, women still make up less than 24% of legislators—and in Oklahoma and Louisiana, it's a mere 13%. If you're okay with those numbers...you may be part of the problem.
Less Isn't More
Research shows that when a woman speaks at work, she's walking on a tightrope. Chances are she's either ignored or she’s too aggressive. Welp, the only option here is to fundamentally shift everyone's mindset, which should be easy. Right?
Walking Into The Patriarchy
"Mansplaining" and "manspreading" found a new friend in "manslamming." If you'd like to try this this new social experiment, simply don't move while walking on a crowded street...and hopefully the patriarchy will side step for you (but don't count on it).
Where There's A Hack, There's A Raise
If anyone can bring something good out of Sony's cyber attack, it's Charlize Theron. The actress found out she was paid less than her male co-star, and demanded a raise. Now, if only the people who didn't get hacked could get on board with this crazy "equal pay for work" nonsense.