BRIEF: United We Lag



Weekly Brief: January 28th, 2015
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund

United We Lag
The US ranks 75th out of 137 countries when it comes to women’s representation in politics. America, I’m over this ‘slow and steady’ business. The jig is UP, y’all. Ask a woman to run today!

This Ain’t Over 
Last week, the House of Reps voted to pass a bill that could ban federal funding for abortions under any circumstance. Yes, that includes victims of rape and incest. No, this is definitely NOT over.

Not In My Lifetime
Some 73% of Americans think they’ll see a female president in their lifetime. For you 27% who think otherwise—you may need to reevaluate.

POTUS For The Win
President Obama raised the issue of women's rights in India this week saying, "We know from experience that nations are more successful when their women are successful." Amen, POTUS

You Know What To Do, Kentucky
On Monday, former WCF Game-Changer Alison Lundergan Grimes said she’s running for re-election as Kentucky secretary of state and will “continue to champion the values that we hold dear." Dang, Grimes is GOOD. Your move, Kentucky.

Sexism Makes Me Queasy
A study published this month said that things like catcalling and sexual harassment make women sick. Literally. The only known cures? Smashing the patriarchy…and treating women as equals.

Rational Reasoning
This week, the Church of England consecrated its first female bishop. Some people don’t approve of Rev. Libby Lane smashing that stained glass ceiling—but OBVIOUSLY not because of their archaic, obsolete beliefs.

How To Get Away With An Award
Viola Davis is a national treasure, and she only further proved this with her SAG acceptance speech. Davis thanked fellow national treasure, Shonda Rhimes, "for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old dark-skinned African American woman who looks like me." Can Viola Davis and Shonda Rhimes speak at every televised event from now on?

That’s Somebody’s Mother
A new PSA about street harassment will be the best and worst thing you’ve seen all week. These men realize that the women they're catcalling are actually their mothers…and the rest is creeper history.



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