Weekly Brief: February 4th, 2015
Brought to you by Women's Campaign Fund
Let’s Get Things Done
Tired of all the stalemates in politics? Well, according to new research—all the bickering and waiting can be fixed with something. More women in office, of course. How about you ask one to run today so we can start getting things done?
Our Apologies, Lilly
The anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was last week, and it’s truly hard to believe it's been six years. The stats on equal pay for women still give me the same splitting headaches I had since the act was signed (see below).
The average wage gap in America is $10,876...and is unlikely to close any time soon. Unless, I don’t know—we suddenly start living in a just, functional society.
Queen Of Queens
The question of the minute, hour, and year is: When is Hillary Clinton going to announce her candidacy for president? Apparently she’s been eyeing either Brooklyn or Queens as her campaign headquarters—so something tells me this is the real deal, y'all. Phew.
Cruz Must Lose
Loretta Lynch should be the attorney general by now…but someone is stalling the process. Senator Ted Cruz. Shocking, I know. Well good luck with that, bud. Most of your friends seem to be on board.
Stigmas Are The WORST
Paternity leave at US companies is on the decline, partly because of the stigmas surrounding fathers who take time off. Seriously though, who decided that caring for your NEWBORN BABY is lame? I’d like to hereby lift the stigma off of cool dads from now until the end of time.
The Super Bowl ad “Like a Girl” epically challenged gender stereotypes on football’s biggest night. Still, the real heroes that night were the angry men who responded with #LikeABoy tweets. I hear you, dudes—it was not chill of them to air a minute-long ad on female empowerment during a four hour-long broadcast catered to men.
Listen Up, Trashy Women
Megyn Kelly welcomed Mike Huckabee on her show to talk about his recent statement regarding “trashy” women. Kelly said, “Well, I do have some news for you. We're not only swearing. We’re drinking, we’re smoking, we’re having premarital sex with birth control before we go to work, and sometimes boss around a bunch of men.” You’ll bounce back, Huckabee. JK, you won't come back from that.
Is There Anything You Can't Do?
I’m still not over Ava DuVernay’s Oscar snub…but when I heard she is teaming up with Oprah to create a new show, my faith in humanity was momentarily restored. DuVernay will write, direct, and produce the series. Hello, is there anything those ladies can’t do? That was a rhetorical question, btw.
Go Ahead, Tweet About Sexism
A new study shows that women feel better about themselves when they talk about sexism on Twitter. Take it from MsRep, it really does increase a gal’s well-being.