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Let’s follow the French lead
And no, I don’t mean to the bakery for a baguette and glass of wine, though that sounds great right now. I’m talking about newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron who unveiled 400+ candidates for government – and surprise, half of them are women! Would you look at that – he’s keeping a campaign promise. Couple that with Justin Trudeau’s equitable cabinet, and our government doesn’t seem very progressive. We can (and must) do more to support women for public office.


“Insurance for everybody…Much less expensive and much better.” Remember this?
We were hardly two weeks into 2017 when the promise of “insurance for everybody” came through. Since March, a new healthcare bill has been introduced and, recently, the House passed a new bill (AHCA aka Trumpcare) that lets states exempt maternal care, prescription coverage, and mental health care. It goes on in detail – see the part about pre-existing conditions if you’re curious how this bill might affect your pregnancy (for example) – not that it makes sense. I’ll be here waiting to see what the Senate has to say.


“Of course contraception doesn’t work. Its efficacy is very low.”
Ladies and gentlemen, our new deputy assistant secretary for population affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services – Teresa Manning. Luckily, Tom Price has a woman advising him on women’s issues, but sadly, she’s not exactly dealing in facts. The irony in this Tonic article is just…well, have a look.


Nevertheless, she persisted.
Sally Yates, you are my spirit animal. You also might be Wonder Woman – an astute observation by Stephen Colbert. I’m all in for women who stand up for what they believe in – even, and especially, in the face of scrutiny, condescension, negativity of any kind, and certainly mansplaining. Her badass side came out to play recently as she crossed paths with Senator Ted Cruz in court.


Beyoncé offers women-only scholarships.
It’s been one year since the accolade-heavy Lemonade dropped, and for its anniversary, Beyoncé is sending four young women to school. The Formation Scholarship is “to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious, and confident.” A round of applause, please. They don’t call her Queen Bey for no reason.


Silicon Valley or Sexism Valley?
I’ve heard tell that a particularly progressive corner of our country isn’t as progressive as we might’ve hoped. While eon’s worth of innovation comes out of Silicon Valley, it’s not necessarily of the gender parity variety. One woman’s story for The Cut shows just how ingrained sexism is in Silicon Valley – a presumed bastion for minorities of all kinds. Here are some hard truths.


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