December 4, 2013 by State Rep. Stacey Newman
In the Line of Fire….excerpt from “The Colorado Women”
Meet several Colorado women legislators —-featured this month in 5280, the Denver Magazine—who are intelligent, inspiring, dedicated, resilient and just plain gutsy.
Read below the real story of a few who dared to stand up and speak out because they advocate for saving lives from gun violence. We should ALL grow up to be just like them.
by Lindsey B. Koehler and Kasey Cordell of 5280, The Denver Magazine
IN THE LINE OF FIRE
When the state Legislature’s female leadership took on gun control in early 2013, everyone knew the debate would be red-hot. But no one predicted the sexism and violent threats that would be fired at some of Colorado’s most powerful women on their way to victory. By Megan Feldman
Editor’s Note: This article contains strong language and may be offensive to some readers.
It had been a long day. Heck, it had already been a long month—and it was only the fifth day of March. But Evie Hudak knew she should check her email one more time before she turned in. Hudak, the state senator from Colorado’s District 19, opened her laptop and perused the list of unopened emails. One looked unfamiliar. It was from someone named David and had no subject line. She clicked on it.
I am going to stick a knife up your cunt and tear your heart out through there. If you have one.
Hudak physically recoiled at the message, but she continued reading.
You’re a fucking disgusting piece of shit, and you deserve to be gang raped until your guts fall out of your rotten old cunt, you worthless sack of shit. Go fucking die.
As she read the words, she knew this was not a bad joke or spam. The person had very intentionally sent these vile sentences to her. Although the email had not said why David was so angry, Hudak knew. During a legislative session the day before, she had been speaking in support of a proposed bill to ban concealed-carry weapons on college campuses. A rape survivor testifying against the bill said she would have perhaps not been victimized had she been carrying a firearm. Hudak had countered that statistics didn’t support the likelihood of prevailing over an assailant while armed. Her remark hadn’t been well received at the time—and it was clearly still inciting a negative response. Hudak closed the laptop, slipped into bed, and tried not to cry as she lay next to her husband. She reminded herself: As a politician, she was supposed to have thick skin.
Hudak, 62, did her best to brush off David’s email as she drove to the Capitol the next morning. She’d decided she couldn’t let one foul-mouthed wacko bother her so much. But when she got to her desk and opened her email, there were more:
From DW: Listen up you cunt fucking whore, You need to be gang raped, you cunt fucking whore!!!!!!!!!!
The messages—both phone calls and emails—piled up throughout the day, including one note that called her a “stinking fat nasty dike.” That night, she cried herself to sleep.
After the mass shootings in Aurora and Newtown in 2012, the national gun-control debate exploded. In Colorado, where residents had suffered through two horrific massacres in 14 years, the discussion was particularly heated. In early January, state Representative Rhonda Fields announced she would seek to pass new restrictions on guns, and she began to host stakeholder meetings with gun-violence victims, law enforcement representatives, and gun-control advocates. The movement gained momentum from there, and by the end of February, legislators were running seven gun-control bills—all of which were sponsored or co-sponsored by women, including Hudak. If passed, the proposed bills would have banned high-capacity magazines; required background checks for private and online gun purchases; added liability for sellers and owners; banned legally concealed weapons on college campuses; eliminated online gun training; mandated that gun purchasers pay for background checks; and expanded the ban on weapons for domestic violence offenders.
Within weeks of announcing the legislation, the bills’ sponsors—both male and female—and their aides noticed a spike in the amount of feedback they were receiving from constituents. But they also noticed a difference in the responses: Those directed at the female gun-control bill sponsors had a distinctly violent and anti-female sentiment. “I got called ‘slut,’ ‘bitch,’ ‘whore,’ and ‘stupid,’ and ‘I hope you get raped’ was a repeated phrase,” says state Senate President-elect Morgan Carroll. “I started seeing threats of physical and sexual violence, and some direct and indirect threats like, ‘I have a gun, and I’m not afraid to use it.’ After Gabby Giffords, we have to take that seriously.”
Hudak received such a surge of vicious, sexually explicit, demeaning emails that her staffers created a folder labeled “Threatening” and filtered them from her inbox using key words such as “whore,” “bitch,” and “cunt.” The senator agreed it was unproductive to read any more of the messages. She had already spilled too many tears over them. Plus, she believed in the legislation, and nothing in those emails was going to change that.
Senate staffers may have shielded their bosses from the flow of hostile mail, but the need to do so was troubling. While the majority of the messages were standard fare, the fact that an extreme and vocal faction felt comfortable using sexist insults and threats of sexual violence to try to influence public officials raised important questions: At forty-one percent, Colorado boasts the highest percentage of female state legislators in the nation, but what does it mean that they’re experiencing this level of gender-based vitriol? Can this type of menacing have a chilling effect on American democracy? As Carroll puts it: “Who’s going to be willing to serve if, when you need to debate a policy issue, you’re going to subject yourself or your family to threats of violence?”
Some social scientists theorize that as women occupy more leadership posts around the world, a certain slice of the male population is launching a backlash. “There’s a perception out there that women are taking over, and, especially among extremely conservative men, that can raise concerns about masculinity,” says Nancy Ehrenreich, who teaches a class on race, class, and reproductive rights at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. “Any group, when it perceives a threat to its power, can get angry.” Sexual epithets and threats of rape have long been common strategies used to hold power over women. Yet sending sexually explicit, threatening emails to female politicians—or shooting them, in the case of Giffords—is obviously not representative of the actions of men, broadly speaking, Ehrenreich says. It is representative of how, in a few men, broader cultural trends “get turned into something really extreme because of their own personal dynamics.”
The hate mail endured by many of Colorado’s female legislators during the 2013 session echoes threats fired at female activists in developing countries such as India. In that country in 2012, a prominent women’s activist was threatened with rape by someone using the handle @RAPIST during an online chat about violence against women, and a well-known journalist stopped tweeting about rape when someone tweeted her daughter’s age and classroom location. “I’ve met women [working in politics] from places like Egypt, and they’ve always talked about threats of rape and physical violence as one of the hurdles [for women in political positions], but that didn’t really happen here,” says Faith Winter, 33, Westminster mayor pro tem and executive director of Emerge Colorado, a nonprofit that trains women to run for political office. “Now, it’s something to think about.”
Fields experienced the backlash against female leaders firsthand in February. As the House debated the gun measures, Fields, who was elected to represent Aurora in 2010—five years after her son was shot to death before he was due to testify in a murder trial—was checking her email during a break. She opened a message that turned her stomach. It addressed her as “Hey Nigger Cunt,” then added that both she and fellow gun-control legislation sponsor state Representative Beth McCann needed “a good fucking” and he hoped someone would “Giffords” them. She showed the note to McCann, they both shook their heads in disgust, and they did their best to put it behind them. But within days, a member of the Colorado State Patrol asked to speak with Fields: The officer showed her a letter that had been intercepted by an aide. The author claimed he knew where Fields lived and mentioned her daughter by name. “I keep my 30 Round Magazines There Will Be Blood! I’m Coming For You!” it read.
This time, Fields was afraid. “I’d already lost a son,” she says. “You’re calling me the N-word and the C-word and mentioning my daughter? My son was threatened before he was killed, and he dismissed it. I could no longer dismiss it.” Police tracked the message to Franklin Sain, a 42-year-old IT executive from Colorado Springs, who was arrested and charged with harassment involving ethnic intimidation and attempting to influence a public servant. Five months later, in July, Fields dropped the charges against Sain, saying she didn’t feel prosecution was necessary because the harassment had stopped and the gun-control laws had passed.
Observers who read about Sain’s threats in the newspapers may have been tempted to write him off as a lone extremist, but he wasn’t the only one to use sexually explicit words and intimidation tactics. One nonpartisan staffer told Carroll that while she was helping witnesses testify during a March hearing, a male opponent of the bills shouted at her to, “Shut up and sit down!” Annmarie Jensen, an independent lobbyist who represents the Colorado Coalition Against Domestic Violence, said that later, after hosting an event to support legislators targeted by a recall effort resulting from their pro-gun-control votes, she received an anonymous call from someone who said Jensen’s home address had been posted on the “Rants & Raves” section of Craigslist in an attempt to goad opponents to arrive on her doorstep. And around the same time that Fields received the threats from Sain, gun-rights advocate Nick Andrasik—who went on to become the spokesman for the recall effort aimed at state Senators John Morse and Angela Giron—posted online comments in which he called Fields “a vacuous cunt” and state Representative Brittany Pettersen a “stunning cunt.” (Andrasik later apologized, saying the statements “in no way” represented the opinions of the recall supporters. He was later replaced as spokesperson.)
Andrasik’s online comments highlight the difference between the vitriol directed at male and female lawmakers during the gun debate: He called state Representative Joe Salazar a “fucking retard,” which, despite being a despicable and offensive term, is not sexually explicit or gender specific. Morse, an advocate for gun control and a sponsor of one of the bills, was never threatened with violence. Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino says the hate mail the female legislators received tended to be more personal than that sent to the male legislators. “I got plenty of nasty emails,” Ferrandino says, “but nothing to the level that Representative Fields got.”
n fact, only one male legislator reported a threat of sexual violence during the gun-control discussions in Colorado: State Senator Jessie Ulibarri, from District 21, received a call from someone who said they hoped his two-year-old daughter would be raped.
These acerbic anti-female campaigns might feel less disturbing if they were isolated to a single issue, like gun control. But they’re not. This past summer, an obscure political action committee dedicated to defeating Hillary Clinton as a 2016 presidential candidate launched an online game called “Slap Hillary,” in which players were instructed to smack a caricature of Clinton clad in a pink pantsuit. Around the same time, Texas state Senator Wendy Davis made headlines by filibustering an abortion measure and was derided by opponents as “The Abortion Barbie,” a not-so-subtle reference to her appearance. None of this is surprising to McCann, a former prosecutor and onetime manager of public safety for the city of Denver. Years ago, as she was trying to make the firefighter application process more amendable to women, someone mailed her a dead fish with a bullet in its eye. The accompanying note read that women “should stay in the bedroom and the kitchen.”
While caustic incidents are taking place across the political landscape, there’s no denying gun control incites amplified rhetoric. Ehrenreich says there could be a cultural reason why certain men waged such a venomous crusade against the women pushing gun regulations: The issue highlights cultural links between guns and traditional concepts of masculinity. “Guns in our society are associated with virility and strength,” she says, and a part of traditional gender roles involves men being stronger than
women. The prospect of having the right to guns circumscribed by women, Ehrenreich says, can be seen as a humiliating defeat and a sign of “failed masculinity” that leads to intimidation.
There could also be a less academic explanation for why Colorado women spearheaded the local gun-control argument and therefore took the brunt of the opposition’s tirades: “The geography of gun violence changed after Sandy Hook,” says Laura Chapin, a Democratic communications consultant. “Everyone talks about gun violence in urban Chicago, but suddenly, suburban moms were afraid to take their kids to elementary school.” That was a political game-changer. Chapin adds that female politicians are more adept at leveraging sympathy to advance policy initiatives—in this case, harnessing the losses of gun-violence victims in places like Aurora. “The emotional connection between the bills’ sponsors and the families was key in being able to get this done,” Chapin says. “Empathy tied to good data is an extremely powerful argument.”
But, these women say, people shouldn’t take their ability to empathize as a sign of weakness. McCann says standing up for what you believe in requires persistence and gritty determination—especially as a woman. “It was tough and unpleasant at times, but critically important,” she says of the gun-control bills. “We just decided we were going to do this and that we would hang together.”
For her part, Hudak admits she briefly considered quitting during the peak of the hate mail in early March, when she spent sleepless nights thinking about the deplorable way her fellow Coloradans had addressed her. But she quickly became even more dedicated to her goals. “I didn’t go through all I went through just to quit,” she says. “When people say you need a thick skin, they’re not kidding. But if you’re doing what you believe in and you think it’s the right thing to do, that’s what gets you through.”
Editor’s Note: On November 27, 2013, Senator Evie Hudak resigned her seat in the state Senate in the face of a recall effort stemming from her support of Colorado’s gun-control legislation.
December 4, 2013 by Emily Spangler
Along with co-directing and blogging with ProgressWomen, Emily Spangler is a 15-year-old high school student and one of RH Reality Check‘s youth voices. Below is one of her recent articles with RH Reality Check.
Being a teenager who wants to promote acceptance and equality and change the world is not necessarily easy. It can be quite stressful, especially when the world you see is not going in the direction you would like it to be going in. Still, raising your voice on certain issues is natural for some, like it is for me. I’m an advocate for empowering women to be engaged in the political process and to have their voices heard on issues that affect them. Someday, I want to make a bigger impact on this world and to be elected to public office. But I recognize that for others, activism not only requires courage and sacrifice, but can actually be dangerous.
Under the threat of violence—and even after surviving an assassination attempt—Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai continues to stand up for the rights of girls to education and equality. In so doing, Malala shows us that no matter what age we are or where we come from, we all have the power to use our voices for the issues we care about.
Thank you, Malala.
On October 9, 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head. The Taliban targeted her for spreading so-called Western ideas, most notably the right to education for women. Yousafzai survived the assassination attempt and, undaunted, continues to serve as an activist for the rights of women and girls. In the wake of the attack, global leaders have joined her in promoting and emphasizing the importance of access to education in Pakistan. For example, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education and former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown presented a petition to Pakistani President Zardari to ensure education for all.
Earlier this year, Yousafzai spoke before youth leaders at the United Nations and called for worldwide access to education for every girl. She was nominated for this year’s Nobel PeacePrize and though she did not win, she became
the youngest nominee ever.
At 16, Yousafzai is already an accomplished young woman and the world is looking forward to her next steps of activism and courage. Her story is unique, but she is also one of many activists around the world. She is a voice for many women in Pakistan, and her fearless actions have had an impact on the world. Her actions are a prime example of what raising your voice for an issue one is passionate about looks like. She has inspired others, including me, to raise their voices on issues that are near and dear to their hearts.
Although many activists are not threatened to the extent that Yousafzai was, it is important to remember that no matter where you come from, how old you are, or what your background is, your voice can have an impact on the world.
Back here in the United States, my generation has an advantage. When we want to raise our voices, modern technology is often available. No longer are we limited to writing to our local newspapers or giving speeches in
our communities, because many of us also have access to social media websites, online news outlets, and forums where community speeches can go viral . It is easier now than ever to have our voices heard by a range of people around the world and for our messages to get across.
We can also host online discussions, which engage
a broad audience, on websites like Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook. We are capable of meeting other activists online and connecting with them. We have the world at our fingertips and keyboards, although we may not always realize it. There are so many different ways for our voices to be heard with the growth of online resources.
People of my generation: Your voice was given to you, and it should be put to use. By speaking out, we inspire others to have their voices heard as well. One can inspire a fellow peer, another activist, classmates, or a whole generation. Online or offline, your voice does matter.
Malala showed our generation that in order to have a sustainable future, we need to raise our voices. Issues in education, health care, the environment, and other areas are at stake unless we each take responsibility to create change. And thanks to Malala we know change is possible, even with the efforts of just one girl at a time.
December 3, 2013 by State Rep. Stacey Newman
Last year 57% of women favor Democrats. Want to know why?
As a Missouri state legislator, I’ve seen who works the hardest, stays in their offices until midnight or later and who is more vocal in taking on the GOP.
Women electeds – from Hillary Clinton to those in the Senate, House and legislators throughout the country are THE LEADERS. It didn’t happen without tons of work but now voters are seeing the results.
I warn us all not to get lazy and sit on the sidelines. Attacks on women, families & you-name-it will continue as many states along with Congress go back into session in January. Besides policy to fight AND advocate for, we’ve got elections staring at us in less than 11 months.
But isn’t it exciting to see the fruits of our long hard labor? Isn’t it exciting to see Women at the Top where they deserve to be?
Let’s finish the job and break the ceilings. White House, Governorships, here we come.
By Juan Williams - 12/02/13
As the 2014 midterm election season begins, the Democratic Party is in full bloom as the political home of the modern American woman.
For the last half-century, women were swing voters between the parties. A gender gap emerged in the 1980s with single women leaning toward the Democrats on issues from abortion rights to national defense.
Over the last decade, Democrats have tried to widen the gap by charging the GOP with conducting a “War on Women.” There are several fronts in that war, Democrats say: Republicans oppose easy access to contraception, oppose abortion rights and oppose expansion of entitlements to help the poor (who are disproportionately women and children).
A 2012 Pew survey found that 57 percent of women favor Democrats. Young, single, gay, minority and pro-abortion-rights women have been with the party for a while. Older, white, married women lean to the GOP. But now married, churchgoing women living in cities are also voting for Democrats.
That explains why an October ABC/Fusion poll found 60 percent of Democrats want more women elected to Congress. Republicans do not see the need. Only 26 percent of conservatives and 23 percent of Republicans want more women in Congress.
The two politicians who produce the most passionate response among Democrats, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll, are former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). They stirred the Democratic base more than President Obama or Vice President Biden. Women are the future of the party.
Consider the following examples:
Hillary Clinton is the party’s clear choice to be their 2016 nominee for president. The battle for second place is between Vice President Biden and Warren, whose profile as a populist warrior for the middle class keeps rising. The power of a Clinton-Warren ticket is beyond question.
Sen. Patty Murray (Wash.) is the party’s lead negotiator on any budget deal.
Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Claire McCaskill (Mo.) are the two leading voices in dealing with the military sexual abuse scandal.
The same female dynamic is evident in the House.
Democrats are led by Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), now the minority leader but also the first female Speaker in the nation’s history. The overwhelming majority of the record 78 women in the House are Democrats — 59 members.
A quarter of women now in Congress are freshmen elected in a 2012 wave that featured 20 female Democrats and only 4 Republicans.
The rise of Democratic women is tied to the rising power of female voters in the party’s base.
In the 2012 presidential election, 53 percent of the voters were female, and those women gave 55 percent of their votes to the Democrat, President Obama.
The extent of the female flavor of Democratic politics is currently on display in the Senate Armed Services Committee.
There, Gillibrand is leading the fight to take military commanders out of the decision about whether to prosecute any military person accused of sexual assault. The New York senator’s approach is to create an independent commission on military sexual assaults.
Her proposal has won the support of more than 50 senators, including Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as well as the Tea Party’s leading voice in the Senate, Texas Republican Ted Cruz.
The opposition is coming from McCaskill. The Midwestern Democrat wants to keep the overwhelmingly male commanders in charge of deciding whether a sexual assault case goes to criminal proceedings but to deny commanders the right to dismiss a conviction. McCaskill’s proposal also makes it a crime to retaliate against anyone who reports a sexual assault.
McCaskill’s approach has the support of Pentagon leadership. She argues her approach prevents military leaders from being able to “wash their hands of any responsibility” and would result in more prosecutions for sexual abuse.
At the moment, Gillibrand has captured the spirit of underdog women fighting back against abuse in a male-dominated military. The Pentagon reported that, last year alone, there were 26,000 cases of unwanted sexual contact and assault, and only 3,000 of those cases were reported.
The divide between the two powerful female Democrats is edgy because McCaskill won reelection last year by defeating GOP Rep. Todd Akin, who damaged his candidacy with talk of “legitimate rape” and near-total opposition to abortion.
So it is ironic that McCaskill is now the target of women’s rights groups. An advertisement in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in July said her proposal allows attackers to “continue to go free.” McCaskill recently told reporters that her critics are buying an “emotionally powerful” line “that to be against Gillibrand is to be against victims — and frankly, at times, it’s personally painful for me.”
The political lesson from this dispute is that on any issue relating to women, it is Democrats, and increasingly powerful female Democrats, who speak for America’s increasingly powerful women voters — now the controlling heart of today’s Democratic party. ORIGINAL POST HERE.
Juan Williams is an author and political analyst for Fox News Channel.
December 2, 2013 by Emily Spangler
Happy Monday, everyone! ProgressWomen took a break last week to celebrate the holiday, but we’re back. We’re back with stories we didn’t get to cover over the holiday, so we’ll cover them now, including the controversy over Hobby Lobby and birth control, and why the GOP’s late-term abortion bans aren’t really working the way they planned. Check out the four stories below to see what you may have missed over the holiday break!
Hobby Lobby and Their Birth Control Problem
Last week, NY Magazine announced, “ The Supreme Court agreed today to hear the case involving the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that large enough employers must cover birth-control and other reproductive-health costs for their employees. Hobby Lobby — in addition to about 100 plaintiffs in similar lawsuits — claims its ‘religious liberty’ is being impeded upon. At its core, the issue is whether or not the First Amendment applies to corporations as well as people.” Basically, Hobby Lobby feels that they can deny their female employers birth control and other reproductive-health costs for religious reasons, something that has been up for discussion since the ACA (Obamacare) passed. First states are trying to restrict contraceptives, now corporations?
26 Women Share Their Abortion Stories to NY Magazine
This story has gotten some coverage, but not enough W. Last month, 26 women shared their abortion stories to NY Magazine. From heartbreaking stories to why the pro-choice movement is essential to have, these 26 brave women shared their stories for the whole world to read. ProgessWomen is right behind these ladies and their choices!
READ THEIR STORIES: http://nymag.com/news/features/abortion-stories-2013-11/
“Young Lakota” is an amazing documentary that focuses on reproductive justice on the Pine Ridge Reservation, which is home to n estimated 30,000 Oglala Lakota. In Pine Ridge, South Dakota, voters took to the polls in 2006 to decide on a ballot measure aimed to ban any and all abortions, including terminations for pregnancies that were the result of rape or incest. In response to the measure, Oglala Lakota President Cecilia Fire Thunder suggested that her nation would open a women’s clinic on Pine Ridge. Throughout the documentary, young people are featured in the story, especially 21-year-old Sunny Clifford, who is inspired by Fire Thunder’s actions. Clifford chooses to be on Fire Thunder’s side, which captures Clifford’s political awakening.
READ MORE ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY: http://www.thenation.com/blog/177410/young-lakota-reproductive-justice-and-coming-age-rez#
“YOUNG LAKOTA” ON PBS: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/young-lakota/
GOP’s Late-Term Abortion Ban Isn’t Working… Surpising?
Is it shocking that nationwide late-term abortion bans put into place by Republican lawmakers throughout various states isn’t working as they planned? According to new research from medical-school based scholars, when abortion bans, and even restrictions on abortion clinics, are put into place, women are more likely to seek late-term abortion, which is exactly opposite of the GOP’s strategy. The GOP tends to target young, low-income women, but these women are most likely to seek an abortion at or after 20 weeks. It looks like Republicans are going to need a new strategy in 2014!
November 25, 2013 by Emily Spangler
Happy Monday! Let’s start off this week with a simple question: why are YOU pro-choice?
Good question, isn’t it? Sometimes it is an overlooked question and we just say we are pro-choice. End of story. Simple as that.
We know that as Democrats, feminists, and women (or very, very supportive men), we believe that women have the right to make choices about their own reproductive health, and nothing should get in the way of that choice—including proposals, laws, and men. But, why exactly do we believe that women have the right to choose?
Have you made your decision because of a personal reason or story? Do you know someone who has had an abortion, or have you had an abortion? Do you simply believe women have the right to make this choice?
ProgressWomen came across whyimprochoice.wordpress.com where your can share your story story of why you are pro-choice. Click here to share your story.
ProgressWomen looks forward to having you all contribute!
November 22, 2013 by Emily Spangler
Via MsRepresentation this week with a few extra comments by ProgressWomen – you know we have a hard time being quiet…
Get Up, Stand Up
Tired of the lack of women in office? Need a cure for your political hangover? Join me tomorrow morning at the 3rd annual She Should Run National Conversation: Wake Up Call! It’s just like brunch…ya know, if you brunch with senators and political experts on the reg. Get your ticket and let’s get talking about how we’re gonna get a woman in the White House ASAP.
Albuquerque voters have spoken, and they don’t want the 20-week abortion ban in their city. The local-level ballot measure was defeated yesterday with 55% of voters voting against it. This is another example of how powerful pro-choice, feminist grassroot efforts are effective. Woot woot!
Say Yes to the (Repeat) Dress
Fed chair nominee Janet Yellen wore the same outfit twice this past month, to the dismay of absolutely nobody except this one sexist dude. Not like she has anything better to do thanbecome The Most Important Person On Earth, ya know?
Secret Agent Woman
Breaking into the old boys’ club? Mission accomplished, thanks to the superspy women over at the CIA. Women now make up almost half of the CIA, and even hold five of its eight top positions. With badass ladies like these among its ranks, I can’t say I’m surprised.
Charlotte Explains It All
Charlotte Golar Richie’s historic run for mayor of Boston opened huge doors for women of color seeking office. But Golar Richie also faced sexism along the way – and I’m glad to see she’s calling it out.
Did you know that ALL women regret their abortions?! And if you don’t go through with your abortion, you won’t have to pay for college? No? Good, because neither of these things are true. But that doesn’t stop crisis pregnancy centers from telling lies like these to their clients.
Sympathy for the Dudebro
The world’s tiniest violin ain’t tiny enough for all of the men who feel oppressed by feminism. *insert sarcasm* Poor, poor things. We can’t imagine what they’re feeling… you know, being oppressed by a group of people who just want to be treated equal in society.
Google Plus Feminism
Remember that brilliant UN Women ad campaign exposing popular sexist Google search results? Check out how different the campaign could be if feminists were really respected for the work they do.
Reason #49502702 why Leslie Knope is the greatest TV character of all time: In last week’s Parks and Rec, the City Councilwoman filibustered à la Wendy Davis, but ON FREAKIN’ ROLLERSKATES. Sigh, I so wish I could “Vote Knope”.