7/10/15

Wahoo! It’s finally Feminism Friday!!!! I know that I haven’t posted in basically forever. A few of you have mentioned that you were worried you’d been taking off the distribution but I assure you that I’ve simply been preoccupied with other endeavors. While I haven’t penned any posts in a while, I have continued to remain fully engaged in the world of current gender issues. There are so many things that have happened over the last few weeks but I’ve selected a few to highlight. Some of these items are sad, some are happy, but I’m sure we can all agree that they’re all important.  

 1. Marriage equality and transgender awareness:

With the recent Supreme court ruling that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples state-wide, gay rights took a gigantic leap forward last month. Additionally, due at least in part to events in the celebrity news world, there has been a lot of awareness brought to gender identity. Whatever your viewpoint on these items, I believe these topics directly rate to the issue of gender equality and should be paid attention to. I always tend to think awareness in general is a positive things and am glad that these topics are being openly discussed in our country. Hopefully, you believe the same.

 2. Facebook:

Have you guys noticed the new Facebook logos? I’ve read many versions of this news story and this Bustle article is by far the best I’ve read. Please enjoy…

http://www.bustle.com/articles/95734-the-brand-new-feminist-facebook-friend-request-icon-has-the-most-perfect-story-behind-it

 3. Sheryl Sandberg post about late husband, Dave Goldberg:

Facebook COO and author of “Lean In,” Sheryl Sandberg lost her husband last month while vacationing in Mexico after he slipped off a treadmill and hit his head in a private hotel gym. Upon the month anniversary of his death, Sheryl wrote a post on Facebook about her experience dealing with the loss of her husband. I’m sharing it with you because her words are seriously powerful and it’s very sad that the word has lost a man who championed for gender equality himself as well as supported a major player in our cause. It’s really a powerful read. RIP Dave Goldberg

https://www.facebook.com/sheryl/posts/10155617891025177:0

 4. Women on 20s! Oops, I mean Women on 10s…because that’s not a load of BS (*sarcastic eyeroll*):

A while back, I included the WomenOn20s campaign in one of my posts. The campaign was aimed at finally getting a historically important  female depicted on American paper currency. The campaigned garnered a pretty strong following (including my own vote) and I was let than pleased with the recent announcement by the Treasury Department. In a word, I was: fuming. Rather than the $20 bill, a woman will now SHARE the spotlight on the $10 bill along with Alexander Hamilton. Moreover, it will take 5 years before the new design will even be revealed let alone printed and circulated. Here is the website for WomenOn20s where they provide their reaction to the news: http://www.womenon20s.org/. Included on their page is a video of John Oliver who expresses my feeling pretty well. Since the video on the WomenOn20s page is disabled, you can view it here. I will now stop talking about this because, seriously guys? I CAN’T EVEN.  

 5. US Women’s Soccer World Cup:

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!!!!! These women are freaking AMAAAAZIINNGGG!!! I don’t know about you guys but I was definitely feeling patriotic and proud throughout the 4th of July weekend. Watching this group of awesome women win the World Cup was fantastic and while I would love to continue basking in the glow of sweet, sweet victory, it’s important that we remember how much further we still need to go before we’ll see equality in the sports world. We’ve had a lot of victories this year with the first women NBA coach, Wimbledon equalizing the prize money for both genders, and the first female NFL referee. That said, the obvious inequality associated with the World Cup payout is outrageous at best.

 The first lines of the following article pretty much say it all, “The Women’s World Cup final had the largest television viewership of any soccer game in American history. In spite of their record ratings, the women of the U.S. national team will earn a fraction of the prize money allotted to men’s World Cup teams.” http://www.newsweek.com/inequality-hangs-over-us-womens-world-cup-victory-351085. A lot of people seem to be talking about this and at least I can say that I’m really excited that this issue is getting the attention it deserves. That in itself, is a great feat.

 Well, I seriously have so many more topics I could discuss but I’m thinking I’ll save these for next time. I have recently purchased the domain www.feminismfriday.com and have been posting my updates to the site. I’m planning to continue this email because I love our friendly discussions and everyone’s awesome inputs but if you’re ever wanting to access all of the Feminism Friday posts or spread the word to friends, feel free to use the site!

 As always, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

 -Kat

 

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