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Carrying the Burden: How the #MeToo Movement Returns the Power
Victims of rape and sexual assault carry an invisible burden– In 2013, Emma Sulkowicz chose to represent the silent and unheard voices by carrying a mattress across Columbia University’s campus. Since then, this conversation has been elevated to a national platform. The #MeToo Movement brings sexual assault to the forefront of media and politics. This movement has prompted schools, colleges, workplaces, and more to take steps towards introducing resources to aid those who have been victims of sexual assault as well as encouraged many to come forward and share their story.
Image: Meryn Kennedy via The Daily Campus
Lupe Valdez– Could She Be the Change Texas Has Been Waiting For?
Former Dallas County Sheriff, Lupe Valdez, could be not only Texas’ first Hispanic governor but also the first openly queer person to hold that office. Valdez is running on a progressive platform; a win would be truly impressive as Texas has not elected a Democrat to any statewide office since 1994. Valdez’s victory would mean a greater voice of representation for the Latino community who make up 40% of the state’s population as well as the queer population of Texas.
Image: Lupe Valdez / Huffington Post
Young Women Create Resource To Fight Sexual Harassment in Politics
Arezoo Najibzadeh and Yasmin Rajabi, young Canadian women of colo, created an educational resource to help political parties, campaigns, and governments prevent and respond to sexual violence in their workplaces. Both women experienced sexual harassment or assault while working in politics, which prompted them to leave that career path behind. They want to prevent other women from having to make that all-too-common choice.
Image: Arezoo Najibzadeh and Yasmin Rajabi
Indigenous Women Paving the Path to Representation
Marichuy Patricio, a traditional medicine healer and human rights activist, is an independent candidate for Mexico’s upcoming 2018 presidential election. What sets her apart? Patricio is a Mexican Nahua indigenous woman. Her ambitious step towards running in the presidential election is creating a platform for the voice of indigenous women; however, much more is needed to defeat the machismo still prevalent in Mexico and other Latin American countries.
Image: Woman with llama, Cuzco
A Record Number of U.S. Women Run For Office
The significant women's 2018 political races at the state and national level has been noted this year. A record number of women decided to run for office, which will likely lead to further representation in government.
Image: AP Photo: (1); Bloomberg (1); Getty Images (2)
Danish Government Pledges to Promote Access to Contraception In Humanitarian Crises
The Letter of Intent was signed by Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs, pledging to donate 60 million DKK to the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The WFP promotes access to contraception and sexual health information while they distribute food during humanitarian crises. Lack of access to contraception can have deadly consequences: complications from unsafe abortions heighten maternal mortality rates in refugee camps
At seventeen years old, Lina Fernandez has used her voice to spread awareness about voting rights as well as protest anti-feminist policies in the United States. A Key West, Florida native of Cuban-American descent, she is currently a high school student in Homestead, FL. She has dedicated her time this year to spreading awareness about the 2018 midterm elections and voting rights
During this election season, many revolutionary women were elected to the House. However, these women only make up one quarter of the entire population in Congress. Researchers have speculated that establishing a quota may be the answer to resolving gender equity for female politicians in the U.S., but some are critical of this idea, believing that representation in the House is largely dependent on whoever is in charge to begin with.
In an opinion article from the Washington Post, columnist Alexandra Petri discussed the importance of having women in government because they help elevate the economic, social, and political state of other women. However, according to Petri, women such as Nancy Pelosi have done little in the fight for justice, and we need new faces who will truly change the tides for gender discourse in this country.
In the aftermath of the midterm election, newly elected congresswomen have joined forces over social media to express their own unity. Many speculate this is a tactic to show that female politicians aren’t against each other but instead support their female peers.