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GOP Doubles Female Candidates + More
The Number of Female GOP Congressional Candidates Has Doubled
The GOP has doubled its female congressional candidates, partially to combat accusations of gender imbalance. 103 Republican women are running for House seats this election cycle, 48 more candidates than the previous election. This sharp spike in female candidates is the result of a concentrated GOP recruitment effort. To retain their congressional majority, Republicans must perform better with women, and having more female candidates running for office could help with that.
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Teen Vogue Summit 2018: How Young Black Women are Changing the World
The second annual Teen Vogue Summit took place in New York City from June 1st-3rd. This event fosters an environment for several days where people gather to attend lectures, workshops, and more on some of today’s most pressing social issues. From amongst those in attendance, several young black women were interviewed about their upcoming plans as well as their organizations and schooling.
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Title: A "Concrete Floor" Could Help Women Break Glass Ceilings
To rectify the underrepresentation of women in government, a so-called concrete floor could help ensure women are appointed to positions of power. In addition to instituting quotas, personal pledges from leaders to appoint women to top positions have been shown to produce more balanced representation in government. Once one woman is appointed to a cabinet position, women's presence in top leadership increases sharply.
The Jewish Women’s Foundation of Chicago Addresses #MeToo
Given the growing impact of the #MeToo Movement, the Jewish Women’s Foundation (JWF) of Metropolitan Chicago has publicly committed to a yearlong effort to create positive change within the Jewish community. As a first step, the JWF the CEO of Jewish Women International, Loribeth Weinstein, to address a committee on advocacy in April. Weinstein believes that before the solution to any problem may be found, ongoing conversation is crucial.
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Bill Clinton Gets Defensive When Asked to Reckon With His Actions in Light of the #MeToo Movemen
When former President Bill Clinton was asked how his relationship with Monica Lewinsky has impacted conversations around sexual harassment, particularly power imbalances and disproportionate blame placed upon women, he responded defensively. He used the fact that he paid a monetary debt, implemented sexual-harassment policy as governor, and appointed women to positions of power as defense of his feminist credentials. However, Bill Clinton's inappropriate behavior has faced legitimate scrutiny because it occurred after cultural perceptions and laws surrounding sexual harassment had changed. Due to power imbalances, women in government or business are left dependent on men and asked much more frequently to police and react to their bad behavior.
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Period-Shaming During Ramadan: How Muslim Women Respond
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is marked as a time of fasting for Muslims; however, certain people may be exempt from fasting. Women who are on their period are allowed to not fast, but many are facing the embarrassing question of “Why are you not fasting?” from their fellow peers. In a viral video, Erin Clegg, a Muslim woman from Virginia, explains the frustration faced by Muslim women when asked this question during this time.
It’s been over a year and six months since the Brexit vote, and the UK’s impending breakaway from the European Union is still causing uproar. Fashion companies based around the UK, in particular, are concerned about the deals’ impact on their ability to hire and travel internationally, as well as import high-quality textiles from around the globe. According to a report from the Creative Industries Federation, 74% of small luxury labels—many of whom are run by or provide employment to women-- fear that Brexit will significantly harm business prospects. Adam Mansell, the executive of the UK Fashion and Textile Association, warns that, although it seems unlikely, “it is vital that we get a trade deal with zero tariffs and very simple border controls.”
28-year-old Humza Mian isn’t just a veterinary technician—he’s also a drag queen and social media influencer whose feeds are both a celebration of his South Asian heritage and of his individuality. His drag name, MangHoe Lassi, pays homage to a popular drink in India. Growing up in a religious family, Mian was taught to hide any traces of femininity, and he still isn’t out to his parents. While he wishes he could be, the reality is that coming out still is not a safe option for many people across the world. Even though laws are changing and promoting acceptance of more and more people, the social implications of such a decision can be incredibly dangerous. Mian wishes that media represented those queer folk who are proud of their identity but still have to remain closeted, unlike the many out-loud-and-proud shows like Queer Eye and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Despite this, he is happy his drag, makeup tutorials, and social media presence as a beauty influencer can create a safe space for him to be fully himself, and he hopes he can create that space for others with similar experiences.
Jessamyn Stanley, yoga instructor and body-positive advocate took to Instagram this week to talk about an issue that isn’t discussed nearly enough: chafing and the discomfort—and scars—it can result in. Stanley posted an amazingly real photo of herself on her couch in her underwear, comfortably watching television with her inner thighs bearing the scars many plus-sized women have from chafing. Within her caption, she says “Yes, there are permanent marks on my thighs from chafing, Welcome to being #fat.” What people don’t realize is that this happens to women whose thighs happen to brush together when they walk—it’s not about being what society deems as “fat.” It’s simply friction and nothing to be ashamed of.
Coming out is an important moment for many in the queer community, but what if you never technically have to come out, or you’re not sure you even have anything to come out about? Growing up, Wilson knew she liked boys, but she was confused about the feelings that girls would sometimes provoke in her. She hated herself for being confused. As a supporter of queer rights, she felt that even discussing her confusion would take away from “real queer people,” and she saw her own identity as invalid. After all, she married a man and was incredibly happy with him, so what was the point of exploring her identity even further? But one day during Pride Month, Eleanor wondered why she didn’t think her identity mattered and why she had been unhappily hiding herself. She realized that to finally feel comfortable in her own skin, she had to be honest. After coming out via social media, Eleanor couldn’t stop telling everyone she talked to; it gave her such a rush of love for herself and her unique identity. If there’s one thing Eleanor’s story can teach us, it’s that accepting yourself and showing who you are to the world takes time, bravery, and a whole lot of self-love.