Category: Feminism

Zuzia Kozerska-Girard, creator of “Who’s She?”

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The number of women in the traditional “Guess Who?” game: 5 out of 24. The number of women in the “Who’s She?” spin-off from creator Zuzia Kozerska-Girard: Every. Single. One.

Biography cards that focus on the Woman’s accomplishments, this game probably has the best rule modification from it’s predecessor: you are NOT allowed to ask questions regarding appearances (HUZZAH!). Very exciting to see a game centered on learning more about bold, powerful women who have made an impact on society. Hopefully more games to come that will inspire little girls (and boys).

Read the Yahoo article because it’s fantastic:

This woman developed a new board game to empower girls: ‘We’re more like Wonder Woman and less like helpless princesses’

2018 Election Results

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“A record number of women will serve in the U.S. Congress in January 2019, according to the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers.

In the 116th Congress, at least 125 (106D, 19R) women will serve overall, increasing the percentage of women in Congress from 20% to 23% at minimum. There are three additional House races featuring a woman candidate that remain too close to call (GA-7, NY-22, UT-4).

  • At least 102 (89D, 13R) women will serve in the U.S. House (previous record: 85 set in 2016), including a minimum of 43 (42D, 1R) women of color. Women will be at least 23% of all members of the U.S. House, up from 19.3% in 2018.
  • At least 23 (17D, 6R) women will serve in the U.S. Senate (previous record: 23), including 4 (4D) women of color. Women will be at least 23% of all members of the U.S. Senate, matching women’s current level of Senate representation.

Nine (6D, 3R) women will serve as governors in 2019, including 1 (1D) woman of color.
The freshman class of women in the House of Representatives in 2019 will be the largest ever with a minimum of 36 non-incumbent women elected. 36 (35D, 1R) non-incumbent women have already won and 1 (1D) more is in an undecided contest. The previous high was 24, set in 1992.

“We’ve seen important breakthroughs, particularly in the U.S. House,” said CAWP Director Debbie Walsh, “but deepening disparities between the parties in women’s representation will continue to hobble us on the path to parity. We need women elected on both sides of the aisle.” – CAWP Center for American Women and Politics

Related Reading:

Midterms 2018: It was the Year of the Woman — for Democrats, not Republicans

Congress, 2018

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Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University

Shout-out to ALL the women who are running for Congress in November. As of now: 476 women have filed to run for the House in 2018 (compared to 272 who filed in 2016). Such a cool stat!

http://cawp.rutgers.edu/buzz-2018-potential-women-candidates-us-congress-and-statewide-elected-executive

Marta Minujin

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Marta Minujin is an Argentine artist who was recently awarded the Americas Society Cultural Achievement Award this past March, celebrating her long career in the Latin American and Global art scenes. She got on my radar recently when I saw someone post a beautiful picture of her The Parthenon of Books exhibit that took place last summer.

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This exhibit was located in Kassel, Germany on the site of a Nazi book burning. Comprising of over 100,000 once-banned books shaped as a replica of the historic Athens Parthenon, it served as a powerful symbol against censorship. It was the second time she created this replica, the first being in 1983 in Buenos Aires using books banned by the military dictatorship of Argentina.

Tammie Jo Shults

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Former Navy pilot (reaching the rank of lieutenant commander) after being turned down by the Air Force,  Tammie Jo Shults was one of the first female fighter pilots in the Navy three decades ago, flying the F/A-18 Hornet in an time when women could not go on combat missions.

Tammie eventually side-stepped into commercial flying, becoming a part-time pilot at Southwest Airlines. On April 17, 2018, the passengers of Flight 1380 were lucky enough to have her in the cockpit. The engine failed on the Boeing 737, flinging debris from a fan blade into the plane. Tammie was calm and collected, making an emergency landing.

Desiree Linden & Sarah Sellers

Those who followed the results of this week’s Boston Marathon probably already knew this was coming: FIRST US WOMAN’S WINNER SINCE 1985!

Desiree Linden

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PHOTO COURTESY OF ALYSSA JUSTINE HARKER

Such a huge congratulations to Desiree Linden, who battled through some really nasty Boston weather to win the marathon. Trudging through the cold and slowing down so her teammate could have a restroom break, Desiree cruised to win by more than 4 minutes.

“Honestly at mile 2, 3, 4 I didn’t feel like I was gonna even make it to the finish line,” Linden said, via Roxanna Scott of USA Today. “I told her [Flanagan] in the race, I said if there’s anything I can do to help you out, let me know because I might just drop out.”

Sarah Sellers

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You have to qualify to run in the Boston Marathon, so Sarah Sellers had to have at least one marathon under her belt before the main event. It turns out, one was all she needed. Completing in just her second marathon, Sarah was the runner up. She ran the race without sponsors, and only signed up because her younger brother was also racing. The Arizona nurse plans to use the $75,000 prize money to pay down student loan debt.

Naomi Wadler and Sister Jean

I missed last week, so we’re double-dipping this week with two outstanding #WCWs.

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I am so proud of the students all over the country that are stepping up and driving the national conversation around gun violence and gun culture in the US. I am especially impressed how the affluent kids from Douglas are recognizing and owning that the national stage they have isn’t often afforded to those who have to live with gun violence every day (mostly those that are Persons of Color and from poorer neighborhoods). These kids have chosen to share the stage and raise those voices. Enter Naomi Wadler.

Naomi was the youngest speaker at the March for Our Lives protest in Washington D.C. At 11 years old, Naomi gave a passionate speech about how women of color are disproportionately affected by violence, and yet get little to no media attention.

Sister Jean

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This years March Madness had a lot of action, a lot of upsets, and a lot of me gloating because I won my groups bracket challenge for the second year in a row. But my favorite story of the tournament was everyone fascination with Sister Jean, the 98 year old Catholic sister who has been chaplain to the Loyola of Chicago Men’s basketball team since 1994. Beloved by the students on campus, Sister Jean was a principal, coach, and teacher at schools in California and Illinois before being hired at Mundelein College, an independent women’s college that eventually merged with Loyola. For 81 years, she’s been a sister in the religious order of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin (BVM).

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Sheila Minor Huff

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REALLY cool story about how an Illustrator working on a children’s book took to Twitter to help identify the only woman at the 1971 International Conference on the Biology of Whales (who happened to also be the only person “not identified”)

Spoiler Alert – the woman (Sheila Minor Huff), ended up being really dope.

The identity of the lone woman scientist in this 1971 photo was a mystery. Then Twitter cracked the case.

Alyza Bohbot

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Anybody that knows me can tell you that I have a few borderline-obsessions: coffee is absolutely one of them.

Alyza Bohbot took over the family business, Alakef Coffee Roasters, when she was 29 and saw that the company was struggling. One of the first things she did was start a sister company, City Girl Coffee Company, which makes it a point to fight gender equality in the coffee industry. She was adamant that a company that took a strong social stance could not only be profitable, but that social justice advocacy could be their greatest marketing tool.

City Girl Coffee gets its beans from farms that are owned or managed by women, and donates 5% of all profits to Orgs with similar stances (including International Women’s Coffee Alliance and Café Femenino). City Girl has a VERY strong online sales presence, and is slowly but surely moving into Midwest markets, getting into more and more grocery stores and co-ops.

Further Reading:

Giving a Family Business a Jolt With Coffee That Empowers Women