Although I’ve spent much of the week sick and under the covers, I’ve been enjoying reading some powerful, important (and even silly) articles about women and women’s rights this week. Here are 10 of my favourite articles of the week, ranging from an article questioning the antiquated scientific idea of gendered brains, to the story of Argentina’s first transgender Police Chief, to Melissa McCarthy roaming around midtown dressed as Sean Spicer.
Why Yale Graduate Teachers Were Arrested For Fighting Workplace Sexual Harassment
This article, co-written by Will Bloom, Emily Villano, Jordan Laris Cohen, Charles Du, Amit Jain, Zak Manfredi, Kate Redburn, and Dana Bolger, students at Yale Law School. Shares the deeply upsetting events that are unfolding currently at Yale University, where Graduate Teachers are fighting to get Yale to comply with its legal obligations to graduate workers.
Thank you to the brave women and men who are standing up and speaking out about the dangerous and endemic problem of sexual abuse and harassment that is plaguing post secondary institutions.
Why are progressives pushing Victorian era ideas about gender?
This article, written by Susan Cox, shares a look back at the scientific history of the gendered brain, and questions why today’s progressive thinkers are still focused on the concept of male and female brains. A passage that spoke to me in particular, “Our historical amnesia is troubling. We seem to have forgotten that the idea of innate difference between male and female minds was used to exclude women from political and intellectual life, and to deny them basic human rights of self-determination in the not-so-distant past.”
U.S. Has The Worst Rate Of Maternal Deaths In The Developed World
In honour of Mothers Day this Sunday, a particularly sobering article about the rise in maternal deaths in the United States. Renee Montage, from NPR, and Nina Martin, from Propublica found that “[m]ore American women are dying of pregnancy-related complications than any other developed country. Only in the U.S. has the rate of women who die been rising.”
These Temporary Motivational Tattoos Are Meant to Help People Talk About Mental Health
Zoë Weiner at Teen Vogue shares a unique and exciting project by Francesca Timbers–motivational temporary tattoos designed to help those coping with mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Find her beautiful tattoos here, on Etsy.
On the Importance of Being Women of the Books
I love this poetic and powerful piece from Sarah M. Seltzer on the power of being a well-read woman. “Our enemies arm themselves with ignorance, but we can arm ourselves with wisdom. And that’s why we must keep reading books in between the rallies, because like nothing else, reading comforts us and shores up our courage.”
Zoe Lister-Jones On Her New Movie Band Aid and Hiring an All-Woman Production Crew
A wonderful interview by Hazel Cills with Zoe Lister-Jones, about Zoe’s latest project Band Aid, and her decision to hire an all-woman production crew for the film. As someone with a degree in film, I particularly appreciate her desire to push for better representation of women in the industry.
I especially love this response from Zoe, “I think the conversation has gotten better when it comes to gender inequities in the film industry in the last few years but if you look at the statistics they actually have not changed since 1998. It’s a really pesky and stubborn mountain to climb and the only way to do so is through action.“
Argentina’s first transgender police chief on duty
A beautiful story of progress written by Luis Andres Henao at the Washington Post. It tells the story of Analia Pasantino, who was a police officer in Argentina for 20 years and was forced to resign when she first came out as transgender. Analia has now been welcomed back to the police force and is serving as deputy police commissioner in the judicial communications department, making her the first transgender Police Chef in Latin America.
Another important reminder that representation matters.
19 female-owned beauty brands to obsess over ASAP
Marilyn La Jeunesse at Mic shares 19 awesome female-owned beauty brands in this fun article. If you’re a beauty junkie like I am, it’s always exciting to discover new brands, and I’m especially excited to know that any purchases I make will be supporting women! I’m especially excited to try out products from Glossier, and happy to say I already use and love products by Tatcha, DryBar, Essie, and Kat Von D.
Melissa McCarthy Was Zooming Around Midtown as Sean Spicer Today
Ending on a laugh. Are you as tickled as I am that Melissa McCarthy was riding a press podium around New York in full Sean Spicer regalia? I can’t wait to tune in to SNL tonight!