Friday, March 31, 2017

From Ms Representation - March 2017

Taking the bull by the patriarchyEarly this month, State Street Global Advisors, the world’s third-largest asset manager, placed a statue of a young girl directly in front of the Wall Street bull. Her powerful pose, with hands placed at her hips, sends a clear message and I’m still hoarse from cheering. State Street’s message was, relatively, lost in the wash though it was surely encouraging. Point is: if this kind of thing happens only one month out of twelve, it’s time to observe National Women’s Month every month. Here’s a starting point.

Ladies, let’s celebrate!Remembering Jeannette Rankin! On April 2, we should all take a moment to clink glasses – one hundred years ago, as a Republican Representative from Montana, she became the first elected woman to sit as a member of Congress. Of course, this wasn’t without furious debate, but still…there she sat. Respect.

Give credit where it’s due!“It’s a tale as old as time: A man took credit for a woman’s idea” is the beginning of this piece, and that hardly needs an end. But if it didn’t, you might miss out on recognizing these 11 badass women’s historical accomplishments. And that would be a shame.

Looking for the good on social media?In an age where logging on to your social platform of choice can easily be akin to watching a red-hot dumpster fire, there is some good out there. If Instagram is your thing, @femalecollective might just be the (mostly millennial) online community you’ve been missing. I ran into the founder at the Women’s March and I’ve been hooked ever since. #follow

Tomi Lahren fired for defending her right to chooseYep, you read that right. Conservative pundit and host – well, now formerly so – on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze just lost her job after declaring, “…[the government] can stay out of my body…” Yikes.

In case you missed it…Faux feminism is the worst. The. Worst. Thankfully, the social commentary savants at Saturday Night Live painted the picture that plenty of women, myself included, have seen and experienced. It’s so spot on that I’m probably having more girls’ nights in this month than usual. Ladies, keep an eye out for this because it’s real and it’s ugly.

#WomenWearWhite for women’s rightsYou may have noticed something if you watched President Trump’s joint address to Congress weeks ago. All the white outfits in the audience were not the product of an impressive coincidence; they were a statement – not just a fashion statement. AND they looked downright fabulous.

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