Men leading women's brands
According to an analysis by The Huffington Post and Catalyst, of the 19 largest companies that focus on women (cosmetics, department stores, women's clothing, certain consumer goods), only one company has a senior leadership team that is majority women (JCPenney) and only one company has a board of directors that is majority women (Avon).

In the words of advertising expert Cindy Gallop, "There's a huge amount of money to be made out of taking women seriously."
Source: The Atlantic, HuffPost

Bullying confronted in Ely
Pantsuit Nation was created on Facebook after the 2016 election to provide a closed and safe space for non-Trump supporters. The Minnesota chapter grew to nearly 25,000 members. One of those who joined was Dan Forsman, a City Council member in Ely, who posted a meme in December that included a photo of assisted suicide doctor Jack Kevorkian with the words "Do you suffer from Trump Acceptance Rejection Disorder (TARD)? Ask your doctor if suicide is right for you."

Angry members of the group fought back publicly. An Ely Echo editorial summarized the issue this way: "We just hope people can take a look at the big picture here and keep in mind everyone has an opinion and some may be funny to some and offensive to others." Forsman apologized at an overflow City Council meeting in December.

One (male) former long-time resident of Ely responded, "This is thousands of people seeing an obvious case of bullying, calling the bully out, and then being told to sit back and listen to excuses about how the bully's feelings matter more than those he harassed, all while he transforms into a folk hero for supporters. That is 2016 in microcosm."
Source:, Ely Echo

Mansplaining hotline
A Swedish trade union set up a week-long hotline in November for women to call and vent about "mansplaining" - when a condescending male over-explains something the woman already understands. The labor group Unionen said it created the hotline, staffed by gender experts, after hearing complaints from female members that they were being patronized by men in the workplace who sometimes know less than female coworkers, but act like experts anyway. It was developed to build awareness about workplace relationships and gender equality.
Source: UPI, The New York Times

Happy 150 birthday to this beloved word woman!
Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of eight children's novels in her "Little House" series, was born on February 7, 1867, in a log cabin near Pepin, Wisconsin. Her family moved around the midwest and, in 1874-75 and 1878-79, lived in Walnut Grove, Minnesota, the town that became the setting for the "Little House on the Prairie" television show.

Last tango was non-consensual
A 2013 interview with "Last Tango in Paris" director Bernardo Bertolucci surfaced in December admitting to the truth of what actress Maria Schneider said in a Daily Mail interview before her death of cancer in 2011. The infamous rape in the movie included a scene with a stick of butter used as lubricant before Marlon Brando assaults her on film. At the time Brando was 48; Schneider was 19. "I wanted her to react humiliated," he said. "I think she hated me and also Marlon because we didn't tell her [about the butter]." Even so, Bertolucci clarified that he didn't "regret" how he directed the scene.

After "Last Tango in Paris," Schneider never shot another nude scene. She struggled with drug addiction and depression following the attention the movie brought her. Schneider said, "I felt humiliated and to be honest, I felt a little raped, both by Marlon and by Bertolucci."
Source: Daily Mail, Los Angeles Times

Think About It Update: Wonder Woman
In the ThinkAboutIt section in December, 2016, we reported that Wonder Woman was named as an honorary ambassador by the United Nations. Her new role didn't last long. Wonder Woman has been fired as a special UN ambassador following protests from both inside and outside the international organization. Protesters cited that "a white, skimpily dressed American prone to violence wasn't the best role model for girls."
Source: StarTribune