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ThinkAboutIt July 2016
Bikini bodies for prepubescents?

"Discovery Girls" magazine, aimed at 8- to 12-year-old girls, published an article in their April/May 2016 issue focused on what swimsuit would look "right" on their readers' bodies. It included tips on creating shapes if you have no curves, using patterns to distract if you are "rounder," and diverting eyes downward if you are "curvy on top."

The magazine's founder and publisher Catherine Lee responded to extensive social media criticism, saying: "It's still hard for me to believe that an article so contrary to our magazine's mission could have been published on our pages... The article was supposed to be about finding cute, fun swimsuits that make girls feel confident, but instead it focused on girls' body image and had a negative impact ... We're not immune to making mistakes."
Source: Bust

Compiled by Mikki Morrissette


Women's history monuments (technically) double
President Obama recently designated the former suffragist headquarters in Washington, D.C., as a national monument. It is the second of 121 national monuments, and only ninth of our 411 national park sites that honor women's history. The first women's history monument -- the Harriet Tubman National Monument in Cambridge, Md. -- was designated by President Obama in 2013.

The Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument, near the U.S. Capitol, is named after Alva Belmont, the benefactor of the women's suffrage group, and Alice Paul, who founded the National Women's Party in 1917 and became the key strategist of the campaign for the women's right to vote.
Source: The Atlantic

Silencing justice
Men have a hard time letting women talk without interrupting them - even at the Supreme Court level. Analysis by the legal blog Empirical SCOTUS found that women were more likely to be interrupted and men were more likely to do the interrupting, as they quantified the recent Supreme Court session's oral arguments.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor was interrupted 57 times during arguments, while Justice Elena Kagan got cut off 50 times. The next most-interrupted person on the list was Justice Stephen Breyer, known for stream of consciousness from the bench, who got interrupted 36 times. Justice Anthony Kennedy cut off his colleagues 57 times, interrupting Sotomayor the most.
Source: Mother Jones

Let them eat cake
Thanks to French bakery chain Paul, and global marketing firm MRM/McCann, Romanians are now served cakes with a message. The "Bittersweet Pies" line turns cakes into statistical pie charts, including the Salary Gap Cake, the Extremely Rich Cake, and the Glass Ceiling Double Cake, which shows inequality in senior management positions compared to mid-management positions.

The idea was cooked up with a mission to "spread the data, create awareness and spark conversation" in Romania about its large gap in political equality, and health and financial inequality, said a McCann spokesperson.
Source: Fast Company

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FOUL!
22.86 billion:
U.S. TV viewership of 2015 Women's World Cup Finals, when the U.S. defeated Japan. Largest U.S. television viewership ever for a soccer game.
4: Olympic Golds won by U.S. women's soccer team.
3: World Cups won by U.S. women's soccer team.
0: Olympic Golds + World Cups won by U.S. men's soccer team.
$263,320: U.S. men's soccer salaries if they win all exhibition games.
$99,000: U.S. women's soccer salaries if they win all exhibition games.
Source: Minnesota's Office on the Economic Status of Women





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