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I'm waiting for a lawsuit that says if you force me to have children I cannot afford, you should pay for the process. ... If you're drafted into the army - the other situation in which the state seizes control of your body - at least you get three meals a day, clothing, and a place to sleep. So, if you're going to do that to women, pay up.
- Margaret Atwood

Compiled by Mikki Morrissette


How sexist are we?
Angie Maxwell, a political scientist, conducted the Blair Center Poll, which sampled 3,668 individuals after the November election. The findings?
• Of the entire sample, 36.2 percent were classified as having sexist answers.
• Of Democrats, 21.5 were classified as having sexist responses compared to 53.3 percent of Republicans.
• Whites were more sexist than Black Americans and Latinos.
• Only 41.2 percent of the male sample responded in a non-sexist way while 52.5 percent of women did. While better, it also means that 47.5 percent of women gave sexist answers.

Says Maxwell, "Modern sexism is really about animosity and distrust toward successful women. Working women have gone from 'incapable' to 'sly and corrupt.' I'm not sure it's an upgrade."

How sexist are you?
Here are five questions from the Modern Sexism Scale used in the Blair poll to gauge sexist instincts. Is your first response to agree or disagree?
1. Many women are actually seeking special favors, such as hiring policies that favor them over men, under the guise of asking for "equality."
2. Most women interpret innocent remarks or acts as being sexist.
3. Feminists are seeking for women to have more power than men.
4. When women lose to men in a fair competition, they typically complain about being discriminated against.
5. Discrimination against women is no longer a problem in the United States.
Source: Slate

Short hair controversy
After an Omaha girls soccer team was disqualified from a tournament, the reasons remained murky - perhaps a combination of the club's coach using players on multiple teams, as well as a player being listed erroneously on the roster as male - but the news broke that the team was disqualified because the short hair of its eight-year-old Mili Hernandez prompted someone to complain to organizers that she was a boy. But reaction to the disqualification and complaint was swift. Mili's teammates showed solidarity by all cutting their hair short.
Source: Washington Post, Forbes

Menstruation product access and safety
New York Congresswoman Grace Meng introduced a set of bills that would make products for menstruation safer and easier to get - including giving a refundable tax credit to low-income people, requiring large employers to provide free menstrual products at work, and giving more supplies to women in detention facilities and prisons. In one survey, detained women reported receiving only two pads a day. Meng also introduced a bill that would require manufacturers of menstrual products to list the products' ingredients.
Source: Women's E-News

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The status of Black women
The good news: Black women vote at high rates, have made significant improvement in earning college degrees and are succeeding in opening their own businesses. Yet they continue to be underrepresented in elected office, earn less than white men and women, and are twice as likely as white women to be incarcerated, according to "The Status of Black Women in the United States," based largely on
U.S. Census data:
• More than 6 in 10 black women are in the workforce. But between 2004 and 2014, black women's median annual earnings declined by 5 percent. As of 2014, black women who worked full-time and year-round had median annual earnings that were 64.6 percent of that of white men.
• Black women live in poverty at a rate of 24.6 percent, more than twice the percentage of white women.
Source: Washington Post

Saudi Arabian activist arrested
Women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul, 27, was arrested without explanation after being interviewed by the Washington Post for a story on a woman's empowerment and entrepreneurship panel headlined by Princess Reema bint Bandar and Ivanka Trump. Al-Hathloul questioned whether the professional experiences of a princess and an heiress were practical or relevant for everyday women. Amnesty International reported that she had been transferred to the capital Riyadh for questioning, and was denied access to an attorney or contact with family. At press time, two weeks later, she was still being held.
Source: Mic





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