The Rewind: On Diversity, “Smarts”, The Glass Cliff & Pope Francis, Feminist(?)

rewind 9.19-24 2015

Welcome to the Fem2 Friday Rewind – your source for fast facts in feminist news – for Saturday, September 19 through Friday, September 25!

In Feminist News this Week:

EMMY HISTORY MADE: Two black women made Emmy History on Sunday.

Viola Davis of How to Get Away with Murder is the first black woman to win the Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama. In her acceptance speech, she voiced a call to action on behalf of women of color that echoed across the nation:

“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there…. Thank you… to the people who have redefined what it means to be beautiful, to be sexy, to be a leading woman, to be black.”

Uzo Aduba is the first woman to win Best Actress in a Comedy (she won last year) AND Drama (her award this year) for the same role. She portrays Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren on Orange Is the New Black.

GETTING SMART ON THE RED CARPET:  Amy Poehler decided to flip the script and take the talking power away from the likes of insipid red-carpet correspondents asking about clothes and herding female stars into ‘mani-cam’ booths and instead put it in the hands of those who ask real questions that deserve thoughtful answers: teenage girls.

Via Twitter, Amy’s team of SmartGirls asked stars questions like

“Name a charity u are passionate about & explain why it matters to you. How do you show your support?”, “Is there a character in fiction or literature you dream of playing?” and “If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your teenage self?”

Check out #AskSmartGirls to read their smart questions and the stars’ fantastic answers.

UP THE LADDER, OVER THE CLIFF:  Women have to worry about going over the “glass cliff” now, too.

A sociologist from Stanford wrote this week about how women are more likely to be selected for risky leadership roles that have precarious circumstances.  By taking on the challenge of leading the company through a tumultuous time, odds of failure are often much higher.  (Many see Ellen Pao’s rise and fall at Reddit as an example).

Research has indicated that in times of company crisis, being collaborative or good with people,  stereotypically perceived as feminine qualities, are seen as particularly important, which could be contributing to their hire at times of crisis. When women are put in charge of failing companies, if they are indeed ‘forced off the cliff’, it only serves the perpetuation that women aren’t good leaders.

POPE FRANCIS, A FEMINIST?: The Pope is, in his own words, “A bit Feminist”- but many feminists think “a bit” isn’t enough.  Although Pope Francis has taken what some believe to be radical steps for the Catholic Church to include women in the faith and its practice, the religion is viewed by many as incredibly sexist.  He has addressed many progressive issues important to women, such as income inequality and abortion. Yet, as one Christian feminist wrote this week, many believe the church can do more for women.

Feminism is about all women,” said another woman interviewed by Mic. “Not just the ones you’re similar to or agree with.”

SENATE MAINTAINS SOME SENSE:  The Senate still has some reasonable folks around. On Thursday, they rejected a short-term spending bill that would defund Planned Parenthood.

“By eliminating Federal funding for a major provider of health care, the Senate amendment to H.J.Res. 61 would limit access to health care for women, men, and families across the Nation, and disproportionately impact low-income individuals,” the Office of Management and Budget said in a statement.


Week Without Violence: YWCA USA’s annual event is October 19-23. They will be sharing the stories of survivors of domestic violence in a series of blog posts in Huffington Post.  Follow the conversation using the hashtag #EndDVNow. 



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