This Week In Women: A Win For Environmentalism, Courtesy of AOC
As we wrap up March, aka Women’s History Month, there is a full line-up of headlines to cover as women gathered honorable mentions this week. The photo below really captures the historic importance of it all as Rep. Deb Haaland is seen with gavel in hand, presiding over the House during a debate over a campaign finance and voting rights bill. After the measure was passed, the Democrat Congresswoman from New Mexico was applauded by both sides of the aisle in a standing ovation, as she is the first Native American woman to preside over Congress. #SeeHer
Let’s dive into more highlights with This Week in Women!
AOC Came for GOP Critics Over ‘Elitist’ Comments
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) melted down the stratosphere this week with her impassioned speech against GOP critics after they labelled her Green New Deal an “elitist fantasy.”
“When we talk about the concern for the environment as an elitist concern, one year ago I was waitressing in a taco shop in downtown Manhattan. I just got health insurance for the first time a month ago. This is not an elitist issue. This is a quality of life issue. You want to tell people that their concern and their desire for clean air and clean water is elitist? Tell that to the kids in the South Bronx which are suffering from the highest rates of childhood asthma in the country. Tell that to the families in Flint whose kids, their blood is ascending in lead levels, their brains are damaged for the rest of their lives. Call them elitist. You’re telling them that those kids are trying to get on a plane to Davos? People are dying!” said Ocasio-Cortez.
The two-minute Twitter clip shared by Brian Tyler Cohen has over 14.6 million views and counting. AOC is a high-profile, vocal champion during a time when we are in desperate need of environmental protections and quality of life initiatives for every American.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) March 27, 2019
We’ll Drink to That! Sam Adams Creates RBG-Inspired IPA
Sam Adams will release a new Belgian Bruit IPA called “When There Are Nine” — a salute to the eponymous hero Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsburg and her famous answer to the question, “When will there be enough women on the Supreme Court?”
The new IPA is featured as part of the, brewed on International Women’s Day, and set to be served for first tastes today at the label’s Tap Room in Boston.
High School Girls Organize Against Toxic Masculinity Status Quo
Let it be known: Circulating lists that rank women’s appearances has never been nor will be in the future an acceptable norm. This week, six students at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Maryland led an important conversation around objectification after they found themselves included on a list that was being shared around their school. The list included 18 female high school students with a rating and ranking based on their appearances.
The teens chose to organize against this vile example of a “boys will be boys” status quo. They called for a meeting that drew a crowd of 70 students, including some of the male students that helped distribute the list. Their clap back has turned into a proactive new direction as they have plans to hold more open forums to address forms of toxic masculinity and sexual violence.
“Is it hurtful to see your name on a list with your classmates with a number next to it? Of course it’s hurtful,” student Yasmin Behbehani said in a. “But I think that is more powerful is what we’ve done with our hurt.”
Featured image via Teen Vogue
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