This Week in Women: Achievements Made Across Military, Politics, and Entertainment
This week we are starting with a story of remarkable achievement and we’ll finish up with an update on disgraced Harvey Weinstein’s legal settlements. Buckle up, it’s time for This Week in Women!
West Point Graduates Largest Class of Black Women
34 women are set to make history as they graduate from the prestigious United States Military Academy West Point. As the largest graduating class of African-American women, the moment is an occasion worth recognizing in the school’s 117-year history.
West Point spokesman Frank Demaro says last year’s graduating class had 27 African-American women, and anticipates an even larger graduating class next year. “Also, this year’s class will have the highest number of female Hispanic graduates along with graduating our 5,000th female cadet since the first class of women to graduate in 1980,” said Demaro in a statement.
“My hope when young Black girls see these photos is that they understand that regardless of what life presents you, you have the ability and fortitude to be a force to be reckoned with,” said cadet Tiffany Welch-Baker in an interview with Because of Them We Can.
Inspired by Netflix Documentary, the Must-Have AOC T-shirt
E-commerce store and label Bronx Native has partnered with Netflix to bring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s iconic sentence, “For one of us to make it, a hundred of us have to try” to a special edition t-shirt. The collection will be used for runaway hit documentary “Knock Down the House” promotions and screenings around the country.
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🔵BRONX NATIVE X NETFLIX 🔵 We had the amazing opportunity to work with @netflix and design a T-shirt to celebrate their latest documentary “Knock Down The House” featuring our Bronx native @ocasio2018. Really excited to be part of such an incredible project. 🔵 #knockdownthehouse #netflix #ocasio #documentary #BronxNative #TheBronx
Bronx Native co-founders and brother-sister duo, Amaurys and Rosalyn Grullon hosted an A.O.C. meet-and-greet early in her campaign. “If we choose to be brave, we don’t have to be anxious about our future. That is what this film, and now this partnership with Bronx Native, means to me,” Ocasio-Cortez said in a statement. “We can be whatever we have the courage to see.”
Harvey Weinstein’s Settles with Accusers for $44M
Legally embattled Harvey Weinstein has tentatively settled civil lawsuit complaints to the tune of $44 million, according to a report by the New York Times. Over 80 women have accused Weinstein and his studio of harmful actions, including discrimination, sexual harassment and abuse, and coercion in the workplace. The settlement is to be paid out by the company’s insurance policies, with $14 million being used for legal fees and the remaining $30 million to be disbursed between studio creditors, former employees and victims.
The reviews on this settlement have been mixed — many say the lawsuit and the amount was settled far too easily for the irreparable harm that Weinstein caused, as well as the studio’s insurance handling of the payout (rather than impacting Weinstein’s pockets directly). Others are calling out the media’s coverage and lawsuit results as imbalanced, such as in the Bill Cosby case versus the handling of Weinstein.
Weinstein’s offenses propelled a resurgence of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement, and the pending criminal case against him by two women is set to begin in September. This case will continue to be an important conversation point about the status of the movements and holding alleged offenders accountable to victims and workplaces.
Featured image via Time Magazine
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