This Week in Women: All Hail Meryl
It’s hard to not be emotional as we said goodbye to the First Family this week, and President Obama’s moving farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago was the bittersweet cherry on top of a month-long teary-eyed goodbye. With a Trump presidency looming, we are already witnessing a landslide of congressional shake-ups and headlines with the attempted repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Amidst the chaos are true rays of fucking sunshine, like the forever-iconic Meryl Streep and newly-crowned Nike tastemaker FKA Twigs. It’s time for This Week in Women!
Meryl Streep Inspires at the 74th Annual Golden Globes
Meryl Streep broke the Internet on Sunday with her viral speech upon accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 74th Annual Golden Globes. Using her time at the podium as an opportunity to encourage empathy and intelligence (while ripping into Trump in the process), Streep recounted the heart break she felt when watching him mock a disabled reporter on the campaign trail last fall.
She also used the speech to present an eloquent take on leadership: “…this instinct to humiliate, when it’s modeled by someone in the public platform, by someone powerful, it filters down into everybody’s life, because it kinda gives permission for other people to do the same thing. Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence. And when the powerful use their position to bully others we all lose.”
Streep then called upon the press to continue to hold politicians accountable and commended her peers for demonstrating acts of empathy. Her speech concluded by quoting her late friend, Carrie Fisher, “Take your broken heart, make it into art.”
Millions of Women Struggle with Uncertain Healthcare Future
The opening days of the 115th Congress have been hectic to say the least. While Trump’s team aggressively fends off questions relating to that pesky dossier, the Republican-controlled House and Senate have been busy taking steps to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Trump and the Republicans have yet to propose an alternative plan, raising questions as to the coverage and access of essential healthcare, including women’s reproductive health and birth control access (Obamacare maintains a provision that birth control will be fully covered).
At the state level in New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman introduced The Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act on Wednesday, which will require all insurers governed by the state to cover the costs of FDA-approved forms of birth control, including male contraceptives and emergency pills such as Plan B.
“New Yorkers have a right to comprehensive, cost-free access to birth control,” Schneiderman said. “With the Affordable Care Act under attack in Washington, it’s all the more critical that New York act now to protect these rights…no matter what happens in Congress.”
Other states across the country are also pursuing legislative measures to protect their constituents’ healthcare.
FKA Twigs Empowers with New Nike Collaboration
FKA Twigs debuted her highly anticipated collection, “Do You Believe In More?” with Nike this week that features new strength training activewear. In addition to collaborating on the design and development of the gear, FKA Twigs also creatively produced and performed in a dope music video with 12 elite athletes in the remote outskirts of Mexico City. Futuristic, tribal, and absolutely motivational for all of our 2017 resolutions.
Featured image via The New York Times
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