This Week in Women: Breaking Records & Demanding Representation
The U.S. Women continue to dominate in the FIFA World Cup and we have more headlines and updates from the sports world. Also: are you still talking about the VIP list in Taylor Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down”?! We are, and the numbers of petition signers calling for the Senate to pass the Equality Act has already racked up over 367,000 and counting signatures. Let’s dig into more news with This Week in Women!
Five Female News Anchors Bring Lawsuit Against NY1 Station
Spectrum News NY1 is being sued by five former anchors for sex and age discrimination, a story first reported by The New York Times earlier this week. Roma Torre, Amanda Farinacci, Vivian Lee, Jeanine Ramirez and Kristen Shaughnessy filed a complaint against the 24-hour local news station on Wednesday.
“We are fighting for any woman who has reached a certain age and has been intentionally marginalized, passed-over and deemed less relevant because of her age. We are fighting for any woman who found themselves signing a severance deal that felt more like hush money, rather than a genuine thank you for years of loyalty and hard work. We are fighting for our colleagues who see what is happening but do not dare speak up for fear of retribution. We are fighting for ourselves and we are fighting for all of them,” they wrote under the authorship “Unseen Women on TV” on Medium platform.
The blog post is a call to action—the newscasters are bringing legal heat and advocating for public awareness and support. They began the “Unseen Women on TV” Twitter handle to help share their campaign of #BroadcastWomen so that women of all ages in the media can be fairly represented and appreciated for their contributions.
Updates in Caster Semenya’s Ongoing Battle with IAAF
Earlier this spring, we covered the controversial case of middle distance runner Caster Semenya vs. track and field’s international governing body, IAAF. The IAAF ruling that competitors who participate in the 400m to mile distances with higher testosterone levels must take hormone-suppressing treatments before competing. Ultimately, Semenya’s appeal to Switzerland’s top court allowed her to continue to compete in the 800m without taking hormone suppressants.
After securing a victory at the elite Diamond League competition in Doha on May 4, Semenya will compete for the first time in the 800m at the Stanford Diamond League on June 30. Her journey has been a testament to her resilience. She has expressed that the “humiliating” public speculation over her gender has been one of the most profound experiences of her life, saying, “I will not allow the I.A.A.F. to use me and my body again.”
103-Year-Old Woman Sets Records on The Track
Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins sped down the track at the National Senior Games in Albuquerque this week to a historical accomplishment. Competing in the 50m and 100m dash, the 103-year-old athlete is the oldest woman to compete in these events at a formal track and field event. She finished the 100m race and secured the title, finishing in 39.62 seconds.
“Keep yourself in good shape if you can. Have many passions. And look for magic moments. That is something that I have done in my life—think of the things that are magic moments that happen to you, like sunsets and sunrises, rainbows, beautiful birds, music and people’s lovely comments to you,” she said in an interview with The New York Times. “All of those are magic moments and they are free for all. Be sure to keep your eye open for them.”
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