In the face of so much uncertainty and disruption, signs of hope, resilience, and unity are popping up everywhere. Pull the superhero cape out of the closet, ladies, it’s time for the this week in women: the nasty will prevail edition!



This Week in Women: Nasty Will Prevail

Nasty women everywhere felt the blow of an unprecedented Trump victory, leaving many with an election hangover for the ages. Another surprising news development came in on Wednesday that #girlboss Sophia Amoruso’s Nasty Gal planned to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In the face of so much uncertainty and disruption, signs of hope, resilience, and unity are popping up everywhere. Pull the superhero cape out of the closet, ladies, it’s time for the this week in women: the nasty will prevail edition!

Election Aftermath

Tuesday, November 8th delivered a stinging left hook to progressive American ideals with the election of Donald Trump.

While many women anticipated the day to be a crowning moment for their champion, Hillary Clinton, the exit polls spoke volumes. Polls showed that Democrat voter turn-out greatly declined. Looking even closer at how the women vote is parsed out, CNN research shows that 53 percent of white women voted for Trump over Clinton; 94 percent of black women voted for Clinton; and 68 percent of Latino women voted for Clinton.

The Guardian noted that this type of voting disparity indicates that white votes may not see racism as a much of an issue, as well as Trump’s stance on policy and taxes taking precedence over Clinton’s historical bid as a woman. While pundit theories swirl, it is clear that complacency and polling errors have seeped into every part of the American election system, and there are voting groups and opportunities unaccounted for (e.g., Clinton secured  six percent less of the 18 to 29-year-old voting demographic compared to President Obama in 2012).

In her concession speech, Clinton offered some much-needed inspiration, speaking so authentically from her heart to her supporters:

“I’ve had successes and setbacks and sometimes painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your professional, public, and political careers—you will have successes and setbacks, too.

“This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It is, it is worth it. And so we… need you to keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives. And to all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me: I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.

“Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday, someone will—and hopefully sooner than we might think right now. And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”

Already we are seeing a unified steadying of the ship, as feminists everywhere are rallying behind positive action to neutralize and counteract Trump’s agenda that may seek to marginalize policies that are important to women.

Nasty Gal Files for Chapter 11

It’s been a tough week for girl bosses, and ten-year old retail juggernaut, Nasty Gal, has petitioned to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Our decision to initiate a court-supervised restructuring will enable us to address our immediate liquidity issues, restructure our balance sheet and correct structural issues including reducing our high occupancy costs and restoring compliance with our debt covenants,” said the company in its official statement to the press. “We expect to maintain our high level of customer service and emerge stronger and even better able to deliver the product and experience that our customers expect and that we take pride in bringing to market.”

Ten years ago, Sophia Amoruso began the Nasty Gal empire as an eBay-driven vintage clothing business. She has served as the executive chairman since handing the reigns over to Sheree Waterson in 2015. Since the latest news about the company’s bankruptcy filing, Amuroso has resigned from her position and has yet to publicly comment on the filing announcement; however, she did post an excerpt from Clinton’s concession speech yesterday on Instagram.

This is Nasty Gal’s chance to go back to the drawing board to revive and rework the company’s modus operandi. We expect to see progressive politics and community organization also go in this direction as we approach midterm elections in 2018. If the world ever needed nasty women to come together on issues, such as reproductive health, equal pay, and gender equality, it is now.

Lead graphic by Ashley Britton.

Stay tuned to Milk for more of This Week in Women and check out our previous installments here.

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