This Week in Women: New Year, New Nasty
With the Trump presidency just weeks away, Republican lawmakers have introduced major policy changes (including efforts to defund Planned Parenthood) while protestors have been busy buying up “pussy power hats” in preparation for the Women’s March on Washington. The conversation on American politics has invaded every corner of the globe, and it seems 2017 is off to a busy start already, with announcements of festival line-ups, new collaborations, and dope AF artistic productions promoting women. Discussions over gender equality and women’s rights are once again taking over pop culture and political commentary; it’s time for this week in women!
Majed al-Esa Drops “Hwages” Music Video
From our sisters overseas in Saudi Arabia comes a new music video, “Hwages” (which translates to “Concerns” in English). The reception? “Not since Pussy Riot’s ‘Straight Outta Vagina‘ has a music video made us want to dance our brains out and smash the patriarchy all at once,” said Priscilla Frank at The Huffington Post.
With over three million views, the upbeat anthem is accompanied by women dressed in niqabs, dancing, skateboarding, playing basketball, and riding trikes, all while men (including a Donald Trump puppet) look on in disapproval. Many influencers in the Saudi community are picking up the song and sharing it on social media. Besides being the club song we all want to dance to this weekend, this is another kick ass rallying cry from women pushing for change around the world.
Girls Cast Lands on The Cover of Glamour‘s February Issue
Feminist darling Lena Dunham and her gang of Girls co-stars almost broke the Internet this week with the release of Glamour Magazine’s February cover photo. Looking all kinds of disco-dope, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, Lena Dunham, and Jemima Kirke lit up news stands in Marc Jacobs and huge platform kicks. Perhaps most notable, the entire issue was produced entirely by women and the accompanying photos to the article, including the cover shot, are all un-photoshopped.
Shutting down body-shamers, Dunham shared a lengthy post on Instagram thanking other women in Hollywood for their leadership and inspiration, as well as Glamour for “letting my cellulite do the damn thing on news stands everywhere.”
Unlike her confusing abortion comments several weeks ago, this Dunham statement has earned rave reviews.
— Lisa Ann Gladigan (@LLgladigan) January 4, 2017
— Erin M Barlow (@ErinMBarlow) January 3, 2017
Coachella Announces Line-up with Beyoncé at The Top of The Bill
This week it was announced that Beyoncé, Radiohead, and Kendrick Lamar would be headlining the Coachella Music & Arts Festival this April. This is Beyoncé’s first confirmed performance of 2017, but it’s momentous for other reasons as well: as the first black woman to ever top Coachella, she will also be the first solo female act in nearly a decade to be billed as a headliner for the festival.
Caitlyn Jenner x MAC Announce New Collaboration
Trans-advocate and activist Caitlyn Jenner has partnered with MAC to create a 15-piece capsule collection: “Caitlyn Jenner’s collection continues her mission of sharing her transition with the world, championing All Ages, All Races and All Sexes,” said MAC in an official statement. “Elegant, classic shades for lips, eyes and cheeks are beautifully suited for those who embrace life, in whatever form they choose.”
The new collection was made available in stores and online on January 5. This is the second time that Jenner has partnered with MAC—her first foray with the brand happened last April when her lipstick raised an estimated $1.3 million for MAC AIDS Fund Transgender Initiative. Way to go, Cait!
Featured image via Essence
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