Democrat Sharice Davids will be one of the first Native American women and first openly LGBT representative from Kansas to be elected to Congress.



This Week In Women: Ripples That Create Waves

Against a backdrop of impending recounts, another mass shooting, and a historic midterm voter turn-out, America made some big shifts, some for better and some for worse this week. It is a feeling of continued conflict—outrage against senseless, heartbreaking violence with the bonus of a lie-mongering, violence-baiting president juxtaposed to the hope of a Democrat majority and more women elected in the newly flipped House of Representatives.

Yesterday we also received news from the Supreme Court that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had been hospitalized after sustaining a fall that resulted in three fractured ribs. Please remember to send some loving healing vibes to our patron saint of nasty women, Justice Ginsburg, as she recovers.

Ready for more? We’re running down a few more midterm highlights, news about a lawsuit from the Girl Scouts, and a new exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in This Week in Women!

Midterms — A Collective Step Forward

In the weeks and months leading up to the midterm elections, many voters rallied around the term “Blue Wave”—representing the idea of a surging Democrat influence that would sweep from local appointments to Congressional elections. While the outcome seems like more of a mixed bag, the ripples that were created by each woman elected as a city official, state administrator, state legislator, governor, and Congressional representative will continue to play out and build influence over the next two years, and beyond.

“We’ve seen important breakthroughs, particularly in the U.S. House,” said Center for American Women in Politics Director Debbie Walsh in an official statement. “But deepening disparities between the parties in women’s representation will continue to hobble us on the path to parity. We need women elected on both sides of the aisle.”

For the first time in the history of the United States, more than 100 elected women will be in the House of Representatives’ body of 435. In many cases, previously held Republican seats were flipped blue by a woman candidate.

Some highlights include:

  • Democrat Sharice Davids will be one of the first Native American women and first openly LGBT representative from Kansas to be elected to Congress. Davids overcame GOP incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder.
  • Democrat Deb Haaland, a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, picked up a Congressional seat and will representing First Congressional District of New Mexico.
  • Congress will also be welcoming its first Muslim women from Michigan and Minnesota, Democrats Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, respectively.
  • Texas voters are sending their first Latina representatives to Congress: Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia.
  • The youngest woman ever elected to Congress, 29-year old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, will be joining the House of Representatives from New York’s 14th Congressional District.

More game-changing results can be found on the Center for American Women and Politics official report.

Girl Scouts Take On Boy Scouts Over Trademark Dispute

The Girl Scouts have filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against the Boy Scouts over a recent re-branding attempt. Boy Scouts have updated several of their organizational details, including announcing on last year’s International Day of the Girl that girls may officially participate in some troops as scouts. The Boy Scouts have moved forward with changing one of their programs to be called “Scouts B.S.A.,” which offers programming for 11- to 17-year old boys and girls.

The complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, includes, “such misconduct will not only cause confusion among the public, damage the goodwill of GSUSA’s GIRL SCOUTS trademarks, and erode its core brand identity, but it will also marginalize the GIRL SCOUTS Movement by causing the public to believe that GSUSA’s extraordinarily successful services are not true or official ‘Scouting’ programs, but niche services with limited utility and appeal.”

Rodarte Exhibit Opens at the National Museum of Women in the Arts 

The National Museum of Women in the Arts debuted its first fashion exhibit, featuring the work of Rodarte fashion house founders and feminist powerhouses, Kate and Laura Mulleavy.

In an official statement, the Washington D.C.-based NMWA explains that Rodarte “explores the distinctive design principles, material concerns, and reoccurring themes that position the Mulleavys’ work within the landscape of contemporary art and fashion.”

The collection spans a body of work that covers more than a decade of looks from runway shows and momentous collections. “Through a conceptual blend of high fashion and modern femininity that employs a multiplicity of textiles and meticulous couture techniques,” said the museum. “Rodarte has drawn critical acclaim from both the art and fashion worlds since its inception in 2005.”

Featured image via New York Post

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

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