J.K. Rowling shut it down on Twitter this weekend: "Femaleness is not a design flaw."

World

6.16.2017

This Week in Women: The Equal Rights For All Edition

Equality for all took center stage in world news this week as the weekend began with Equality Marches and Resist Marches. J.K. Rowling took a stand against anti-female attitudes, the illustrious RBG batted down gender discrimination, and Agnes Gund invested some serious cash in non-profit criminal justice reform. It’s time for This Week in Women!

J.K. Rowling’s Twitter Rant: “Femaleness is not a design flaw” 

Writer and activist J.K. Rowling went on the offensive against misogynistic language in the wake of Theresa May’s controversial and close victory in the U.K.’s 2017 general election. May is not warmly regarded by many, including Rowling; however, Rowling contends that by name-calling the other side, especially by using terms that are derogatory and slurs for “women’s anatomy,” that liberals are no better than “some guy hiding behind a cartoon frog.”

Ginsburg’s Decision Against Gender Discrimination

Patron saint of liberals Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a landmark ruling on Monday morning that punched a hole in sexist precedent. In Sessions v. Morales-Santana, the Supreme Court ruled to strike down a law that imposes a disproportionate residency requirement on unmarried mothers and fathers before they can pass on their U.S. citizenship to a child born abroad. The issue at hand? That a mother must only live in the U.S. for one year, while a father must be here for at least five.

Why is this important? The law unfairly assumed familial roles and responsibilities. “New insights and societal understandings can reveal unjustified inequality … that once passed unnoticed and unchallenged,” Justice Ginsburg wrote. “[Sex discrimination] cannot withstand inspection under a Constitution that requires the government to respect the equal dignity and stature of its male and female citizens.”

By making the statute non-enforceable, the Supreme Court is effectively advising Congress to revise the law to be non-discriminatory. Justice Ginsburg’s decision is a win for the LGBTQ community and breaking down systemic gender discrimination.

Painting Sales Fuels Criminal Justice Fund

Patron of the arts and president emerita of the Modern Museum of Modern Art Agnes Gund has announced the sale of 1962 Roy Lichtenstein “Masterpiece” from her private collection. The prolific pop art painting pulled in a mind-numbing $165 million, and Gund announced this week that she will be donating $100 million of the proceeds to found the Art for Justice Fund. Art for Justice Fund is a five-year bipartisan initiative created to bring about reform through “proven prevention, education and re-entry programs that could reduce incarceration and recidivism—and transform millions of lives.”

Gund has already built a philanthropist dream team roster and will be raising private capital funds for the organization predominantly through the sale of art. “This is one thing I can do before I die,” Gund told The New York Times. “This is what I need to do.”

Featured image via MPR News

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