This Week in Women: The Wonder Woman Edition
Real Wonder Woman heroes are battling sexist forces this week, whether it’s the blockbuster victories of the Wonder Woman film, the tenacity of Senator Kamala Harris, or the innovative armor at Evelyn & Bobbie. It’s time for This Week in Women!
Wonder Woman is a Triumph in The Box Office & in Our Hearts
“I’m the man that can,” roars Diana (AKA Wonder Woman) in our favorite summer blockbuster. DC Comics and director Patty Jenkins scored big with the release of Wonder Woman last Friday, smashing records and expectations with first weekend box office winnings of $103.1 million, and ranking in the top 16 for domestic superhero movie openings. Across the country, moviegoers delighted in a cast and crew that delivered a feminist superhero movie that was both autonomous and empowering.
As we know all too well, when it comes to women’s victories, there will always be patronizing male critic comments to be expected. The all-female screenings that gained popularity in some establishments like the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas upset some Facebook users to an extreme degree.
The mayor of Austin had the perfect response to sexist shamers. “Can you imagine if someone thought that you didn’t know women could serve in our combat units now without exclusion? What if someone thought you didn’t know that women invented medical syringes, life rafts, fire escapes, central and solar heating, a war-time communications system for radio-controlling torpedoes that laid the technological foundations for everything from Wi-Fi to GPS, and beer?,” countered Mayor Steve Adler in an official letter. “And I hesitate to imagine how embarrassed you’d be if someone thought you were upset that a private business was realizing a business opportunity by reserving one screening this weekend for women to see a superhero movie.”
Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman, amazed everyone with the news this week that she was pregnant for much of the filming, making Wonder Woman’s victories even more badass AF.
Senator Kamala Harris Will Not be Silenced
Washington, D.C. has been a partisan hotbed of political drama as the much anticipated hearings of former F.B.I. director James Comey took the airwaves on Thursday. However, the day before Comey’s hearings, senators met in an Intelligence Committee hearing to question witnesses about the Russia investigation. During her questioning of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Sen. Kamala Harris of California found herself on the receiving end of a sexist shushing by the committee’s chairman Sen. Richard Burr.
Harris has gained notoriety for being a ferocious junior senator and was peppering Rosenstein during a heated exchange. The tension in the room was building, and then Burr jumped in with the following, “The chair is going to exercise the right to allow the witnesses to answer the question, and the committee is on notice to provide the witnesses the courtesy—which has not been extended all the way across—extend the courtesy for questions to get answered.”
Burr’s rebuke really set people off, prompting an outcry of support for Harris. Democratic women’s advocacy group Emily’s List said, “We need more women—and far fewer Burrs—in Congress.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who provoked the now-iconic feminist rallying cry of “Nevertheless she persisted,” offered her encouragement to Harris on Twitter.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 7, 2017
Harris herself tweeted the following, “Here’s the truth: I will never give an inch when it comes to truth and accountability in our government.”
Rethinking Bras And Real Life Bustiers For Women’s Bodies
The Everyday Bustier can be an accessible armor for the everyday Wonder Women out there. Bree McKeen, the brains and founder behind Evelyn & Bobbie, is launching her new company through a Kickstarter campaign. “The bra was a great idea in 1933, but it’s time for some innovation,” said McKeen in Women’s Wear Daily.
Bobbie & Evelyn’s debut collection will be ready to ship this fall and is designed around technology and a “celebration of the natural form”—bringing together patented 3D technology, materials science, mathematics, and ergonomic design. But what really makes our hearts soar is that this brand is designed and ran by women who are sick of lingerie brands that stood for nothing substantive and rolled out products that are all uncomfortable underwires and expectations.
Bobbie & Evelyn is one of the female-driven brands contributing to conversations that matter to modern women. Case in point? The brand’s first foray into social media sharing was with #WhyIMarch documentary video shorts from February’s Women’s March in Washington. Now that’s a brand we can get behind.
Featured image via NY Times
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