Hello, and welcome to the weekly women+’s issues/health thread!
Each Wednesday, someone will post a discussion with a few relevant news items from the last week, as well as a topic for further conversation. The prompt will serve as a starting point for those who may want to participate but don’t have a topic of their own they’d like to discuss – as long as it’s relevant to the discussion as a whole, anything goes.
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Updates from the world of womanity:
The BBC digs into the changes in employment rates for women as China has increasingly shifted toward a market economy. The female employment rate has nearly halved since communism was in full swing, and analysts believe this shows that women are bearing the brunt of China’s rapid economic growth. Shockedshockedwellnotthatshocked.gif.
…but Zainab Fayez made it through anyway. She’s the sole female prosecutor in the entirety of Kandahar Province, and she hopes that more women will join her to help advocate for victims of domestic violence and child “marriages”. She’s 28 and has two kids and has to regularly fight judges to actually get them to hear the cases of traumatized women and children.
I… packed my lunch today? That’s pretty cool, right?
The number of women running for US Congressional seats in 2018, both House and Senate, has more than doubled compared to the 2016 election. 431 women are running for House seats, and 50 for Senate – whereas those numbers were 212 and 25 respectively, last time. That’s not to mention state and local elections – Emily’s List had 920 women reach out to them about running for office at this point in 2016. This time around?
Stephanie Schriock lays it out:
We’ve never seen anything like this. Ever seen anything like this. To have over 30,000 women raise their hand, it’s unprecedented.
Bolding mine, because that’s DOPE AS HELL Y’ALL
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“Most people trusted in the future, assuming that their preferred version of it would unfold. Blindly planning for it, envisioning things that weren’t the case. This was the working of the will. This was what gave the world purpose and direction. Not what was there but what was not.” – Jhumpa Lahiri, The Lowland
DISCUSSION TOPIC OF THE WEEK:
Representation, in all its many forms
With Black Panther out this past week and children of immigrants dominating in the Olympics, there’s been a lot of discussion online and in the news about representation and what it means (especially for children) to identify with a character or role model as they’re depicted in the media. It’s nice to know that today’s kids will get to want to be Princess Shuri or Chloe Kim or Kate McKinnon when they grow up – but given we’re all (assumably) over 18, I’d imagine our experiences may have been different.
When have you felt best represented, either in fictional media or in real life, and by whom? What did that representation mean to you at that point in your life? What would it have meant to you as a child, or some other time when you needed it, to be better represented in the media? Which aspects of your identity do you feel have had better representation than other aspects? How do you have conversations about representation with your friends/family/coworkers who have a hard time differentiating the true meaning of representation and its benefits from shallow tokenism?
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