Friday, July 12, 2013

Lipstick LobbyList 7.12.2013

Thirty years since Sally Ride broke the space glass ceiling to became the first woman in space, it so exciting to see NASA have four women (50%!) in this year's astronaut class.

The New Republic has an interesting look at the gender politics of reporting mega-donations from husbands and wives.  Spoiler alert: women are often minimized as the "mega" part of the couple.

Two of my favorite actress, with two very different responses to the label "feminist":
  1. Amy Poehler in Time Out New York:  "So the answer is: Yes, I consider myself a feminist, and it informs my work only in that it’s just who I am, in the same way that I’m a woman, or I’m 5'2" or whatever. I was lucky that I came through a system that had many people who did much more hard work and road-clearing before I got there."
  2. Susan Sarandon in the Guardian: "I think of myself as a humanist because I think it's less alienating to people who think of feminism as being a load of strident bitches and because you want everyone to have equal pay, equal rights, education and healthcare.  It's a bit of an old-fashioned word. It's used more in a way to minimise you."
Amy - I'm with you on this one!

EMILY's List adds an eighth endorsement to their list of the "Year of the Woman Mayor," Marilyn Strickland, for her reelection for mayor of Tacoma, WA.  Marilyn joins Boston candidate Charlotte Golar Richie and NYC candidate Christine Quinn on their list of endorsements.

And finally, yes, I know this has gone viral all week, but it was definitely worthy. Dustin Hoffman on "becoming a woman" for his role in Tootsie:
"I think I'm an interesting woman when I look at myself on screen [as Tootsie] and I know that if I met myself at a party, I know that I would never talk to that character because she doesn't fulfill, physically, the demands that we're brought up to think that women have to have in order for us to ask them out. There are too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed."

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