April: News Roundup

Harriet Tubman Posed to be New Face of the $20 Bill

Women are finally receiving more acknowledgement for their roles in history and advancement. While Martha Washington and a few other significant female figures have been represented on American bills and coins, the heroes featured have primarily been white men. The movement to get a women representation on money has been a year-long campaign led by the group Women on 20s.

America might be seeing more changes to its currency, as the $5, $10, and $20 were up for discussion, including use of the front and back of these bills. But for some people the relegating a woman to the back of any of these bills is not good enough.

Takeaways: Judging from a large part of the reaction to the Tubman news, we still have so far to go. Some politicians suggested she may be better on a $2 or called the move “pure political correctness,” while some in the general public went as far as TELLING HARRIET TUBMAN TO SMILE

#WhenIWas Brings Attention to Underage Street Harassment

84% of women are subject to street harassment before they turn 17, according to a 2015 survey. This month, a hashtag started by Everyday Sexism went viral as women shared stories of their first experiences with street harassment. Some stories take place when the victim was in single digits, but the range of stories shows how overwhelmingly pervasive street harassment is around the world.

Takeaways: When adolescents are being catcalled by grown men, society very obviously has a major problem. 

Boston Marathon – 50 Years of Women!

Fifty years ago Bobbi Gibb snuck into and completed the Boston Marathon, breaking down the gender barrier that blocked women from running. This year the 120th Boston Marathon celebrated a half-century of women who have broken barriers on their way to breaking the finish-line tape, with over 13,000 women participating. Gibb was only one of many women to run in marathons and make an impact.


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Takeaways: As Bostonians ourselves, we were so excited to witness this year’s Boston Marathon and celebrate the 50 years of women. Here’s to many more!

Target Takes a Stance Amidst “Bathroom Bills” Discussion

Target has supported gender equality before by removing gender labels from kids sections, but now, over a million people think they’ve gone too far. Sparked by the ongoing debate around bathroom bills being proposed and/or passed in multiple states, the company announced mid-April that it continues to stand for inclusivity by welcoming transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity.

This move has caused outrage across the US, with a boycott led largely by the American Family Association. Target has become the target and the center around which a huge debate continues.

Takeaways: While many are angry once again at a corporation taking sides on a heated issue, at the very least this situation has reignited a very important conversation around public safety. Unfortunately, some become too caught up in the fear to really understand the root of it. This is actually an issue of homophobia masquerading as a safety issue and many have pointed out the hypocrisy of the argument against inclusive bathrooms and how it contributes to rape culture.  

The “Woman Card” Helps Win Presidencies Among Other Benefits

“Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card,” said Trump.

Another hashtag to trend this month, #womancard became the outlet for women to show off the true benefits of womanhood.  Hillary Clinton has even responded in kind, offering a woman card in exchange for monetary donations to her campaign.

Takeaways: While some accuse Clinton of pulling her woman card to secure the female vote, this conversation showcases just how difficult it is to be an average woman, let alone one running for the position of first female president. 

The Army Appoints First Female Infantry Officer

Captain Kristen Griest was one of the first women to graduate from Ranger School, joining Lt. Shaye Haver in August 2015 as part of the historic class. Now, she has passed and is expected to graduate from the Maneuver Captain’s Course at Fort Benning. Griest will become the first woman to lead an infantry unit into combat.

Takeaways: This historic event in US Army history may change how some perceive women in the military, but others have remained unfortunately unconvinced

Did we miss something huge? Let us know! Submissions are always welcome and comments are highly encouraged and will be approved to further discussion as long as they follow our guidelines. Please keep an open mind and respect your fellow humans. 


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