Since becoming Trump’s campaign manager, Conway has been a constant fixture on television – laying out the campaign’s agenda and attempting to smooth over innumerable controversies. When asked if she believes what she says when she defends Trump, Conway responds as a professional public relations specialist would, saying “I think it’s unfair to say I’m always dutifully defending him. I look at my job as explaining positions on issues, why he’s running for president and why people should vote for him.”
Takeaway: While it may be hard for some to wrap their heads around a woman being responsible for Trump’s successful campaign, her success as a professional should be noted regardless of political affiliation as it marks an important achievement for women in business and politics.
Kamala Harris, Catherine Cortez Masto and Rep. Tammy Duckworth become, respectively, the first biracial woman in the Senate, the first Latina senator, and the first Thailand-born senator this election. More women earned their places as representatives and legislators. This was a huge win, not just for women, but also for minority groups, including refugees, the LGBT community, and more. For Harris, this is another in a growing line of firsts that she has won — she was already California’s first woman, African-American, and South Asian-American to be attorney general.
Takeaway: The U.S. may not have broken through the glass ceiling completely to get its first female president, but many women did succeed this election in earning leadership roles.
In a new campaign for the #GirlGaze Project, Heard opened up about domestic violence and the backlash she received from the public and the media. The video was released to coincide with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25th. Heard addresses the stigma and victim blaming she experienced in her own personal life and offered advice to women in abusive situations, saying “Speak up. Raise your voice. Your voice is the most powerful thing, and we, together, as women standing shoulder to shoulder, cannot and will not any longer accept silence.”
This PSA comes at a time when more female celebrities than ever are talking about their experiences with abuse.
Takeaway: While her case was heavily covered by the media, Heard hasn’t really spoken out about her side of the story until now. Her PSA highlights issues not just with domestic violence but media biases and the difficulties that come along with being in the public eye.
AROUND THE WORLD:
French women left work early on Nov. 7 to protest the fact that men earn 15% more salary than female colleagues for the same jobs. The specific date at4:34 p.m. local time was chosen to highlight when women start working for free until the end of the year.
Takeaway: Inequality is affecting women globally and must be tackled worldwide.
IN OTHER NEWS:
- A new study suggests online harassment is pressuring women and minorities to self-censor, as social media sites struggle to implement mechanisms to fight abuse without encroaching on free speech.
- Nearly 30% of Europeans think rape is sometimes acceptable, not that Americans are any better.
- James Deen, porn actor accused of rape, is nominated for 20 industry awards, joining the ranks of other celebrities whose careers are unaffected by accusations of violence.
- Celebrities participate in a makeup-free and unretouched photoshoot for the remodeled Pirelli Calendar.
- Fullstack Academy won’t charge tuition for its brand new all-women school until after the woman lands a job, encouraging more women to become professional programmers.
- Research shows that electing more women changes how government works, and “to put it bluntly, they just get more shit done.”
Stay tuned for a special post to celebrate the 1 year anniversary of Non-Fiction Feminism!
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