Happy Feminist Friday everybody! I hope that you all had a great week! It must be a good sign that today marks the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, as there was hardly any bad news this week! As always, let me know if I missed something in the comments! Have a great weekend!
In good news…
1. Zanny Minton Beddoes has been appointed the first female editor of The Economist. Congrats Zanny!
2. Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez, an El Salvadoran woman serving a 30 year sentence due to a miscarriage was formally pardoned by Congress
3. The Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at Duke University has been suspended following a rape allegation.
4. The CBO came out with a report stating that : A bill that would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy could cause Medicaid spending to rise by as much as $500 million over the next decade. As a political scientist I love studies and statistics!
5. Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf has appointed Rachel Levine to the cabinet post of Physician-General. She also happens to be transgender and if approved would become the highest transwomen in state government! Congrats Dr. Levine!
6. The majority of young women and men today would prefer an egalitarian relationship in which work and family responsibilities are shared equally between partners if that possibility were available to them, according to a new study from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California-Santa Barbara.
7. A US District Judge in Alabama has struck down the same sex marriage ban!
8. A newly released poll has found that American voters are less likely to vote for a candidate who is against marriage equality. Better change your stance GOP!
In bad news…
1. A five year old shot and killed his infant brother after gaining access to an unsecured and loaded hand gun in Elmo Missouri. Really people?
2. This week marks 5 years since the Citizens United decision. ):
3. 80 percent of the US’s 10 year old girls have been on a diet, and more than half of girls even younger—ages six to eight—report not being as thin as they’d like to be.