Lynda Carter Shares Her #MeToo Story
Lynda Carter — the iconic actress behind the mid-'70s TV version of Wonder Woman — recently disclosed that she had been sexually harassed both on and off Wonder Woman’s set. Although she didn’t name her most serious harasser, she did disclose one horrifying incident, in which a peeping Tom cameraman drilled a hole in her dressing room wall (seriously?!). Her story is a reminder: 2018 may be a year of cultural reckoning, but sexual harassment has been harming women for decades. Read more at The Daily Beast.
Betsy DeVos Says Another Terrible Thing About Rape
Because rolling back Title IX protections for sexual assault victims isn’t enough, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently told CBS’ 60 Minutes that she didn’t know if the number of sexual assaults exceeded the number of false accusations. Let’s be clear, Betsy: studies show that false accusations make up only 5% of sexual assault allegations — and thousands upon thousands of sexual assaults go unreported. Rage with us and read the full story at The Hill.
Ireland Might Overturn One Of The World’s Strictest Abortion Bans
For the past 35 years, abortion has been almost entirely prohibited in Ireland. But now, that might change. The country is currently considering an amendment that would permit abortions up to 12 weeks into a pregnancy, sparking vigorous rallies and protests from both sides. The vote won’t be held until May — but this is a battle worth watching, that will affect the lives of millions of Irish women. Read more at The Huffington Post.
Tunisian Women March For Equal Inheritance
By law, women in Tunisia inherit 50% less than their male counterparts. But if protesters have their way, this rule won’t last much longer. Read more at Reuters.
Kansas Bill To Keep Guns From Abusers Stalls In The Senate, Because Of Throwing Stars
A Kansas bill that would keeps guns out of the hands of people recently convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence — which unanimously passed the House last month — has been stalled in the state Senate. Why? Because a Republican senator felt it necessary to ensure that people could still own throwing stars and silencers. Roll your eyes and read more at The Kansas City Star.
Canada Appoints First Woman As Permanent Chief Of Mounted Police
Last Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed Brenda Lucki as the first female chief of the Royal Canada Mounted Police (RCMP). The RCMP has been plagued with discrimination and sexual assault scandals in recent years, and Trudeau hopes that Lucki can help the organization clean up its act. Read more at The New York Times.
The US Has The Highest Rate Of Maternal Mortality Amongst Developed Nations — And The Statistics Are Even Worse Than You Think
We’ve known for a long time that the United States has an inexcusably high maternal mortality rate — triple that of Britain and Canada. But a new NPR report notes something just as scary: for every one woman in the US that dies during childbirth, 70 more are on the brink. Read the stories of two survivors and learn more at NPR.
Frida Kahlo’s Great-Niece Sues Mattel Over Frida Barbie
Frida Kahlo was a revolutionary socialist artist. Barbie is a symbol of American vapidity and consumerism. Unsurprisingly, they don’t mix well. As a result, Kahlo’s great-niece Mara de Anda Romeo is currently suing Mattel over their newly-released Frida Barbie and calling on the company to design a doll that better reflects the artist’s image. Read more at The Guardian.
Happy Birthday, Clara Fraser!
Socialist and feminist organizer Clara Fraser — founder of The Freedom Socialist Party and Radical Women — would have turned 95 today. Honor her legacy by supporting female workers nationwide, and learn more about her work at the Marxist Internet Archive.
Beyonce Announces New Tour, Dramatically Improves 2018 For All Of Us
We saved the best news for last — Beyonce and Jay-Z are GOING ON TOUR. Our favorite power couple recently announced their On The Run Two schedule, which will cover 36 cities across the globe. US tickets drop March 19 — so get in formation and be ready to buy, because these definitely won’t last long. Read more at Entertainment Weekly, and listen to some classic Beyonce to perk up your Monday:
This article was published on March 12, 2018.
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Victoria Albert is a Boston-born graduate journalism student. She covers reproductive justice, health policy, and feminism, and has written for In These Times and Alternet. She tweets at @victoria_alb3.