7/14 – This Week in Women: Celebrations, Pushbacks and Pullbacks

7/14 – This Week in Women:

Celebrations, Pushbacks and Pullbacks

Chrissy Metz, Photo Courtesy of Glamour

This week, celebrations were in order for being a woman; from Emmy nominations, to a new hit single, to larger accomplishments in gender equality across the globe. Headlines also reflected female representatives pushback and pullback regarding laws of the land, rounding out this week’s five women to watch.

Betsy DeVos begins to take action that may repeal campus sexual assault policies

The U.S. Secretary of Education held “listening meetings” this week to “reexamine” the campus sexual assault policies that were enforced under Obama’s administration. Although DeVos has previously been quoted that survivors and victims’ “stories are important,” she also commented that the majority of campus rape claims are due to two people being “drunk.” This week, she apologized for the latter statement, justifying her claim as a way for due-process rights to be more largely considered for the accused, with victim’s claims being further examined as well. This response sparked controversy as Obama’s administration worked on passing laws to support safer campus policies for the victims and accountability for the accused–and DeVos’ statements seem to hint a retraction of what the current policies represent as a larger step toward fighting campus sexual assault.

Betsy Devos. Photo courtesy of Business Insider
Debbie Wasserman Schultz protests Jared Kushner’s security clearance

This week, the U.S. Representative (D-FL) implemented two amendments that would revoke president Trump’s senior advisor, Jared Kushner’s security clearance.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Photo courtesy of Getty

The first amendment would have prohibited federal funding for presidential security clearances if under criminal investigation, with the second that would have prohibited funding for security credentials if one “deliberately fails” to release meetings with foreign nationals. Schultz reaction comes after this week’s news that Kushner failed to release his meeting with a Russian lawyer, claiming to have “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. Although both amendments failed as a result of the distribution of federal spending, Schultz continued to speak out on the news and justify her reasons for what she felt were necessary policies. The Miami Herald reports Schultz saying, “It should concern every American that Jared Kushner, son-in-law and senior advisor to the president, is reportedly among the main targets of the FBI’s criminal investigation about the now evident collusion between Donald Trump’s campaign in the hostile Russian government during the presidential election.”

Kesha releases celebratory anthem, “Motherf–king Woman”

As part of the build up to her album Rainbow, Kesha released her second single in four years on Thursday. The single, Woman, reflects her desire to share her love and passion for being a woman, as well as coming into accept this over the past four years. She commented in a statement to E News,“I just really f–king love being a woman and I wanted an anthem for anyone else who wants to yell about being self-sufficient and strong.” The singer, songwriter came up with the hit one day sitting in traffic, recording it immediately when she got to the studio that day. Praying was the first single that Kesha released last week, with a slower tempo, compared to Woman’s upbeat allure, showing us the eclectic nature Rainbow will behold, out on August 11.

Chrissy Metz did a double take on her Emmy nomination

Although there is usually somewhat of an expected reaction of surprise and celebration around Emmy nominations, Chrissy Metz couldn’t believe it when her producers called to tell her the news that she was nominated as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. The This Is Us star told the Daily Pop, “I literally had to ask someone twice, like, ‘Are we sure? Can we just check it again? Are we sure?’ You don’t want to celebrate too soon.” Metz has opened up about her life prior to filming the show in past interviews, revealing the humility she still carries with her through both her and the shows nominations. Metz is in good company with other nominees in her category as Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black), Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Thandie Newton (Westworld).

Girls of Saudi Arabia will be introduced to sports
Photo courtesy of The New York Times

After years of debating if and when school girls could partake in physical education, it was announced on Tuesday that within the upcoming academic year, physical education will finally be offered to girls. It is something the Islamic law has restricted until now because of the need to protect “a woman’s femininity,” Hatoon al-Fassi, a Saudi academic on women’s history told the NY Times. The opposers to physical education for girls fear the loosening of this law will begin to unravel feminine protection that leads to loss of a historically male culture. Although this news did not come with specific details on what sports would be offered, and still in accordance with Islamic law, Fassi told the Times that the decision is important as, “It is essential that girls around the kingdom have the opportunity to build their bodies, to care for their bodies and to respect their bodies.”

Jillian Dara

Jillian grew up an island girl but converted to city style after living in Boston, London, Santiago, and now, NYC. She is a writer, editor and content creator with a desire to share stories in the lifestyle genre. With a particular focus on travel and profiles, she prides herself on sharing the most authentic story for those who aren’t able to share their own.

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