7/21 – This Week in Women: Gains and Losses

7/21 – This Week in Women:

Gains and Losses

This week’s headlines held some serious highs and lows, all seemingly served with a side of unexpected. From unexpected babies to unexpected resignations and unexpected wins, these five women left us with a lot to talk about.

Larissa Waters is forced to resign from the Australian Greens party
Larissa Waters Courtesy of CDN

The same senator who made international headlines in May for being the first member of Australian parliament to breastfeed while in session has now resigned after revealing that she holds dual citizenship. The Greens party senator is the second this month, following her co-deputy’s resignation, Scott Ludlam, upon revealing his dual citizenship with New Zealand. The Australian constitution explicitly refuses dual citizens running for election. So although Waters grew up in Brisbane since she was 11-months-old, being born in Canada, and continuing to hold onto this citizenship makes her ineligible to continue to run. If Waters decided to begin severing this dual citizenship, and could provide proof of the fact, then her eligibility status for election would be permitted. Her departure, instead, brings the Greens party down two votes – of which are crucial in the midst of the party attempting to stabilize an election campaign win of Labor and Liberal seats statewide.

Garbiñe Muguruza wins her first title at Wimbledon

On the cusp of this week’s female sports news was the surprising sweep that Wimbledon’s 2017 champion Garbiñe Muguruza pulled against her favored competitor, Venus Williams. 

Muguruza won consecutive sets, 7-5, 6-0, which resulted in the Spanish athlete taking home her first title at Wimbledon. Up until this match, Muguruza had only appeared in the Wimbledon finals once before, whilst her opponent, Williams, had not only appeared in the finals, but had won five Wimbledon trophies to date. Muguruza admitted to media outlets that she was “excited” to get out there and “win, especially over somebody like a role model.”

Mindy Kaling is pregnant
Mindy Kaling Courtesy of Dailymail

On Monday, People Magazine broke the news that the 38-year-old is expecting, which according to the actress, comes as “an unexpected surprise.” The immediate reaction to Kaling’s news was in reference to who the father was, as Kaling is currently single. Kaling only began telling close friends the pregnancy news, and has yet to reveal who the father of the baby is, supposedly even to these close friends. The reaction to her announcement is recognition of the difficulties that single motherhood draws, yet something Kaling has been unconcerned with in the past.

“I think I’ve decided that unlike everything else in my life, I’m going to be fast and loose about kids. I’m going to not actively plan, but if it happens, it would happen.”

For fans of Kaling’s shows, filming will proceed as planned, with her breakout show The Mindy Project going into its sixth season this September.

Caitlyn Jenner receives backlash for touchy Instagram caption

The openly transgender influencer posted a photo of herself and Steven Tyler this week, with the caption, “@iamstevent and I are working on our duet for Dude Looks Like a Lady. One of my favorite songs!”

For many trans women, this caption struck a nerve, with members of the community coming forward to reveal the uncomfortable situations this song has put them in the past. One commenter in particular, shared her story about being chased out of bars to this song, while the general reaction focused on the subtle humiliation of the lyrics.

Caitlyn Jenner. Photo courtesy of I am Cait

The trans women shared this commentary not just in negative spirits, but in hopes of bringing awareness around the stereotypes and daily hurdles they face – something that a figure as celebrated as Jenner can use her title for to further shape the light of the transgender community.

Justine Damond’s murder is still being questioned
Justine Damond Courtesy of Hiiraan

Answers are still being sought after an Australian yoga and meditation teacher called 911 to report a domestic violence dispute, and ended up as the victim. It was reported that the police shot the 40-year-old bride-to-be in Minneapolis, at a time when all police body cameras were supposedly not on. Damond was pronounced dead with a fatal shot to the abdomen, but that is all the state will reveal. Her family is demanding an explanation, and friends back home are insistent on a federal investigation. However, after almost a week, no further details have yet to be released. Damond’s death maintains the discussion surrounding police violence in Minneapolis, and the larger scope of gun violence in America, and is now drawing international attention and concern from Damond’s home country and beyond.

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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