Climate Change is a Gendered Issue Everyone Should Care About

Last week, Donald Trump announced that the US would be exiting the Paris climate accord, an international agreement to take steps against and hopefully prevent climate change. Women, people of color, and those living in poverty stand to lose the most from Trump’s action.

Why? Because global warming affects those groups the most. According to Mic, a 2012 study from Yale University estimated that Latino and African Americans had the highest exposure levels to pollutants in America. And with rising temperatures, natural disasters will become more common and severe, limiting natural resources such as water, food, and energy. Overcoming this deficit will fall mostly to women and girls who generally manage these household resources worldwide. According to Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson of the climate-focused nonprofit Global Environment Facility, “a few years ago, climate change was considered gender-neutral. But when we did a gender analysis, gender-neutral actually meant gender-ignorant.”

Let’s work to end this cycle of poverty and address climate change. This week, tell your representative to join the cities, states, and companies that are still committed to upholding the Paris climate accord. Together we can disrupt gendered hierarchy and create a healthier environment and culture for all.


Jennifer Siebel Newsom & The Representation Project Team

Black Masculinity in The Bachelor Franchise

walkout Whatever you may think about The Bachelor franchise, after more than 20 seasons and countless spin-offs, we can all agree it’s here to stay. But let’s be real, the year is 2017. It’s a problem that after all these seasons, this is the first time the reality show has featured a black lead, Rachel Lindsay. While the groundbreaking nature of Rachel’s casting has been rightly celebrated, the diversity of her suitors hasn’t gotten the same attention. [Read on]

Representation Around the Web

Manchester “We’re now more likely to tell our daughters they can be anything they want to be—an astronaut and a mother, a tomboy, and a girlie girl. But we don’t do the same for our sons. Even as we’ve given girls more choices for the roles they play, boys’ worlds are still confined, social scientists say. They’re discouraged from having interests that are considered feminine. They’re told to be tough at all costs, or else to tamp down their so-called boy energy. If we want to create an equitable society, one in which everyone can thrive, we need to also give boys more choices. As Gloria Steinem says, ‘I’m glad we’ve begun to raise our daughters more like our sons, but it will never work until we raise our sons more like our daughters.'” – The New York Times

  • BuzzFeed: A Noose Was Found in the New African-American History Museum in DC
  • The Economist: The Man Trap
  • HuffPost: Don Cheadle Shuts Down Men Having Temper Tantrums Over Women-Only Screenings
  • Mic: Model Tess Holliday Calls Out Chloë Grace Moretz’s Snow White Reboot for Body Shaming
  • The New York Times: How to Raise a Feminist Son
  • Reuters: Indonesia’s Hijab-Wearing Muslim Metal Group Challenges Stereotypes
  • Refinery29: Dog Statue Has Already Been Removed




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