At the Democratic National Convention this week, speaker after speaker has voiced support for the critical, women-friendly policies of equal pay, paid parental leave, and universal pre-K. And no wonder, since both Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine have a long history of advocating for these causes.
Now we think these issues are obviously nonpartisan – everyone wants a better future for women and girls! But historically, that isn’t how it’s shaken out. That’s why last week we were surprised, when Ivanka Trump announced at the Republican National Convention that her dad, Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, supports this same suite of legislation. Of course, one speech does not guarantee a meaningful commitment, let alone actual legislation, but it’s a start.
This year might be the first, modern Presidential election in which both candidates support equal pay, paid parental leave, and universal pre-K. Help make that hope a reality by joining us this Wednesday and Thursday in live tweeting the Democratic National Convention with #RepresentHer starting at 8:30 p.m. ET. Throughout the week, also watch for our series of videos from the convention, featuring the teenage reporters of Global Girl Media. Together, we will celebrate women in politics and advocate for women-friendly policies.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom & The Representation Project Team
You are Invited to the Youth Summit
Are you between the ages of 14 and 21? Are you passionate about challenging toxic norms and stereotypes? Do you want to be a leader that can empower yourself and others?The Representation Project is hosting a Global Youth Leadership Summit on August 6th in San Francisco, and we want you to be there!
With the theme of “Disrupt the Narrative,” the Summit is bringing together youth leaders to discuss how we can create positive change in our communities. If you would like to attend, please fill out this form. Seats are limited and filling up quickly so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible!
Representation Around the Web
“The (open) secret’s out: romantic comedies are often actually really, really sexist. From male protagonists who stalk and control women (think Christian Grey and Edward Cullen), to female protagonists who are expected to ‘improve themselves’ for a leading man, ‘chick flicks’ have never been particularly progressive. (Though they can be a whole lot of fun to watch.) But now, thanks to an MTV video reboot, favorite romantic movies have gotten a feminist makeover with hilarious results.” – Huffington Post
- The Atlantic: What It Means That The RNC Brought Queen’s “We Are the Champions” Into The Political Arena
- Ebony: Toxic Masculinity Matters
- Huffington Post: Mike Pence: Disney’s Mulan is ‘mischievous liberal propaganda’
- Slate: Megyn Kelly Bared Her Shoulders Last Night, and Some Fox Viewers Couldn’t Handle It
- The New York Times: Why Men Want to Marry Melanias and Raise Ivankas
- The New York Times: John Cho, Sulu of ‘Star Trek Beyond,’ Navigates a Beckoning Universe
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