The Best Feminist Quotes You Missed This Week, Because We All Need Some Good News
This week has been dominated by Donald Trump, perhaps the most high-profile anti-feminist in America. The Republican presidential candidate secured enough delegates this week for the official GOP nomination, to the dismay of feminists everywhere. If the RNC nominates Trump this summer, what can we expect on the ballot box this November? Definitely not a lot of feminist attitude from the Republican candidate.
But with the rise of Trump comes the rise of voices — whether in America or around the globe — refusing to give in to sexist, transphobic, or racist attitudes and policies. Below are some of the best feminist quotes from this week to keep you motivated throughout this endless election cycle.
1. LGBTQ And Feminist Leaders Appalled By Transgender Bathroom Lawsuit
One of the biggest news stories this week was the multi-state lawsuit filed against the Obama administration following the release of federal guidelines for public school bathrooms and other facilities. The lawsuit, which was filed by Texas officials and joined by 10 other states, alleged that the Obama administration was turning educational institutions and workplaces into "laboratories for a massive social experiment."
In response, many major civil rights and feminist organizations released statements condemning the lawsuit and the greater transphobic culture plaguing America. Mara Keisling, director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, called out lawmakers and government officials for making transgender students even more vulnerable under the law:
James Esseks, director of the ACLU LGBT Project, said Wednesday in a statement:
Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, had this to say:
2. Northern Ireland Women Demand Abortion Rights
Although abortion is technically legal in Northern Ireland, it's still not a viable option for the majority of women in Northern Ireland facing an unwanted pregnancy. The nation's strict laws dictate that a first-trimester abortion is only allowed if the pregnancy seriously threatens the physical or mental health of the patient (and the patient would need a doctor to sign off on this). Otherwise, abortion is illegal in cases of rape, incest, fetal abnormality, non-life-threatening health risks, or when a woman just can't or doesn't want to be pregnant at a certain time in her life.
On Monday, three Northern Ireland women turned themselves in at a Derry police station for allegedly delivering abortion pills to women who ordered them online. It's not unusual for women in Northern Ireland, unable to obtain a legal medication-induced abortion in a clinic, to order the pill online. However, it is a serious punishable offense under Northern Ireland abortion laws.
Diana King, Colette Devlin and Kitty O'Kane knew that, and were ready to face the consequences. King told ITV news outside the Derry police station this week:
King added in an interview with BBC News:
3. Rashida Jones Teaches Stephen Colbert How To Be The Best Feminist He Can Be
We already know that comedian and The Late Show host Stephen Colbert is a pretty strong supporter of women's rights. "I've been informed that I'm a feminist, and I accept that identity," Colbert said. But Colbert is trying to learn how to be a better feminist, so he asked actress Rashida Jones how he could be a feminist. Jones told Colbert he must "stay educated and stay sensitive."