The past week's headlines have continued to be dominated by President Trump's wiretapping claims, resistance to the Republican-proposed American Health Care Act meant to replace Obamacare, Trump's tax returns, and the blocking of Trump's second travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries. In the world of feminism, though, the conversation has focused on other topics, particularly on trans womanhood. Hillary Clinton's announcement on being ready to "come out of the woods" and start fighting for causes she's passionate about has also sparked curiosity on what exactly she'll do next.
With Planned Parenthood's federal funding at stake under the GOP's health care proposal, the subjects of abortion and women's health in general have gotten a lot of traction in feminist circles. All these issues are complicated, and some are highly controversial even among self-identified feminists, but fortunately there is an endless amount of intelligent women out there to tackle them.
If you're tired of reading about the drama going down in the White House, take a little while to read some thoughts and questions touching on some vital social issues concerning women, especially if you call yourself a feminist. It'll definitely be worth the time. The women below are perfect options to give your attention to.
1. Katie Needle Schools Tom Price
During a town hall on Wednesday, a woman named Katie Needle took Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price to task on defunding Planned Parenthood, and her question was flawless:
2. A Response To Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie
When you ostracize and devalue trans women and their womanhood, you are operating as a tool of the patriarchy.— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) March 11, 2017
Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, a celebrated Nigerian writer typically praised by feminists thanks to her outspokenness on feminism, recently came made controversial comments regarding trans women during an interview on Channel 4 News. “When people talk about, ‘Are trans women women?’ my feeling is trans women are trans women,” she said at the time. In response to her statements, widely interpreted as discrediting trans womanhood, trans activist Raquel Willis published a series of tweets breaking down her thoughts on Adichie's comments.
3. Laverne Cox Responds, Too
1.I was talking to my twin brother today about whether he believes I had male privilege growing up. I was a very feminine child though I was— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) March 11, 2017
Probably best known for her role as Sophia in Orange Is the New Black, Laverne Cox also had enlightening things to say about Adichie's interview. Like Willis, she shared these thoughts in a Twitter thread.
4. Sen. Kamala Harris Gives Advice
To the young women who aspire to leadership and public service, I say: Believe in the power of your voices & your potential to make change.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 18, 2017
The California senator has been busy lately trying to protect Planned Parenthood's federal funding and generally voicing her opposition to the Republican health care plan, but she took some time to share some advice with women hoping to follow in her footsteps.
5. Hillary Clinton Speaks
So this one was a little over a week ago, but still worth sharing. The former Democratic presidential nominee was honored with the 2017 Champion for Girls Award by Girls Inc. and delivered the event's keynote speech. As expected, she dedicated her words to inspiring girls for the future.
Excited to see what next week will bring.