Feminist Update: August 18, 2015

Feminist Update
Your weekly update on all things feminism. Keep up to date on the election, the news, and what is going on in the world of women.
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WGF Updates: 
Meet and Greet with Heather O’Reilly: We had the wonderful opportunity to spend time with soccer superstar, Heather O’Reilly, of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team at a Meet & Greet this past Saturday at WGF. IMG_6385She came into the office and spoke to our donors, GirlGov Girls, and those who purchased tickets for the WGF outing to the game on Sunday where O’Reilly scored the 1st goal!
 
 
In the News:
Target to Stop Gender-Based Toy Signage: After a social media push from consumers to neutralize signage,the store agreed to discontinue the stereotype-based practice. Rachel Simmons of Girls Leadership applauds Target’s move and says “They’re opening up a whole world of possibility for these kids.” After all, why should girls feel uncomfortable if they like LEGO or the color blue? Kids are kids!  READ MORE >>
Obama Takes Steps for Paid Sick Leave: After announcing his promise to sign such a memorandum in January, President Obama’s Administration  just drafted an executive order to expand paid sick leave for all federal contractors and their subcontractors. Another step in the right direction! WGF is continuing its work with the Paid Sick Leave coalition here in Pittsburgh to make sure everyone who is entitled to Paid Sick Days gets it! Stay tuned for more on that! READ MORE>
Two Women Will Graduate from the Ranger School: They will be “the first women to have made it through the Army’s premier leadership course and one of the most challenging and exhausting training programs in the military, Army officials said on Monday,” the New York Times reports.  This could be influential in determining whether or not women will continue to be restricted from serving as combat infantrymen and other positions, a major decision the Army must make by the end of the year.  
 
Election Updates:
CNN to host first Democratic Presidential Debate: The news network and the DNC announced last week that it will hold the Democratic Primary Debate in Nevada on October 13th.
Keep posted on all the debate schedules, formats, moderators, and topics with this guide from Politico.
 
Feminist of the Week: 
imagesThe infamous Emma Watson, best known for her role as Hermione Granger, is not just a strong voice of reason in Harry Potter, but also off screen. As a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, she spoke last Fall to launch the UN Women’s HeForShe campaign, which she is also a representative for. Her speech went viral.