Feminist Update: July 7, 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.
WGF Updates:
Legislation for Paid Sick Days Introduced: Just this morning, WGF met with other allies at the City Council building, where Pittsburgh Councilman Corey O’Connor introduced legislation that would require Pittsburgh employers to provide paid sick leave to employees, a benefit not often provided to wage workers. WGF Staff and interns were met by GirlGov participants for moving speeches by members of the community in support of the legislation. READ MORE>>
In the News:
US Women’s National Teams Wins It All: The US Women’s National Soccer Team
won its third World Cup title, beating Japan 5-2. Go USA! The game was the most highly watched soccer game in US television history. However, the women were awarded $2 million for first place, while the men’s team won $8 million after losing in the first round of the Men’s World Cup last summer. FIFA, the world soccer governing body, has openly admitted its discriminatory policies. READ MORE>>
Sheryl Sandberg Takes Board Position at SurveyMonkey: Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In, has taken a place on the executive board of SurveyMonkey after the death of her husband and chief of SurveyMonkey, Dave Goldberg. Her writings about dealing with grief after Goldberg’s death gave her much media attention and admiration. READ MORE>>
Women on the 10 Update: Much backlash has resulted from the announcement that a woman would be put on the $10 in the next US currency update. Alexander Hamilton will be left on the bill, and that brings up an interesting point about women on currency in general. This article by Sarah Archer discusses the history of women and the politics of money.
Accusations of Sexism in Wimbledon Broadcasts Arise:  Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki has spoken out about the unfair balance of matches played on the big courts at the Wimbledon. Men traditionally are scheduled with more matches with more seating and airtime than women in the tournament. READ MORE>>
Election Updates:
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to Enter Race: Republican Governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker has begun to file for candidacy in the presidential race. Walker is known for his heavily conservative policies and is especially anti-union. READ MORE>>
Featured Feminist:
Elizabeth Craig of the Beauty Within Foundation: Local Pittsburgh photographer Elizabeth Craig, along with her husband, has launched an initiative to tell the stories of women who have undergone struggles in an effort to “empower women to inspire women.” Learn more about Elizabeth and The Beauty Within Foundation later this week, with a WGF-exclusive interview. READ MORE>>