Feminist Update: September 23, 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: 
WGF is officially accepting entries for its HPV YouTube Video Contest! Anyone is welcome to use their creativity to create an ad and video to help increase HPV vaccination rates in the Pittsburgh region. With HPV being so prevalent today and the chance to win an awesome cash prize, there’s no reason not to get started today! Click here for more information and official contest rules.
In other news, WGF is joining with New Voices Pittsburgh and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom to help make Pittsburgh a CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women) City! For more information on what CEDAW is, you can visit the petition and show your support by signing it.
In the News:
Viola Davis Ruled the Emmy Awards: If you missed seeing Davis’s Emmy acceptance speech, please take a minute to watch it here. In a speech that is sure to go down in history, this line particularly stands out: “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is simply opportunity.”
President Obama Signs Transparency Rule: This past Labor Day, Executive Order 13665 was officially released. This rule prohibits retaliation of any federally contracted employee wishing to discuss their pay and requires contractors to discuss nondiscrimination with all employees and job applicants. This rule will be fully implemented in 2016 and give not only women but all employees the power and opportunity to confront pay inequalities and workplace discrimination.
Pope Francis Identifies with Feminism: This week, around 5,000 people gathered for the World Meeting for Young Consecrated Men and Women. With young men and women from around the world, the Pope offers his praise to the women for, “always heading to the front lines.” As reported by the Catholic News Service, Pope Francis calls himself, “a bit feminist.”

House Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood: Last Friday a bill which would suspend funding for Planned Parenthood for a year was passed by the House of Representatives. With Planned Parenthood providing reproductive health care to approximately 2.7 million men and women annually, the stakes are high.

Election Updates:
Exit Stage Left:Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has pulled the plug on his bid to be the Republican party’s nominee for President. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry also exited the race on September 11.
Carly Fiorina: In last week’s Republican debate, Fiorina’s response to Donald Trump’s comment on her looks was widely applauded. Her response: “I think women all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.”
 
Feminist of the Week: 
margaret-sanger-200Margaret Sanger, nurse, was born September 14, 1879. She was the first to popularize the term, “birth control” and also opened the first birth control clinic in the United States. Using her writing  and speeches, she promoted and contributed to the legalization of contraception. Despite her husband’s conservative views, Sanger’s writing and liberated attitude resulted in her activism. Sanger has been recognized with a number of honors including several landmarks dedicated to her.