Feminist Weekly Update: November 10, 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: 
Invisible War coming to Pittsburgh: SSAM (Stop Sexual Assault in the Military) was formed in the winter of 2013 by a group of concerned activists. They have engaged in educational work through film showings, speaking engagements, and policy outreach to elected officials.
On Saturday, November 14, they will be screening the Invisible War at 11 am followed by a conversation with attorney Susan Burke. Susan Burke is featured in the film and is a leading figure in the fight against military sexual assault representing and advocating for victims. The Invisible War
Our Way HomeAlexis Werner, a former Girl Gov participant and current sophomore at Temple University, is premiering her documentary on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Our Way Home on November 12, 2015. For more information and to RSVP click the picture below.s
In the News:
Obama’s Encouraging Words to U.S Women’s Soccer Team:  NPR highlighted Obama’s praise of the U.S. Women’s soccer team “for changing stereotypes of women and girls in sports, saying, ‘They’ve inspired millions of girls to dream bigger, and by the way, inspired millions of boys to look at girls differently, which is just as important.'”

Iconic Feminist Gloria Steinem Says RBG Must Stay: In this clip, Steinem emphatically rejects calls for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to step down. Steinem routinely voices her concerns regarding lack of equality and has been a “feminist for decades.”
Michelle Obama On Why We Should ‘Let Girls Learn’: In her recent initiative “Let Girls Learn,” Michelle Obama has highlighted the importance of girls’ education around the world. The First Lady wrote about the 62 million girls worldwide who are not in school, and why that needs to change. Her words of wisdom are used to encourage and advise others.
‘Islamic Feminism’: Nina Ansary, author of Jewels of Allah: The untold story of women in Iran, explores common misconceptions of women in Iran. She quotes, “I firmly believe if there’s ever going to be change in Iran again it’s going to come from the women.”
Election Updates: 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Municipal Elections, 2015: The city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, held elections for city council on November 3, 2015. Every candidate in Pittsburgh’s 2015 municipal elections was a Democrat. The city has not elected a Republican — neither as mayor nor as a member of the council — since the 1930s. For more info on the candidates and election: ballotpedia.org
Carson and Trump – Primary or Presidency: A recent U.S News article highlighted that “political experience isn’t everything when it comes to running the country. But there’s a reason the road to the White House has always run through either elected office or military command. The Oval Office is no place for amateurs.”
Feminist of the Week:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  01-essenaoneill-quit-social-mediaEssena O’Neil, Australian model and Instagram star has recently “quit” her social media life. “I’m the girl who had it all and I want to tell you that having it all on social media means nothing to your real life … Everything I did was for likes and for followers. I did shoots for hours just to get photos for Instagram,” she says. While fans have had mixed reactions, O’Neil’s actions bring light to the unrealistic beauty standards set for girls and offer a new perspective on the importance of social media.