OMG, stuff is happening! Here’s a round-up of recent headlines.
- We can’t imagine why, but suddenly a lot of women are running for state and local office. If you want to feel discouraged about women in political leadership positions, take a look at the United Nation’s map of women in politics.
- If anyone should be an action figure, it’s Elizabeth Warren. The Kickstarter campaign by Brooklyn-based company FCTRY met its goal shortly after launch today, 6/6/17.
- Democrat Kim Weaver’s withdrawal from the Iowa 4th Congressional District race against Republican Steve King illustrates critical challenges for midlife women of any ethnicity: Fears about the GOP’s plans for healthcare insurance and the need to care for her ailing mother. Oh yeah, and the death threats.
- How many sitting female African-American governors can you name? None? That’s because none exist—yet. Stacey Abrams, Georgia’s state house Democrat minority leader, has taken a step toward making history—even though no African-American has won a statewide Georgia office since 2006. But Abrams just might have what it takes.
- In the United States, senior Asian-American women have the highest rates of suicide compared to any other racial group, and that just sucks. So, Rep. Judy Chu (D-California) has introduced a bill to help Asian-Americans overcome cultural obstacles that interfere with getting help.
- In case you were wondering, the fate of 16.8 million Medicaid enrollees rests on 20 GOP senators from 14 states. As we’ve previously pointed out, midlife women disproportionately rely on Medicaid, so now is a good time to call your Congressthing about it.
- We promised you some Cher: Here she is mourning the three weeks she spent married to Gregg Allman, who, unfortunately, turned out to be a serious heroin addict (but also a great musician, so he was still sexy?).
- And, finally, birthdays: Sandra Bernhard, who knows how to rock a pair of red bell-bottoms, and folksinger Holly Near, who is touring right now!, turned 62 and 68 today, respectively. Happy birthday, dames, and rock on with your bad selves!