Canada and Sweden Paving the Way in Feminist Foreign Policy, #WhyIDidntReport Still Trending, The Kavanaugh Case a Testimony to Patriarchy, and More
Feminist Foreign Policy
The idea of a feminist foreign policy has been promoted on 23 August, in the midst of nativist-hypermacho foreign policy, Wallström, issued this report online. “In a worsening climate where human rights and women’s and girls’ rights are increasingly questioned and threatened, and in a world of shrinking democratic space, a feminist foreign policy is needed more than ever,” said Swedish Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, who presented a handbook of Feminist Foreign Policy. “Sweden is the first country in the world to pursue a feminist foreign policy. The handbook is intended to support the Swedish Foreign Service, central government administration, and society in general. But the handbook is also expected to attract an international readership, since there is major international interest in the policy.
Canada’s First Ambassador for Women
Last week, Canada announced the creation of Canada's first ambassador for women, peace and security. Chrystia Freeland, the Foreign Minister of Canada, made the announcement during Women Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (WFMM) organised in Montreal and including top women diplomats. This new position was created to “elevate feminist-based aid programs and advocate for more female participation in peacekeeping in Canada and around the world.”
“This is a big step forward for our feminist foreign policy ,” Freeland wrote in a tweet.
The Top Trending hashtag on Twitter with more than 200,000 responses on Friday was #WhyIDidntReport. The social media backlash occurred after the President wondered aloud why sexual assault survivors don’t report their attacks. Why does he do this? Does he not have high level advisers looking out for his good and the good of the country? Many celebrity survivors, like Mira Sorvino, Darryl Hannah, and Ashley Judd tweeted out their stories.
Gender Gap in Politics
"For every 492 men in the United States, there are 508 women," writes Philip Bump at the Washington Post. The data comes from a Pew Research poll released Thursday on Women in Politics. One of the most surprising trends revealed by the white paper is the remarkable gender gaps on views of women in leadership, which are particularly wide among Republicans. For instance: “By 20 percentage points, Republican women are more likely than their male counterparts to say there are too few women in high political offices (44% of GOP women vs. 24% of GOP men) and in top executive positions in business (49% vs. 29%) in the U.S. today,” the report says. “And while most Republican women say it’s easier for men to get these positions, closer to half of GOP men say the same.”
There is a surge in interest in politics among Democrat women this election season. NPR does a great jobs reporting. According to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University a record number of women are running for office – in both parties. 234 women have won Democrat or Republican House nominations this year. 15 Democrats women and 7 Republican women have won their primaries this election cycle in the United States Senate. 183 Democrat women and 52 republican women won their primaries for the US House of Representatives. And 12 Democrat women and four Republican women have won their primaries for Governor (which beats the record of 10 in 1994). But the most dramatic data from the CAWP poll is that African-American women are voting at just over 70%, up from 48% back in 1984. Politico has a women candidate tracker here.
Kavanaugh a Testimony to Patriarchy
As the one-year anniversary of the viral social media protest against sexual harassment, Constance Grady and Anna North argue in Vox that the Kavanaugh hearings have become a test of the #MeToo movement. “The Kavanaugh confirmation process has brought to the surface the many fallacies our culture repeats about rape and other sexual misconduct: that committing sexual violence is normal male behavior (boys will be boys, after all); that real victims come forward right away (and anyone who waits must be a liar); that depriving someone of a powerful position is the same as locking him in prison (or even killing him); that it takes the word of multiple women (at least more than one, and probably more than two) to equal the worth of a man’s word; and that the country owes accused men a path to redemption (even if they haven’t acknowledged what they did wrong),” they write.
It is impossible to properly discuss feminist content without discussing Bust, which predates Jezebel by over a dozen years. Bust Magazine is now a quarter of a century old. “We wanted to make a magazine that women could actually feel good about reading,” Bust founder and editor-in-chief Debbie Stoller tells Fast Company. “If Playboy is—or was—entertainment for men, then this would be like entertainment for feminists, to present pop culture from a feminist perspective and give feminism some better PR.” While magazines have never quite recovered from the ad recession of 2007, Bust is doing a robust business with 12,000 subscribers and a thriving event business on the side.
Women in Tech
The AnitaB.Org’s report on top companies for women technologists has some interesting insights about women in tech. "In 1987, computer scientist Anita Borg founded a digital community for women in computing,” the press release states.”Today, AnitaB.org works with technologists in more than 80 countries, and partners with academic institutions and Fortune 500 companies worldwide.” Some of the companies that were singled out for high praise are HBO, Thoughtworks, Airbnb, Google, IBM, and XO Group. Accenture announced that it was setting its sights on a 50/50 workforce by 2025. Of participating tech companies, it was found women held 22.95% of technical roles. This is a 1.2% increase from 2016.