I'm Not A Vessel: Ivanka at the G20, Lilly Ledbetter's 5 Tips For Equal Pay, and Selectress Iriela Breaking into the Men’s World of DJing

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G20: Ivanka Trump’s Appearance CreateD A Turmoil

Who had the bright idea of inviting Ivanka Trump to the G20 summit on women’s empowerment in Osaka, Japan? Accomplished women leaders like Theresa May and Angela Merkel, the only two women ironically representing member states, earned their spots on the global stage through hard work while Ivanka by contrast was merely born into hers. There is a viral video of Christine Lagarde, Chief of the International Monetary Fund, rolling her eyes disdainfully as the First Daughter awkwardly tries to insert herself into a conversation of world leaders, interjecting about the defense industry being male dominated.

"Ivanka is a cipher, so in a sense she is the perfect vessel for the women’s empowerment agenda of an administration run by whim that has no agenda for or for that matter interest in empowering women. It is an administration, though, that knows something about economic growth—when it comes to the Trump brand,” writes Molly Jong-Fast for the Daily Beast (via Yahoo!) “On the very same week that her father faced at least his 16th accusation of sexual assault, the president’s daughter took the stage at the G-20 to speak on ‘women’s empowerment.’”

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Saturday night: “it may be shocking to some, but being someone’s daughter actually isn’t a career qualification. It hurts our diplomatic standing when the President phones it in & the world moves on. The US needs our President working the G-20. Bringing a qualified diplomat couldn’t hurt either.”

Lilly Ledbetter: 5 Tips For Equal Pay

Women still, at this late moment in time, make 80 cents on the dollar that men make according to findings by The American Association of University Women (AAUW). Lilly Ledbetter, who spoke to NBC News about equal pay, was the plaintiff in the famous employment discrimination case Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co that lasted ten years. While Ledbetter did not win the appeal due to the statute of limitations, in January 2009, President Obama signed into law the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, granting a protection against pay discrimination by allowing an individual to seek rectification under Federal Antidiscrimination Laws. She recently shared with NBC News 5 tips to enable women with equal pay: (1) Do an extensive amount of homework before starting a new job (2) Don’t be scared to negotiate, and do so sooner rather than later (3) Be ready for potential personal or professional repercussions (4) Know who your supporters are (5) Save every piece of document and information.

Ledbetter further highlighted her biggest mistake and the hardest part of fighting for justice: “‘I knew the repercussions would start and they would be tough ... so I took the early buyout, which my attorneys said was a mistake. I should have rode it out ... I should have stayed.’

She had some personal fallout, and advocates weren’t always easy to come by. ‘People don’t know the whole story. They don’t agree with you, they don’t like you, but they don’t want to find out. So you really find out who your true friends are.’”

History Repeats Itself: A Juxtaposition of The Handmaid’s Tale and Reality Under Trump

“We are getting closer and closer to a life in Gilead,” Wendy Straker Hauser, co-Executive Producer of The Handmaid’s Tale, told The Observer recently. Gilead refers to the dystopian anti-feminist future portrayed in the hit television show on Hulu, where men have control over women’s bodies. “And we’re still fighting the same fight that our ancestors fought to make abortion legal. Until Trump came into power, we weren’t so afraid of Roe V. Wade being overturned. Once he stated that women should be punished for getting an abortion, we started looking up from our phones. Punishment for the mother was never a talking point before when conservatives spoke of abortion. Now, it’s something state governments are considering. The Texas House of Representatives recently considered a bill that would have charged doctors and women who had abortions with criminal homicide, which is punishable by death in the state. Punishment, and protecting rapists over women, is the norm in Gilead, not modern-day America—or is this our new reality?”

Why is The Women’s World Cup Breaking Viewership Records?

Women’s World Cup audiences are at record-breaking levels, and observers are noting that 2019 may be the year that it finally escapes the shadow of the men’s league. The level of play has always been excellent, and records left and right are being smashed, but this year by contrast to previous years, broadcast networks are giving prime time slots to the Women’s World Cup. FIFA is forecasting that over one billion viewers will tune in to the games as it enters its final week (750 million tuned in 2015).

NBC News notes: "Friday’s quarter-final game between the U.S and France drew more than 6.3 million domestic viewers on Fox and its streaming platforms. TF1, France’s rights broadcaster, said the game was the most watched program on French TV so far this year, attracting 10.7 million viewers, or just over half of the total viewing audience.” Further, the round 16 match between France and Brazil drew 35 million viewers on Brazil's Globo TV, the largest audience for a women's soccer event of all time.

Selectress Iriela Breaking into the Men’s World of DJing

DJ culture is not the most feminist-friendly atmosphere, that’s why when one of our favorite DJs makes significant moves, we are glad to amplify the work with love. DJ Selectress Iriela, aka Valerie Parker, released her legendary ambient Berlin set at Club Sisyphos on Soundcloud. How did it all begin? “The Sunset Boogie tour has been roving—we first started in Brooklyn and then made our way to Detroit and finally to Berlin!” Selectress Iriela told OpenLetr. “It was the perfect marrying of the concept and an entirely different culture in Berlin, which turned out to actually become a SunRISE Boogie—since the set began at 6AM and ended at 10AM. It was an incredible experience to be there with Walter Glasshouse and Jake the Rapper, before me, starting at 10PM the night before!”

“The recording feels like you are there in person, it is an ambient recording which picks up the sounds of the audience and the booth. I hope the listener is transported and becomes a part of a fun and loving audience, free, on the packed dance floor. (Club) Sisyphos, specifically, like many Berlin clubs does not allow photography... but picture a multi stage festival that is booming without any dead air night and day for 6 days straight... this was recorded on the 6th day as a part of an epic lineup that spanned multiple rooms. I value the chance to play for such a sophisticated dance floor. Techno, Afro House, Disco, Funk/Latin and world flavors were all a part of my set recipe that night.”

Enjoy the session, and happy independence weekend!


Cover image via The Guardian