WTA Finals in Shenzhen to Offer the Largest Prize Money Check in the History of Tennis, and More Feminist News

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What Happens When (Feminist) Women Win?

What actually happens when women win power in politics? In a Ms. Magazine’s essay entitled "What Happens When (Feminist) Women Win,” Suzanna Danuta Walters looks through the Nordic lens, to Iceland, which according to the World Economic Forum, has the best gender equality in the world. "After Iceland suffered a catastrophic banking crisis in 2008, it was female leadership that got them back on solid ground, both in government, with a female prime minister and gender-balanced cabinet, and in the few banks run by women that, interestingly, made few of the errors of the male-run banks and weathered the storm.” Something to think about…

She Should Run [For Office]

Unfortunately 62% of the elected offices at the federal, state, and local levels are held today by white men. Erin Loos Cutraro, the Founder of She Should Run, has been trying to introduce a healthier ratio in American politics for the past eight years. By 2030, she wants 250,000 women to run for office. Further, She Should Run has established regional cohorts—or,  six months incubators—for women to learn the basics from the ground up of running for office. “Research shows that role models are essential,” Cutraro tells CNBC. “What we have seen is a continued growth in our community across the board and incredible diversity in our programs. It’s not just the women themselves that I am encouraged by. It is a greater community of individuals that are like, ‘I want to be part of this moment in time of growth. I’m never going to run for office myself, but I want to see the great women around me do it.’”

New Law in Illinois Enabling Equal Pay

Governor JB Pritzker of Illinois signed a law banning employers from asking job applicants about salary history, a solid first step in thinning the gender-based pay inequality. Advocates have long argued that such a practice is used by unscrupulous organizations to lowball female employees, perpetuating the wage gap. The strengthened Illinois Equal Pay Act, which was just signed into law, takes 60 days to go into effect. “We are declaring that one’s history should not dictate one’s future, that no person should be held back from earning their true value because of how much money they were paid in a previous job.” Said Governor Pritzker after the law was signed at the Chicago Women’s Park and Gardens. “It’s no longer acceptable to wring quality work out of capable women at a discounted rate.”

Pritzker’s predecessor, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who pursued a pro-business and union-weakening agenda, vetoed the bill. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2018, women earned 85% of what men earned requiring an extra 39 days of work for women to reach men’s earnings.

Japan’s Most Diverse Parliament

Japan’s parliament, regarded as one of the least diverse in the world, opened a particularly diverse special session on Thursday. The Upper House includes after last month’s elections more women, two severely disabled members, and the country’s first openly gay male legislator.

Women ran to fill 124 of the 245 seats in the upper House of Councilors, ultimately, 28 women won positions. This brings the total to 56 out of the 245 upper house seats or roughly 23 percent up from 21 percent of the previous elections.

WTA: Largest Prize Money Check in History of Tennis

Japanese beauty company, Shiseido, sponsor of the Women Tennis Association Finals, is offering the largest prize money package in the history of tennis—to a woman. The 2019 Shiseido WTA Finals in Shenzhen will award a $4.75 million check to a winner, but only if she manages to go through the competition unbeaten. "The season-ending Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen is the tour's crown jewel event, pitting the top eight finishers on the season-long Porsche Race to Shenzhen against each other in a two-group round-robin format,” the WTA writes on its website. “The total prize money on offer in the inaugural staging of the event in Shenzhen, China is $14 million, doubling the event's previous prize purse of $7 million.” The event is eight days long and involves singles and doubles in an accumulating points system of play.

Closing Thoughts on Orange is the New Black

After seven seasons, the long running, beloved Netflix show Orange is the New Black concluded. But whatever happened to Piper Kerman, whose memoir inspired the prison dramedy? "My book is often understood as a fish out of water story, because we’ve constructed a carceral system that’s focused disproportionately on poor people of color,” she told the New York Times. “My hope was that the book would attract readers who wouldn’t otherwise read a book about prison and that they would come away thinking and feeling differently about the people they had read about. The book is really about a community of women. I feel like the show is an absolute reflection of that. Almost any viewer could come to that show and find somebody that they care passionately about.”

(hot girl) summer featuring (hot girl) summer art by Jeanette Hayes

On July 23, The Untitled Space opened the Jeanette Hayes solo exhibit “(hot girl) summer featuring (hot girl) summer art by Jeanette Hayes” on view until August 13th. The exhibit, curated by Multimedia Artist and Director of The Untitled Space Art Gallery, Indira Cesarine, “explores the playful and light-hearted mentality of summer through a series of exceptionally detailed graphite on paper drawings and oil paintings [and] featuring conglomerated collages rendered with a myriad of figures and iconic portraits spanning from Frida Kahlo to Minnie Mouse […] ‘With everyone currently entrenched in daunting political times, I decided to delve into a body of work that would be amusing and could give the viewer a break from real life.’” Hayes notes. The Tribeca gallery is open Monday through Friday, noon to 6PM, at 45 Lispenard St, NYC #1w. Here are some photos of the opening night.

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