From the new statistics detailing the unrelenting challenges for black women in the South, sexual harassment in higher education, and Nina Simone’s unrelenting brilliance to the NFL’s first female coach, sexual assault and shame, resting bitch face, the real Aurora from Terms of Endearment, and Tennessee suffragists finally getting their due – here’s a week’s worth of women in the news.
The NFL made history this week when Arizona Cardinals hired the league’s first female head coach, Jen Welter. Here’s ESPN’s Sarah Spain shouting down Welter’s haters, in a spoofy call and response outlining the new coach’s remarkable career.
by Sarah Spain, espnW.com
A professor’s experience with a humiliating ritual and pervasive sexual harassment in higher education. It’s worth noting that, though she’s left that institution, she can’t use her name without a backlash.
by Anonymous, Inside Higher Ed
William C. Anderson on the underappreciated brilliance of Nina Simone’s rebellion, her Black womanhood, her legacy, and her relevance.
by William C. Anderson, Pitchfork
Another week, another monument for women (remember last week’s proposed statue for environmental activist Marjory Stoneman Douglas). This one is definitely happening. In Tennessee, a sculpture honoring the state’s suffragists will be completed by the end of the year and serve as a memorial on Legislative Plaza in Nashville.
by Beverly Keel, The Tennessean
For anyone who was/is obsessed with the 1983 tearjerker Terms of Endearment.
by Erin Mulvaney, Houston Chronicle
Elle.com featured a series on shame this week, and the one article not to be missed (though you should definitely check out the others) is this one. It’s a powerful account of sexual assault, shame, responsibility, and survival.
by Ashley C. Ford, Elle.com
“No, I Will Not Smile”: Resting Bitch Face Doesn’t Need Any More Excuses
by Jessica Bennett, The New York Times
This is a short article on the latest report from the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative. Here, the struggles of Southern black women are laid bare by the numbers. Something has to give, folks, and we need to demand substantive change.
The Tifton Gazette