From rock star memoirs, a sculptor’s beautiful mind, Serena Williams (AGAIN!), the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, and an SC victory for same-sex couples to black women leading the new labor movement, Chelsea Clinton on Haiti, Reshma Bano Qureshi on beauty and violence in India, and a trans teen making the cheerleading squad in Kansas City, here’s a week’s worth of women in the news.
Seventeen-year-old Landon Patterson came out as transgender her junior year of high school. As a senior, she’s cheerleading and nominated for homecoming queen. This is one of those good stories.
by Derek Helling, Outsports
Beth Cavener discusses how loneliness, anxiety, and depression inform her work and her process. She creates the most breathtaking art. Just watch this.
by Bas Berkhout, Juxtapoz
While Serena didn’t get her Grand Slam, she did tell a reporter to shove his shitty questions where, as mother would say, the sun don’t shine.
Anita Little, Ms. Magazine
You should definitely know about the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit. This group consisting almost entirely of women has been policing South Africa for poachers, and they’re effective. The numbers don’t lie, and poaching is down in the region.
UN News Centre
Here’s a breakdown on the recent slew of successful female rock star memoirs. These women have a lot to say, book publishers are finally listening, and Chrissie Hynde is still the worst – see last week.
by Geoff Edgers, The Washington Post
In related news, GRACE JONES is about to release her memoir!
In an unscripted Clinton family moment, buried deep in the mountains of released emails is a gem from Chelsea pleading with her parents to do much better in Haiti, following the catastrophic earthquake there.
by Rafi Schwartz, GOOD Magazine
In Lexington, SC, DHEC finally allows same-sex couple Katie and Tracie Bradacs to list both of their names on their children’s birth certificates
by John Monk, The State
A striking video by Reshma Bano Qureshi on the perfect red lipstick and the horrors of violence against women in India.
by Katie Rogers, The New York Times
This country is badly in need of a labor movement, and these women are making some progress.
by Anna Merlan, Jezebel
Finally, this week, women’s rights in South Carolina took a massive hit. Governor Nikki Haley is playing politics with our lives and bodies.
by Eva Moore, Free Times