Happy Friday, and welcome to our week’s worth of folk/women in the news! We’ll start this week off on a high note.
Spanish model, Angela Ponce, won the qualifying title and thus became the first transgender contestant for Miss Universe. While we have a lot of conflicting feels about beauty pageants, especially ones formerly owned by our embarrassment in chief, we offer our sincere and heartfelt congratulations to Angela and her hard-won victory.
In a continuing story, on Saturday Rep. Maxine Waters responded to death threats in the most badass way imaginable, by telling those trying to frighten her that they better shoot straight. We are certainly emboldened by Waters’ amazing retort. (But we mindfully encourage Representative Waters and all activists to place safety and self-care first.)
Monday, this wonderful mama told-off Scott Pruitt for his record of slashing environmental regulations and corrupt politics. We don’t know that Pruitt’s resignation was influenced by this confrontation, but we do know this brave woman faced off with a federal official to advocate for clean air and water for her little one.
Rock star, and all around awesome chick, Shirley Manson released this op-ed on Tuesday. She honestly discusses her history of self-harm, depression, and imposter syndrome. (Content warning for self-harm!) Hopefully, others can find a kindred spirit in Shirley’s struggles, and be reminded they’re never alone.
On Independence Day, NPR spotlighted Deb Haaland as one of what they describe as “a record number of Native American women running for office” this year. Haaland won the Democratic primary in her New Mexico district, a stepping stone which could make her the first Native American women in Congress.
We couldn’t end this week in news without the amazing protest by Patricia Okoumou. On July 4th, she climbed to the foot of the Statue of Liberty, and faced a standoff with police officers, before eventually being arrested. Okoumou’s protest was conducted in the name of separated immigrant families, and we applaud her bravery.
As we close out this week, we wish you all the fierceness and ferocity of these amazing women. You are strong, amazing, and loved.