In this week's Keeping Score: Athletes at the Olympics push for gender equality and inclusivity; Biden condemns state lawmakers’ attack on voting rights; ICE prohibits arrest of pregnant women; and more:
This week: Olympic athletes push for gender equality and inclusivity; Biden condemns state lawmakers' attack on voting rights; ICE prohibits arrest of pregnant women, and federal judge rules DACA is unlawful; Rep. Joyce Beatty is arrested during demonstration; Zaila Avant-garde is first African American winner of the National Spelling Bee; and more.
); Mj Rodriguez becomes the first transgender actress nominated for an Emmy in a top category (Instagram); Louisiana legislature eliminates the “pink tax” on diapers and menstrual hygiene products (AXTHEPINKTAX.com); Zaila Avant-garde is the first African American winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee (
).Lest We Forget“Perhaps we should give athletes the right to take a mental break from media scrutiny on a rare occasion without being subject to strict sanctions. …“I always try to push myself to speak up for what I believe to be right, but that often comes at a cost of great anxiety. I feel uncomfortable being the spokesperson or face of athlete mental health as it’s still so new to me and I don’t have all the answers. I do hope that people can relate and understand it’s O.K. to not be O.K., and it’s O.K. to talk about it. There are people who can help, and there is usually light at the end of any tunnel.”
—Tennis champion Naomi Osaka in aTIME op-edon why she prioritizes her mental health as an athlete in the national spotlight.“Voting rights is a reproductive justice issue, and our leaders must act with urgency to ensure all voters can cast their ballots without government interference. Attacks on voting rights disproportionately disenfranchise Black communities. These attacks are designed with precision to stifle a progressive agenda that includes reproductive justice for women and people of color who have the right to have children, not have children, and raise the families they have in safe communities. headtopics.com
“The same state lawmakers and advocates who support enacting discriminatory voting restrictions that disenfranchise Black and brown voters are also the ones trying to impose extreme abortion bans. Our work to liberate our communities from their tyranny cannot be siloed as separate issues. They are, and always have been, connected.”
—Monica Simpson, executive director of SisterSong, in a statement on the importance of voting rights.Voting rights are reproductive rights. Full stop.— Monica Raye Simpson (@monicarsimpson)July 13, 2021“Imagine what you can achieve if you follow through on commitments to build safer platforms: an online world where a journalist can engage with feedback on her reporting, not assassinations of her character. Where a politician may read complaints about her policies, but not threats of rape and murder. Where a young woman can share what she wants to on her terms, knowing there are systems to keep her safe and hold harassers accountable.
“If you build this better internet for women, you will build a better internet for everyone. You have the way. Now show the world that you also have the will.”—”Prioritize the Safety of Women,” anopen letterto the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and Google from 200 women actors, musicians and public figures.
“We can only end the current epidemic of violence against women and girls when we listen to the voices of the vulnerable and insist their stories are properly heard. This bill is important twice over: It cuts through the forced arbitration process that is used by the unscrupulous to bind survivors to silence and it drags those employers out into the light of public accountability. headtopics.com
“This legislation is a hugely powerful first step. It shows that someone in power is listening.”—A statement from women’s rights attorney Dr. Ann Olivarius of McAllister Olivariuson a bill limiting private arbitration processes for perpetrators of sexual violence.
“I’ve been wanting to express, and feel, and spread love all my life, and I’ve always wanted to spread it through my art, and I finally feel like I can do it; I finally feel like people are seeing it.”—Pose Read more: Ms. Magazine »
Australia defends scrapping of French submarine deal, Macron and Biden to talk
Australia on Sunday defended its decision to ditch a multi-billion-dollar order for French submarines and opt instead for an alternative deal with the United States and Britain, saying it had flagged its concerns to Paris months ago.
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