Pelosi During Meeting With Trump and 10 Men: 'Do the Women Get to Talk Around Here?'
At one point, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross asked, “What exactly does the president get out of this deal?” As Pelosi, the only woman at the table of 11, tried to make her point — that the president gets the cooperation of the Democrats, which he will likely need on a host of issues — the men in the room began talking over her and one another.
“Do the women get to talk around here?” Pelosi interjected, according to two people familiar with the exchange.
There was, at last, silence, and she was not interrupted again.
It's been a whole year since Trump got elected and there's been a lot of retrospectives on what has changed in that time. A lot of them are focusing on the groundswell of activism from women.
Why women don't run for office
This piece is from a few months ago but I link to it here to offer a good perspective on just how much has and is changing. Because it looks like these data - while carefully collected - may be out of date already. Trump and his lackeys' attacks on women have led them to stand for election in unprecedented numbers. And they did well!
The Anti-rich asshole Surge Is Fueled by Women
Trump's election inspired thousands of women to consider the possibility of running—because they were appalled enough to take matters into their own hands and because they realized they are at least as qualified as Trump to hold public office. Even though Tuesday was an off-year election, with only Virginia and New Jersey holding statewide races, it gave political parties a glimpse of the electoral impact they can expect from the women-led activism of the past year....
At the Women’s Convention in Detroit last month, EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock announced that 20,000 women had announced candidacies for public office in the U.S., a historic victory in itself and a gigantic spike from previous years.
US politician who mocked Women’s March defeated by woman he inspired to run
This is just one of the deliciously ironic victories that are associated with this year's US elections.
Two pieces on how anger is fuelling women's activism.
Year One: My Anger Management
Brave Enough to Be Angry
The first piece is lamenting all the reasons to be angry right now while the other feels much more like a call to arms, and ends with this great line,
They suppress our anger for a reason. Let’s prove them right.
A heads up for people in the UK, or who will be there in 2018:
Museum of London exhibition will mark suffragettes’ victory
The exhibition runs for almost a year so there's no excuse!
Hillary Clinton meets Mary Beard: ‘I would love to have told Trump: “Back off, you creep”’
Two women I hugely admire in conversation, it's a dream come true! It's also a fascinating discussion of the impossible tightrope women in public life walk, and how men seem to get away with behaviour that would get women pilloried.
I [Hillary] was made fun of for preparing and, at one point in one of the debates, Trump actually said: “Oh, well, she’s prepared.” I said: “Yes, you know what else I prepared for? To be president.” Then he gets elected and he goes: “It’s so much harder than I thought.”