The Week in Girlboss News: Women Get Ready to Take Over DC + This 4-Year-Old is #LifeGoals
On this day: In 1970, writer, creator, producer and TV queen Shonda Rhimes was born. As the mastermind behind smash-hit shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder, Shonda’s been one of the most prominent forces in populating the television landscape with more diversity and badass female leads. ShondaLand 4ever.
- Y’all ready to protest the eff out of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia and everything else a certain President Elect built his campaign on? Vogue profiled the diverse group of women that are behind the Women’s March on Washington, which will take place in Washington DC on January 21 (the day after the inauguration) and simultaneously in sister cities around the country. It’s expected to be the largest mass mobilization that any administration has seen in its first few days.
- With a firm commitment to making the movement bigger than simply giving The Donald the middle finger, the movement’s organizers released a document outlining their “Unity Principles.” It’s inspiring AF, and aside from establishing their purpose, provides a good overview of what intersectional feminism should aspire to.
- Aaaand just one more fun little tidbit regarding the march: There have been 200 applications for city parking permits for buses headed to Donald Trump’s inauguration. There have been 1,200 applications for the Women’s March on Washington the next day.
- In political news elsewhere: For the first time ever, three Japanese women are positioning themselves on a path that can possibly lead to becoming the Prime Minister. Big deal, considering Japan has one of the lowest labor-participation rates for women among developed countries.
- To be filed under “Things That Probably Won’t Surprise You”: Women in Hollywood hire way more women than men do. Seven percent of directors of the top 250 films of 2016 were women, which is actually slight downtick from 1998. Yeah, 1998, as in that year that took place 19 years ago.
- And in case you need a new role model right about now: Daliyah Marie Arana, age 4, has read more than 1,000 books. She recently visited the Library of Congress and served as “librarian for the day” (and her outfit was on. point.) She’s also a big fan of the college-level text “The Pleasure of Books” and can pronounce the word “punctiliousness,” so.