The Nugs: Obamacare Prevails + Hot Girls Wanted, Cont’d
On this day: In 1826, legendary suffragette, abolitionist and Native American rights activist Matilda Joslyn Gage was born. After growing up in a house that was a station in the Underground Railroad, she went on to become president of the National Woman Suffrage Association, where she continued to beat against the current of even her fellow suffragettes, who positioned their argument on women being “morally superior.” Gage wasn’t having it: She stood by her assertion that women getting the vote was an inalienable right, gendered perceptions of morality be damned.
- The brutal cuts to “essential health benefits,” many of which related to female reproductive health, have been shut down for now. As of this afternoon, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan pulled the Trumpcare bill after they failed to garner enough Republican support. The Congressional Budget Office estimated 24 million people would lose coverage under this plan. So much for those sick deal-making skills President Trump enjoys bragging about.
- L’Oréal is the world’s largest and most profitable cosmetics company, and behind chief sustainability officer Alexandra Palt, they’ve reduced greenhouse emissions by 67% over a decade; they cite employee training and focusing on finding sustainable suppliers.
-Tech continues to be Dudebroland, and this isn’t that impressive, but at least it’s something: In a recent survey of 64,000 professionals about the state of the developer industry, 10% of respondents identified as women, up from 6.6% the previous year.
- Anna North examines how “self-care,” appropriated from the queer community and communities of color, has become something sold via products and experiences, primarily to white women who have the luxury of taking a time out. But is the idleness associated with self-care and prolonged periods of relaxation really doing any good?
- In a follow up to the 2015 documentary Hot Girls Wanted, produced by Rashida Jones, a six-part follow-up docu series will debut on Netflix next month, promising a nuanced, wide-ranging look at the modern porn industry. Catch the trailer here.
- Allure’s April cover story features 41 women of color—models, journalists, dermatologists, makeup artists—talking candidly about their experiences.
- Lastly: Not sure what you're up to this weekend, but hopefully it doesn't involve heeding this advice from PETA.