This week women in politics took a stand on the GOP’s attempt to impose a 20-week abortion ban, and urged more women to apply for political positions. Find out more in this week’s edition of That’s What She Said!
Republican Sen. Susan Collins and actress Eva Longoria raved about their excitement to see Pope Francis speak at the White House on Wednesday.
Award winning actress and activist Charlize Theron urged for an “HIV-free generation.” The South African native and UN Messenger of Peace says she is passionate about this epidemic because she wants to ensure youth are not infected with the preventable disease.
First lady Michelle Obama challenges youth like Davana, who is the first of eight siblings to attend college and has overcome multiple obstacles, to take charge of the future. This effort is a part of the Reach Higher Initiative that encourages youth to strive to complete education past high school.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake pushed her homeownership program initiative aimed to attract 10,000 families to Baltimore. The Maryland native told the Baltimore Sun “immigrants are a cornerstone of her goal to grow the city.” More than 7,000 refugees immigrated to Maryland from 2008 to 2013.
After much anticipation, Hilary Clinton took a stance on the Keystone XL Pipeline by breaking her silence and opposing the controversial oil project.
6. Judy Chu
Rep. Judy Chu reminded everyone that the costly shutdown two years ago hurt the economy after speculation Congress was headed for another government shutdown over the failed Republican-backed bill to defund Planned Parenthood. Senate democrats blocked the bill until later this year on Thursday.
Former first lady Laura Bush joined the twitter conversation urging interviewers to ask thoughtful questions on the red carpet. Amy Poehler’s effort through the #SmartGirlsAsk campaign encouraged interviewers at the 2015 Emmy’s to ban sexist questions on the red carpet.
In an effort to stand up to a “right-wing assault on women’s reproductive rights,” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-CA) and other senators took a stand on the 20-week abortion ban. The contribution must have paid off, because the GOP failed to pass the bill.
GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina received a touching note from a young student this week, which offered advice to the next president, like allowing 11-year-olds to run for office and a pool in every classroom.
Washington D.C.’s youngest elected official at the nation’s capital, Allyson Carpenter, emphasized the importance of getting women to “lean in and run for a political office.”
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