They’re marching and protesting. All around the world people are rallying for the rights of women. Some are calling for an end to workplace violence and harassment, to promote pay equality, and to encourage diversity and inclusion of women.
Everyone is wearing red. Organizers are urging men and women to wear red today in solidarity with women worldwide.
People are reaching out. Some are calling senators and demanding support for women’s rights, others are looking for small forms of support and acknowledgment such as smiling at a fellow woman on the street.
“Day Without a Woman”. This national strike movement aims to draw attention to inequities working women face compared to men, from wage disparity to harassment to job insecurity. Women are encouraged to avoid shopping for the day- unless they are spending money at businesses owned by minorities and women.
Every March, people around the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women as they remember the fight for women’s rights. This year, the day comes during a controversial political environment, where protesters have turned out in force to voice disagreement with the new administration’s policies and President Donald Trump’s rhetoric, especially regarding women’s issues. Celebrities, politicians and the general population are voicing their thoughts on social media to spread awareness of today. This International Women’s Day lets honor the brave and brilliant women whose lives and accomplishments have inspired the globe to reach higher, work harder, and dare to do the impossible!
“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”
In case you live in a cave and missed the 89th Academy Awards last night, here is a recap of what you missed.
1) Faye Dunaway announced the wrong winner for best picture
You’ve probably seen it all over social media today. The cast of “La La Land” got on stage. Then after an awkward interception, they announced that “Moonlight” really won. It was awkward, funny and slightly embarrassing.
2) Jimmy Kimmel Hosted
He wasn’t afraid to make a few political digs and threw shade at some of the stars in the room, helping to keep the night entertaining. One of my favorite moments was when he prompted a standing ovation for Meryl Streep’s 20th nomination, ending with “We’re going to have fun tonight. I hope we’re going to have fun tonight”…
3) Gary from Chicago
Kimmel brought a tour bus of unsuspecting “regular” people into the Oscars, and one man and his wife stole the show. Denzel got up and “married” them and Jennifer Aniston gave them a wedding present, all while taking lots of selfies.
4) Kimmel and Matt Damon continued their feud
If you don’t know about this “feud”, you can catch up here. Kimmel poked at Damon throughout the show, and you could tell he really enjoyed it. He started with, “I’ve known Matt for a long time. When I first met Matt, I was the fat one.” Later on in the show he added, “He handed what turned out to be an Oscar-caliber role over to his friend and made a Chinese ponytail movie instead,” Kimmel said. “And that movie, ‘The Great Wall,’ went on to lose 80 million dollars. Smooth move, dumbass.” All in good fun?
5) Notable wins and acceptance speeches
Throughout the night there was few memorable wins. Kevin O’Connell won his first Oscar after 21 nominations. He won for his work on “Hacksaw Ridge” and dedicated the award to his mother. Mahershala Ali won best supporting actor. His speech was charming. He thanked his teachers as well as his wife, who just gave birth to their daughter four days ago. “The Salesman” director Asghar Farhadi, didn’t attend, but won the best foreign language film. In the speech delivered on his behalf he said: “My absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the US. Dividing the world into the ‘us’ and ‘our enemies’ categories creates fear. A deceitful justification for aggression and war. These wars prevent democracy and human rights in countries which have themselves been victims of aggression.” The crowd burst into applause.
Oh, and we found out that Nicole Kidman doesn’t know how to clap…
If you watched the 74th Golden Globes last night you saw who was honored the best in film and television in 2016 and the hottest looks of the red carpet. But the real highlight of the night was when Meryl Streep accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award for a lifetime of notable work in the industry. The legendary actress used her spotlight to make a not so subtle attack on US President-elect Donald Trump…
“There was one performance this year that stunned me. It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good, there was nothing good about it, but it was effective and it did its job. It was that moment when the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power and the capacity to fight back.” (referring to this video)
Meryl was of course criticized by some for her choice to bring politics to the awards show, but the room full of celebs laughed and applauded her speech, as well as many praising her on social media. In my eyes, her speech made her even more iconic. Slay!
No, this is not a bad dream, this is real. Kanye West met with president-elect Donald Trump in New York this morning.
Kanye sported a horrible new look of dyed blonde hair and was sure to get his picture taken with Trump post a brief meeting. Kanye was recently in the hospital and apparently has still lost his mind. He stated he still plans to run for president, but now in 2024 after Trump (lol). He also told a crowd at his recent concert that he didn’t vote in the last election, but if he did he would have voted for Trump… really? These “friends” have a lot in common, like reality TV experience and Twitter rants, but let’s hope for everyones sake Kanye is kept far away from politics and we can resume back to normal life soon.
In the wise words of Samantha Jones, sometimes it’s better not be involved in the insane world of politics. But today is election day and it’s time to GAF! Get out and vote… and enjoy my personal fav SNL skit on your way!