This Week In Feminist News: Legendary Females and Foul Politicians

·  The forever badass and inspirational Roxane Gay pulls from project with Simon and Schuster when it was announced that a book deal was made with Milo Yiannopoulos as well. (BuzzFeed) 

·      Riley Yesno from Eabametoong First Nation joins the Canadian Prime Ministers Youth Council. (CBC News)

·      Federal government gets approval from the Quebec Supreme Court for an extension to make changes to the Indian Act. For decades the Indian Act has disallowed Aboriginal women from keeping their Indian Status upon marrying a non-Aboriginal person, a rule Aboriginal men are exempt from. (CBC News)

·      Brilliant Nigerian Novelist Buchi Emecheta, who spent her life writing stories based on her experience as a black single mother in Britain, has passed away in her sleep at the age of 72. (The Guardian)

‘Her friend and publisher Margaret Busby paid tribute to her pioneering fiction, which explored sexual and racial politics in the Britain of the 1960s and 70s. “Given the odds she had to overcome, it was a triumph that she produced the powerful writing for which she will be remembered.” 

·      Actress Mary Tyler Moore dies at the age of 80.  The 70’s hit, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, was known for challenging both the wage gap and workplace sexual harassment. (Market Watch)

·      During his first week in office the always-terrible Donald Trump reinstates the ‘gag rule’ which will refuse funding to any space that offers safe Abortions. (BBC News)

·      MP’s in the UK stress equality in the workforce for businesses that force women to wear high heels on the job. Evidence has been pushed to show that heels can develop musculo-skeletal health problems, a risk that can easily be avoided with change and fairness in employee dress codes. (The Guardian)

·      Russia passes an amendment to decriminalize first time domestic abuse offenses with a maximum penalty of a $500 fine. Putin and his constituents believe this decision will be the foundation of stronger families. Trigger warning for sexual and physical abuse. (NY Times)

·      Constance Wu hits twitter to respond to Casey Affleck’s Oscar nomination, fearlessly questioning why the f*ck actors in Hollywood accused of sexual assault are being nominated for any sort of award. (BuzzFeed) 

"Running for an award that honours a craft whose purpose is examining the dignity of the human experience, and young women are deeply human."  - Constance Wu, via Twitter

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Although the world may leave you feeling heavy hearted and angry, we hope This Week In Feminist News can leave you feeling the love and inspiration from the good that surely exists in the world. Have a happy weekend. Love ~ ToFemCo