Women’s Work: July 18, 2017

Dear Mr. VP,

Awhile ago, The Mary Sue ran an interesting article. The takeaway? In one study of 28,320 people making phone calls to resist the Trump agenda, 86% were women. Yup, 86%. Only 14% of the people who answered this poll and said yes, they’d made a phone call to a Congressperson or other government official, identified as men.

Interesting. (And more interesting when you think about the fact that since 53% of white women voted FOR Trump, and 90% of Black women voted for HRC, there’s a good chance many of the women now making phone calls are women of color.) As usual, men are the ones having their voices publicly lifted in this political moment, while we shut women up when they try to take up space in the public sphere (see: Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren). But behind the scenes, women are doing the heavy lifting.

So you might imagine I was NOT surprised when, about an hour ago, I caught up on the news and found that the repeal with no replacement idea has been stopped in its tracks by three women.

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That’s Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Susan Collins (R-ME) up there, and fucking hooray for them. While Mitch McConnell is still trying to dig himself out of the primordial ooze from whence he came, these three women have said “No, thanks!” in a way that is catching them hell all over the Internet. This is real courage: these women are quite literally saving lives right now, and they are catching hell from the GOP to do it.

So thanks to them, and to all the female-identified people doing the heavy work right now. It’s difficult. It’s exhausting. But it’s necessary.

D

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