What’s Current: Record number of women elected to office in US midterm elections

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  • US voters sent a record number of women to congressional seats and state government offices in yesterday’s midterms, with a number of historic firsts in representation. The current Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, is expected to run for Speaker of the House, while Rep. Jim Jordan, a man accused of looking the other way when athletes he coached were being sexually abused, is planning to run for Minority Leader for his caucus.
  • Jenni Murray cancelled an appearance at Oxford University after student LGBTQ+ campaigners tried to no-platform her over “transphobia.” The Student Union Campaign for LGBTQ+ Students released a statement about the incident, saying Murray should not be allowed to give a talk about “Powerful British Women.”
  • A trans-identified male in Vancouver is demanding cash compensation over claimed human rights abuses from 16 female estheticians who refused to wax his genitalia.
  • A study of FGM in east Africa reveals that rates have dropped from 71 per cent to eight per cent over the last 20 years, though women’s health campaigners say that teenage girls are still at risk of being subjected to genital cutting later on, when they are preparing for marriage.
  • Dr. Clare Karekezi, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, will return after studying at Toronto Western Hospital to be her home country’s first female neurosurgeon.
Natasha Chart
Natasha Chart

Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.

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