It was an auspicious week for women in politics, women in religion, and women in Mexican fast food joints. Here’s a quick recap:
On Sunday, Hillary Clinton announced that she will seek the Democratic nomination in the upcoming presidential election. Many people were thrilled; no one was surprised. Much more shocking, it seems, was that Clinton indulges in the occasional Chipotle burrito, wears dark shades, and has a van out in the parking lot.
Republicans who wouldn’t mind seeing a woman in the White House—but who really, really don’t want Hillary Clinton to be that woman—were given a straw to grasp at. Former HP executive Carly Fiorina, who lost a California Senate race to Barbara Boxer in 2010, has been dropping hints that she might seek the GOP Presidential nomination.
And in TV Land—in HBO Land, rather, which definitely is not TV—there is already a woman president in the form of Veep’s Selina Meyer. How does she fare? Not too well, thanks to the ragtag band of dummies that make up her staff.
Elsewhere on Planet Earth, Iran appointed its first female ambassador since the 1979 Islamic Revolution turned back the clock for women in that country. Marzieh Afkham, currently Iran’s foreign-ministry spokesperson, will head a mission to East Asia.
One person who is probably very happy about these new developments is Pope Francis, a.k.a. Pope Coolest Ever. Last week, Francis shelved his predecessor’s inquisition into the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the main umbrella group of American nuns, which had been accused of worrying about trivia like poverty and social justice instead of important stuff like birth control, sexual no-nos, and the all-male priesthood. And on Wednesday, during his weekly speech in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope declared that “more weight and more authority must be given to women” within the Church. Amen to that, Your Holiness!
See what else the ladies were up to this week: