It’s been a busy week in Baltimore with state’s attorney Marilyn Mosby charging 6 officers in the death of Freddie Gray, Toya Graham being crowned “mom of the year” on social media after slapping her son for throwing rocks at police officers, and mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake trying to hold the city together amid the chaos.
In a calmer moment, Vice President Joe Biden swore in Loretta Lynch as the country’s new attorney general, marking the first time in history the post has been held by an African-American woman.
In Pakistan, a step toward justice for young Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. A court ruled that 10 men with Taliban connections will spend the rest of their lives in prison for the savage shooting of the teenage girl in 2012—an attempt to stop her from going to school.
Meanwhile, in a groundbreaking new global report, U.N. Women found that equal opportunity is not enough to ensure gender equality. Instead, the report said, governments must commit to social policies that treat women differently than men to achieve economic parity, including providing affordable child care and paid leave for working mothers.
Across the world in Nigeria, the military said it rescued hundreds of women and girls from terrorist camps. Obiageli Ezekwesili, a former minister of education and fierce advocate for girls, applauded the news, but said she hopes it is only the beginning of an effort to bring people home. “We can seize on their rescue to add more pressure on our government,” she told Women in the World.
If you want to toast to the rescue, maybe don’t reach for a Bud Light. The beer maker apologized for plastering its bottles with a slogan that could be interpreted as promoting sexual assault. The slogan: “The perfect beer for removing the word ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night.” Social media pointed out that “no” is an important part of everyone’s vocabulary.
And “moi” is an important part of Miss Piggy’s vocabulary. We suspect she’ll use it in her acceptance speech when she receives the Brooklyn Museum Sackler Center First Award, honoring women who are the first in their field and previously bestowed upon the likes of Sandra Day O’Connor and Toni Morrison. Gloria Steinem will interview the feisty Muppet during a ceremony on June 4. The Sackler Center said Miss Piggy is being recognized because she has spent “more than 40 years…blazing feminist trails with determination and humor.” Kermit must be proud.