5 Friyays: March 13

5 Friyays: March 13

Many of us woke up this morning to a very changed world. As the Coronavirus spreads, normal routines and daily life will likely be significantly disrupted. But we soldier on. Keep yourself informed, practice things that bring you joy, and protect as many people as you can. Normally, on the last Friday before St. Patrick’s Day I would have a lot of Irish content for you. Instead, I’ve got a lot of awesome lady focused content, which for Women’s History Month is just as great!

For The Pandemic That’s In It

I’ve been reading a lot about the spread of the Coronavirus and enacting safe health practices, but it’s hard to know what to do or when. I found this article on the do’s and don’ts of social distancing very helpful and pragmatic. Especially for those of us who are healthy and young. We can still spread the disease, so it’s always best to err on the side of caution.

Women’s Rights are Human Rights

A court filing this week claimed that a US Men’s National Soccer team player “requires materially different skill and more responsibility than plaintiffs’ job does, while also taking place under materially different working conditions.” This filing was a response by the US National Team to a lawsuit filed by 28 members of the US Women’s National Team suing for equal pay. The 4 time World Cup Champion women’s team played in the final of the She Believes Cup this week. They wore their practice shirts inside out in protest to this filing and then they won. Again. Watch the highlights below if you need a reminder of their skill.

Hockey Is For Everyone

Speaking of badass women, the NHL held it’s first all-women broadcast on Sunday night’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues. The #HockeyIsForEveryone program has been working to bring inclusion to a sport that is mostly white and mostly male. They’ve got a big hill to climb, but games like this make 12-year-old Erin that wanted to be a hockey announcer very, very happy.

Looking For New Documentaries

Check out this list of fabulous documentaries by women and about women. There’s a lot on this list I haven’t seen – thank god for streaming services! We can always learn more about women!

All Hair is Beautiful Hair

Delighted to share that the US state of Virginia became the first Southern state to ban discrimination against all hair styles. We’ve been working as a nation to build understanding about inherent discrimination against hair styles – especially natural hair for people of color. We’re always happy to celebrate when another state moves to protect its citizens!

That’s my Friyays for the eventful week that was. In the immortal words of Bill and Ted ‘Be excellent to each other.’ Do what you can to protect the most vulnerable in your community and do what you can to keep yourself happy and sane! We wish you all the best!


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