In this week’s Wednesday 5: the NFL’s problem with women; what would happen if more women designed products for women; how Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became a pop icon; at 92, Barbara Scheiber publishes her first book; and Facebook offers free Web access to women’s rights info in Africa.



The NFL’s Problem With Women

Recently, when the NFL suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for only two games after he knocked his fiancée unconscious, both the media and the public reacted in an uproar, taking the organization to task for its rampant sexism. One of the harshest criticism came from Keith Olbermann, who, in his epic takedown, remarked:

“The message to the women who the league claims constitute 50 percent of its fan base is simple: The NFL wants your money. It will do nothing else for you. It will tolerate those who abuse you verbally and those who abuse you physically.”

Watch the full video of Olbermann’s remarks below.  



If More Women Designed Women’s Products

Tracy Moore at Jezebel asks us to ponder “. . . why we have been privy to a lifetime of blue liquid, precious feels, and monochrome white to show how awesome and inspiring it is to have a period every month.” The answer is in the marketing where “all-male teams helm companies that make products for women or all-male teams market products” for women. In a clever list, the folks at Jezebel put together a tally of the things that would not exist had there been more women at the helm of creating and marketing products for women. They include: Pink women’s tools, Corsets, Yogurt ads, and “commercials featuring a woman serving dinner or doing laundry for at least the next 10 years, unless woman’s role is a clear subversion of traditional approach.” See the full list here.



How An 81-Year-Old Supreme Court Justice Became An Unlikely Pop Culture Icon


Did you know about the blog The Notorious R.B.G. in honor of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (aka R.B.G.)? Its name, Eileen Reynolds of Business Insider tell us,is a “winking reference to hip-hop idol Notorious B.I.G., [and] has become a repository for all things R.B.G.—from the justice’s musings on the progress of women to user-created images and gifs of Ginbsurg decked out in bling and paired with popular song lyrics.” Its founder, Shana Knizhnik, tells us on the blog that Justice Ginsburg is thrilled at her newfound fandom:

Ginsburg is also quite aware that she has an online fandom, and is well aware that there’s a Tumblr called “Notorious R.B.G.” (her law clerks had to explain the reference to her, though). She finds it amusing, and yes, she’s seen the rap video. She’s exactly as quietly charmed at the whole phenomenon as you’d want her to be—and says her children and grandchildren get a kick out of it, too. . Watch Ginsburg respond to her Notorious blog in an interview with Katie Couric. . . . 4. A First-Time Author at 92 Years Old .

We'll+Go+to+Coney+IslandWe’re so proud of Barbara Scheiber, who, at 92 years old, has published her first book, We’ll Go to Coney Island. But we’re even more riveted by what the book is about. The book is based around the image on the cover–an iconic Walker Evans photo of a man and woman embracing at Coney Island. When Scheiber discovered the photo, she knew that it was her father and his former mistress. The photo was taken when she was 6 years old; she discovered it in her late 80s. About discovering the photo, she told NPR:

Barbara Scheiber Barbara Scheiber “That’s my father. And the woman with him was his secretary at the time and his mistress. When I grew up, I was aware. And that was one of the really haunting awarenesses of my childhood because I visited my father’s office so many times. And I just picked that up, but I had never seen them together, so that the picture was almost a shock because there they were as lovers.” Read more about the book at NPR. . . . 5.

Facebook Takes A Stand With Free Access To Women’s Rights Info In Africa

In this week’s dose of good news, we were thrilled to see this use of Facebook for world good: . No people should be denied understanding of their human rights just because they can’t afford a mobile data plan. Now women in Zambia won’t be, as Facebook and’s new app gives them free Internet connection for accessing women’s rights resources like MAMA  (Mobile Alliance For Maternal Action), WRAPP (Women’s Rights App), and Facts For Life by UNICEF. (Tech Crunch) . Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg pushed the initiative, stating, “I believe connectivity is a human right.”

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