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ICYMI is Fembot’s monthly news roundup, providing you this month’s feminist and social justice news. Check out what you may have missed at the end of each month!
- Natural Disasters
From hurricane damage in Puerto Rico, to raging earthquakes in Mexico, the world is suffering from major physical damage this month. Hundreds of lives have been lost, and countless homes have been destroyed. If you would like to donate your time, food and first aid, or funds to relief efforts for each issue then Vox and NJ.com have some helpful resources.
- Kneeling for the National Anthem
Over a year ago, quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem, pre-football match. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people, and people of color.” Kaepernick stated. Controversy over the peaceful protest faded for some time until very recently, when POTUS Trump suggested he’d like to see such players fired from the sport. This has led to even more players kneeling during their games, and more discussion on what does and doesn’t count as “disrespecting the flag.”
- Famous Misogynist Hugh Hefner dies, age 91
Last Wednesday, the founder of Playboy Magazine passed away from natural causes. In our eyes he was particularly famous for his mistreatment and financial exploitation of actress and model Marylin Munroe.
Though we try not to speak ill of the dead here at Fembot, we still take issue with posthumously praising those who made such a negative impact on countless women’s lives.
- Saudi Arabia Driving Ban Lifted
As of June 2018, Saudi women will be able to drive, after decades of being banned from the wheel. Women have been campaigning since the 90’s for the ban to be lifted, even organizing convoys to protest the rediculous law. To the western world this seems like a small step towards equality, but it’s a step none the less, and the staircase will continue.
- Women and Children Only Taxi Service
Single mother Sade Agboola from Croydon, England, has set up a women and children only taxi service called Annisa Cars. The staff will also only be women. Since Ubers and Taxi cabs aren’t the safest form of transport for women and children, Agboola started her business in order to combat the passengers faced. Agboola has also set up a booking slip system, where those picking up a child traveling alone in the cab will give the driver a slip to let them know they are indeed who they say they are.
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