If you’ve been living under a rock this week, let’s get you up to speed. Texas tried to pass bill SB5, which would have banned abortion after 20 weeks and forced a shutdown of nearly all abortion clinics in the state. But state senator and meme-of-the-moment Wendy Davis, donning pink running shoes, filibustered the bill for more than 11 hours—and wasn’t allowed to eat, speak off-topic, or even use the bathroom. As the clock neared midnight, cheering crowds successfully stopped a vote from making the deadline. Afterward, she made the quote above to reporters at about 3:20 a.m.
Not to rain on everyone’s parade, but that’s from Texas Gov. Rick Perry. In spite of Wendy Davis’s vote-blocking filibuster, Perry fully intends to hold a special session of the Texas Legislature on July 1 to try again to pass his precious abortion bill SB5. And it’s predicated to be a successful attempt. Perry also said Davis’s filibuster was a “hijacking of the Democratic process” and said she “was the daughter of a single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas Senate.” Ready for Round 2, Wendy?
Angelina Jolie made her debut in the United Nations Security Council to urge officials to make rape punishment a priority around the world. Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, had some harsh words for the council. She described some particularly horrendous instances of rape: “Boys held at gunpoint and forced to sexually assault their mothers and sisters. Women raped with bottles, wood branches, and knives to cause as much damage as possible. Toddlers and even babies dragged from their homes and violated.” After she spoke, the U.N. passed its broadest resolution on sexual violence in conflict.
What year is this: 2013, right? Just checking. A seventh-grade girl at a Christian school in Georgia was banned from rejoining her football team after the athletic director mandated that the “official policy is that middle school girls play girl sports and middle school boys play boy sports.” Maddy Paige and her mother, Cassy Blythe, who said the quote above, are determined to keep fighting against sexism. Check out her Facebook page, Let Her Play, which is campaigning for female athletes everywhere to be allowed to play whatever sports they want.