If you think bigots and sexists no longer exist in this world, you are very sadly mistaken. Every day, women face sexism on a basic level, from upskirt photos all the way to not having the right to control our own healthcare.
Unfortunately, news media today often turns into political theater, but no matter where you stand on political issues, we can all agree that women deserve to be treated with respect in the media. For example, when asked to intelligently debate an issue on a news talk show, a woman should not be told, "Know your place and shut your mouth."
When Tamara Holder went on the Fox News show Hannity to debate with Bill Cunningham, two different times, the conversation unfortunately turned to yelling and name-calling.
A non-profit research organization called Media Matters created a video in honor of the strong women who stood their ground and told it straight in the cable news media, and these women are an inspiration to all ladies. Way to go!
In several clips, these women are talking about a woman's right to choose her own healthcare, a topic that is often split by political opinion. But in many clips, these women take up the mantel of every woman everywhere in saying that we need more women in positions of power and that women have every ability and right to be leaders in the workforce.
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry summed up a fantastic point that women of almost all religious and political leanings can agree on and fight for:
© Melissa Harris-Perry Hear hear!
Watch full clips of these debates and interviews here:
Karen Finney Disrupt: Joan Walsh and Sophia Nelson Discuss the "Hillary Papers"
MSNBC: Melissa Harris-Perry, Anthea Butler and Panel Discuss Abortion
CNN Crossfire: Ilyse Hogue and Lila Rose Debate Abortion
FOX News: Bill O'Reilly asks Kirsten Powers and Kate Obenshain about a Female President
FOX News: Megyn Kelly and Erick Erickson Discuss Women as Breadwinners
Any clips of women in the news you particularly love? Let us know @wewomenUSA!