HI HILLARY, THE BOOK NOT TO READ & LAUGH LAWS
This Week's SEEN HEARD KNOWN Recap.
“I’m back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance.” — Hillary Clinton
A featured speaker at the Women for Women International luncheon on Tuesday, Clinton discussed the organization’s work in conflict zones and post-conflict zones. Women for Women is a non-profit dedicated to supporting women worldwide who have survived war, poverty and injustice. Interviewed by CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, Clinton spoke on the Trump administration’s lack towards women’s rights, the lack of women at the security and defense tables and how misogyny and Putin played a role in the 2016 election.
Oh to know what could be instead. Clinton is writing a book about the election that will come out this fall. “It’s a painful process reliving the campaign,” she half-joked.
When asked if she takes responsibility for losing the election, Clinton owned her signature stance. "I take absolute personal responsibility," she said. "I was the candidate. I was the person who was on the ballot. I am very aware of the challenges, the problems, the shortfalls that we had." As theoretical fists raised in but-what-about frustrations, she offered her opinion on extenuating interferences like the Russians, WikiLeaks, FBI Director James Comey and of course — misogyny.
“Women’s rights are the unfinished business of the 21st Century. There is no more important, larger issue that has to be addressed.” Watch the full interview here.
From a White House daydream to reality...
On Tuesday, Ivanka Trump released her second book, Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success — because that’s what women of today’s world need, career advice from a 35-year-old working for her father for free. Ivanka is donating all proceeds from the book to charity and has chosen to opt out of promo, avoiding the addition of yet another bullet point on her “improperly utilizing the White House platform” list. Presenting the book as a personal project, she’s stated that it was written before the election, from the perspective of “an executive and an entrepreneur.”
The Assistant to the President unfolds a world where the female's greatest challenges are sacrifice and determination. “During extremely high-capacity times, like during the campaign, I went into survival mode: I worked and I was with my family; I didn’t do much else. Honestly, I wasn’t treating myself to a massage or making much time for self-care.”
Since we're all laughing now...
Code Pink activist Desiree Fairooz was arrested during Jeff Sessions’ senate confirmation hearing for an IRL LOL. The punch line? When Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama said Sessions’ history of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.”
While Fairooz’s attorney is asserting the burst of laughter was “totally spontaneous,” prosecutors are proceeding in the case against the 61-year-old protester claiming "disorderly and disruptive conduct" intended to "impede, disrupt, and disturb the orderly conduct" of the proceedings.
In the ’80s, Sessions was rejected as a federal judicial nominee because of his un-equal attitudes on race. Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King Jr., wrote a nine-page letter urging congress to block the appointment, stating that his place on the bench would ““irreparably damage the work of my husband.” Sessions has a documented history of challenging legislation aimed at LGBTQ rights and anti-immigrant laws, plus he once claimed the Klu Klux Klan was fine, until he found out they smoked pot.
Fairooz's impulse seems natural and totally understandable, considering. Maybe, if you don't want laughing or crying in a congressional hearing, then don't make sad, sad jokes.