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Happy Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the contributions of women in history, is celebrated in March in the Unites States, United Kingdom, and Australia. It coincides with International Women’s Day on March 8.

In 1977 the National Women’s Conference in Houston, TX brought together women from all walks of life demanding basic rights like equal pay, affordable childcare, and judgement-free healthcare options (aka access to safe abortions). Women certainly have come a long way since 1977, but women’s rights are still imperfect.

During the 1977 conference Maya Angelou read a poem to the crowd, she said, “We promise to accept nothing less than justice for every woman.” We owe it to the women who came before us and all our young girls to finish the fight.

Nintendo Releases New Switch Console

 Nintendo’s Switch console went on sale March 3 for $300

 Mario stands outside a pop-up Nintendo venue in Madison Square Park, March 3, 2017 in New York City.

Nintendo released its newest game console on March 3, 2017. The major selling point is the adaptability of the system: play inside on a TV, or unplug and take it on the go as you would a tablet. Unlike other gaming companies, Nintendo is known for making changes in how games are played, not necessarily the graphics, which is why so many adults look with nostalgia to Nintendo products.

Trump Addresses Congress

President Donald J. Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC on February 28, 2017. Traditionally the first address to a joint session of Congress by a newly-elected president is not referred to as a State of the Union

President Trump addressed a joint session of Congress this past week. The speech received mixed reviews. On one hand the President spoke and behaved in a presidential manner, delivering points that called for applause. On the other hand, some of his points and declarations were hypocritical.

For example, President Trump promised to “promote clean air and clear water” however, earlier that day he signed an executive order aimed at dismantling the Clean Water Rule. Up until President Obama signed the Clean Water Rule into effect, guidelines for protecting bodies of water were confusing and tended to end in courtroom disputes. The Clean Water Rule made the regulations easy for industries to understand and follow.

Save My Care

Nurses, doctors, health advocates and patients rally together in front of the Save My Care Bus near the Jackson Memorial hospital on March 2, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

The Save My Care Bus Tour is traveling nationwide on a two-month, cross-country tour focused on telling the stories of the more than 30 million Americans that are helped by our current healthcare system and will be hurt if the Affordable Care Act is taken away by Congress.

Albeit the system isn’t flawless, but advocates would rather see system improvements instead of implementing a new system. It doesn’t help that Congress has yet to present a viable replacement and insurance companies are approaching their deadlines for locking in 2018 plans.

A Tale As Old As Time

 Celine Dion, Emma Watson, and Dan Stevens attend the premiere of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at El Capitan Theatre on March 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA.

The long anticipated remake of the classic fairy tale “Beauty and the Beast” premiered this past week. The story features a strong female lead, a refreshing departure from many classic fairy tales that center on a damsel in distress, or worse, a female lead whose only purpose is to marry. Even if you’re familiar with the story, this version uses flawless computer graphics to interplay the human actors with “alive” inanimate objects. If that’s not enough, Emma Watson does an excellent job personifying the role of Belle.