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NWLC’s Weekly Roundup: March 19 – 23

We’ve been celebrating and talking about the Affordable Care Act second anniversary all week long, so today I’m going to bring you some non-health-care-related stories. Here’s what you can look forward to: dunks in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, speaking out against street harassment, a new interview that follows up on last week’s bullying documentary on the Cartoon Network, and Amelia Earhart – found at last?

Who says the girls can’t play like the guys? Check out the video of 1-seed Baylor’s Brittney Griner dunking during the Bears’ March 20 NCAAW tournament win vs. 9-seed Florida. Baylor is now headed to the Sweet 16. Brittney’s the second woman to dunk during the NCAAW tournament, and this is the sixth dunk of her college career.

Cool as her moves may be, dunking isn’t Brittney’s favorite. Instead? “My big thing is blocked shots; that's my favorite thing to do.” And you know how the saying goes – offense wins games, but defense wins championships.

Speaking of the NCAAW tourney, in case you need it, here’s the latest bracket.

 

Okay, next: I love this video. It’s a response to street harassment from men, calling out other men who harass women. I’d like to think that most women already know that street harassment is not okay (and really is not fun to experience) so I’d like to give a thumbs up to the guys that made this – especially since just the other week, the spokesperson for the metro system here in DC responded to incidents of sexual harassment on metro by (now infamously) saying that “One person’s harassment is another person’s flirting.” Ugh.

 

We’ve been talking about bullying a lot lately. This week on NPR’s Tell Me More, Michel Martin hosted a discussion with Jean Cheese, Jolene Ivey and Rosalind Wiseman (the latter the author of Queen Bees and Wannabees, the book that inspired the movie Mean Girls) to talk about bullying. Jean Cheese – the mother of Aaron Cheese, who was featured in this past Sunday’s bullying documentary Stop Bullying: Speak Up – didn’t even know that her son was being bullied until she saw the documentary. As Michel, Jean, Jolene, and Rosalind discuss, kids often don’t tell their parents they’re being bullied, and for a variety of reasons. “It’s embarrassing to tell your parents and … you’re also worried that your parents are going to freak out,” Rosalind explained.

Want to hear more? Listen to the interview (or read a transcript of it) here.

 

Here’s a story I thought was pretty neat – Hillary Clinton is helping to launch a new effort to locate Amelia Earhart’s plane after she disappeared over the South Pacific 75 years ago. Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were attempting to fly all the way around the earth when the vanished.

While Clinton won’t be wading in the surf and looking for artifacts herself, she’s met with The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery – an organization that believes Earhart and Fred Noonan may have disappeared while on Howland Island, known as Gardner Island at the time of their disappearance. The groups suspects that Earhart and Noonan may have lived for weeks on Howland Island after landing (or crashing) there.

Click here to read more on this story.

 

Lastly – okay, so I might have lied about that whole “break from health care in this blog” thing. Quick plug for our newest video, “I Will NOT Be Denied,” which you can watch below. After you check it out, be sure to sign the petition to tell your leaders and opponents of affordable care that YOU will not be denied at www.iwillnotbedenied.org.

That’s all for this week! What have you been reading? Let us know by sharing a link in the comments or emailing it to me at djackson(at)nwlc(dot)org.

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