Good Morning Washington Joins The Dames
This week, The Dames are joined by Autria Godfrey and Eileen Whelan from Good Morning Washington! Eileen has been a Meteorologist at Good Morning Washington for seven and a half years, while Autria has been a Reporter and Anchor for eight. The Dames and their guests discuss overall appearance on television and how male executives often determine what they should wear and how their hair and makeup should be styled. It leads to a conversation about men’s tendency to ask women if they are “old enough” for their job, strictly based on appearance.
The four women explore a recent development: two women anchors on the desk of Good Morning Washington and other major news shows. While there has been uncertainty in the news industry about whether two women can hold their own, the guests and hosts agree: the biggest critics of women news anchors are often actually older women.
The Trail: Sexism Mixed with Ageism
A recent article by the New York Times identifies a difference between the coverage of men and women on the campaign trail are getting. Often, a woman is described as being either too young or too old to run for office, with no “perfect age”. The Dames think the cards are stacked against women who enter the politicals, especially at the presidential level.
We join the Dames today on your favorite podcast covering sexism as they enjoy wine in a can. Hold on to your britches because Kelly and Tracy get feisty with each other in this episode, and agree there are just some things they will disagree about until they’re dead.
Congresswoman Tlaib Curses
The Dames begin by talking about the statement Congresswoman Tlaib from Michigan made on Swearing-in Day that caused an uproar. She said, “We are going to impeach the motherfu@#$!.” Kelly argues that it’s sexism – a double standard for women. A man (Trump) has used the same language and gotten away with it. If you can’t beat him, might as well join him, right? Tracy thinks that Talib has tarnished all the achievements that came with her election to office. Get yourself some popcorn; the discussion gets heated and entertaining.
Courage to Run Back at It
Frieda Edgette joins the Dames to discuss Courage to Run, a nonpartisan 5k run/walk based in D.C., and its path for 2019. Courage to Run is growing and plans to use the political “off” year to build up support for women to live healthy and lead effectively. You can listen to the first time we spoke with Frieda here.
Elizabeth Warren and Likeability
Finally, The Button has Kelly and Tracy talking about Elizabeth Warren’s Presidential Run once again; it’s only been a week since she stepped into the presidential election and the lady shit has already hit the f#$% fan. What is the issue surrounding women candidates? If the issue isn’t likeability than is it just sexism and misogyny? Or is there more to it than that?
The Dames are feeling like Hollywood stars today! They’ve had full hair blowouts and have a shit-ton of make-up on for their video debut—all so the world can see a different side of them…but you’ll have to wait for that.
You know it is going to be a good show when Tracy starts by saying “this is going to be uncomfortable.”
The Dames are at odds over an article in Politico Magazine about what it’s like to be a female political consultant. Tracy argues against its anecdotal bias and “whiney” sound of the article, while Kelly’s stance is that it has to be anecdotal—it’s women’s stories, after all. Tracy gets sensitive (for a change) as the Dames discuss different aspects of the business that historically, has been primarily male-based. Is that fact based on sexism or a lack of women helping women? One thing our Dames agree on is the game needs to change!
Tying into the previous topic, Kelly introduces an article that Steph Curry wrote discussing how men and dads need to step up for women and join the fight for women’s equality. Kelly and Tracy discuss the gender roles in their households. They pose a strong question, how do we achieve diverse voices in this day and age?
It’s all so fucking heavy, so let’s start “drinking with the wine”! Maybe not the best wine this time…but one of the best episodes EVER.
The Dames get right into it and agree that Brett Kavanaugh was a complete douchebag when he got drunk as a teenager, and spend some time considering how rape culture starts really early in people’s lives. Tracy points out that no one asks why men rape, just why women did whatever they did., and wonders whether good men realize how many of their female friends have been assaulted.
Then she reacts…atypically…to Trump’s tweet. And Kelly loves her for it.
Hang on for a wild ride, Damers!