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Tracy has a Breakthrough and Kelly’s Head Explodes

Our Dames are at it again, tasting (and chugging) some wine. Kelly could care less for Tracy’s foo-foo bottle of Cabernet and instead goes for a cheap Pinot Noir.

Tracy shares a story about dresses (in Brazil) that record groping, to expose the harassment women often face in nightclubs, which sparks a conversation about the “touch-and-grab” so many men try. The Dames hope they’ll try this project in Washington to see how different the results would be.

Next topic: Has “feminism” become a dirty word? Believe it or not, men who claim they suffer from sexism appear to have different views on this topic than Kelly and Tracy. Naturally, Kelly’s reaction to the conversation is more Pinot in her glass.

Wonderbra is in The Button! this week. Celebrating its 25th anniversary of giving women built-in boobs. Kelly tells Tracy about a game her husband and her play to guess whether people they see in public are Republicans or Democrats?

Tracy recalls the overachieving Melania Edwards as she relates a beautifully sarcastic response article that paints a much more realistic picture of the lives of working moms.

66% Best Friends

It’s so cold in DC that Tracy almost wore a fur coat and there are toy polar bears climbing up a fake library wall in the studio building. Christmas has officially arrived in Washington.

Today the Dames are talking Bipartisan friendship. Is it something that can exist in this day and age, with the state of our politics? How can you make it work? Is it as simple as not being a douchebag?

Kelly springs a quiz on Tracy: Are they 33%, 66% or 99% close as best friends? The quiz also reveals a topic Tracy loves to talks about in explicit detail.

In The Button!, the Dames address answers to the question “Why do you need two laptops?”  Seemingly a simple question—until they reveal the asshattery behind it.

Tracy, never hesitating to make the conversation more interesting, reveals what she always makes her husband pack in his carry-on. We bet you’ll never guess.

Women Are Equal But Not Equal

Women can do anything men can do, including trek across Antarctica. The Ice Maiden team, six women from the British army, did just that.

The Button! surfaced sexism by the Chicago Tribune regarding one of the five women running to be mayor of Chicago. The social media headline on a piece about Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza read, “If Boss Madigan and Rahm Emanuel conceived a daughter, she’d be Susana Mendoza.” As Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington puts it, “To portray an accomplished, savvy woman with 20 years in politics as the Frankenstein monster love child of two men is as sexist as it gets.”

This leads to a larger discussion: Even though times are changing, some men still credit women’s successes to the men they’ve known and compare everything women do to how a man would do it. As evidence, Kelly shares the story about a progressive man who couldn’t seem to speak of a colleague in anything but pronouns and asks the question, “Is a deeply internalized sexism bubbling to the surface now that overt sexism is shamed?”

Women can do anything men can do, but research shows women get far more stressed about doing anything, even when they don’t have to. Luckily, there are ways for women to manage stress (besides booze and Xanax) that will improve relationships at work and at home.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us to all of you! Thank you for listening. We have big plans for 2019, so stay tuned for more and tell your friends about Dame It All To Hell!

Babywearing for the Win!

Kelly is freezing this week in North Dakota while Tracy enjoys a beer (not wine? Gasp!). The Dames get along and agree when discussing Michelle Obama’s new memoir, Becoming, and they ask, “Did Michelle Obama’s fashion style pave the way for future first ladies?”

Tracy reveals that she once wore her daughter to a business conference when the Dames discuss a meteorologist who her weather report while babywearing. Babywearing for the working mama win!

In the segment now known as The Button! a Tokyo Medical University was found to be changing men and women applicants’ scores to make the admission of men higher, because women leave their jobs temporarily to birth children. How bad is the stigma surrounding woman having babies in the professional world?

Finally, Tracy and Kelly talk about what they plan to do if their husbands die before they do. As women, aging may be hard, but the Dames have a bulletproof plan to make the best of it.

2018 Midterm Election Wrap-up

The Dames are suffering from post-election exhaustion but are really excited about the historic number of women elected to Congress, Governor, and other high-level positions all across the country. Congratulations women!

Everything isn’t rosy, however, as a new report out of the UK shows that sexism in the workplace is worse than previously thought. Worse still, 28% of women considered women to be less qualified for leadership roles than men (along with 45% of men). Tracy and Kelly consider the implications of the report and what women can do to change it.