Beto Breaks a Record
The Dames kick this episode off with Beto and the record amount of money the middle-aged, white guy was able to raise in the first 24-hour period after he announced his run for the presidency. Kelly and Tracy know that anyone believes they can run for the presidency in this day in age, but how sexist is it that men raise the most money and get the best media attention? It seems women must prove themselves qualified to be president and men don’t.
The Button: Boys Club at the Grand Canyon
This week’s Button centers on an openly gay female superintendent who was appointed head of the park rangers at the Grand Canyon. You guessed it…the men she oversaw wanted her out and ultimately filed a complaint. Even though an investigation eventually cleared her, she ultimately resigned. You might be surprised by how Tracy and Kelly react.
#MeToo on Wall Street
On Wall Street, #MeToo is often overshadowed by he-said, she-said situations. The Dames explore the workplace consequences of consensual and forced sexual relations. How do previous relationships fit into that grey area and what happens when those relationships end?
George Conway’s Tweets
Finally, the Dames offer their two cents on the Kellyanne Conway – George Conway – Donald Trump love/hate triangle. Kelly and Tracy agree that George should advocate for his Kellyanne’s success and not threaten to tear it down because he has issues with President Trump, and they offer an interesting theory about what might really be the purpose behind his tweets.
Pay Gap with Female Soccer Players
It should come as no surprise that in this episode, the topic of female soccer athletes making far less than their male counterparts is front and center. The Dames argue that if there was a push among large corporations to back female sports then there would be an increase in revenue resulting in bigger paydays for the female athletes. The Dames pose the tough question, is it sexist to watch men in a sport over watching women play the same exact sport?
The Button: The World Without Sexism
The Button this week revolves around the question, “what would a world without sexism look like?” The Dames find themselves arriving at the conclusion that a world without sexism would allow females to find their voice and space. It would grant them the opportunity to try and fail without judgment.
Gillibrand and a Grey Area
The Dames recognize that there is a grey area between a dick move and sexual harassment. The recent accusation against Senator Gillibrand not handling a sexual harassment complaint properly has the Dames exploring this grey area.
We Need Men’s Help to End Toxic Masculinity
Today’s episode beings with one of our Dames favorite topics, toxic masculinity. The Dames mull over having good men on the side of women feminists. Surprisingly, they both agree that it can be beneficial to females and possibly help men break down toxic masculinity at the same time.
Life as a Modern Mom
The Dames chat with guests Bethany Johnson and Margaret M. Quinlan about their book, You’re Doing It Wrong!: Mothering, Media and Medical Expertise. Their book is rooted in the journey of motherhood from conception to early toddler and how many outside influences are at work on women and mothers in today’s world. The Dames and the authors touch on a variety of ideas from the book like how women of today are similar to those from the Victorian Era. They also discuss the amount of access women have in today’s world but their inability to utilize it all due to varying constraints.
The Button: Woman Cyclist Stopped in Race
The Button this week stars a cycling race in Belgium and the assumption it took on its women athletes. The Dames get a chuckle at the fact a women cycler caught up to her men counterparts that started their race 10 minutes ahead of her. However, the Dames find great fault in the actions taken during the race by her doing so.
Women Supporting Women: Investor Style
Finally, The Dames rave about a flux that is slowly taking place. In a world where a small amount of investor money goes to women entrepreneurs, there is a group of women investors that are looking to make a change. They are investing their money into other women and their ideas. The Dames applaud this as it shows women being proactive in supporting each other to be successful.
Anthony Weiner is Out of Prison
Anthony Weiner has been released from prison after just 15 months in. The Dames are all over this. Weiner was originally locked up for sexting various women, including a 15-year-old girl. The Dames question the severity of the punishment in comparison to the crime and they explore the balance between encouraging young girls to have a positive relationship with their body without influencing their mind.
The Oscars Broke Records
The Oscars broke records this year. A record number of women (15 total) won awards including the first African American woman to win in Costume Design. The Dames give praise to the overly positive speeches on behalf of the winners and agree that the Oscars had a different feel to them this year.
The Button: The Dames Discuss “Bitchy Bosses”
The Button in this week’s episode revolves around the idea that women bosses are more bitchy. There is an expectation in the workplace that a woman should be a “doer” but with more empathy than their male counterparts. As a boss, if you aren’t friendly you come off as a bitch. The Dames start out at odds over this, but by the end of the discussion they agree that there is a difference in the way leadership is judged that is based on gender.
Study Shows Women in Power Equals Fewer Deaths
Do more women in government positions mean better public health? The Dames examine a recent study released that found that when more women are in power there are fewer deaths overall. The Dames ponder if this is due to women putting their focus on different priorities than their counterparts and if the results of their efforts are fewer deaths.
Klobuchar and the Flying Binder
Amy Klobuchar has the Dames conflicted, especially Kelly. Klobuchar is a Democratic Senator from Minnesota who recently announced her candidacy for the presidency. She has a reputation of being a “tough” boss and there are reports of her throwing office supplies at an employee. With a caring public persona and employees that have both loved her and disliked her, should her temperament overshadow her achievements? Is she a crazy lunatic or a caring individual? The Dames are torn and ask if she was a man, would this discussion even be taking place?
The Button: Girls’ Behavior at School
The Button takes place in the “school of real life” this week. Tracy’s recounts an experience her daughter recently had at school where she was disciplined for defending herself. The Dames agree that girls need to be given space to stand up and protect themselves, without facing repercussions for their actions.