Who runs the world? All the womxn & LGBTQ+ running the U.S. after election day

By Kelcie McKenney, Emily Park, and Jen Harris

After Tuesday’s election, the U.S. not only ended up with the first woman—and a half Black, half Indian woman at that—to hold the title of Vice President of the United States, but also with a record-breaking 134 womxn winning seats in the United States Congress.

New Mexico became the first state to elect all women of color to represent the state in the U.S. House of Representatives. Delaware voted in the first transgender member of the U.S. Senate. Republicans elected their first Native American woman to Congress, who will represent New Mexico. And those are just some of the wins for womxn on election day. 

These are the womxn behind historic firsts of Nov. 3’s election:

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Catcall + BABE Collective want you to celebrate and nurture friendships with us

By Catcall Staff

“Women’s friendships are like a renewable source of power.” – Jane Fonda

Have you been missing your friends recently? We have. The pandemic has many of us feeling distanced from our friends, but womxn friendships are one of the most authentic and loving experiences that uplift and empower us. So let’s spend some time nurturing those relationships.

BABE Collective and Catcall have teamed up in a total friendship move (seriously, we’re friends too who want to love and support each other!) to make time for those relationships in our life. Join us for Friendship Hour—a virtual, slumber-party-vibes, babes + besties hang where we focus one loving ourselves and the womxn we surround ourselves with.

We’re kicking off our FIRST monthly Friendship Hour on Thursday, Nov. 5. Yup… two days after the election. We’re going to need some serious love no matter the outcome (GO VOTE. FLIP THE SENATE. WE GOT THIS BABES.), and our friends will need love just as much.

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Help the November election go smoothly in KC with early voting, poll work volunteering

By Emily Park

The presidential election is now less than a month away, and local election boards across the United States are preparing to make assignments for the polls. 

In the months leading up to the election, experts have warned that COVID-19 could cause a deep shortage of volunteers to work the polls. A shortage of election workers forces counties to limit the number of available poll locations, and would likely cause longer lines at the polls for the Nov. 3 election day — which is already projected to have a record turnout.

This election is an important one. It’s not just about deciding whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden will be the US president for the next four years, or which senators and representatives will form the US Congress, or even which officials will take up state office. 

The election on Nov. 3 is about the future of not only our country but the world too. It’s about equality—for women, for people of all races and backgrounds, for the LGBTQ+ community,— it’s about the environment, the economy, the US response to COVID-19, and much, much more. So this is an election we especially want to see run smoothly, and there’s plenty you can do to help.

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It’s ok to be sad and scared about the passing of RBG, but don’t forget to fight for her legacy

By Emily Park
Illustrations by Katelyn Betz

A few days ago I was sitting in my boyfriend’s kitchen, happily chatting about our day and plans for the weekend as he made dinner, when my phone buzzed. 

I picked it up and froze as I read the words in the headline from my news app notification: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87.

I don’t remember exactly what I said next, but I remember exclaiming very loudly and distressed that we—as in the United States, women, the LGBTQ+ community, people of color—were absolutely, 100 percent screwed. 

Then I proceeded to have a spiraling meltdown—trust me, my boyfriend can confirm—for the rest of the evening as I downed half a bottle of premade-Bahama Mamas and my mind ran through every horrifying scenario that the death of this national treasure could cause. 

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