Mad, Mad As Hell, & Madder Still: Hillary Women One Year Later Punch Our Way To The Voting Booths | Take Note, We Are Just Getting Started


It's one year later -- one of the worst nights of my life. I drank more vodka than I want to admit. If Mika on Morning Joe opened her Bernie-loving trap on Nov. 9, I would throw a high heel at the TV and hopefully smash her away forever. 

Writing for Harper's Bazaar, Jennifer Wright reflects on that awful night a year later and the day after women hit the voting booths, inflicting serious pain on the Republican party in our first reckoning after Hillary's defeat. 

I watched as millions of women excitedly gathered in secret groups to support Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. There they talked about what an exciting moment in history this was. They did not venture out because their husbands might not like their vote, or Bernie voters might yell at them, or someone at their work might not like it. We saw at the time, I think, no contradiction in being posed on the edge of ultimate victory for womankind and also secreting ourselves away to make ourselves completely unobjectionable. We were always supposed to be unobjectionable.

So quietly, unobjectionably, we waited. We baked cakes, and chilled champagne, and put stickers on suffragettes graves. And so many of us thought how especially satisfying it would be to see a woman win against a man who was repeatedly accused of sexual harassment, who bragged about sexual assault, who seemed to embody the worst of what women encounter from men.

"It became clear that you can be the most qualified woman and still lose to the least qualified man."

On November 9, we woke up, and Donald Trump had been elected.

That was like a spell being broken. All across the land, women woke up and realized we were never going to get where we wanted to go by playing by the rules. Even if you walked the tightrope of acceptable feminine behavior perfectly, even if you managed to sidestep every trap laid for women, you would still never to get to the top. The bar for men was so low they could slither right over it.

And I think something inside us broke. Some dam within so many women that kept them quiet, that kept their anger tucked away, pent up all the times women smile politely when we feel like screaming. That dam burst.

And every furious moment we’d tried not to think about came flooding forth. We were awake, and we were righteously angry.

Audrey Azoulay Becomes First Jewish Head Of UNESCO As US & Israel Withdraw Support


France's former culture minister Audrey Azoulay narrowly beat Qatar's frontrunner Hamad bin Abdoulaziz Al-Kawari to become UNESCO's first-ever Jewish director general. Her election came a day after the United States and Israel pulled out of the UN culture and education body, alleging anti-Israel bias. Azoulay grew up in Morocco and has family in Israel, writes The Israel Times

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley drew a hard line in announcing the US withdrawal from UNESCO on Thursday: “Its extreme politicization has become a chronic embarrassment,” she said, citing a “long line of foolish actions” including designating the Israeli-occupied ancient city of Hebron as a Palestinian world heritage site. Haley also criticized the organization for keeping Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad on a UNESCO human rights committee.

“U.S. taxpayers should no longer be on the hook to pay for policies that are hostile to our values and make a mockery of justice and common sense,” Haley said. The US currently is in arrears to the organization of about $500 million. 

UNESCO's outgoing director genera, Irina Bokova,commented to Foreign Policy in advance of Azoulay's election. 

“While I’m not entirely surprised by this move, I always thought something more was at stake,” Bokova said about the U.S. departure. She acknowledged that the U.S. departure, coupled with that of Israel, is “a blow to the organization. It will certainly take its toll.”

Rejecting the claim that UNESCO is anti-Israel, Bokova acknowledged that the US departure, with Israel, is "a blow to the organization. It will certainly take its toll."

Jane Fonda Has a Fierce Tongue On Trumplandia For Town & Country November 2017

Jane Fonda for Town & Country November 2017 by Max Vadukul

Jane Fonda for Town & Country November 2017 by Max Vadukul

Helen Mirren, 72, appeared on the cover of Allure's September 2017 issue, calling for an end to the term 'anti-aging'. " . . . we know we're getting older," L'Oréal's face added to the dialogue. :You just want to look and feel as great as you can on a daily basis." 

Now Jane Fonda, 79 and a L'Oreal spokesperson since 2014, has joined the natural trend, covering the November 2017 issue of Town & Country. Fonda launches into a blistering interview with Brooks Barnes, the day after President Trump's ad-libbed 'fire and fury' threat toward North Korea. 

“I’m almost 80, and so to say that I’ve never experienced this kind of nightmare before in my life is saying something,” the 'Frankie & Johnny' Netflix star tells Barnes. They talk about Trump for a few minutes before the interviewer steers the conversation to Fonda's "latest career resurgence."

“Who gives a rat’s ass?” Fonda exclaims, leaving Barnes off-kilter. “Oh, I’m sorry,” Fonda replies. “It’s just that, with everything going on in the world, our country, it’s really hard to talk about myself or entertainment right now.”

In a nutshell, this is Jane Fonda for her entire life. 

After 57 years in show business (not counting a childhood spent in the limelight as the daughter of Henry Fonda), she is still working nonstop, starring in the hit Netflix series Grace and Frankie and teaming with Robert Redford for this fall’s romantic drama 'Our Souls at Night', which won the duo Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement at the recent Venice Film Festival. Coming up next for Fonda is 'Book Club', co-starring Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen, and Candice Bergen. The four play longtime friends whose lives are jolted after they read the raunchy 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.

Read on at Town & Country: Jane Fonda Has Always Been on the Move -- and She Has No Plans to Slow Down Now'. 

Images by Max Vadukul