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Hirsch Leatherwood

Out of Scope

Women in the House, Senate, and Oval Office

Plus: Crypto perfume and Hollywood gender gaps

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Happy Friday! This week, we recognize International Women’s Day with an all-women lineup of news stories. But first...


  • Crypto exchange Binance developed a perfume in an attempt to appeal to a demographic historically underrepresented in the cryptosphere: women. The product — developed by a team of women — succeeded in kicking up conversation, though some wrote-off the ‘Eau de Binance’ as a ludicrously ineffective means of dismantling barriers to women in web3.

  • Blogger and creator of the viral TikTok series, “Who TF Did I Marry?” Tareasa “Reesa Teesa” Johnson, has signed with Creative Arts Agency (CAA). After her 50-part series detailing her marriage and divorce amassed over 400 million impressions in less than three weeks, Reesa Teesa embracing Hollywood (and vice versa) once again shows us the line between (hilarious) highbrow and lowbrow content is blurring.

  • Kylie Jenner announced the latest additions to her growing brand and product portfolio: Sprinter, a canned vodka soda line, and Cosmic, her first-ever fragrance. Amidst it all, The New York Times published a profile of Jenner that raises important questions about celebrity commodification – namely, where the Kar-Jenners’ lucrative public personas end and what’s left of their private lives begin.

💡ON OUR MINDS: Women in the House, Senate, and Oval Office

  • While women are steadily becoming more represented in multiple levels of government, there were some high-profile electoral losses this week. Notably, Katie Porter’s shortcoming in California and Nikki Haley dropping out of the Presidential race following Super Tuesday.

  • Many outlets framed Haley’s loss as yet another instance when women failed to break the glass ceiling despite her relatively slim odds from the get-go—once again putting a spotlight on journalism’s role in hindering progress toward gender equality and perpetuating stereotypes.

  • A Pew Research poll published last year demonstrated that 58% of respondents across party lines said showing emotions hurts a woman’s chances of being elected, compared with just 33% for men.

  • These dynamics were simmering in the background during the State of the Union this week, as VP Harris tried to maintain a neutral gaze. Once again, most Democratic congresswomen in attendance wore white as a nod to the legacy of the suffragette movement.

  • There’s no denying that gender continues to play a role in our politics, and looking ahead, we expect it to matter even more as figures like Alabama Senator Katie Britt edge into household name territory and 2024 heats up.


In case you missed these reads.

  • Don’t be fooled by Barbie — ahead of the Oscars this Sunday, it’s worth remembering that only 30 of the top 100 films last year had a woman in a leading role, the lowest count since 2010.

  • The Economist’s “glass ceiling index” reveals that while progress in working conditions for women has been gradual, this year’s average score shows a slight improvement compared to the previous year.

  • First Lady Dr. Jill Biden’s guests for Thursday’s State of the Union included titles reminiscent of her husband’s campaign promises, including an Alabama woman seeking IVF and United Auto Workers president Shawn Fainput.

Thanks for reading,


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