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benita long was on the front lines of this pandemic, she was an emergency department nurse in alabama who died from coronavirus complications on thursday. the hospital where she works remembers her as a nurse who made a difference in the lives of so many people. she leaves behind a husband and two children. she was 63 years old. may they rest in peace. and may their memories be a blessing. the following is a cnn special report. ♪ >> my body, my choice. >> what is amazing to me is, how much progress women have made despite trying to fit into a system that wasn't ever built to have us. >> we've come quite a long way. but we're 208 years away from gender equality in our own country. wow! >> we've got to finish the business that was not finished 100 years ago.
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>> #metoo made everyone stop, pay attention and listen. >> part of the legacy of the harvey weinstein story is that we need to see these problems. >> we are the popular vote. >> it's all right at the surface. >> it's sort of been happening for a long time, and it's not just in hollywood, it's across many different communities and cultures. >> so you're part of a small group of women in the history of the united states who have actually run for president. >> carly fiorina. >> we all knew what was going on. >> senator kamala harris is joe biden's running mate. >> the first black woman in the united states senate. >> i don't think i've ever said this publicly. >> a lot of black feminists, myself included are bitter about this suffrage anniversary. >> the history for black women is one of perseverance and diligence, but also deep racial oppression.
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>> typically we think that history is what happened. history is not what happened, history is who tells the story. ♪ there are more than 20 historical figures in central park. but not one of them is a real woman? >> no. so the first statue of women in central park is going to go up right here. tell me about how it started? >> well, it started with an observation that there were no women in central park.
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so the question is, where are the women? and after 160 years of public space with no real women, we decided this is the 21st century, women shall be represented. and we tied it to the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment of the u.s. constitution. >> how does it feel now when so many statues are coming down, and there's such controversy over statues to be putting one up? >> actually, there are many going up with women, which is really exciting. >> i was contacted by someone in the committee to tell me that this statue was being built and that my great grandmother was slated to be incorporated into the statue. but what i saw is the design is that elizabeth katie stanton and susan b. anthony were on the
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statue and my great grandmother's name along with 21 other women's names were on a scroll. and seven of the names out of the 22 were women of color. >> how did you feel when you realized that? >> i tried to think about how my great grandmother would feel about having her name written on a scroll that's coming down off a desk that elizabeth katie stanton and susan b. anthony are sitting. i felt like she would not consider that to be an honor. ♪ >> in american history as you fight for women's rights, there were many black women who were instrumental in that? >> absolutely. absolutely.
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>> sojourner truth and ida b. wells. >> absolutely. this park had zero women, so in my opinion, if we could have in here, if we could have 20 in here, yes, yes, yes. >> did you see the issue of race when you looked at it? >> i don't always judge everything by race. i think it's actually denigrating -- i met the great great great great grandson of frederick douglass. he's one of the most beautiful people i know. i mean, forget beauty. it's the beauty of soul, the beauty of spirit. >> i think it's important for black people to see themselves in public spaces. women of color were involved in the suffrage movement. there were hispanic, asian and native american women involved in the suffrage movement. i think in every way, it's important to tell the whole story of what this country's history is.
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♪ >> they built on 1776 and they made their own declaration of independence. and that's when they said all men women are created equal. and that became the start of the revolution. >> matilda jocelyn gauge who was one of the leaders of the national women's national suffrage association wrote, we are not asking for a new right. we are asking for the restitution of a right that our
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foremothers had. she knew. and the suffragist knew that women had voted in the colonies, it actually was a right that was taken away from women after the revolution. ♪ >> i think typically we think that history is what happened. history is not what happened, history is who tells the story. part of i think our white arrogance is the idea that history begins once white people get here. once white people arrive, the party starts. then reality, the party was going well before white people got here. and in fact, it was a better party, even perhaps than we have today. women of the six nations of the
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iroquois confederacy had a voice on this land where i'm standing right now 1,000 years ago. on the shores of onondaga lake. elizabeth katie samson saw women who had control of the economy in ways. she knew that they were the deciding factors in situations of war or peace. and so having a model allowed them really to dream the possibility, not just of equality. not just of the vote, but of a transformed world. it's really not even a process of women in the suffrage movement working for their rights. they were working for legal existence. once women married, they were
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considered dead in the law. elizabeth katie stanton called for a transformation of society. she called for an end to capital punishment, corporal punishment, she believed that a woman should have control of her own body. she was revealed for talking about a woman's right to have a divorce. i want her to be remembered for those things. the progressive elizabeth katie stanton. but i also want us to remember the racist elizabeth katie stanton. the woman was not perfect. she never acknowledged that she grew up in a slave owning household. and i think she never really took accountability for his racist statements. that's the imperfect elizabeth
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katie stanton. the centennial, the 100 year anniversary opens up the possibility of us really finally telling the honest true story. >> it's a perfect opportunity for us to talk about how barriers when they fall don't fall for everyone. the great failing of the suffrage movement was the platform was a platform of white supremacy. >> they made the argument, give women the right to vote because white women out number negroes and immigrants. and woman's suffrage is a way to maintain white native born supremacy. >> african-american women basically didn't get the right to vote really until 1965 in the
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voting rights act. native american women who choose to vote really weren't able to, in some cases until the 1950s. and even today voter suppression continues on. especially for those groups. >> i think that's why a lot of black feminists, myself included are very bitter about this suffrage anniversary. yay, women got to vote, but which women. >> how do you feel about this anniversary of 100 years, is it something to celebrate? >> yeah, i mean, i do think that it is something to celebrate 100 years of an amendment being made to the constitution, but i also think it needs to come with an asterisk and a caveat and a footnote. >> i'm glad that women got the vote, obviously, as a woman who votes. but as a black woman who knows how long we had to wait to get
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the right to vote, i want that acknowledgement to be public and consistent and ongoing. it's uncomfortable but most of our history is uncomfortable. i think we have to face it and sit in that discomfort to really create progress. >> i do believe that we have made incredible strides toward equality in america for women. >> you can see that by looking at every sector of the workplace, whether it be engineering or being a doctor or a lawyer or judge. >> i think there's a lot more to go. >> we are still hearing of firsts when it comes to women in different positions. the first black woman that, or the first hispanic woman that. >> we have this immense fear of seeing other than a white dude in a position of leadership. so, yes, progress has been made.
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there's still a long way to go. ♪ >> this year is the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage, what does this moment mean to you? >> well, it marks an incredible passage of time, and in one sense i feel like, okay, we've made progress as women. but in another sense, i feel like we just haven't made nearly enough progress. >> i think it's interesting that this anniversary is coming right at this moment in time where i feel hopeful for the first time. i feel like so much of what so many women of color, what so many activists have been pointing us toward for so long, it's all right at the surface. how broken our institutions are, and how far we still have to go. >> i think as a culture we are becoming more literal in
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feminism and seeing more women in particular publicly claim feminism. it also shows again how virulent misogyny is that people considered feminism a slur. >> it's not just like something we're trying to get rid of, it's not an annoying fly we're trying to get rid of, it is the thing. it's going to take a lot longer to undo all of it. >> in the united states, the world economic forum did a survey and looked forward at the data, we're 208 years away from gender equality in our own country. wow! ♪ >> to marginalize us.
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>> when you talk about political power, there has been real progress there too. certainly. you still have women far out numbered by men in political office. >> oh, absolutely. we are still 83rd in the world for women's representation. and we only have a quarter of the seats in congress, there's a long way to go. it's easy to see the things we haven't achieved yet. what is amazing to me is, how much progress women have made despite trying to fit into a system that wasn't ever built to have us. women are now the majority of voters, they are almost half the economy, half the workforce, and i do think it's exciting to think that we're at this cusp now. women are the most powerful political force in the country. >> have we made a lot of
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progress? yes. but as the first woman to ever lead a fortune 50 company, if i look at corporate america today for example, there are more men named james or john, take your pick, who are ceo's in the corporate 500 than there are women. think about that. >> we went from 20 employees to 100. early on when i founded the honest company, i was saying, why can't we get more executives that are women, and why can't we get more leaders that are women? and i did have some folks that
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work with me, women, once they have kids don't want to work. i think when you do have a lot of people who judge women in particular who choose to have any kind of personal life, more or less decide to have a family and think maybe they're less valuable. it's like, you have to hide the fact that you have a family in entertainment, you're not going to be looked at as desirable. it's very similar in business, it plays in both places. >> how has hollywood changed? >> i think that because there is an awareness of the injustices, it now allows space for more opportunity. but opportunity doesn't happen overnight. >> we have to make sure that we create many, many, many more pathway pathways.
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♪ >> how are you making decisions melinda, on where to spend the money? >> i'm investing in taking down the barriers, that is not having things like good paid family medical leave or looking more deeply at harassment, barriers that hold women back, but also key sectors where women, we need them to come forward, those would be like politics, finance, technology, because it's so important. and media, telling our stories, if we can tip those four industries and truly get them over the mark of halfway gender neutral, wow! you would change society. >> it's a new day in america. >> do you ever think to yourself, wow! i'm a trailblazer and it's about wearing pants? >> when i first showed up at the senate, the guard didn't want to let me in the door. pnc knows business keeps moving.
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>> do you ever think to yourself, wow! i'm a trailblazer, and it's about wearing pants? you wouldn't have thought that that would have been a place you had to blaze a trail. >> right, right. >> when i first showed up at the senate, the guard didn't want to let me in the door. until someone told him that's the senator from illinois. >> it's a new day in america. >> it took 25 years from your election as the first black female senator in the united states of america to elect another. that was kamala harris. now, she is the democratic vice presidential candidate. how do you feel about that? >> i think it's terrific. i'm delighted. and i couldn't be happier, the fact is, having a black woman on the ticket for the presidency for the white house, i think is a major step forward, so i'm thrilled.
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>> we have a chance to choose a better future. >> it is very rare for black women to aseed to positions of power. for this to happen, we should not take this moment for granted. >> the first black female vice presidential pick. and first asian female vice presidential pick. >> what were some of the challenges about being first, being the oath winly one and tht one in the room. >> i don't think i ever said this publicly. i stepped on to the national stage and fell flat on my face. >> give it up for carol moseley-braun. and i guess i was not prepared for all of the unwritten rules. and i wasn't prepared for the expectations. >> hi, senator. >> hello. >> at the time i was the only black person in the senate. so that was difficult.
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because it's like, when issues came up having to do with race, i'd be expected to be the one to respond to it. it's like, wait a minute, i have to represent illinois, i have to represent every black person on the planet. it's like, how is this going to work? >> 1992 is what people will call the year of the woman. what people don't realize is, prior to 1992 there were only two women serving in the u.s. sena senate. ultimately you got four more women elected. and they were all democrats. women are currently still only about 23% of congress. so the number of women in congress rises very very slowly over the years. and one reason for that is, getting elected to something like congress is a very difficult proposition. >> makes me very proud -- >> incumbent members of congress get reelected at rates at well over 90%.
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our elections are really expensive. it costs well over a million dollars these days to get elected to a house seat. it's multimillions of dollars to get elected to a senate seat. that's been a challenge for all types of new groups, trying to break into office, including women. >> i'd like to introduce my mother, the next governor of texas. >> my mother influenced everything about my life, and still does. >> i think the most important thing she taught me and taught other women is, don't wait your turn. don't wait to be asked. start before you're ready. >> women really worry that they're unprepared to run for office. if they don't have the answer to every single question that a potential voter may ask them, that they're not qualified. this is not a worry that i think any man has ever suffered from.
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>> you're the one person in the world that could make me change over to another party. >> the other part that i would say is the role of the media. >> do you think america is ready for a president that is both black and a woman? >> america hasn't been ready for a lot of things. >> the media sends the wrong messages to girls and women. >> do you think the soviets may be tempted to try to take advantage of you simply because you are a woman. >> we saw that in the coverage of many female candidates. >> she's kind of compelling, she's adorable in the way a 5-year-old child can be adorable. >> when we see a woman who is outspoken, ambitious, loud, bold, she makes us uncomfortable. because she is stepping outside of the roles that we have assigned for women. and what we do with that discomfort is we don't trust her. >> hillary for president. >> it's absolutely no surprise that america is so far behind in
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embracing women leaders. >> when you think about all the countries in the world that have had women leaders and yet this country has not had a female president, why do you think that is? >> well, i i think we have an unusual view of women in the united states. and on the one hand we don't want them to be too ambitious, and yet they have to show their power, but also be very nice. that is a tremendously difficult balance to hold up. i think we have not updated our norms and thinking when what female leadership can and should look like. there's not one type of female leadership. >> some of the people i admire are angela merkel in germany and jacinda in new zealand. >> i think it's meaningful that many of our allies in other countries have managed to break
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that barrier. we're supposedly the leaders of the free world, but maybe not so free when it comes to gender. >> the men have ruined it, our country is a mess. it's time to give a woman a chance. >> you've run for president of the united states? what sticks with you now about that experience? >> i can remember people bringing their daughters to my speeches. >> we will take the men only sign off the white house door. >> and one guy said, i wanted my daughter to see that a woman could run for president. >> carly fiorina. >> so you're part of a very small group of women in the history of the united states who have actually run for president. there was the moment during the campaign that -- well, you'll never forget it, when then candidate trump referred to you to a reporter, and he said look at that face, would anyone vote for that? could you imagine that face as
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our next president? when you first saw that he said that, about you what went through your head? >> my first reaction was to laugh, honestly. and the reason i laughed is because i had been dealing with this all my life. been there, done that. men have complimented my appearance as a way to diminish me, and men have degraded my appearance as a way to diminish me. >> i think women all over this country heard very clearly what mr. trump said. >> i think she's got a beautiful face and i think she's a beautiful woman. >> many people asked me afterwards why i didn't turn to him and smile and acknowledge that compliment. i said, because it was as
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inappropriate for him to compliment my appearance as it was for him to denigrate my appearance. that's why. >> and i'm going to fix it, because i agree with you. >> she walks in front of me, you know, and when she walked in front of me, believe me, i wasn't impressed. >> i, donald john trump, do solemnly swear. >> that last election was a wakeup call, it was discouraging for a lot of women. >> we have to remember that misogyny is not gendered it's deeply ingrained inside of women as it is in men. >> honestly, she should be locked up. >> the fact that deep racism and
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when i became a manager for the first time and i had subordinates, wow! that was a big deal to me. and my boss introduced me to my new subordinates. and the way he introduced me was to say this is carly, your new boss, she's our token bimbo. >> i'm sure that was one of so many attempts to humiliate, demean or minimize you. >> the short answer is, there were. the first time i was supposed to meet our client. my colleague said to me, you can't come meet the client because we're going to a place called the boardroom. it turns out the boardroom was a strip club. i ended up going.
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my male colleagues tried to get the young women come over and dance for them. three women approached our table and said, not till the lady leaves. and i experienced this moment of connection and empathy with women i didn't think i had anything in common with, and yet we all knew what was going on. honestly, that was a moment of grace for me. >> you were the first female ceo of a fortune 50 company, hewlett-packard, that was in the late 1990s. here we are 20 years later, 27 of the fortune 500 are women, only. >> i mean. is shocking. >> operations is here, social marketing is there. digital marketing is there. >> i guess i didn't really understand the gravity of how your sex and gender and gender
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biases really play into business until i was trying to raise money for the honest company, and walking into many rooms, venture capital rooms and literally, i think i can count one woman i ever met with out of probably seven vc firms we sat down with. and even today, when you look at the amount of investments that go to men versus women, it's quite the gap. >> being heard is really only possible when you achieve a critical mass. critical mass is based in science, and it's the idea that it's the point at which you can
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no longer stop a chain reaction, in fact, having one woman is considered a token. considering two women is worse for those women, because they're considered either collaborators or archenemies. it isn't until you get to three out of ten, where it just becomes normal. >> as a woman and a black woman, you can't live your life in america for long without recognizing the reality and the persistence of discrimination. and pay disparities in terms of access to opportunity. >> women earn 82 cents for every dollar earned by money. and when you break it down by race and ethnicity, you see that those gaps are even larger for women of color. women of color particularly black women earn 62 cents for every dollar earned by a white
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male. there are many different factors that drive that disparity. there are things like differences in education, or how long a person has worked for a particular employer that are reasonable explanations for why a disparity might exist. there's a portion of that gap, and some estimates, 38 to 40% of it that is unexplained by those factors, and it's that piece that people think is related to discrimination. >> why is this so difficult to fix when it is very easy to measure problem. >> well, i think you have people who don't necessarily want to fix it. what i do know is, when you provide transparency on pay, and you actually show the data, it forces a company to change. and so we have seen a few ceo's say, we're looking at our data, and oh, my gosh, six months later, we have to come back and
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raise more women managers and raise pay more. you. >> said recently that women are living within an antiquated economic system. what exactly did you mean by that? >> we don't have any of the protections that we need, equal pay, access to affordable child care, all those things, but women have just continued to forage forward. >> somehow i feel like this involves me. >> on the set of l.a.'s finest, i was -- i joined -- sort of took a ten-year kind of break as an actress, about ten years. >> bad girls? >> yes. >> you don't see women starring in action. it's primarily men. and it's just fun. but i was breast-feeding my son, and i had had him 2 1/2 months before, i have a great support system and i weren't back to work. i did say to everyone, i'm going to be taking breaks to nurse my son or to pump.
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>> you've said businesses today treat pregnancy as a nuisance. >> we still don't have policies that require across the board regardless of your employer prenatal care, paid family leave and paid care after you give birth. i mean, i hear heart breaking stories, i'm sure you do too, about women who have literally had to go back to work two weeks after giving birth. >> i wonder why is something that is so obvious to anyone with children the lack of child care in the professional environment, why is that so difficult to achieve? >> part of it has to do with women's underrepresentation in congress. if we had more women with seats in congress, this would have been passed a very long time ago. women know the struggle of working and raising and raising a family. and it's very real. most married couples now where they have a child, 64% of them
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♪ as women our reports of harassment and abuse have been dismissed and ignored for so long. >> i refuse to be reduced or limited because i'm a woman. >> we need a resurgence of the women's movement. >> when i joined the new york times in 2016 i came in as an investigative reporter on the then team that was covering the 2016 presidential race. some of the first and biggest stories were about trump's treatment of women. >> i see her barking like a dog. >> she's unattractive in every sense of the woman. >> i moved on her like a [ bleep ]. >> what we realized over the course of many months of reporting were that there were
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numerous women who had allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault against the president. >> his hand started going toward my knee and up my skirt. >> he grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again very aggressively. >> it was against my well, 100%. >> oh, yeah, that's donald trump. he just stuck his hand up my skirt. >> i will confess that i was not quite sure where the country stood on the issues of sexual harassment and sexual assault heading into 2017. on the other hand i also saw the thousands and those ands of women who showed up in washington. >> hey hey, ho ho, donald trump has got to go. >> hey hey, ho ho, donald trump has got to go. hey hey, ho ho, donald trump has got to go. >> i was at the march with every friend that i have with my wife, with my mom.
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i remember feeling just so overwhelmed with hope and awe and love. and i remember feeling so not alone. >> this has really been a day for the history books. the pictures tell a story, the story is about women standing together trying to make their voices heard. >> a powerful eclectic group bringing their message for equal rights for all women directly to the steps of the white house. >> accusations of sexual harassment against harvey weinstein -- >> numerous allegations of sexual harassment. >> stunning new york times report detailing multiple accusati accusations. >> jodi and i were starting to hear more and more stories, eerily similar stories of women, primarily actresses who had had very troubling and disturbing encounters with weinstein. >> he opened the door to the
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room -- >> fully naked. >> buck naked. >> asking me to give him a naked massage in the bed. >> he was blocking the only exit out. >> harvey weinstein used a variety of tactics to try to stop our investigation. he used these high prices, you know, former israeli intelligence agents who thousands of dollars if they could stop our reporting. >> yes, we sit here with harvey weinstein in prison. over 100 women have come forward with allegations against weinstein. it is an incredly shocking number. it speaks to the more horror of the weinstein story. how could this guy have racked up 40 years of obligations and all of this remained silent.
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>> can you help us understand the culture? you know, something that would make harvey weinstein and what he did not just possible but, you know, generally, widely known and tolerated? >> i think that the culture and community that is created in any environment, whether it's hollywood or in corporate america or in any of these environments where you have a group of people that are at the top that just don't have to live by the rules but can implement rules others. >> the question we're really asking is, what drives social
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change? and our answer is that facts do clearly documented evidence, people's stories, women's stories, you can't solve a problem you don't see and a part of the legacy of the harvey weinstein story is that we need to see these problems much more clearl clearly. if you do have any stories on anything that you went through of sexual harassment that you had to endure and get through and it was really hard for you, is there any sort of a story that you might be able to share with some of the young women especially watching? >> i was told that after i had my kid, i was not an executive who is running a studio, president of a studio said that
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i wasn't -- he used much crasser words, basically, i wasn't desirable any more because i was a mom now and moms aren't that. and i just can't believe that this person would say this. well, i'm going to have dinner with the guy and let's just really talk about what is he actually talking about? and i went right in i'm like what do you mean? like what are you talking about? like what is this? and it basically came down to him and his personal desire and his opinion of who i chose to have a child with and marry and i think that's sort of what got me to stop caring so much about my career in hollywood as it had been and these people running this business, i don't need them.
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ha. i was sexually violated by my father as a child. it's made it very difficult for me to trust and refuse to recognize and acknowledge that fact and that it had affected my whole life. >> do you have anything that ever happened in your own career, in your own life, whether it was abuse or sexual violence or professional sexual abuse that happened to you that has influenced who you are? >> absolutely.
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i actually do. i don't know any women who don't in my own case and my father was an abuser with my mother. >> i had been assaulted in my parents' home by one of their dear friends. >> you have written very openly in your book about i can't imagine to acknowledge which was an abusive relationship you had at one point in your life? >> yes, it was very hard to share that story. >> sexual violence is sa public health crisis. we are still living in a country where one in five women will experience sexual violence in their lifetime. we are still living in a country where 60% of black girls will experience some sort of coercive sexual violent experience by the time they are 18. we are still living in a country where native women and indylannous women have the highest rate of sexual violence in america. >> women still fight to be believed. women still fight to seek
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justice. >> stop the violence. >> reporter: for many years until reforms in 1970s, reports of rape but not reports of other crimes were subject to more stringent standards of proof. >> it is a deal. it's not in your head, are you not crazy. >> we saw in our nation's criminal laws, codification of skepticism of women's stories, the notion that false reports are common and women are not to be believed. in reality, we know the problem is actually too little reporting. studies estimate between 5 and 25 rapes are ever reported. >> actress mellissa mala no sparked a rallying cry heard around the world. >> two words have become a rallying cry on social media. >> hashtag me too.
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>> me too was inspired by my life by being a black girl survivor. >> women have been responding in droves. >> we are seeing this all over the country in various professions. >> exposing the disturbing scope and sheer magnitude of sexual assault. >> when me too went viral, you had 12 million people in one day. >> i came forward to say this thing has affected my life. that number removed exponentially over the next year and it's continuing to grow. >> it's awful, but it's sort of been happening for a long time and it's not just in hollywood, it's across many different sort of communities and cultures. >> under the me too hashtag -- >> it's whether the political world or the ration industry. >> to the world of media to capitol hill and beyond. >> #me too made everybody stop, may attention and listen. the #metoo movement is about
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moving forward to do the work to interrupt and end sexual violence. >> since the #metoo movement erupted, we seen congress introduce legislation after legislation designed to solve this problem. we have the solutions available. the only problem is, are we brave enough to take them? or are we afraid of too much equality? ♪ i have been waiting for your call ♪ >> we plant the seeds and they grow and they grow. and with the #metoo movement, the seed has grown to a point where what was acceptable in 1960 is not acceptable today.
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>> if only we can come together and understand the power that we have and we understand that if we just show up and vote for, during all of the elections, then we can decide how we want to operate in the world and we can decide who we want to put in positions to fight for our rights and to really, you know, face all of those injustices that are put upon us. >> me too. >> me too. >> me too. >> me too. >> me too. >> how are the barriers different for women of color? >> women of color have a double whammy. you have to deal with racism and
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. based on my experience's a woman in america, as a woman, i see progress. but as a black woman, i don't
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see progress. what does mean being dark have to do with anything? everything. >> i nknew that gender equality in my race were two things that were being discriminated against constantly. and i really want to to be chang changed. >> i am both black and a woman. and as a black woman, i find that there are days when i'm just not sure what is more of a pain in the -- >> how are the barriers different for women of color? >> women of color have a double wham whammy. you have to deal with racism and sexism. >> i had been an activist to demand greater opportunities for people of color, greater opportunities for women.
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whether it was about racial equity or gender equity, there was a way in way the conventional thinking about it was not capable of including women who were people of color and people of color who were women. so i went to grad school and came across a case that seemed to really explain what the problem was and not in a good wa way. the case was against general motors. it was a black woman who represented several other black women saying that they were being discriminated against as black women. the court basically said they couldn't make the claim because the employer did hire black people and they couldn't make the claim because the employer hired women. now, of course, all the black people that they hired and promoted were generally men and
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the woman they hired were generally white. so intersectionality was basically a metaphor for courts who consistently couldn't see that the way black women experienced race discrimination was sometimes different from the ways that black men experienced it and gender discrimination was sometimes different from the way white women experienced it. >> the history for black women in the work force is one of pers sooerns and diligence but also -- perseverance and diligence, but also in slavery when black women were working around not paid. that history of being underpaid and under valued and still being treated as if their own personal needs were irrelevant. that history continues to this day. if you look at the data over a 40-year career, black women are estimated to lose just under a
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million dollars. >> i experienced pay inequities throughout my career. for example, i got an advance of $15,000 from a bad feminist which is a joke. to know how matter you work you will be paid pennies on the dollar for what your white counterparts are making. it is incredibly frustrating and despiriting. >> women are increasingly bread winners. when you look at women of color, you find black women 60% almost two-thirds are either the sole or primary bread winners for their families compared to around a quarter of white women. >> four or five of us believe there is something better on the other side. >> women are incredible leaders. we're breaking barriers and succeeding in careers that our mothers and grandmothers never
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could have imagined. >> and if you look at women of color across this country, they are fighting and leading in every corner of our country every day. >> there is no story of suffrage suffrage. there is only a story of black women. >> when i think about ida b. wells, i think of someone who was fiercely courageous, someone who would go to places that almost no one would go, male or female to try to get the real story about lynching. >> i started to become more curious about how my great grandmother navigated her world. >> how did she do it? >> she investigated some of the most horrific crimes in american history. >> she was very strongly influenced by her father, in particular. >> she grew up watching her father make his voice heard and so i think she believed that her voice was also important. >> she had to go up against
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white feminists who, many times, did not stand with black women and black people against lynching. >> and she join scs a whole lit, a whole group of african-american women that we need to remember. marianne chad carrie, who is the first african-american woman to publish a newspaper in north america. the suffrages. >> recy taylor, a black woman who was raped and none of her assailants were ever brought to justice. >> in the civil rights movement, we don't hear about diane nash or amelia boynton or victoria grey. when we hear about the women, we hear about them as helpers. even coretta scott king, over and over we get a race up to black lives matter. we have a movement that is on from the brains of ingenuity of three black women.
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then we start hearing about men. >> say your name basically is a way of completing our understanding of what anti-black police violent looks like. ♪ i'm going to say her name >> many of us were caught up in the struggles against police misconduct but hasn't been lifting up the names of black women who were killed by the police. it's the case of tunicha ander-on-and brianna taylor is killed in her bed in her sleep in ohno-knock warrant. >> and brianna taylor's murderers are still walking arou
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around. . >> black women have higher rates of excessive force at the hands of the police. black women die at higher rates than other non-black women at the hands of the police. but black women are also sexually harassed by the police and raped by the police. >> we find when brack women report having been sexually a harassed, they need to be believed. >> when i come to the table, i bring all of me to the table. >>. >> that's what needs us to tell a fuller story to see how gender and race has created a role in creating the different kind of experiences of actionen american women in american society.
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♪ take the good, with the bad ♪ live the life you want to have ♪ ♪ send it off, with a bang ♪ it's looking really good! ♪ [whistling] [indistinguishable muffled words] ♪ . good morning. it's thursday, the last day of april. it's 6:30 a.m. on my way down to the urgi-care center. >> i'm doing a night shift tonight. >> how are you guys doing? >> and i will be responsible for
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consults on covid patients. i'm about to go in. the first thing i have to do is i have to change my clothes and efforts to protect my family. >> i guess when i left my house today, i sort of had mixed feelings. on the one hand, i left my kids at home so that i could go and fight this war along with my colleagues. >> my name is dr. melanie malloy. i have a little bit of a stressful morning with my children trying to get them set up for home school. i am a widow, so i don't have a partner to help me with them. >> one of the things covid has done is exposed the gaps in our system. >> now my day is over. my hospital day is over. >> i think that we need to completely revolutionalize our care-giving system. how are we going to support, you know, women who are now juggling full-time roams and trying to
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work from home or have to go back to the workplace if we don't have, you know, child care in place. >> if the students do come back into the building, it's really like a 90% chance right now i will end up dying to make sure my personal babies are saved. >> women are squeezed at every end of this pandemic. women were among the first workers to be furloughed and laid off. they at the same time are to be working in jobs considered essential. >> covid is a once-in-a-generation catastrophe. >> for the world, for our country, for julynerable people and -- vulnerable people and for black women. because the society is not one in which everybody has an equal chance to actually work from home. less than 20% of black workers were able to work from home and it's likely that that percentage is even higher for black women as it is for other women of color. these are not simply natural
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features of our society. these are not simply the product of choices that people make. they are the product of structures, the intersectional vulnerabilities that covid lays bare. ♪ . >> how will that date feel to you? >> it's a realization that women are a part of our country. we want representation. i don't think of it as just a moment. what i do is i think of it as
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something enduring. >> what do you think the best way would be to honor, to remember, to teach people about your great grandmother? >> actually, i have been working for the past 12 years on a committee here in chicago to have a monument created in honor of my great grandmother and as i started doing research about monuments, that's when i learned so much information about the great disparity that there is when it comes to women's representation in public spaces in every way. but then when it comes to black women, specifically, there's just so much work to be done. >> dr. king had a dream. we hold the candle and that candle does not extinguish. the flame of justice does not extinguish. >> i think we are at a moment in
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our nation's history where key actually have to make progress on festering issues. let us talk about the issue of systemic racism. >> you have to have a real commitment to racial equality and robust other forms of equality as well. if one part of that commitment is moving forward and other parts are moving behind, then we don't have a fundamental platform for intersectional justice. >> i think that one of the toughest things about the womens movements in the past have been that they were often elite womens movements and they didn't bring earn along. that to me is when we will have equality, is when everyone is at the table. >> we cannot leave the gay community and the transcommunity behind because it's
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inconvenient. civil rights are civil rights. everyone should have them. >> what i feel about this new wave of feminism is the jender is one little part of it. what i see and feel now is the attitude, the banner is all who are born are equal. not just who are women, but who are binary, but who are trans, but who are disabled who are latin x who are black, who are indigenous. >> we're in the process of a revolution right now. and it is women's sights but it's also the change in the whole social order and economic order and we are going to decide which direction we go in. >> if 23 are able to look at this moment where we're celebrating the 100th anniversary of one piece of the denial of the right to vote having fallen, if we can use this moment to say, we've got to
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finish the business that was not finished 100 years ago. the best days for this society are ahead of us. but they're only ahead of us if we can make good on the promise of what the 19th amendment was about what the 14th and the 15th amendment were all about. that's got to be what we are about now. ♪
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