Evergreen Issues: Women Winning Primaries and Dogs Saving the Rhinos

EVERY TUESDAY WE BRING YOU ISSUES THAT IMPACT YOU AS AN OUTDOOR LOVING WOMAN. WHETHER IT HAS TO DO WITH CLIMATE CHANGE OR FEMALE EMPOWERMENT, WE SCOUR THE INTERNET, INCLUDING GOVERNMENT BILLS, SOCIAL MEDIA AND LOCAL AND NATIONAL NEWS, AND DELIVER IT TO YOU – SO YOU KNOW.

1. Women are winning at the primaries

Women are running for Governor in NINE states. Four of those women could be their state’s first female governor ever. This week in The New York Times, it breaks down the numbers for us. It says 28 states have held female governors.Kate Brown It says in 2010 only 14 states had ever had a female governor, by 2018 that number has doubled but still nearly half of U.S. states have yet to take the leap to female leadership.

2018 could be the year women break or at the very least crack the gubernatorial glass ceiling.

Amanda Clayton, who studies gender and politics at Vanderbilt University was recently interviewed for research news at Vanderbilt. She says more women are possibly running in 2018 because they feel excluded by the system.

“We’re seeing women mobilized by their exclusion from political office and by an administration they feel doesn’t particularly seem to respect women personally,” Clayton said.

Read more about why she says women are running here.

2. Dogs Help to Save Rhinos From Poachers

Kruger National Park in South Africa is home to 80% of the world’s existing Rhino population. Last month, one of the rangers protecting the park was killed by poachers in a shootout. In an article posted by NPR, it says:

“South Africa has seen poaching explode over the past decade. In 2007, 13 rhinos were killed by poachers. Last year, that number was 1,028.”

Rangers have high-tech equipment at their fingertips to combat the poaching but their most dangerous weapon? Dogs. The rangers say dogs contribute to 80% of their arrests and could be the reason for the 24% drop in rhino deaths last year.

Is it any surprise that dogs are the hero of this story?