Friday, March 10, 2017

This Week: For the Ladies

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"There is no magic to achievement. 
It's really about hard work, choices, and persistence"
- MICHELLE OBAMA
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Hey there! And welcome to our first newsletter-ish? Feel free to leave your shoes on. 

This week has been a dizzying but productive one. Wednesday was #daywithoutawoman so I took the day off and fought the urge to look at my emails. With the weekend upon us, I'm looking forward to catching up on some writing and a Sunday movie date. 

March is Women's History Month, so it's only fitting that our first Friday newsletter is all about the ladies. There is work to be done and a lot of fighting ahead of us to protect women's reproductive health care, control over our bodies, eradicate the pay gap, and a lot of deep meditation and mindful breathing to understand why our razors cost much more than men's, our contraception is a topic of discussion inside government buildings, and consent seems to be such a confusing topic, but hey, baby steps. The projects spearheaded by women at the moment are plenty and with so many interesting articles to read, it was hard to feature only a few. 

In this edition, two boobies-themed articles are highlighted: An incredible piece in New York Magazine where 57 New York women were asked to draw their own breasts on a postcard and share their feelings about them; and a series of essays on one of my favorite blogs, Joanna Goddard's A Cup of Jo. As someone who wore real bras in the 4th grade and has had many frustrating fitting room sessions where none of the blouses made it past my chest, these pieces are very close to my heart. For the series Five Things, five Instagram accounts that scream Girl Power! are featured, each highlighting a particular area of women's lives. 

Oh and before I forget, have you noticed how many female-driven shows are on TV right now? Girls, Big Little Lies, The Mindy Project, The Good Fight, The Bachelor's Women Tell All? (That show only has one star and it's not the bachelor...).





There are so many incredible Instagram accounts to celebrate women right now. Whether it be to promote women's health, encourage female entrepreneurship, highlight women's creativity, or celebrate our bodies (in all their glorious shapes and sizes), these are just five of my current favorites. 


Women's March, FEMALE COLLECTIVE, The Strut, Planned Parenthood, Brown Girl Bloggers



New York Magazine

 57 New York women draw their boobs and write
one sentence on how they feel about them

Ali Mitton

a themed series by Cup of Jo


Spotify

PS:
Spotify is celebrating Women's History Month with some amazing playlists. Have been listening non-stop to Women of Jazz, a compilation of Sylvia Plath's poems & conversations with 2 Dope Queens.



Have a lovely weekend xx