Namely, the right to choose to both work and have a family.

As Sheryl Sandberg also says over and over, Dechert partner Miriam Gonzalez Durantez reiterates, “I tell young women that the most career important decision you’ll make is who your life partner is. It’s more important than anything else you’ll decide because everything else is much more easily changeable.”

Nicely said, Miriam.

"In her new book, "Not That Kind of Girl," Lena Dunham reveals that while in Oberlin College, she was sexually assaulted by someone at her school."

The audio is at the bottom, jump right to that. Lena talks about when she was assaulted, and tons of awesome analysis about the many many complexities involved in sexual assault. Howard has some interesting male perspective to add, too.

"I remember Amy being three months pregnant at the end of 19 weeks of shooting and it’s 11:30 at night and everyone’s starting to feel it and Amy will improvise an extemporaneous rap about the crew and go around punching people. She’s the head cheerleader and the quarterback of the team at the same time." Nick Offerman

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The new “Yes means Yes” standard of consent in Cali. And GQ’s 9 kind of lovely signs you’re having awesome, 100% consensual sex!

It doesn’t have to be rape to suck. Gosh, that says enough.

Thoughts on sexual encounters that don’t necessarily fall within the legal or traditional bounds of what we call rape, but nonetheless display harmful gender norms and unequal power. 

Read up.

This is an awesome op-ed in the NYT by Tara Mohr on the criticism women tend to face at work, why and how it can bother us so much, and how to make it all easier to handle. 

I think it’s great information, and a great strategy to make work more enjoyable and to keep the focus somewhere great.

Snippits:

76 percent of the negative feedback given to women included some kind of personality criticism, such as comments that the woman was “abrasive,” “judgmental” or “strident.” Only 2 percent of men’s critical reviews included negative personality comments.”

Criticism stings for all of us, but women have been socialized to not rock the boat, to be, above all else, likable…What other people think and say about us matters, a lot.

In the context of these influences, what allows women to become free of concerns about the reactions they or their work will provoke? I’ve found that the fundamental shift for women happens when we internalize the fact that all substantive work brings both praise and criticism.”

Fantastic! Fantastic! Fantastic! Fantastic! Fantastic!

via stemettes:

Elena Serova the first Russian woman sent to the International Space Station, will be there for 6 months. Here she is just before lift off #womeninspace #womeninSTEM #womeninengineering

Women: still making space history.

Go, Elena! Have fun!

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Tina’s daughter Alice recently turned 9

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Women: we are being lied to.

Click-through for a myth-busters sesh on the bold and subtle lies we can be told. See messages like, “You can’t be strong and feminine,” “women aren’t as good at math and science,” and “maternity leave cuts down on your productivity.” 

Busted! These ain’t true :)

But her fame may have less to do with her anointment as her generation’s chief representative than with her refusal to be famous on anything but her own terms. It’s entirely possible that she’s an icon precisely because she doesn’t speak for anyone else, because she has the exceedingly rare ability to be 100 percent herself, 100 percent of the time — or at least to come off that way. This would be a remarkable achievement for anyone, and for someone who is both young and female (conditions that historically have not been the most favorable for marching to the beat of your own drum), the combination of extreme self-reference and extreme lack of vanity feels almost like a supernatural power. ” — Meghan Daum 

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Talking about domestic violence. Part 1

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Amy Poehler on being 32 flavors and then some. 

Story here.