If you don’t know about The Li.st and their founders, Rachel Sklar and Glynnis MacNicol yet, then a) you haven’t been reading my blog!; and b) this interview is a good place to start.

They are the founders of TheLi.st, a membership network made up of “accomplished, connected, badass women committed to pulling each other up and pushing each other out.” Their main goal? To create opportunities for women across all industries to be more connected with one another through their membership network, newsletters, and events.”

Love it! How do we help more women to join fields that they’re underrepresented in? Mentoring is an amazing place to start. Tell them they belong in tech, show them that other women have done it, teach them how to get there.

leanin:

To-do list today: support another woman at work. 

leanin:

To-do list today: support another woman at work. 

(via thesmartgirlsgroup)

newyorker:

According to a recent Oxfam report, wealthy people tend to prefer policies that disproportionately hurt women. Will one more female billionaire make a difference? Vauhini Vara writes about Sheryl Sandberg’s new billionaire status: http://nyr.kr/1e0ZARF

Photograph by Lucas Jackson/Reuters.

This is AMAZING!!! Go, Sarah, go!! 

Sarah Silverman’s genuine and thought-provoking and funny and practical and irreverent plea for reproductive rights and health care and a little compassion for women who have abortions. A must watch.

Another warning from the beauty industry about the dangers of the beauty industry! But seriously, let’s get everyone sick and tired and a little mad about the way media looks at women and our bodies.

The Women who were heroes in 2013!! Love it!

"Be bold. Be courageous." Gabrielle Giffords.

Sweet, strong, brave, learning young women: you are valuable, unique and adequate, just as you are. Self-love can take time, and that’s a-ok. I know that what boys think feels important, but I promise that what you think of yourself is more important. 

Love you lots,

The Generation Just Ahead of You

I gulp every time I try to write about Beyonce. She just overwhelms in all the right ways: she makes me want to be way better; she puts a lump in my throat at how much she has accomplished; and my heart dances every time she does another awesome.

This gulp came from reading theli.st's summary of Bey as “Feminism's Black Santa.” I can't improve at all upon their words:

4. Beyoncé: Feminism’s Black Santa. Here is a woman at the height of all her powers, and she is using all of them. Artistic power, sexual power, intellectual power, feminist power, maternal power, marital power, financial power, racial power, and, well, POWER - as in, the clout of doing a 14-song, 17-video album without it leaking as staggering proof that she is liked, respected and probably feared - plus the power that comes from the huge, grand ambition and confidence of putting it all together as a ginormous package packed with so much and dropped like a rock into the busiest time of year with no marketing save for a midnight Instagram. Beyoncé quelled any debate about whether she’s a feminist - sample Chimamanda Adichie much? - and sprouted a zillion buds that bloomed into overlapping conversations across all of the above via frames like this and guest vocalists like this and casting like this and references like this that had smart thinkers wrestling with the material (like here and here andhere and here and here and here and here and - wowza! - here, plus the hilarious #beyoncethinkpieces hashtag) and made the buzz around “Blurred Lines” seem like a fart in a tornado. Bow down? You bet. POWER. Beyoncé has it, across every facet of her multi-faceted being, and dared to brandish it without apology. Which is the most powerful thing of all. Yep, Santa came early. p.s. If that’s not enough, here she is as actual Santa. Mic drop. 

My list in reaction:

1. Thank you, Bey, for proudly and publicly identifying as a feminist.

2. Y’all should all sign up for TheLi.st

3. Quoting Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in a song is SO COOL!!

250 women entrepreneurs are gathered at the NYU Stern School of Business today for the 4th Annual Women Entrepreneurs Festival. Keynote speaker Anne-Marie Slaughter spoke last night, and today dozens of female entrepreneurs fill out the festival speaking about their ventures - from publishing to products to online sales and marketing to social justice endeavors.

Get it, girls.

“Out of 149 films slated for release over 2014, there are only six from female filmmakers.”

stuffmomnevertoldyou:

Episode: Women on the Hunt

With sport hunting on the rise among women, Cristen and Caroline take aim at the intersection of gender and hunting from early hunter-gather societies to the wild West to its most recent women-led resurgence.

And now listeners can follow along with our podcast sources here.

NYC marketing badass, Cindy Gallop, responds to articles proclaiming that women aren’t succeeding in business, and in marketing specifically, because the talent is just not there.

It’s a ‘How we define what constitutes great work in a male creative leadership-dominated industry where what is deemed creative is set and reinforced year after year by predominantly male ecds, creative directors and creative awards juries’ problem.

• Identify the areas within your agency/business/holding company that are all-male or male-dominated. Change that.

• Don’t change it by hiring or promoting just one woman. She’ll be isolated and surrounded by the status quo and will have to adapt to it, and she won’t be able to make a difference. Two women doesn’t work either. Make it at least three. Three or more women at the top of your creative department, on your management team, on your board begin to make a real difference and change the environment, the culture and the output.

• Do this on merit. (Nobody is suggesting for a moment that you hire or promote women just because they’re women.) Actively search out the talent overlooked in your agency because it doesn’t fit pattern matching.Tell recruiters you want to see an equal number of brilliant male and female candidates for every brief.Demonstrate publicly that you’re part of the New Creativity. You’ll attract the best women—and the best men.

We urge our clients to buy great creative work that makes them uncomfortable, and run it. Well, now it’s time to buy great creative women who make you uncomfortable, and run with them.”

“When you get into a tight place and it seems that you can’t go on, hold on — for that’s just the place and the time that the tide will turn.”
— Harriet Beecher Stowe

Movies passing the Bechdel test (the pathetic, but startlingly rarely met test of a movie’s “favorable” representation of women, which asks whether two women were on screen at the same time, talking to one another about something other than a man) earned more than those that failed in 2013. Yayyy!! LINK

That is encouraging. Sometimes I feel like when women are the only ones onscreen, half of the audience is all “Uck, boring. Where is the machismo and the dudes?” But here is some evidence to say that big audiences like watching Bechdel-passers. I also think it might be some evidence that big movie makers are starting to understand that some more gender parity is actually what people want to see, and they’re acting on it. Woohoo!!

And on the other hand, Stew, Pacific Rim’s lead female was one of the most pathetic female leads I’ve seen in years! She barely spoke. She was submissive and helpless, despite having badass combat skills. Disagree that she was “one of the coolest female leads for an action film in ages.”