Today, the highest court in the land ruled that the yes, Affordable Care Act violates the religious freedom of certain employers and yes, those employers can refuse to provide contraception coverage to their employees, regardless of what religious beliefs those employees may hold.
That’s pretty bananas — and not just because a decision about what kind of access a woman can have regarding their personal reproductive health was made by five dudes with penises on behalf of more dudes with penises (well actually it was made on behalf of a corporation but apparently those can have penises now, too, as long as they’re only used for praying).
“If there is such a thing as a hive mind, then there must then be such a thing as a hive brain. And reader, it was at this point that the hive brain FUCKING EXPLODED.”—Flashback: My tick tock of last year’s Texas legislature dust-up with the Wendy Davis filibuster and the GOP sleight-of-hand in trying to falsify the vote. One year later it is just as jaw-dropping. #standwithwendy
“It may surprise you, but I found that Hollywood wasn’t begging for a sitcom about a chubby Indian gynecologist who’s unlucky in love but burns through hot dudes every week,” she said. “Well, bad news, Hollywood, that’s what you got. And it’s even harder for you. At least there were a handful of cool women who blazed the trail for me. You have even fewer, which is all the more reason this is so important.”—
Mindy Kaling at Google’s “Made With Code” launch event, via Betabeat.
p.s. Mindy’s all up in coding thanks to her BFF Jocelyn Leavitt, founder of girls-coding app Hopscotch. Visibility really DOES make a difference!
“The fact that we see more and more women shows me that that paradigm is shifting,” Sklar says. “It’s starting to be bad business to go by the old tropes of pattern recognition. The smart money is to bet on diversity and new markets because that’s how we innovate.”—From “‘She Started It’ aims to change Silicon Valley’s Gender Inequity Problem,” by Vivian Giang, Fast Company.
The first time I read “Phenomenal Woman” I was struck by how she celebrated black women’s beauty like no one had ever dared to before. Our curves, our stride, our strength, our grace. Her words were clever, and sassy. They were powerful and sexual and boastful. And in that one singular poem, Maya Angelou spoke to the essence of black women but she also graced us with an anthem for all women, a call for all of us to embrace our God-given beauty.
And oh, how desperately black girls needed that message. I needed that message.
”— Michelle Obama at Maya Angelou’s memorial service, in a powerful and very personal tribute. Full transcript here.
Disney’s Maleficent brought in $70 Million at the box office during its opening weekend. The real significance of the film, however, has nothing to do with revenue. Instead, it represents a cultural shift that can potentially have profound implications for our children.
by Jessanne Collins, former Playgirl editor (and reluctant model)
"Anyone who’s worked in an adult industries will tell you that when it comes down to it, it’s just business. Producing porn feels like producing anything else—spark plugs, catalogs—the only difference is that in this case the materials involved are bodies. In between, it’s just paperwork and networking, like any job."
“#ChangeTheRatio: Founded by Rachel Sklar in 2010, #changetheratio is an ongoing campaign/movement to increase visibility, access and opportunity for women in all walks of their professional lives. When a power list or major industry event lacks female representation, you can bet that the Change the Ratio hashtag will rear its head on Twitter.”—Pleased to be included in “Empowering Women And Girls, One Hashtag At A Time" by Susan McPherson in Forbes.
“But it matters that a year ago, in absence of a detailed story like her bungling of the digital deputy hire, or reporting on missteps and indecision she may have exhibited in staffing matters, the way her shortcomings were conveyed, both by the employees who spoke to Byers and then by Byers himself, was through a story of how she made a male colleague so mad that he hit a wall. It showed how male professional exasperation, even physically expressed, is so easily assumed to be rational that it must speak to exactly how unreasonable the woman in question is. By contrast, female exasperation—conveyed by Byers through another tale of Abramson snapping at a photo editor in the manner of every editor I’ve ever worked for—conveniently also works as an example of Abramson’s irrationality.”—Rebecca Traister, “Jill Abramson’s Firing Was About Gender. And Also Not About Gender. Why we always ask the wrong questions about sexism.”
Five female founders took to the stage at New York Internet Week to tell the stories of how their companies got funding. Each told stories of getting hit on, dismissed, or derided by male investors before they succeeded in finding a good match.
Great writeup of our “Fundraising While Female” panel at #IWNY.
What do you do when you get a Facebook message from a man you don’t know who is 51 years old (which is 24 years older than you are) and it says “You seem interesting ….. and a little damaged. I think…
"I have a thick skin the way you must when you’re a woman with an internet presence," says Katie Heaney. "It’s not even just ‘hate mail.’ I don’t know what to call it, even. It’s just mail we get for being women."
A note to She’s the First supporters and girls’ education advocates on the abduction of 276 girls from a Nigerian school.
"Global estimates state that 1.2 million children are trafficked each year. That means that 3,287 kids are abducted, coerced, and tricked out of school and into forced labor, marriage, or sex work every single day. Count to thirty; the futures of two children have just been rewritten."
“Beyoncé doesn’t just sit at the table. She builds a better one.”— Sheryl Sandberg on Beyoncé, aka this year’s cover for the annual Time 100 “most influential” issue. 41/100 are women - a record. (About time.)
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“If organizations aren’t committing resources of some kind (manpower or money) to addressing the problem, I don’t believe they are actually interested in structural changes. My recruiting assistance may help my community get entry level positions, but the fundamental power dynamic within the organization won’t change. When they’re asking me for free advice without any incurring any additional costs, they demonstrate an interest in mitigating the risk of a negative press cycle, not in solving a problem.”—