Conquering SXSW (welcome, New York Times readers!)
Every year at SXSW, we host a great event for women in tech and new media to celebrate and highlight their accomplishments, introduce them to each other and present a visible, physical reminder that the industry is not comprised solely of white dudes in hoodies.
Last year we were delighted to be sponsored in part by Posse, a great app for seeing what your friends recommend in a town (Microsoft was our other sponsor). Posse founder Rebekah Cambpell wrote a terrific article for the NYT about how her team made a huge splash at SXSW without a huge marketing budget - including sponsoring our event! She wrote that she was delighted to be able to give a speech. That’s her above giving it.
If you’re coming here from that article, welcome! Last year’s party was the official SXSW launch of TheLi.st, a network and media platform for women and sister-org to CTR. We have an expanding membership network, a newsletter, and most recently, an anthology out on Amazon Kindle called “The 10 Habits of Highly Successful Women.”
download our Kindle Serial including essays from Stacy London, CNN’s Sally Kohn, MSNBC’s Nisha Chittal, the NYT’s Jenna Wortham, Newsweek’s Paula Froehlich, Make Love Not Porn’s Cindy Gallop, and more - at $1.99 it’s cheaper than your daily coffee, with no mid-afternoon crash
Because if it was actually about equality every bit of the name wouldn’t need to scream WOMAN or FEMALE. If it were about equality it would be a non-specific term, non gender specific. Yet for some reason you demand it be all about FEMALES while at the same time screaming…
If you are not a comedian, you may not be aware that - for comics - this is a season not just for resolutions, but for soul crushing self-doubt. Thank you, year end/new year lists. Every year at this time all these lists come out of “Best Comedians of last year!” and “Comics to Watch Next Year!”…
10. BRIANNA ROLLINS. This 22-year-old Track and Field star is the American record holder for the 100m hurdles. The three-time NCAA champion ran for Clemson University and turned pro this year, becoming the 2013 world champion in the 100m hurdles. If you’re feeling sluggish, watch this!
Love celebrating the awesome women (and girls!) of 2013.
“Can we halt this epidemic once again? Of course, or at least the dangers can be greatly reduced. But of the more than a million Americans who are infected with HIV (there are fifty thousand new cases a year), many have no decent health care, and nearly a third are not even aware they are infected. Racism, homophobia, and poverty continue to drive much of the epidemic. Minorities have the highest infection levels and are least likely to have access to satisfactory medical attention or drug treatments. Obamacare will help, but how fast or how well, nobody yet knows. This should be repulsive to us all; those people need education immediately, but there is little public funding available to teach young gay African-American men how to have sex with each other safely. That’s the society we seem to have become.”—“What Young Gay Men Don’t Know About AIDS,” by Michael Specter in the New Yorker. This is an important piece, and warning.
“If you’re a woman in a roomful of men and you bring in the coffee and the pastries, you’re the secretary. If you’re a women in a roomful of women and you bring in the coffee and the pastries, you own the room.”—- Lea Goldman, Features & Special Projects Director at Marie Claire magazine (in conversation, just now)