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.
These women take responsibility for their successes and failures, and teach us all a thing or two about leadership along the way.
Love TheLi.st being included in this roundup with Brooke Moreland, Jody Porowski, Monif Clarke, Binta Brown, Katie Rae & more!
You never forget your first! Another brilliant turn from HelloFlo.
We’re gushing all over Naama Bloom and her viral sensation, “First Moon Party”
From an email that Ruth Ann Harnisch sent me when I was sunk in a moment of deep crisis:
Soon you will know that it is not selfish to say no to anything that is not powerfully pulling you, irresistibly drawing you, calling you from your most joyful heart place, not your saddest most obligated place. Just like you can’t be poor enough to help the poor to thrive or sick enough to help the sick to be well, you can’t be guilty and obligated and sad enough to uplift people in need. You have to come from your place of abundance and joy and love and strength, the place that builds you up instead of draining you. It seems selfish at first until you begin to see that you are putting on your oxygen mask so that you may assist others.
(from the #NCCWSL14 talk I gave on June 7th, 2014)
Ruth Ann is a gift. More of her wisdom here.
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.