The Girl Gang Missives Vol. 8



By Nicole Belanger The Girl Gang Missives is a weekly report on the badass things that women are making/creating/building/writing.

[dropcap background="no" color="#333333"]T[/dropcap]his week, the women are burning things, testing tampons, and fighting global warming.[wc_divider style="solid" line="double" margin_top="5" margin_bottom="5"]

  1. Save the bees, make the cheddar: This week the internet let out a collective "awh" when we read about the story of 9 year-old entrepreneur Mikaila Ulmer of Sugar Land, TX, who recently landed a lucrative contract with Whole Foods for her signature lemonade. But what you might not have read is that Mikaila's business was actually born as an environmental mission: saving the bees. How awesome is that?[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2. The only gifs that matter: Assorted women burning assorted things, animated. You're welcome. (Thanks to Rebecca Schinsky for the tip.)[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  3. Don't ask about my junk: And other tips for being a better human from non-binary writer Sam Escobar. Note: While this is technically a newsletter about things that women are doing/saying/writing, I decided to include Sam's piece even though they are non-binary because I thought it was an important and illuminating article that needs to reach far and wide.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  4. On being Muslim in the wake of a terror attack: This week in The Establishment, writer Sarah Hagi shares her experiences with violence and islamophobia as a Muslim woman living in the west in the wake of violent ISIS attacks.  [divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  5. Whoopi's got your hookup: I will never forget throwing up outside the portable during grade 10 history class because my cramps were so bad my body just couldn't take it. (Now I just get diarrhea and I'm not sure if that's any better.) While I probably would've been too young at that point to hit the blunt (does anyone say that anymore??) in an effort to relieve my pain, I am now a grown-ass woman who does what she wants and is very excited about Whoopi's Old Fashioned Menstrual Marjiuana. May I suggest using these to smoke it?[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  6. All aboard the Code:mobile! This summer, the Code:mobile, a very cool computer lab on wheels, is travelling across Canada teaching kids 21st century digital literacy skills. What I find so inspiring about the Code:mobile is that it is truly a woman-driven project (no pun intended): it is the brainchild of Melissa Sariffodeen and Laura Plant, the amazing design of the truck was created by Nat Cooper, and just this week blogger and developer Brit Hemming was brought on board as Tour Manager! Follow their adventures on Instagram.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  7. The great tampon-off of 2016: If you aren't quite down with diva cups or pals with pads (god, I'm awful, eh?), check out Rose Eveleth's super-thorough test of leading tampon brans to determine which one gives you the best bang for your buck. 60 tampons went in. One winner came out.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  8. Solidarity for the planet: This week The Root brought us the story of Rue Mapp, a Black woman from Oakland, and Princess Daazhraii Johnson, a Neets’aii Gwich’in environmental activist based in Alaska, who have come together to protect land known as the Arctic Refuge. Motivated by the shared struggles of communities of color facing the most dire consequences of climate change, the two women are leading an effort to protect the sacred Gwich’in land through the We Are the Arctic coalition.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  9. A GGM community shoutout! If you're interested in informative and honest conversations about chronic illness and disability, you're going to want to check out InSickness+InHealth, a podcast run by Girl Gang member Cara Gael.[divider type="white" spacing="10"] 9.5 Also, another podcast: Everyone's fav Jessica Williams is coming to WNYC with her new podcast with Phoebe Robinson, 2 Dope Queens. Check out the preview here.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  10. Something giggle-worthy for the road: Don't even try to tell me you haven't fallen down this particular Instagram rabbit hole.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]

Until next time, and remember that there’s always room for more girls in the gang.

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Now, over to you…

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NicoleBelangerPhotoNicole Belanger is the founder of Fourth Hour, a collection of original content that celebrates and supports everyday women in their daily lives. She is the author of the ebook On Resilience, the creator of the Conversations With Her interview series and the send-er of the Girl Gang Missives every Friday morning.

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