The Girl Gang Missives Vol. 11



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 asking for help, illustrating our lives, and making their towns accessible, one ramp at a time.[wc_divider style="solid" line="double" margin_top="5" margin_bottom="5"]

  1. Shifting computer science narratives on the big screen: This week at the Tribeca Film Festival, Google's Julie Ann Crommett announced a partnership between the tech giant and The Black List to offer grants to writers working on scripts that will shift the image of computer science and computer scientists in pop culture. Submissions are now open and run through July 15! Apply, babies! (PS I'm still not totally clear on who or what The Black List is so if you know please tell me) [divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2. On money, anxiety, and marriage: When The Toast's Nicole Chung mistakenly received a $1400 credit card bill for a Discover card that she doesn't own, her first reaction was to panic. Her husband's reaction was decidedly more relaxed. In this important essay, she reflects on the incident and the ways in which our experiences with money growing up shape our attitudes, and our partnerships.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  3. Support a coding scholarship for LGBTQ women: This one doesn't need much explaining! Click here to learn more about the Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship Fund for LGBTQ Women.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  4. 2 women, $1.7 million and 1 app changing the construction industry: I have always maintained that if I had money to invest, I would give it to Tristan Walker of Walker & Co. and Mallorie Brodie of Bridgit. Both are entrepreneurs solving real problems -- and primed to make a lot of money doing so. This week I was thrilled to hear that Mallorie and her co-founder, engineer Lauren Lake, closed a $1.7 million round of investment to fund their software which allows builders and developers to catalog and manage deficiencies during construction. Congratulations![divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  5. Akilah needs our help: It can be easy to forget sometimes that internet fame doesn't always translate into financial gain. But the reality is that many of our most beloved writers and YouTube stars are barely getting by -- and it can only take one catastrophic event to send them under financially. Unfortunately, that is the case for the tremendously talented Akilah Hughes (AKA Akilah Obviously). She is currently facing extensive medical bills and is raising funds to help her get treatment and get back on your feet. Get well, Akilah! We are rooting for you.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  6. Bridging the gap, one ramp at a time: Very proud to see the work being done in my home town by accessibility activists Olivia Keays and Chris Binkowski! The duo have teamed up with a local tool library and are building ramps for any business that wants one.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  7. Feel all the TV feelings: Guys, I fucking love television. So obviously I felt a lot of feelings when I watched this beautifully-edited montage of the very first and very last frames of beloved TV series, created by Celia Gómez. You guysssssssssss.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  8. Inside the private lives of women: "IT'S US", I wrote to my friend, sending her an image from this beautiful collection of illustrations depicting the small, mundane, everyday moments that make up the lives of young women.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  9. Something giggle-worthy for the road: On the radical, nay revolutionary, male sex novel.

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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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