The Girl Gang Missives Vol. 5


GGMBy Nicole BelangerThe 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 leading parenting revolutions, building empires, and designing beautiful hijabs. [divider type="thin" spacing="10"]

  1. On poverty and toilet paper: It's no secret that the poor often pay more for things like food, but thanks to research led by University of Michigan professor Yesim Orhun, we have a study to prove that this disparity extends to other household goods, like toilet paper. In summary, it's expensive to be poor, no matter what metric you use. [divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2. A thousand miles in her shoes: Stories are such powerful empathy generators. There is nothing like a well-crafted narrative to illuminate another person's perspective on the world and forever change your own. This week, I urge you to read What It's Like to Be That Fat Person Sitting Next to You on a Plane.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  3. Horse power: There is something magically calming about being on a horse farm, but the therapeutic power of those beautiful animals can go beyond a few good vibes. Meet a Canadian woman using equine experiential learning to improve mental health and promote girl power.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  4. Broadly goes in on maternity leave: In a nutshell, maternity leave in the US sucks. But if you'd like to watch a short documentary about just how much it sucks, I suggest you click here.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  5. #UnfairAndLovely: This week, colorism was in the headlines as people discussed Nina Simone's family's reaction to the casting of Zoe Saldana in the role of the late singer in the upcoming film, Nina (relevant: Ijeoma Oluo writing on the subject for The Establishment). Pax Jones, a Texas student, is adding her own voice to the broader discussion of discrimination based on skin color with her photo series Unfair and Lovely, which has spun out into its own hashtag campaign.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  6. Uniqlo steps into the US hijab market: After making a splash in the Southeast Asia market last year, designer Hana Tajima is bringing her line of beautiful hijabs for Uniqlo to the United States.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  7. I have both and an empire also: I'm starting to feel like I have a story about the realities of freelancing in almost every single edition of this newsletter...but maybe that says something about the shifting reality of work for young people. Anyway, that's besides the point. What I wanted to tell you is that journalist and author Laura Shin just launched Ideas Word Empires, a community and collection of resources designed to help writers master the business of independent writing.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  8. Indigenous parenting revolutions: This week Gitxsan journalist Angela Sterritt published a profile series on some of the ground-breaking projects offering culturally-relevant First Nations sex education, many of whom are affiliated with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. One of the profiles is about Megan Kanerahtenhawi Whyte, a young Mohawk woman offering land-based parenting programs to her community.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  9. A state-by-state guide to paying for an abortion: As abortions become more and more challenging to obtain in many parts of the US, resources like this list of funding sources compiled by Robin Marty are become increasingly important. Please pass it around to your friends and family. You never know who will need it.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  10.  Something giggle worthy for the road: We settle for the horoscope we think we deserve.[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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