The Girl Gang Missives Vol. 4


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 having none of it (at least not the ones on SCOTUS), telling their adoption stories, and following up on old emails.[wc_divider style="solid" line="double" margin_top="5" margin_bottom="5"]

  1. Step aside, Instagram teens: At the intersection of "things our youth-obsessed culture is missing out on" and "envy-inducing instagram accounts" is this roundup from the Design Sponge herself, Grace Bonney, of 10 Can't-Miss Instagrammers Over 40.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2. YouTube makes a smart investment: As Cindy Gallop once said, "there is a lot of money to be made taking women seriously." This week, it appears that YouTube took that wisdom to heart. Alongside the Geena Davis Institute on Gender In Media, the company announced the creation of a production program for female filmmakers on its platform. I can't help but think that the fact that YouTube's CEO is a woman helped a bit in getting this done. More lady CEOs, please![divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  3. Freelancer mat leave? Can there be such a thing? When writer Jennifer Chen found out that she was pregnant with twins she was thrilled. But as a freelancer, the excitement of a pregnancy can be colored by concerns about making ends meet after the baby arrives. In an interview with Ellen Sheng for FastCompany, Jennifer shares how she was able to create her own DIY freelancer mat leave.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  4. Taking a new look at adoption: After many weeks of patiently waiting, there was an audible squeal of delight on Twitter this week when Catapult's essay series, Adopted, edited by The Toast's Nicole Soojung (an adoptee herself), went live. Might I suggest grabbing a coffee and diving in this weekend?[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  5. Styling the seated body: Although there may not be any fundamental difference in the clothing tastes of people who navigate the world on foot and those who use a wheelchair, the clothing needs of the two groups are often quite different -- with the needs of the latter often being ignored by traditional designers. That's where Toronto's Izzy Camilleri comes in. She is the designer behind a stylish and functional line of clothing geared towards the seated body. Read all about her work here.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  6. The SCOTUS ladies are having NONE of it: And it is just so goddamn delightful. This run down of their legal antics during the first day of arguments in the landmark TRAP law case should keep you laughing long enough to forget, at least for a few blissful moments, that American women are still fighting for their right to abortion. Ugh.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  7. Meet the Director of Product for Hillary for America: This week Amandah Wood of Ways We Work interviewed a very cool woman about the, umm, ways she works: Deepa Subramaniam, the Head of Product for Hillary for America. If you've ever been curious about what roles in product really involve, or what a career path that puts you on Hil's might team look like, you should definitely read their chat.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  8.  Something giggle worthy for the road: Just looping back on this.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]

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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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