The Girl Gang Missives: Vol. 15



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 leading world-class hospitals, getting girls into sports, and calling out alcohol-soaked startups.[wc_divider style="solid" line="double" margin_top="5" margin_bottom="5"]

  1. One Neat Thing: Amandah Wood has two primary passions: making things of her own and sharing cool things that other people make with the world. At the centre of that venn diagram is her new daily newsletter project, One Neat Thing -- which is exactly what it sounds like.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2. A recovering alcoholic's take on boozy startup culture: For years, Sarah Jane Coffey struggled to balance her passion for startups with her commitment to her sobriety. Now, in a piece for Medium, she reflects on the very real toll that startups booze-heavy culture takes on employees (both drinkers and sober folks alike). [divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  3. On marriage after miscarriage: Dr. Jessica Zucker is committed to using her voice to create a cultural shift around the way we talk about miscarriage. In order to do that, she often writes deeply personal essays about her own life experiences. So when I heard her say that this piece on marriage after miscarriage might be the most difficult thing she's ever written, I knew it would be an important read.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  4. Mediocre love poems: If you are into smart, clever writers from the internet and their poetry, you are definitely going to want to pre-order Kill Yr Darlings, Tweet Ur Drafts (mediocre love poems), the new "zine full of feelings" from Eve Peyser & co.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  5. From a challenging childhood came a vision for healthier girls: There are many reasons to admire Kimberly Clay: she is the founder of a successful non-profit, she holds three graduate degrees including a doctorate, and she is a former advisor for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But what is most admirable about Kimberly is her devotion to the health and wellbeing of young girls throughout North America.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  6. Give your money to robots: They're going to take over eventually, so we might as well start now. One option? Sallie Krawcheck's brand-new Ellevest tool, which claims to be the first robo-advisor designed specifically for women investors.[divider type="white" spacing="10"] 6.5 How to figure out which robot to give your paycheque to: If you've found yourself curious about tools like WealthSimple and Ellevest, you might find it helpful to check out this piece by personal finance writer Desirae Odjick on how to choose the right one for you.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  1. Ladies are doing it for themselves at Johns Hopkins: Congratulations are in order for Dr. Redonda Miller who was named President of the Johns Hopkins hospital this week -- the first woman ever to hold the title. Goooo science![divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2. Something giggle-worthy for the road: Hitting the gym gets magical after 40.

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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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