The Girl Gang Missives Vol. 13



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 funding journalists, making friends (kind of), and optioning their novels for TV![wc_divider style="solid" line="double" margin_top="5" margin_bottom="5"]

  1. Welcome to the world, My Trans Health! A few months ago, I shared the Kickstarter campaign for My Trans Health, a platform designed to help trans people identify and access quality healthcare. This week, thanks to the diligent hard work of co-founders Amelia Gapin and Robyn Kanner, the service officially made its big debut! Check them out here.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2. How to take professional criticism: If you're one to take personal criticism a little too hard, you might like to read this essay by Anne T. Donahue in Refinery29. Special bonus? Beautiful illustrations courtesy of Assa Ariyoshi.  [divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  3. I wrote an angry letter to Mother's Day: My mother passed away in 2011, two weeks after my 21st birthday. For the first year and a half, I did a super great job at repressing my grief and convincing myself it was all fine, totally fine. Spoiler: it wasn't. Death is actually a big deal. Anyway, long story short I had a bit of a meltdown around Mother's Day 2013. Ever since, it's been a rough time of year for me. This year, I vented about it in Modern Loss. Long story short: I want to speak to Mother's Day's manager.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  4. Sara Benincasa is on fire! This week Sara Benincasa, author of the brand-new book Real Artists Have Day Jobs, shared some more great news: she just optioned another one of her books for TV! I love sharing Sara's work and successes because she's a really lovely example of putting in years and years of hard work/planting seeds and then eventually having them pay off and bloom into awesome and exciting projects. Keep at it, babies![divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  5. Journalists! Get your money! The International Women's Foundation is currently accepting proposals for their reporting grants for journalists covering women's stories -- they even cover travel! Go forth and get your paper![divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  6. Tearful tattoo sessions: For countless generations, Inuk women (Indigenous people living in what is now referred to as Canada's far north) carried on a tradition of receiving facial tattoos to mark significant moments in their lives. Sadly but unsurprisingly, tge sacred practice was banned by religious colonizers. Now, women like Angela Hovak Johnston are reviving the practice -- and their communities are over the moon about it.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  7. 17 women on how to make friends: Whether you simply need to hear someone else say "yeah, making friends is really fucking hard", or you want practical advice on nurturing a fledgling relationship, you'll find something to soothe the soul in this lovely collection of thoughts on friendship.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  8. Some essential Lyme disease education: These days, Lyme is slightly better understood and cared for than it was just a few short years ago, but we have a long way to go before we are quickly and effectively diagnosing, treating, and curing people for this insidious and misunderstood condition. To learn more about what it's like to live with this disease, please watch this video from YouTuber extraordinaire Akilah Hughes.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  9. Something giggle-worthy for the road: The revolution begins at dawn. Pack your strappy sandals.

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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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