The Girl Gang Missives Vol. 29


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 making rainbows after the storm, educating educators, and saving your life from bad prescription drugs.[wc_divider style="solid" line="double" margin_top="5" margin_bottom="5"]

  1. No Bob Dylans allowed! This week, two lovely ladies published the inaugural pieces in their respective columns on Shakespeare and classical music. The former comes to you from Monica Heisey and the latter from Fran Hoepfner. Enjoy![divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2. Always creep a new potential boss' Instagram...Is a personal trick of mine that I shared with Nora Jenkins when she was writing this fantastic piece about what women look for in a workplace.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  3. On engaging -- but not appropriating -- Indigeneity in schools: This week, Dr. Adrienne Keene (aka @NativeApprops), shared this fantastic interview in which she delves into the blurring of the line between educators engaging with Indigeneity in the classroom (good) and appropriating Indigeneity in the classroom (not good).   [divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  4. Trapped's Dawn Porter takes a closer look at Black women's abortion stories: This week, I finally sat down to watch Dawn Porter's documentary Trapped, about the cruel and vicious "trap laws" plaguing abortion providers in the United States. Using footage from the filming of the doc, she also put together two short films specifically about the abortion experiences of Black women.   [divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  5. She was pregnant -- and then she wasn't: "It turns out women were always talking about it [miscarriage]," writes Laura Turner in this breath-taking essay. "It’s just that most people weren’t listening."[divider type="white" spacing="10"]

5.5 For the love of rainbow moms & their babies: For the uninitiated, the term "rainbow baby" refers to a baby born after miscarriage, still birth, or the loss of an infant. This week, Dr. Jessica Zucker -- the creator of #IHadAMiscarriage -- launched a line of cards, totes and t-shirts celebrating these little ones and their moms.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]

  1. 12 year-old Sofia might just save your life one day: This brilliant Tennessee-an (?) will be starting classes next year at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. How did she land herself in such a position at just 12 years old? It probably has something to do with the computer algorithm she created to help doctors determine if patients might experience adverse drug reactions due to mutations in their genomes.

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  1. Calling all devs! Earlier this week, I got an email from Arti Walker-Peddakotla, one of the organizers of Ela Conf, asking me to share a little bit more about the event with you. Here you go!

Ela Conf was started by three developers who wanted to build a community where women could come together, create a safe space, and talk about how to deal with the issues we faced in trying to sustain our careers. Our first conference was last year and was so well received that we decided to keep this thing going! Our next conference is coming up on Nov 4-5 this year, and features an amazing lineup of diverse women from all over the world. We're still looking for sponsors so if you know of anyone that would love to support this awesome conference, email us at And buy tickets for the conference here!

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  1. Special congrats to Ladies' Night PDX! This self-described "quarterly happy hour for digitally-minded women" hosted their 8th event and collected a whole bunch of clothes for Dress for Success. Awesome![divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2. Something giggle-worthy for the road: You're going to have it stuck in your head ALL day.

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Now, over to you…

Want your work, or the work of a friend shouted out in next week’s #GirlGangMissives? Email Nicole at!

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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