The Girl Gang Missives Vol. 28


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 movies with their daughters, raising funds in honor of friends lost, and celebrating trees in all their leafy glory.[wc_divider style="solid" line="double" margin_top="5" margin_bottom="5"]

  1. The A to Z of medical abortion: Given the headlines this week about the bold (and effective) stand that Polish women are taking against archaic and violent anti-abortion laws, I thought it would be appropriate to include this explainer piece on medical abortions from BuzzFeed's Gina Rushton.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2. In loving memory of Emily Downey: This past Thursday, Emily Downey, a young Indianapolis woman who passed away in 2006 at the age of 16, would have turned 26. For the last 10 years since her death, friends have been raising funds for a scholarship in her name that will go to a graduating student from their high school who is active in sports, like Emily was. You can donate to that fund here.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  3. The revolution of Indigenous Motherhood: For Anishinaabe woman and mother Andrea Landry, raising her daughter River-Jaxsen is more than parenting -- it's a revolutionary act.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  4. Meet the woman who wants to teach Canada about coding: I'm up early writing this on Friday morning because I was up late last night helping to launch something at work -- Canada Learning Code is a ground-breaking new cross-sector initiative to unify coding education in Canada and make it more accessible. The goal: to reach 10 million Canadians with coding by 2027. And it's all lead by this lady.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  5. A mother's ode to her daughter: 11 year-old Malaya Qaunirq Chapman, a young Inuk girl from Iqaluit, just celebrated a pretty neat accomplishment: seeing her first Executive Producer credit roll on a film. The movie, Heaven's Floor, was written and directed by her mother, Lori Stoll, to tell the story of how they came together as a family.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  6. #IAmAsianAmerican: While this American election is terrifying, hearing about news stories like the launch of the #IAmAsianAmerican campaign is encouraging. Under the leadership of Executive Director Uyen Tieu, they hope to mobilize Asian American voters to register and cast their ballots this November. Follow them on Twitter here.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  7. Must love trees: If you're in the area of Ottawa, Canada this fall, be sure to check out Tree Fest -- a multi-week event happening on Saturdays from September 10th to October 15th to celebrate our environment, educate the community about ecology and conservation, and have a nice time in the shade![divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  8. Something giggle-worthy for the road: How to master the brainstorming meeting in 9 steps.

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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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