The Girl Gang Missives Vol. 39


GGMThis week, the women are making their own dang magazines, self-care-ing in the kitchen, and illustrating the terrifying state of reproductive health in America.[divider type="dashed" spacing="10"]

  1. Dear Huda: This past week, writer and academic Huda Hassan made headlines when a very generous offer she made on Twitter started getting significant attention. Hassan, a PhD student at the university of Toronto decided to help upend the overwhelming whiteness of academia by offering up free grad school application reviews to other Black women. In almost no time at all, Huda's tweet was retweeted over 2,500 times, and she's received dozens of requests from would-be grad students. The super lovely part of this story? Four other female academics have stepped in to help her with the workload <3 [divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2. Bake your way back to yourself: Honestly, I can't even begin to imagine how American GGM-ers are feeling this week. The outpouring of anguish, fear, anger, and anxiety that I've seen on Twitter has been overwhelming even for me -- and I'm really just a spectator. That said, it's also been really inspiring to see you all mobilizing to make calls, to volunteer, and to raise funds, fighting for yourselves and your fellow citizens. But while those things are wonderful, they can be draining. So might I suggest taking a break in between calls to your Senator to make yourself a nice drink or a refreshing salad from the Resistance Kitchen blog?[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  3. Black Girls Magazine is hot off the press! Fun fact: kids are still reading magazines! (Go print media!) Not fun fact: most magazines, especially those targeted at teen girls, are woefully lacking in diversity within their pages. So it's a darn good thing that there are women like Annette Bazira-Okafor and her brilliant squad of writers, designers, and publishers out in the world to put together gems like Black Girls Magazine.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  4. The most heart-wrenching picture of Aladdin you'll ever see: If you've been reading the Girl Gang Missives for a while, you're already familiar with the "Disney Princesses go to the gyno" work of illustrator Maritza Lugo and writer Danielle Sepulveres. In light of recent events, the duo are back with a darker, but equally important series.  [divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  5. No Somos Invisibles: From labor rights to sexual harassment, the new Peruvian radio show, No Somos Invisibles, is making use of the airwaves to amplify the voices of women and girls in the region and promote dialogue on women's issues.  [divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  6. How Wild it was, to be broke and on the NYT bestseller list: I don't think I was the only person who was a little surprised to hear that the Cheryl Strayed was super duper broke when her bestseller Wild came out. In this column for Slate, author Laura Miller takes a look at why it is so hard for writers to talk about money, and the unique pressures that come from being in a field undergoing massive and constant economic shifts. [divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  7.  Something giggle-worthy for the road: Browser histories -- fucking men up since pretty much forever.

[divider type="thin" spacing="10"]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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