The Girl Gang Missives: Vol. 7


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 getting appointed to the UN, calling out foodies, and rebranding their journalistic endeavors. [wc_divider style="solid" line="double" margin_top="5" margin_bottom="5"]

  1.  Don't treat others the way you want to be treated: Treat them how they would like to be treated. That is the premise behind sex educator and empathy advocate Kate McCombs' Tea & Empathy parties -- an intimate event series where people come together to explore their feelings and, perhaps more importantly, those of others. Join Kate at her next event in New York on April 24th![divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2.  Say goodbye to RH Reality Check...and hello to Rewire! On March 20th, the popular site known for its coverage of reproductive and sexual rights news announced it's rebirth as Rewire. As Editor-in-Chief Jodi Jacobson wrote,"Our name and site have changed, but our goals—to provide you, our readers, with evidence-based news, analysis, commentary, and investigative reporting on reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice—remain the same."[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  3.  The "Libyan Doogie Howser" goes to the UN: Congratulations are in order for Alaa Murabit, a young woman from Canada who is now adding the title "High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth at the United Nations" to her long list of credentials -- which already include physician, peace activist, NGO founder, TED speaker, and beloved auntie.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  4.  Yay for Roxane Gay! Continuing this week's celebration of Brilliant Women Collecting Impressive Accomplishments, let's give a shoutout to Roxane Gay whose novel An Untamed State is set to become a movie directed by the one-and-only Gina Prince-Bythewood.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  5.  Rethink that Yelp review: This week in Eater, reporter Serena Dai offers a reflection on the subtle (and not-so-subtle) racism that comes through in the way we talk about food.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  6.  Advocating for Black women & girls in Congress: Thanks to the efforts of three Congresswomen -- Bonnie Watson Coleman, Robin Kelly & Yvette D. Clarke -- the United States now has its first-ever Congressional Caucus on Black Women & Girls. From the gender pay gap to disparities in health outcomes and educational opportunities, this landmark caucus will explore the impacts of public policy through the lens of Black girlhood and womanhood.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  7.  Her doodle is on Google! Talented teen Akilah Johnson got the surprise of her young life this past Mondaywhen her piece of original artwork titled "My Afrocentric Life" took home the grand prize at this year's national Doodle 4 Google contest. You can read Akilah explain the significance of her piece in her own words here.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  8.  A female first for Indigenous cuisine: On Wednesday, Indigenous chef Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz announced that she was selected to participate in the annual Native Chef Cooking Competition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. The extra fun bit? Felicia, along with her fellow competitor, will be the first women to participate in the competition. Good luck![divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  9.  A GGM community shoutout! Special thanks to Girl Gang member Vanessa Irena, a musician, DJ, and producer, for sharing her latest project with me: Hathor is a collective of female-identified solo electronic music producers. Together, they are seeking to "create a culture that fosters mutual respect and support among female musicians." Check em out![divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  10.  Something heart-warming for the road: After the legal/legislative garbage fire that was this week, here's some encouragement from earth angel Jodie Layne.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]

Until next time, and remember that there's always room for more girls in the gang.

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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.