The Girl Gang Missives Vol. 23


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 clotting blood in record time, eating small handfuls of almonds, and building healing communities.[wc_divider style="solid" line="double" margin_top="5" margin_bottom="5"]

  1. Reporter Allie Jones went to a celebrity that you don't have to! Get the low-down on all the almonds, hiking, and booze-free cleansing here.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2. Reparations, one tax return/engagement ring/house cleaning at a time: Seattle-based artist Natasha Marin has made some waves with her latest project, Reparations, which is one part art and one social experiment. It's a site where people of color can post requests that other people (white people and other POC) can fulfill. Like helping someone find an engagement ring.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  3. Meet the woman revolutionizing infomercials: At only 28 years old, Rachel Tipograph already has an impressive resume that includes a stint as the global head of digital and social media for Gap. Now, she is leading the charge into the next phase of growth for her company, MikMak, which works with brands to provide consumers with "mini-mercial" videos that inform their purchasing decisions. You can read all about Rachel's plans for their $3.2 million seed round here.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  4. Fuck your cop-with-the-ice-cream video: It's horrible and terrifying and abusive.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  5. Unpacking grief -- without religion: As someone who was raised Catholic but grew up around a lot of Jewish friends, I often found myself envying the depth and variety of Jewish traditions for marking life events or transitions -- including death. So it was really fascinating to read of the story of these young women carving out a space to process their grief outside of their faith traditions.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  6. Joanne the Scammer would be so torn about this: While she would be disappointed that an app was being created to help people avoid land sale scams, she would probably be stoked that four Senegalese women created the app themselves as part of a bigger push to get girls to code.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  7. How do they even make 17 year olds this smart? Thanks to cool and smart teen Deena Mousa, if you ever find yourself bleeding profusely (which I hope you don't), doctors will be able to stop it quicker than ever using her new product, Hemostat V-Seal.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  8. From lunch lady to big-time union boss: As a final dose of inspiration before you head into the weekend, might I suggest reading this Refinery29 profile on Lily Eskelsen, the president of the National Education Association -- the largest labor union in the US (and the highest-ranking Latina woman in labor).[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  9. Something giggle-worthy for the road: Re: tweeting about D-list celebs.

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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.