The Girl Gang Missives Vol. 14


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 gettin' nekked on Instagram (for work), hiring interns & making coding education accessible to all![wc_divider style="solid" line="double" margin_top="5" margin_bottom="5"]

  1. When women move out of their bodies: By the time I got to the last paragraph of this remarkable essay by Meg Elison, I was literally breathless. For years, Elison watched as other fat women (beginning with her mother) "moved out of their bodies" -- bodies like hers -- through weight loss surgery. Years later, she looks back through a different lens.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2. Meet the boss bitch of nail art: and get some actually useful business advice while you're at it! Thanks to Broadly for giving us a peek into the life of WAH London founder Sharmadean Reid.    [divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  3. Learn to code on your iPhone with Hopscotch! Two years ago, Jocelyn Leavitt made waves when she introduced the world to Hopscotch, an iPad app designed to help teach kids coding skills. This week, she and her team launched the brand-new iPhone app! Now you literally have no excuse not to learn to code.  [divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  4. ***Cool job alert*** This week, BinderCon, a professional development conference for women and gender non-conforming writers announced that an anonymous benefactor had stepped in to make their Conference Planning internship a paid position! If you live in the NYC area, check out this part-time gig.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  5. It's Body Positivity Week at BuzzFeed! And they've got some great content for you to enjoy! Like a piece from Conz Preti on what she learned from posing like a Suicide Girl for a week on Instagram. Or this conversation between eight Black women about body image.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  6. On poverty, food, and shame: To no one's great surprise, Ijeoma Oluo published another vital piece of writing this week in The Establishment. This time, it was about the relationship(s) between being poor, what you get to eat and how you get to feel about it.

"And that is all that we accomplish, when we shame poor people for daring to live for a moment like they are not at the mercy of others," she writes. "We deny them the opportunity to live like actual human beings worthy of dignity and respect. Everyone should be able to bring home a steak or a lobster, or a Boston cream pie, once in a while."[divider type="white" spacing="10"]

  1. De-stigmatizing infertility with frozen pizza: Whitney Blake and her husband Spencer are have a lovely little family -- a real dream come true. But the process of getting there was anything but dreamy...much like it is for countless adults struggling with infertility. Today the couple is striking back at infertility stigma with humor and heart in this clever photo series.[divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  2. Two Girl Gang reccos: Thanks to Leslie Forman for sharing two of her favorite reads/listens this week: this live chat with mental health startup founder Bea Arthur and this podcast interview on listening to your body with Samantha Skelly.  [divider type="white" spacing="10"]
  3. Something giggle-worthy for the road: Tfw no one believes you're a scorpio.

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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.