Bi-weekly Brief: December 31, 2016
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The Leia Legacy
We lost an iconic woman recently. Carrie Fisher wasn’t just Star Wars’ Princess Leia – she inspired decades of badassery and geeky gals everywhere. Not to mention paving the way for an innovative hairstyle.
Mourning in the rain
As if losing Carrie Fisher wasn’t enough of a blow, her mother Debbie Reynolds passed the very next day. Famous for her lead role in Singin’ in the Rain, let us not forget that Debbie also once bumped Elvis Presley from the top of the music charts, among a zillion other accolades. I’ll be humming “Singin’ in the Rain” all day in memory.
2016: a year of firsts
There were plenty of firsts in 2016 – some great and some not so great. The cure for the latter: a major dose of lady inspiration, of course. Luckily, there’s plenty to pull from over the last 12 months, so let’s recognize! Then flex your bicep, Rosie the Riveter style, and get to work creating another year of monumental firsts. Yes we can!
Women’s work? You better believe it!
Speaking of work, there’s a ridiculous stereotype you may have heard of – that certain jobs are fit for men and not women. It’s okay; I’ll wait for your eyes to stop rolling. Once they do, check out these beautiful images of women debunking the myth of “men’s work.”
UPDATE: Droves of Americans to flock to The Women’s March on Washington
It. Is. Happening. On January 21, an estimated 150,000 women will combine forces to march for our rights. Organizers are making it too easy to attend, so I hope to see as many of you as possible. If you’re not in DC, never fear. There are sister marches happening all over the place, so bust out your new kicks and march with us!
A place at the table
Words of (women’s) wisdom
I love a good read, don’t you? As we round the corner into 2017, there’s plenty to reflect on, and these 29 powerful pieces written by women are what I’m devouring at the moment. There’s plenty of gold in here, so find that cozy corner and consider this your reading list.
Megan Kelly wears it well (the criticism and the clothes)
Telling women what to wear is as tired as, well, me of 2016. Unfortunately, Megyn Kelly has dealt with more than enough wardrobe criticisms but found a genius way to turn a negative into a positive. Bravo, sister.
Hot take: Chelsea Handler serves up a solid new years resolution
Disclaimer: this is a highly partisan hot take, but the end message is undeniably true. Women supporting women is what we need right now. We also need our reproductive rights secured, the wage gap eliminated, and weekly mani/pedis on the house, but in the mean time, there’s serious new years resolution material here.
All the Congressional ladies (all the Congressional ladies)
While it may not be the exact number we were hoping for, I’m still celebrating the 113 Congressional she-victories. Sure, we could have won more seats, but I’m cheering for the women who won and will continue to fight for the women who will run next time. Want to help support those women with me? Right this way.