September 25, 2015

This week in Girl Gang news: corporate life, 420 glam & chronic pain

This week, the women are detecting ebola, opening up about infertility, and shouting their abortions.

Here is a small sampling of the amazing things that your Girl Gang made/built/talked about/created over the last 7 days:

1. A mother's belongings, after death: No matter how closely people subscribe to the practices detailed in The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, fact is that we will leave some things behind when you die. Thankfully, we have people like Rebecca Soffer, writer and founder of storytelling site Modern Loss, to guide us through the process with humour and heart.

2. Taraji, Regina & learning how to win: Reading Stacia L. Brown's writing makes better. Her latest blog post about learning to embrace and accept success -- both our own and that of others -- is soul food of the highest quality. 
 
3. 16 years old and fighting ebola: When I was a kid, science fairs involved lima bean growth charts and shitty dioramas. For Olivia Hallisey, science fairs are a little more serious. The Conneticut teen just took home the $50,000 grand prize at the Google Science Fair for her inventive ebola screening test.

4. 420 gets a glam makeover: Regardless of your personal stance on smoking, you have to admit that the items in Monica Khemsurov's new online store Tetra are ridiculously beautiful. It's like the Goop of weed smoking. (Plus the story of how she launched her business in a very lean way is super interesting)
 
5. A lesson in empathy & chronic pain: Following the success of BuzzFeed's illustrated piece This Is What Someone With Anxiety Actually Hears, Lara Parker and Charlotte Gomez have teamed up to do a similar treatment of living with chronic pain.

6. Don't ask Chrissy Teigen when she's having kids: I can't be the only one who has become a little jaded and skeptical about stories of celebrities "opening up". It often still seems calculated and stilted. 
 
But not this time: in this segment of FabLife, Chrissy Teigen and Tyra Banks get real and raw and honest about their own struggles with fertility.
 
7. Abortion after 20 weeks: Lindsey's story Before it happened to her, Lindsey Averill admits that she was "wishy washy" about late-term abortion. In a piece for xojane, she explains why this is no longer the case
 
8. Young, black, female and corporate: In her latest series, "Am I What You're Looking For?", phenomenally-talented and award-winning photographer Endia Beal explores the mindset of young African-American women as they transition from college to corporate America.
 
9. Writers wanted for LA conference! If you are a female or gender non-conforming writer of any kind (books, essays, reported work, fiction, TV, etc), consider submitting a panel to the 2nd BinderCon LA, happening in March 2016. I did it last year and I can confidently say that the experience changed my life. If you have questions about the experience, feel free to email me!
 
10. A podcast recco: Thanks to Girl Gang member Laura Cardon for this suggestion!
 
"I wanted to recommend featuring the podcast Another Round in an upcoming week of Girl Gang Missives. Another Round comes out with a new episode every Tuesday, and has really thoughtful discussion about race and women's issues, but also manages to be completely hilarious. The hosts Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton are awesome, and I can't recommend the podcast enough! I think other Girl Gang ladies will enjoy it too."
 
You can find episodes in the iTunes store, or at buzzfeed.com/anotherround.
 
11. Something giggle-worthy for the road: If this is wrong, I don't want to be right.
 
Now, over to you...
Want your work, or the work of a friend shouted out in next week's #GirlGangMissives? Email me at belanger.nicole@gmail.com
 
After all, a rising tide lifts all boats.

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