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YOU SHOULD SMILE MORE

How many women have experienced being told to 'smile' by strange men? Rebecca Carton created a film that is a brilliant social commentary that flips the script on women’s experiences with street harassment.

Read about "Smile" on Bustle

MODELS BREAK THE SILENCE

As fashion month begins its final week in Paris, the glamour can mask the hidden realities of the harsh industry. A group of models talk candidly about their experiences with weight, age, and race. 

Watch the video here.

SOCCER ACTIVISTAS: GGWCUP FINALS

The Global Goals World Cup Finals are happening Sept 19th, in New York City. 24 teams of women, from 5 different continents, are competing to raise awareness and rally communities in support of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. 

Learn about the participating teams like Moving the Goalposts and what cause they're playing for here

EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN

MAKERS is an organization that shares stories of revolutionary women such as Oprah, Michelle Obama, Zendaya, and astronaut Peggy Whitson on their website. They also have their own podcast!

Explore the MAKERS website!

 

Exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Beyond the Microscope is a podcast series about women in STEM. The podcasts range from topics like working as a zoo vet to electrical engineering toy kits for young girls.

Listen to Beyond the Microscope

INTERVIEWS WITH TRAILBLAZING LADIES

MAKERS and Good Housekeeping partnered up to celebrate the 2017 Awesome Women Awards. The interviewed several of the nominees about their lives and experiences.

Watch these interviews on MAKERS here.

MARI ANDREW: USING HER ILLUSTRATIONS AS ART THERAPY

Want to see some brilliant, whimsical cartoons by a woman artist? Her drawings depict every day life events. She covers topics such as relationship struggles, finding silver linings and being yourself in this big world.

Check out Mari Andrew’s work!


 

powerFUL WOMEN

The Women Empowerment Project, led by photographer Rachel Garrett, created a beautiful example of women coming together to reflect on their past struggles and support one another. 

Read these empowering stories

 

LENNY LETTER

Lenny Letter is a newsletter focused on feminist issues written by Lena Dunham herself and it's also a blog with articles on various topics, ranging from politics, to culture, to relationships, to love.

Read the newsletter.


 

LET'S GO POSTAL

 

Let’s Go Postal is an online retailer founded to combat the political agenda of your local elected officials. LGP sells feminist postcards to women looking to contact their representatives. You can order 100 postcards.

Make your voice heard with these postcards.

F-BOMBS FOR FEMINISM BY FCKH8.COM

These little princesses drop F-Bombs to fight against society's continued sexism. They challenge the audience by asking one question, "What’s more offensive? A little girl saying f*ck or the sexist way society treats girls and women”. Prepare to laugh!

THE STRUGGLE WITH PERFECTIONISM AND INAUTHENTICITY

Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Brené Brown sit down together for SuperSoul Sunday to discuss Brené's book Daring Greatly. In her research, she has identified 10 qualities that wholehearted people have in common.

TWITTER'S NEW CAMPAIGN #SHEINSPIRESME

Here’s a very moving poetry slam by artist Denice Frohman for the Twitter campaign #SheInspiresMe. Womanhood is a challenging, beautiful experience, and Denice’s work really reflects that paradox. You have to hear the emotion in her voice as she performs it!

DON'T STAY BROKEN

Selena Gomez admits 'I lost sight of who I was' in her post rehab speech. She revealed her feelings of vulnerability during the WE Day Conference. Selena admits she can only be herself and the pressure from the industry and those around her pushed her to share her feelings with fans.

A SAFE SPACE FOR EXPRESSION

Words of Women is a website where you can read, write, and rant. Enter a safe space for women to be themselves.

Explore Words of Women

TAKE THE SELF-COMPASSION TEST

Many of us know life gets better when you treat yourself kindly. To determine your own level of self-compassion, take the test!

Take the test here.

WOMEN TO INSPIRE AND MOTIVATE YOU

Need some inspiration? Check out this incredible list of women investors, business owners, and innovators each specializing in their fields.

Read about these women here.

ADDICTION DANCE

Every once in a while, you witness a piece of art so vulnerable and so brave that you know it’ll stay with you forever. Kayla & Kupono’s dance about addiction on So You Think You Can Dance is one of those pieces of art.

 

SHAKIRA'S LIFE STORY

The Colombian singer opens up about her childhood. Her family taught her to appreciate what she had because there were people with less. Regardless of the outcome, she never gave up on her dreams.

SHRINKING WOMEN

Lily Myers analyzes the gendered aspects of eating, body image, and expressing your voice. The poem touches on many devastating realities about disordered eating and self-esteem. Myers’ honesty is cathartic. 

THE TEEN BEHIND THE HIJAB EMOJI

Rayouf Alhumedhi thought hijab-wearing women deserved to see an emoji that represented them, so she designed one. Apple accepted the design and will be incorporating it into their emoji keyboard, despite protests from some.

Read about Rayouf here.

WEB WORKSHOPS 

FOR GIRLS 

Software development can be a man’s world, but Girl Develop Itis trying to change that by providing affordable programs for women to learn web and software development.

Learn more about GDI on their site (and maybe take a class!)

GREATEST ALBUMS MADE BY WOMEN

A treasure trove of album reviews for women artists. Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill…the legends are all in here! For those looking to discover new music, the list also includes lesser-known artists like Joanna Newsom, and The Slits.  

Read this NPR article to find your new favorite artist. here.

BLACK MOTHERHOOD

It’s important to question dominant cultural norms, and this segment challenges ideas about motherhood, race, and personal agency. 

Read about black motherhood here.

YOUTUBE CHANNEL ON FIXING CARS 

By showing women the bread and butter of car repair, Jessica Chou is helping thousands of viewers to gain a new skill. 

Read more about Jessica Chou.

TIPS FOR TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF

Whenever I’m particularly stressed, I review this list of 55 self-care tips by Marthe at The Freedom Experiment. So much wisdom in one blog post!

Read this self-care blog post