‘I Don’t Feel Superhuman. I Feel Like a Mom Who Has a Career.’
Rebecca Slaughter doesn’t consider herself a superwoman, just a working mom. But when Slaughter arrives at her job as an FTC business regulator, she typically “wears” 7-week-old daughter, Pippa in a front back. Until Pippa is old enough for daycare, she’ll go to work with Mom as Slaughter is responsible for investigating companies like Facebook and Equifax. Read More.
Is Television Ready for Angry Women?
Writer/Producer/Director Marti Noxon has an impressive Hollywood resume and a penchant for female-driven stories. Noxon’s latest TV project, “Dietland,” is based on a cutting-edge novel dubbed “the feminist Fight Club.” The show follows a group of women seeking revenge on rapists, abusers and serial misogynists against the backdrop of a women’s magazine. Read more.
More women are running, but will they win?
The mid-term elections are coming and the stakes are higher than ever for women. There are 84 women currently in Congress. But, that number could grow to 251 in November. And, if 25 of the 30 women running for Governor win, half the leaders of the 50 United States will be women, too. Read more.
City of Milwaukee trying to address gender pay gap by banning salary history questions
Milwaukee, along with several other cities, is considering a ban on salary history questions because basing a new hire’s starting salary on her previous compensation perpetuates wage disparities, even if unintentionally.
“Women earn about 82% of what men make for comparable hours, the Pew Research Center reported in April.”
Efforts like this proposal are a critical step towards bringing awareness to and ultimately narrowing the gender pay gap. Read more.
Madison’s CocoVaa Chocolatier Wins 17 International Awards
Move over, Oscars. There are Academy Awards for Chocolate and Vata Edari, founder of Madison’s CocoVaa Chocolatier, won 17 of them. Edari, a young, African American woman, goes to England in July to thank the Academy. This successful woman pays it forward by encouraging others to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. Read more.
8 fierce female business owners
Here are eight fierce female business owners in Milwaukee. There are plenty of amazing lady bosses in Milwaukee – leaders, doers, makers and shakers that build up our community and inspires us with their magic every day. Can you think of more to add to the list? Read more.
How This Teenager Landed a Met Gala Dress Design Gig
It’s no surprise to anyone who knows Katya Ekimian that this 19-year-old student at Parson’s School of Design was asked to create a Met Ball gown. Ekimian, a former women’s state wrestling champion, is known not only as a talented designer, but also a force of nature who seizes every opportunity that comes her way. Read more.
Doris Burke Has Game
Life imitated art for sports broadcaster Doris Burke. In 2016, the popular video game NBA2K featured Burke as a NBA analyst. Then in September, after 27 years working the sidelines during ESPN’s NBA broadcasts, Burke shattered a glass ceiling when she became the first woman to hold a regular NBA analyst position. Read more.
Beans & Barley to open second location, in Mequon
Mequon real estate developer and former She Stands Tall speaker Cindy Schaffer’s new project, Spur 16, announced new tenants for the project bringing “community living” to Mequon Road. Tenants of the new Mequon Public Market include Milwaukee treasures Beans & Barley, Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co., and Purple Door Ice Cream. Miwaukee Public Market anchor St. Paul Fish Co. is also part of the development. Read more.
Can You Build a Nation With 100% Gender Equality?
Does 100% gender equality exist in any country? Bloomberg created an interactive, digital flowchart in the quest to create a totally equal nation based on property rights, discrimination, equal pay, parental leave and political representation. Click on the most equality friendly answers and the result, sadly, is “No country has adopted this particular set of legislation.” Read more.
The 50 Most Powerful Moms of 2018
We hope you had a happy Mother’s Day yesterday – whether you were celebrating or remembering an important woman or being celebrated. Here are links to two of our favorite articles from yesterday that celebrate motherhood: from short films examining the difficulty of grieving a mother’s passing to a list of 50 inspiring moms in science, corporate America, and media. Read more.
Coming home: Melissa Thornton of MilwaukeeHome
When Melissa Thornton moved back to Milwaukee in 2011, she was amazed at how vibrant our community had become in only five years. Thornton, a graphic designer, designed a t-shirt with the words “MilwaukeeHome” to celebrate her newfound love for her hometown. The shirts caught on and Thornton now owns a thriving Third Ward shop where she sells shirts, mugs, pillows, and tons of other products bearing her iconic design. Read more.
Wisconsin now waiving LLC fee for student entrepreneurs
Do you know a college student interested in starting her own business? If so, she can now create a Wisconsin limited liability company for free. A new law waives the $130 filing fee for student entrepreneurs who are (1) at least 18 years old; (2) “enrolled in a post-secondary institution in [Wisconsin]”; and (3) an organizer or member of the LLC. Wis. Stat. 183.0114(2m). Read more.
The Top Jobs Where Women Are Outnumbered by Men Named John
Women are succeeding in male dominated fields, but we still have a long way to go. According to the New York Times’ Glass Ceiling Index, the same number of women are Fortune 500 CEOs as men in that role named “James” (each making up 5% of all Fortune 500 companies). The index shows that women remain largely absent from top executive positions in academia, publishing, government, and entertainment. Read more.
The Nurse Who Took a Very Different Route to 2nd Place in the Boston Marathon
Never running more than 100 miles a week, fitting runs in before and after 10-hour hospital shifts, taking a bike trip just before the big day…this isn’t exactly the usual training regimen for the Boston Marathon. But this non-traditional approach worked for second place finisher, 26-year-old nurse anesthetist Sarah Sellers. Read more.
Senate allows babies in chamber despite concerns from older, male senators
Newborn Maile Pearl Duckworth bridged the Senate’s political gap. Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth gave birth April 9th and then proposed that Senators be allowed to bring their babies to work. Duckworth is the only Senator in US history to give birth while in office and while there was some (male) opposition to the proposal, it passed unanimously. One day later, Senator Duckworth voted on the Senate floor, holding baby Maile. Read more.
The Remarkable Life of Vel Phillips
Milwaukee lost a trailblazer in local and state politics with the recent passing of 94-year-old Vel Phillips. Phillips’ countless accomplishments include: being the first African American woman to graduate from UW law school, the first African American to win a statewide election and the first African American to serve on Milwaukee’s common council. Read more.
How Far Can Becky Hammon Go in the N.B.A.?
Becky Hammon made history as the first, full-time, female coach in the NBA. As this former WNBA star makes her mark on the coaching staff of the San Antonio Spurs, Hammon is well on her way to becoming the first female head coach in the NBA…a move that would be a slam dunk for women everywhere! Read more.
GenoPalate closes on seed funding round
It’s in her DNA. Sherry Zhang, local entrepreneur and owner of GenoPalate, a company that performs DNA analyses to provide personalized nutrition recommendations, recently completed the first round of seed funding for her start-up. Zhang raised $307,000, much of which came from local sources including gener8tor and BrightStar Wisconsin. Read more.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Election Latest Victory for Women
When Wisconsin voters elected Rebecca Dallet to the state’s supreme court, they gave the Badger state the honor of having the highest percentage of female supreme court justices – six of seven justices will now be women (86%). Judge Dallet joins Justice Shirley Abrahamson, the country’s longest-serving female state supreme court justice and first woman to serve on the court in Wisconsin, as well as Justices Rebecca Bradley, Annette Ziegler, Patience Roggensack, and Ann Walsh Bradley. Read more.
They’re Back! Murphy Brown and Cagney & Lacey Return to the Small Screen in the #MeToo Era
Prime time TV reboots are all the rage and two beloved small screen female-focused shows are in the works. In their original forms, Murphy Brown and Cagney & Lacey were audience favorites, known for groundbreaking subjects. These two hits are coming back better than ever, with more diverse casting and their signature strong female leads. Read more.
These Billion-Dollar Women Are Changing The Face of Silicon Valley
In Silicon Valley, the definition of a unicorn is a start-up company valued at over $1 billion. Unsurprisingly, three elusive unicorns have women founders/CEOs. Stitch Fix’s Katrina Lake changed the way women shop, Houzz founder/CEO Adi Tatarko revolutionized the home improvement industry and Anne Wojcicki brought genetic testing home, literally, when she created 23&Me. Read more.
What Assembly Bill 773 Means for Business Owners
A new Wisconsin law in effect this summer will shorten time limits for bringing certain claims and narrow the scope of discovery, both of which carry far-reaching implications for business owners and the lawyers representing them. The new law restricts the statutes of limitations (i.e., time limits in which a party can bring a claim) from six to three years for claims of fraud as well as claims related to personal rights such as privacy and reputation. Moreover, the law requires courts to “limit the frequency or extent of discovery” under specified circumstances. Review the changes here.
Researchers Asked Kids to ‘Draw a Scientist.’ Here’s What They Came Up With
If perception is reality, things are looking up for women in science, according to children. Between 1966-1977, 1% of children, when asked to draw a scientist, drew a woman. Today 28% of children drew a female scientist. Gender plays a part in this perception: 42% of girls but only 5% of boys envisioned female scientists. Read more.
10 Women Over 50 Who Prove It’s Never Too Late to Change the World
We all know women make a difference but women over 50 are literally changing the world. Meet 58-year-old Kimberle Crenshaw, a leading civil rights advocate and scholar on critical race theory; Dr. Carolyn Westhoff is a 66-year-old advancing and improving contraceptive options. Their stories, along with 8 others, will impress and inspire all of us. Read more.
Omaha man ‘liked’ a tweet, and then he lost his dream job
Roy Jones’ story is a social media cautionary tale. Jones, a Marriott customer service representative, innocently, possibly accidentally, clicked “Like” on a tweet posted by the Friends of Tibet that thanked Marriott for recognizing Tibet’s independence. Someone in China took offense at Jones’ “Like,” and within days,Jones was fired. Read more.
The Baaree beer garden and community space is coming to The Cheel
Plan to belly up to the Baaree this summer. The Baaree at The Cheel is yet another reason to visit Thiensville’s beloved Nepalese restaurant. This outdoor community gathering spot will feature plenty of seating, cool artwork, a fire pit and, of course, beer, cocktails, wine, and the unique food that makes this Ozaukee county restaurant so popular. Read more.
Living life musically: A conversation with the MSO’s Megumi Kanda
Meet Megumi Kanda, principal trombone player for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the only woman to hold that position at a major U.S. orchestra. Kanda credits her success to the female musicians who may have failed due to discrimination, but who also paved the way for Kanda to succeed in a role typically held by men. Read more.
Facebook Defends Its Use Of Secret Courts To Handle Sexual Harassment Cases
Companies like Microsoft and Facebook are grappling with their policies related to employee claims of workplace sexual harassment. Historically, such companies required employees to arbitrate claims against the company, including those of sexual harassment. Victim advocates argue that the practice silences victims by forcing them to argue their claims in a private, nonpublic setting and requiring victims to stay silent about the arbitration proceedings, which is why U.S. representatives introduced the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Act. Read more.
Former Cabinet secretary Donna Shalala to run for Congress in Miami
Remember the name Donna Shalala? Former Chancellor of University of Wisconsin – Madison and President Clinton’s former Secretary of Health and Human Services now hopes to become Congresswoman Shalala. The 77 year old has entered the Congressional race in Miami, Florida. Shalala joins an already crowded field of Democrats who hope to win the seat currently held by retiring Republican Ileana Lehtinen, the first Cuban American to join Congress. Read more.
Puerto Rico Se Transforma
Two weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, writer Mariel Cruz packed two suit cases with much-needed supplies including batteries, chargers, and bottles of Ensure, and flew to San Juan to bring her 90-year-old grandmother home. Cruz chronicled her trip and shared her conversations with groups of determined Puerto Rican women fighting to restore their communities. Read more.
These are the 10 best and worst states for women
Women in Minnesota, Massachusetts and Vermont have it better than those in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma, at least according to a survey by the personal finance website, WalletHub. The survey looked at factors like the wage gap, education gap, health gap and each state’s political climate to determine the most and least women-friendly states. Read more.
Milwaukee woman starts body-positive clothing line for dancers
What does a dancer do who can’t find a leotard that makes her feel confident? She makes her own! Milwaukee dancer, Jade Charon, launched a line of affordable, flattering leotards and founded 30:11 to fill a dancewear industry void. Charon offers leotards with more coverage and support to promote positive body image and build self esteem for curvy dancers. Read more.
Remarkable Women We Overlooked in Our Obituaries
Kuddos to the New York Times for recognizing and fixing a gender issue in their obituary archives. Since 1851, The Times published obituaries commemorating the lives of thousands of people…mostly men. Overlooked, is an ongoing series of obits that immortalizes the contributions of women from investigative journalist Ida B. Wells, to bridge designer, Emily Warren Roebling and so many more. Read more.
Oscar contender ‘Shape of Water’ accused of ripping off 1969 play
Days before winning the Best Picture Oscar, “The Shape Of Water” was hit with a plagiarism lawsuit. David Zindel filed the suit claiming the Oscar-winning film’s plot was taken from his father Paul Zindel’s 1969 play “Let Me Hear You Whisper”. Fox Searchlight, the studio behind the film, claims that the suit is “baseless and wholly without merit.” Read more.
Report: Milwaukee among top 20 cities for women in tech
For local women in technology, there’s good news and bad news. Good news: Milwaukee made SmartAsset’s list of top 20 cities. Bad news: we dropped from 14 to 18 and local women in tech are only paid 91% of their male colleagues’ salaries. But, more good news: the number of overall tech jobs increased by 7%. Read more.
Refinery29 Celebrates 20 Black Women You Need To Know Right Now
Make room, Michelle Obama and Oprah. Refinery 29’s profile of 20 Black Women You Need to Know Right Now includes food blogger Angela Davis, founder of Kitchenista and celebrity hair stylist Susan Olvdele founder of Hair By Susy. These women and 18 others are making a difference in music, TV, the arts, technology, business and more. Read more.
A Ruling Over Embedded Tweets Could Change Online Publishing
On a Hamptons sidewalk, guy with a cell phone, Justin Goldman, sees New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Celtics general manager Danny Ainge talking. Justin takes a picture and posts it to his Snapchat story. Someone else uploads Justin’s picture to Reddit where it goes viral and winds up on Twitter, among other social media platforms. Publishers, including Breitbart, Time, Vox, and Yahoo, embedded the tweets in articles about the Brady/Ainge sighting, and Justin sued for copyright infringement. Distinguishing legal precedent going back 10 years, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest found for Justin. She ruled “when defendants caused the embedded Tweets to appear on their websites, their actions violated plaintiff’s exclusive display right.” It’s likely that had the publishers included links to Justin’s photo rather than embedding the actual image in their articles, they would have been safe. (Remember Playboy’s case against BoingBoing? That case was recently dismissed.) Read more.
Brookfield to open its first human milk dispensary
Got Breastmilk? MD Custom RX, a new business in Brookfield, does and is selling it to parents with a doctor’s prescription. The pasteurized breastmilk is accepted from donors and thoroughly screened for disease, medication, and tobacco and alcohol use. This service is valuable for parents of premature babies and those who can’t breastfeed due to illness, adoption or surrogacy, but it doesn’t come cheap—$20 for 4 ounces. Read more.
If Only Quoting Women Were Enough
Female voices are underrepresented in news stories 3 to 1. That means fewer women are quoted as authorities on subjects ranging from chemistry to national security, which has implications for how readers interpret women’s roles and credentials in such fields. Two New York Times reporters are hoping to bring awareness to this gender disparity and ultimately turn it around. Read more.
You Probably Purchased Used Beauty Products Posing as New from Ulta, Per New Lawsuit
Current and former Ulta employees took to Twitter to reveal a disturbing company secret—used and returned products were cleaned up, re-shelved, and sold as new. One tweet, “They would resell EVERYTHING. (makeup, hair care, skincare, fragrance, hair tools, etc.” was retweeted and corroborated thousands of times. Shopper Kimberly Laura Smith Brown, using information gleaned in part from Ulta’s social media exposure, sued Ulta in what could become a huge class action suit. Ulta insists that its customers’ health and safety is top priority, denies the allegations, and promises a vigorous defense. Read more.
Do Women’s Networking Events Move the Needle on Equality?
Women’s networking events and conferences are more popular than ever. When groups of women come together to share ideas, it’s a beautiful thing. But are there long-term gains? Research shows the answer is YES! And these benefits aren’t limited to women; turns out networking and and spending time with like-minded people work well for men, too. Put the science to the test and network with us on March 12 at The Ruby Tap in Mequon to hear how and why Tyan Soo started Nail Bar Milwaukee. Did we mention there are snacks and drinks available, too? Read more.
The Ava Effect
Ava DuVernay is shattering Hollywood barriers one movie at a time. The 45-year-old is the first African-American woman to direct a $100 million film. DuVernay’s A Wrinkle In Time will be released in March with an all-star cast and a big casting twist: African American newcomer Storm Reid will play teen heroine Meg. Read more.
TheSkimm Is Launching a New No-B.S. Career Advice Podcast
Can’t get enough of theSkimm? Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, cofounders and CEOs of the popular news service that summarizes and frequently humorizes news stories for millennial women, are creating a podcast with a female focus. “Skimm’d From the Couch” will share inspiring stories of successful women and the challenges they’ve had to overcome. NPR’s “How I Built This” podcast is also a must-listen if you want to know how and why entrepreneurs do what they do. Catch the end of the Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn’s HIBT interview to hear from local entrepreneur Danica Lause of Peekaboos, maker of cleverly designed ponytail hats. Read more.
How We’ll Win: The Visionaries
What do war Hero/Senator Tammy Duckworth, #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke, writer/activist Lena Waithe and Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg have in common? They’re featured in “How We’ll Win” a series of interviews by Quartz at Work. The series shares the inspirational, empowering and enlightening stories from women who are changing the game in their respective fields. Read more.
For Breastfeeding Moms, A Difficult Choice: Work Or Pump?
New moms and their employers often face a challenge: making arrangements for moms to pump breast milk at work. Legal protections for breastfeeding mothers exist at the federal and state levels. The Fair Labor Standards Act requires businesses that employ more than 50 people to provide new mothers with “reasonable,” unpaid breaks to pump breast milk in private spaces—not bathrooms. Wisconsin specifically allows breastfeeding “in any public or private location where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be.” Wis. Stat. § 253.165. But, the obstacles to pumping at work—time-consuming, boring, inconvenient, and only somewhat effective—cause well-intentioned moms to give up nursing long before their babies’ first birthdays. Read more.
The 2018 Finalists For The PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize For Debut Fiction Are All Women For The First Time Ever
Read any good books lately? PEN America has. This organization gives out the Bingham prize, a literary award for best debut fiction and for the first time, the finalists are all-female. Author Hannah Lillith Assadi’s novel Sonora and Jenny Zhang’s Sour Heart, a collection of short fiction, are among the nominees for the $25,000 prize. Read more.
I am not a symbol, I am an activist’: the untold story of Coretta Scott King
Coretta Scott King was more than the wife of beloved civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. An activist in her own right, pushing for world peace and economic and racial justice, Scott King championed those causes prior to and throughout her marriage and after her husband’s untimely death. But, news coverage and popular perceptions of Scott King have continually framed her as simply the woman who stood by her husband’s side. An excerpt from a new book, written by Milwaukee’s own Jeanne Theoharis, rewrites Scott King’s and other civil rights leaders’ stories to highlight their significant contributions to the civil rights movement. Read more.
Fonts, Colors, Layouts Impact Whether Consumers Will Buy from Your Website
Business owners spend big money on their websites. The good news is legal protections for the design and look of those websites may be legally protected, likely in multiple ways: copyright (for original works that are fixed in a tangible form); trademark (for logos and word marks); and trade dress (for a website’s “look and feel” if consumers connect the design and the company). Word to the wise, intellectual property registration includes nit-picky requirements. For example, the U.S. Copyright Office released an article about copyright protections and websites and included essential dos (do identify authors and owners of copyrighted work) and don’ts (don’t list “website” as the type of authorship on copyright application). For some businesses, working with an attorney to draft a creative intellectual property plan that ties in multiple layers of protection may be worthwhile. Read more.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Shares Her #MeToo Moment at Sundance
Which celebrity drew the biggest crowd at the Sundance Film Festival? Hanks or Streep? Nope. Fans stood in line for hours to hear Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speak in advance of the new documentary, “RBG.” In her talk, Ginsburg shared her appreciation of the #MeToo movement, her personal story of sexual harassment, and her love for Kate McKinnon’s SNL impression, #Ginsburned. Read more.
Can Hollywood Fix Its Harrassment Problem While Celebrating Itself?
Every Hollywood award ceremony recognizes the recent sexual harassment issues. From all black Golden Globe fashion, to Kristin Bell as the first ever host of the SAG awards, to TimesUp lapel pins and symbolic white roses, Hollywood makes lots of statements about sexual harassment but are these gestures sparking real change in a looks-obsessed, youth-obsessed industry? Read more.
Women would lose $4.6 billion in earned tips if the administration’s ‘tip stealing’ rule is finalized
Something to think about the next time you leave a tip: the Department of Labor proposed a rule letting business owners pocket employees’ tips. This would mean a $4.6 billion loss for working women who rely on tips to compensate for lower wages. Hopefully business owners would raise employee wages, but spoiler alert: that’s not guaranteed. Read more.
CVS bans photo manipulation for store beauty brands, will place alert label on others
A reason to love CVS: the drug store chain banned photo manipulation on its cosmetics. To ensure that images are as realistic as possible, the company promised an end to retouching and airbrushing photos. AND…CVS is demanding that by 2020, all cosmetic brands in CVS stores adopt this same best practice. After that, CVS will stamp a “CVS Beauty Mark” on any beauty product marketing materials that include digitally altered photos. Read more.
Ellen Pompeo, TV’s $20 Million Woman, Reveals Her Behind-the-Scenes Fight for “What I Deserve”
Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is the highest paid woman in prime-time. The actress initially resisted taking the show, preferring to wait for movie roles. Fast forward 14 years–Pompeo has a $20 million/year contract. What’s her secret? The full support of her boss, Shonda Rhimes. “In Shonda finding her power and becoming more comfortable with her power, she has empowered me.” Read more.
Michelle Williams’ infuriating pay gap shows why it’s unfair to ask women to think of the greater good
Women do the right thing, men simply do their thing. The result: GLARING gender pay gap. Here’s an example: Actor Kevin Spacey was replaced in the movie All the Money in the World, which meant re-shoots. Actress Michelle Williams was willing happy to do the re-shoots for $1,000. Actor Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for them. Several days after the news of his higher earnings broke, Wahlberg announced that he would donate his reshoot earnings to the #TimesUp legal fund. Read more.
18 Inspiring Women to Watch in 2018
Meredith Kopit-Levien, Maia Heymann, Keisha Lance Bottoms…if you haven’t heard of these amazing women, you will soon. Kopit-Levien, COO of the New York Times, Heymann, a key player in the venture capital game, and Lance Bottoms, the dynamic mayor of Atlanta, join 15 other impressive ladies on Inc. Magazine’s 18 inspiring women to watch in 2018. Read more.
The Number of Women in the Senate Will Hit an All-Time High of 22
A Woman’s Place is in the House…and the Senate. On January 3, this statement rang truer than ever when Minnesota’s Tina Smith joined 21 other females in the US senatorial sorority. Twenty years ago, there were less than ten women US senators so to Senator Smith and her female colleagues, we say “Congrats!” and “Thank you!!” Read more.
Wonder women: how female action heroes will blast cinema screens in 2018
Sexual harassment accusations topped 2017’s headlines but bad ass girls ruled the box office with the success of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Beauty & the Beast and Wonder Woman. This trend (hopefully) continues in the new year with Sandra Bullocks’ all-female Ocean’s 8, Red Sparrow, a spy thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence and Annihilation, Natalie Portman’s eco-thriller. Read more.
This Moment Isn’t (Just) About Sex. It’s Really About Work.
Is sexual harassment in the workplace more about sex or work? We hope that speaking out against sexual harassment is the beginning of a pivotal trend. But what’s really at the root of every #MeToo story? Gender inequality in the workplace. We simply can’t ignore gender inequality in every industry from Hollywood to Madison Avenue to Main Street. Read more.
Jim Henson Co.’s new TV show to feature empowering female superheroes
Move over Spiderman and Batman, make way for a squad of female super heroes courtesy of the Jim Henson company. Inspired by the #MeToo movement, seven superheroines with names like Courage, Mastery, Honesty, and Wisdom will join the ranks of their male counterparts on TV sets and in toy store aisles everywhere in about two years. Read more.
Elizabeth Banks Was a Frustrated Actress. Now She’s a Determined Mogul.
What’s an actress to do when she’s bored and frustrated by the lack of film projects for women? If she’s Elizabeth Banks, she starts a production company and online platform for female comedians, WhoHaha. Banks created Brownstone Productions ten years ago. With hits like the “Pitch Perfect” series, the company has earned Banks a reputation as a talented producer/director and savvy businesswoman. Read more.
Harley-Davidson doesn’t want brand confused with Affliction products
Imitation might be the highest form of flattery but Harley Davidson thinks otherwise. The motorcycle giant wants t-shirt company Affliction to stop selling shirts resembling their iconic bar and shield logo. Harley Davidson sent a cease-and-desist letter but Affliction kept selling the shirts, prompting the motorcycle giant to sue. Read more.
Sexual Harassment Training Doesn’t Work. But Some Things Do.
Bad news: traditional sexual harassment training methods are ineffective. More bad news: they can backfire. Good news: there are new methods of sexual harassment prevention including teaching bystanders to speak up and promoting women into positions of power. More good news: research shows the new methods work, we just have to get companies to use them. Read more.
Seventh Circuit: Chicago’s Public Nudity Ordinance Intact Despite Challenge
If Chicago winters won’t keep visitors covered, the city’s anti-nudity ordinance just might. When Sonoko Tagami got a ticket for baring her painted breasts on “Go Topless Day,” she challenged Chicago’s public nudity ordinance. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld 2-1 the city’s right to ban public nudity (including no exposure of “any portion of the breast at or below the upper edge of the areola of any female person”), deciding that public nudity is conduct, not speech. The Court rejected Sagami’s equal protection argument, too because although the anti-nudity ordinance affected men and women differently (e.g., men are free to be topless), the reason is based in physiology. Sadly, that means no topless selfie by the Bean or sunbathing on the shore of Lake Michigan—unless you’re a man. Read more.
Bias, She Wrote
Hey, New York Times Bestseller list…meet Girl Power. In the 50’s and 60’s, the ratio of male to female authors on the list was 3 to 1. Today it’s closer to 1 to 1. Books by women sell. Thanks for increasing the stats, J.K. Rowling, Nora Roberts, and E.L. James (among others). Read more.
The Republican tax bill’s small-business problem — most won’t benefit from the special new rate
The architects of the latest tax plan claim that small businesses will benefit, but experts question whether there are real tax savings. Most small business owners set up pass through entities meaning the owners pay taxes, but the businesses themselves don’t. The vast majority of small business owners already pay taxes at 25%, the new maximum rate proposed for small-business income under the proposed tax bill. Plus, if you’re a personal service provider (e.g., lawyer, engineer doctor, consultant), you won’t qualify for the 25% anyway. Read more.
Peekaboos Ponytail Hats crowdfunding to bring production to U.S.
If you’ve ever worn a ponytail, you’ve undoubtedly experienced this: ponytails + hats = awkward bumps. Danica Lause decided to combat this by knitting hats with hidden ponytail openings. Lause recently started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds so that her company, Peekaboos Ponytail Hats, can bring knitting in house—in Germantown, Wisconsin. Read more.
Figure Skater Breaks Ice In Hijab
Meet Zahra Lahri. Lahri is training to compete in the 2022 Olympics. This figure skater is the first woman in her sport to wear a hijab. Lahri has been featured in ads and on magazine covers but the skater shrugs off the attention and says she’s “just doing something she loves.” Read more.
Court of Appeals of Wisconsin Published Opinion
Opening a P.O.D, payment on death, bank account and designating a beneficiary is a simple way to transfer assets upon death without probate. You keep control over the funds and can change beneficiaries anytime. But, switching the beneficiary requires a trip to the bank. One account owner tried a shortcut, writing a note to his friend, making him the new beneficiary of his U.S. Bank P.O.D account. The Wisconsin Court of Appeals said no: the written instructions on file with the bank control the account. Read more.
Federal law enforcement has a woman problem
If you’ve been pulled over lately, chances are it’s been by a male cop. Law enforcement is still a male-dominated field, except in one Midwest college town. The Madison, Wisconsin police force is about 30% female and the women wearing the badge in Madison are protecting and serving citizens in the best possible ways. Read more.
The Culture Is Changing, With Feminist Cheese
Cheese—with its “inherently feminine constitution” (after all “you can’t milk boys”)—is being lovingly crafted by women, and named for them, too, including Woman of La Mancha, Womanchego, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Women from coast to coast are crafting gourmet cheeses and cheese lovers are delighting in eating a chunk of the resistance. Read more.
Is it Legal to Link? Playboy is Taking BoingBoing to Court Over it
If you link to sites that include copyrighted material owned by someone else, watch out. Playboy recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against popular website BoingBoing over their post “Every Playboy Playmate Centerfold Ever.” BoingBoing didn’t actually post the 746 centerfold images, they simply linked to other sites. How this point factors into the outcome of the case remains to be seen. Read more.
A Big Deal in Big Food, Irene Rosenfeld Retires From Mondelez
When you reach for an Oreo or Ritz Cracker, think of Irene Rosenfeld. As she retires as CEO of snack food manufacturer Mondelez International, Rosenfeld leaves a company that’s succeeding despite the trend toward heathy eating. Most importantly, Rosenfeld’s reign as CEO paved the way for other female execs to break glass ceilings. Read more.
How the ‘Shalane Flanagan Effect’ Works
Shalane Flanagan, the world’s fastest woman might also be the nicest. Flanagan, the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon, trained with 11 other women who all made the Olympic team and thus the “Shalane Effect” was born. The term refers to women who nurture other women’s careers while succeeding themselves. Read more.
She flipped off President Trump — and got fired from her government contracting job
Can you say “Double Standard?” Juli Briskman can. She’s the unidentifiable cyclist who flipped off 45’s motorcade and subsequently got fired for violating her employer’s social-media policy. Months earlier, Briskman reported a male executive who made obscene remarks on social media, but he kept his job. Briskman contacted the ACLU and is considering filing a lawsuit. Read more.
College-Savings Imbalance: Parents Put Aside More for Sons Than Daughters
We didn’t need another reason to blame our parents, but research indicates parents invest more in college savings for sons than daughters. To overcome this, women work through school and graduate with more debt. It all leads to the gender wage gap. Read more.
I’m 10. And I Want Girls to Raise Their Hands.
Alice Paul Tapper is a super hero who wears a sash instead of a cape. Tapper, a 10-year-old Girl Scout and daughter of journalist Jake Tapper, created the “Raise Your Hand” patch after noticing female classmates stayed silent while male classmates asked questions. Tapper’s initiative was a big success and “Raise Your Hand” is catching on nationwide. Read more.
Forever 21 Sues Trademark “Bully” Adidas, Says “Enough is Enough”
Forever 21 effectively said, “Adidas, you don’t own stripes,” when the clothing company took on the athletic wear giant in a logo battle. Adidas registered three parallel stripes in specific locations on certain clothing and shoes as protected trade dress and vigorously protects its rights to stripes. Forever 21 asked a judge for permission to use stripes on sports bras and t-shirts claiming the stripes are decorative and don’t infringe on Adidas’s three stripe logo. Read more.
Can ‘Experience Investing’ Help Female Entrepreneurs? The Co-Founder of Airbnb Thinks
The venture capital world is still a boys’ club. Only 8% of decision-making partners in the top 100 VC firms are women, which puts females looking for investors at a significant disadvantage. One “woman-trepreneur” had enough, and created her own nurturing “venture community” to fight this trend. You go, girl! Read more.
‘The RBG Workout’: 84-Year-Old Justice Might Put You To Shame In The Gym
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an intellectual powerhouse on the U.S. Supreme Court but did you know she’s also a rock star in the gym? In a new book, Ginsburg’s personal trainer shares the Justice’s favorite work out moves including military push-ups, one legged squats, and planks. Not bad for an 84-year-old. Rock on, RBG! Read more.
Why Aren’t Paychecks Growing? A Burger-Joint Clause Offers a Clue
The term “lazy American” is a misnomer. Americans are working. In fact, we’re living with record low unemployment numbers. But for some fast food workers, raises and promotions aren’t coming their way. A little known legal clause restricting fast food workers’ freedom to change jobs might be a contributing factor. Read more.
Research: Objective Performance Metrics Are Not Enough to Overcome Gender Bias
There’s bad news and good news about gender bias. A Harvard Business Review study shows when people were given only gender information to make a professional decision, men usually won. But when given information beyond name and gender, such as the quality of the person’s work, women’s chances improved. To improve your chances of overcoming gender bias when applying for jobs, prominently highlight performance-related accomplishments. Read more.
Women Aren’t Nags—We’re Just Fed Up
Why are women always exhausted? Two words: emotional labor. Women (and especially moms) handle virtually all the emotional labor in every aspect of life. The typically male way one husband handled his wife’s simple request for a cleaning service for Mother’s Day, perfectly defines “emotional labor” and explains why it’s so draining. Read more.
Deere wins trademark lawsuit over its iconic green, yellow color combination
A Kentucky judge gave John Deere the green light to claim exclusive use of its iconic combination of yellow and green. In a recent trademark case, the leading farm equipment manufacturer won the exclusive right after another agricultural equipment manufacturer painted their sprayers Deere’s signature colors. The judge said the competitor’s use of the color combination would cause consumer confusion and permanently banned it from using the protected color combination—although, the competitor could paint its equipment all green or all yellow. Read more.
Freelancers Face a Bigger Gender Pay Gap and Most Don’t Even Know It
Female freelancers: want to make more money? Just ask! Research from billing website HoneyBook shows that women working as writers, artists, and graphic designers make significantly less than their male counterparts. But research also indicates that clients who hire freelancers don’t haggle about prices. So, go ahead and raise your rates. (You’re welcome.) Read more.
This Third-Grader’s Feminist Poem Is A Must-Read
Sugar and spice and everything nice? “Oh…hell no!” says one third grade girl in a bad ass, yet adorable way in her poem: The True Feminine. She’s become an internet superstar with her closing lines, “I’m a rich pie, strong with knowledge. I will not be eaten.” Make way, this girl’s going places. Read more.
Judge Puts Lions Gate’s Trademark Suit in a Corner
Dirty Dancing fans have one less thing to worry about. You can say “Nobody puts baby in the corner” even in a commercial, without fear of a lawsuit. A California judge ruled TD Ameritrade can continue to air a commercial that parodies the famous line, “Nobody puts your old 401(k) in the corner.” Read more.
What Sephora Knows About Women in Tech That Silicon Valley Doesn’t
We’ve come a long way. But in the tech industry, not so much. With one big, beautiful exception: Sephora. The make-up giant is hiring women for every technical position and grooming them for promotion. Promoting women, especially on Sephora’s tech team, is just the way they do business. Read more.
PHOTOS: A 4-Year Mission To Present A New Vision Of Beauty
Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc married her two passions: travel and photography. The results are inspiring. Noroc photographed women around the world highlighting non-traditional beauty through her photos which show diverse ages, shapes, sizes, and ethnicities. In her book, “The Atlas of Beauty,” Noroc’s photos celebrate women’s strength and define beauty in a whole new way. Read more.
H&M Files Suit Against Wildfox, Claiming that its Own “Wildfox” Sweatshirt Isn’t Confusing
“You’re not suing me, I’m suing you!” said fashion retail giant H & M to small clothing company, Wildfox Couture. After H & M began selling sweatshirts bearing a fictitious team logo, “Toronto Wildfox,” Wildfox Couture sent H & M a letter threatening legal action for trademark infringement. So, H & M launched a preemptive strike in the form of a lawsuit. Look at the sweatshirt, is “Wildfox” on H&M’s sweatshirt decorative or does it indicate that H&M and Widlfox Couture collaborated in the design? Read more.
A Smart Breast Pump: Mothers Love It. VCs Don’t
“Breast is best but pumping is a pain,” say working moms everywhere. So Janica Alvarez created a better, smarter breast pump, but when she met with male venture capitalists, she faced immature and unprofessional responses. Sad but true: the situation improved when Alvarez started taking her husband along. Read more.
Savannah Guthrie Gets Up For Work At 3 AM — & She Still Puts In A Full Day As “Mom”
Savannah Guthrie wears multiple hats including Today Show co-anchor and bestselling children’s book author. But the hat Guthrie takes the most pride in is mom to daughter, Vale, and son, Charley. Guthrie demonstrates that having it all is doable. Warning: Reading about Guthrie’s daily life may induce severe exhaustion along with a bit of envy. Read more.
Supreme Court Denies Louis Vuitton’s Appeal Over “Parody” Tote Bags
Underdog wins the battle of the bags. Louis Vuitton sued bag maker, MOB (My Other Bag) accusing MOB of trademark infringement and diluting LV’s brand. MOB’s canvas bags feature LV’s logo but “My Other Bag” is printed on the reverse side. The U.S. Supreme Court held up MOB’s right to continue to produce the “parody bags.” Read more.
Inspired or Frustrated, Women Go to Work for Themselves
Sick of dealing with the old boys’ network? Had enough mansplaining and sexist corporate policies? Ready to say, “I’m done;” leave the corporate world and start your own business? You aren’t alone. Maybe it’s time to join the ranks of female entrepreneurs with a new title, “Boss.” Read more.
Mini Version of the High Line?
The Milwaukee RiverWalk is getting a Big Apple style makeover. Read more.
These ‘Star Wars’ Heroines Are Getting Their Own Miniseries
The force is strong for these women! Read more.
Venture Capital Firms With More Teenage Daughters Perform Better
It’s harder to be biased towards women while raising a daughter. Read more.
Mothers Are Paid Less Than Fathers in Every State and at Every Education Level
Another angle on the gender wage gap–mothers earn less than fathers. Read more.
We Recorded VCs’ Conversations and Analyzed How Differently They Talk About Female Entrepreneurs
Pitching your idea to a room full of venture capitalists is scary. The gender bias baked into their decision-making is frightening. Read more.
‘Pink Tax’ forces women to pay more than men
Virtually identical products should cost the same. Why do women have to pay more? Read more.
With Her Dating App, Women Are in Control
Bumble is the dating app that women have been waiting for. Read more.
TV Anchor Trolls Daily Mail by Repeatedly Wearing Same Blouse, Proves Important Point About Sexism
An Australian T.V. anchor did the unthinkable. Read more.
The ‘Chicago Tribune’ did to Aaron Rogers what media outlets do to women all the time
Men tweet that Packers QB was dissed (newsflash–welcome to our world). Read more.
Infographic: Unlocking the Power of Gender Equality
The gender pay gap in pictures. Read more.
Number of Women Who Lead Nations Remains Stagnant
There are 193 countries in the world–only 16 are lead by women. Read more.
Here’s How Long It Will Take For Each State to Give Equal Pay
State by state analysis–Florida (21 years) to Wyoming (136 years)–of years until the wage gap is closed. Read more.
What Happened When A Man Signed Work Emails Using A Female Name For 2 Weeks
A Male co-worker walked a mile in his female co-worker’s shoes. Guess how he was treated. Read more.
The Big Salary Reveal: 12 Real People discover What the Pay Gap Looks Like
Same job, similar experience, but pay, not so much. Read more.
Defend Your Research: What Makes a Team Smarter? More Women
More women, smarter group. Enough said. Read more.
More Women in Their 60s and 70s Are Having ‘Way Too Much Fun’ to Retire
Women, especially those over “retirement age,” just wanna have fun-at work. Read more.
Gloria Steinem: Women Have ‘Chick Flicks.’ What About Men?
Men do have a category of their own. Think “Saving Private Ryan” and Westerns. Read more.
10 College Majors Where Women Earn More than Men
Is your major on the list? Read more.
The four qualities of a perfect cold email, according to the Birchbox CEO
Rookie professionals may have to take shots in the dark. The cold email can be a useful tool for success, if you get it right. Read more.
Marquette grad sticks it with magnetic false eyelashes invention
We had to try them for ourselves! Call or email Sarah for our review. Read more.
6 U.S. Cities to Watch in 2017
We aren’t surprised MKE made the list. Who can resist shopping in our Historic Third Ward or jammin’ out at Summer Fest? Add our variety of food and beer…it’s no wonder we call our city the Good Land. Read more.
Her Memory Fading, Paula Wolfert Fights Back With Food
With the help of a brain boosting diet and devoted friends, she is telling her story and sharing her world famous recipes. Read more.
This Woman Knows How to Take Your Money
Helping people raise their hands then in hairy chest contests now in million dollar charity auctions. Read more.
What Happens When Women Legislate
No more pink tax. No more co-pay on birth control. No gender pay gap. Doesn’t that sound dreamy? Read more.
The New Yorker Cover That’s Being Replicated By Women Surgeons Across The World
Female surgeons #ILookLikeASurgeon social media challenge is catching on thanks to an endocrine surgeon at the University of Wisconsin. Read more.
She Was the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon. 50 Years Later, She’s Back
She conned her way in to run Boston Marathon in 1967–the first female runner–but celebrated 50 years later when she will run the 26.2 mile route again. Read more.
At 91, Ella Brennan Still Feeds (and Leads) New Orleans
The work of this spirited business woman transformed The Big Easy. Read more.
Women-Run Hedge Funds Are Beating the Rest
It turns out that women are outperforming men, again. Read more.
Nevertheless, Her Majesty Persisted
Queen Victoria was one of the first women to Have it All: a husband, nine children, and a demanding job leading an empire. Read more.
Is This Store The Best-Kept Secret In Fashion?
You won’t believe the prices of the designer clothes at this hidden store. Read more.
Which Badass Woman In History Are You?
Take this quiz to find out! (Stephanie is Ruth Bader Ginsburg!) Read more.
8 Scientific Breakthroughs You Didn’t Know Were Made By Women
Hidden women in STEM–including inventions related to computer programming, wifi, and the nerve growth factor. Read more.
Balancing Act: Three sisters are Zander Press’ fourth generation owners
Only 3% of family-owned businesses make it to the fourth generation. These sisters talk family legacy, community, and plans for the future. Read more.
20 Best Sites for Female Entrepreneurs
From networking to helpful tutorials, check out this list of the most helpful websites for women in business. Read more.
How I Built This — Spanx: Sara Blakely
Hear Sara Blakely discuss her journey to develop everyone’s favorite undergarment-which started in the Neiman Marcus headquarters women’s bathroom. Read more.
Digging Deeper: Adoption in Wisconsin
A Wisconsin lawmaker wants to make the in-state adoption process a lot easier on the birth-mother. Read more.
A Travel Ban’s Foe: A Young Firebrand and Her Pro Bono Brigade
The founder of the International Refugee Assistance Project works in her socks, curses like a sailor, and loves a good lawsuit. Read more.
What’s Inside A ‘Derby Pie’? Maybe A Lawsuit Waiting To Happen
Don’t serve “Derby-Pie” unless you are ready to fight a trademark infringement lawsuit brought by a determined family. Read more.
How this mom turned $775 into a $65 million company in only 5 years
The Cambridge Satchel Company startup kit: an intuitive woman, her mom, a free online course, a couple of cereal boxes, and a whole lot of grit. Read more.
Robots on wheels may soon deliver takeout to Madison humans
The passage of the “R2-D2 bill” could legalize and regulate the use of personal delivery drivers, or PDDs. You may have to yield to robots the next time you’re in Madison. Read more.
Irish butter dispute takes new turn with Kerrygold lawsuit
Is Irishgold’s butter substantially similar to Kerrygold’s butter? You decide–before the U.S.District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin does. Read more.
In Wisconsin, selling cookies can land you in jail
Home bakers can’t legally sell their treats in just two states, including Wisconsin. They lobbied and are now challenging the half-baked law in court. (It’s worth a read just for the recipes, Lavender Lemon Sunshine Shortbreads and Winter Squash Spice Muffins.) Read more.
Women’s rights country by country – interactive
Interactive diagram breaking down laws affecting women’s rights (including domestic violence, property, and harassment) by country. Read more.
Chadbourne Litigator Suing Firm is Expelled
Female partner sues firm in gender discrimination class action for $100 million. Spoiler alert–she’s not working at the firm any longer. Read more.
Madison Chocolatier CocoVaa is sued by Mars for trademark infringement
Are CocoVaa chocolates confusingly similar to CocoVia supplements? A Virginia federal court will decide. Read more.
The Rapist’s Loophole: Marriage
Multiple countries condone husbands’ violent acts against their wives with laws making marital rape expressly legal (10 countries) or by giving rapists an easy out (31 countries). Read more.
Drink Wisconsinbly pub co-owners allege they’ve been frozen out
Local partners duel over control of the bar and access to records. Read more.
Sexual Harassment Claims Against a ‘SHE-E.O.’
Employee of Thinx, a company that makes period underwear, sued claiming her boss’s boundary-breaking workplace motto went to far (e.g., boss allegedly conducted meetings via video conference from her bed, naked). Read more.
Consumer Review Fairness Act Taking Effect
Go ahead, post a negative review online. The form terms of service can’t stop you. Read more.
Pilot project to test proposed business court
Starting in July, Wisconsin will test a dedicated business court in Waukesha, Door, Outagamie, and Brown counties (among others) in the hopes to expedite large claim business cases and commercial disputes. Read more.
Federal Judge goes out on a ‘lonely limb’ and blocks Colorado town’s ban on topless women
Toplessness is now legal for all in Fort Collins. Read more.