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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.