The 200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+
Kuddos to NPR for their project “Turning the Tables” which celebrates the 200 Greatest Songs by 20th Century Women. NPR reached out to 70 women and non-binary writers to compile their favorites which include mainstream artists like Adele, Alicia Keys and the Queen: Beyonce, and alternative and indie/alternate faves Hurray for the Riff Raff and Peaches. Read more.
She Gave Millions to Artists Without Credit. Until Now.
For the past 22 years, an anonymous donor granted $5.5 million to a select group of women artists over the age of 40. Philanthropist Susan Unterberg revealed her identity as the donor and shared that her own experience motivated her to support female artists in the middle of their careers. Merci, Gracias, and Thanks, Susan! Read more.
Overlooked No More: Bette Nesmith Graham, Who Invented Liquid Paper
A nasty boss + a smart, inventive artist/secretary = the invention of Liquid Paper. Overlooked, a NY Times initiative to share obituaries of women and people of color who didn’t get the proper recognition when they died, shares Bette Nesmith Graham’s inspiring story of repeated persistence and ingenuity in the face of ongoing sexism. Read more.
Why Milwaukee Is the Midwest’s Coolest (and Most Underrated) City
Those of us lucky enough to live in Milwaukee love our city but it’s nice to get some love and attention from an outsider. It’s even better when that outsider is the iconic and chic Vogue Magazine. Vogue highlighted Milwaukee’s natural beauty (Hello, lakefront!) fun bars and restaurants (We see you, Third Ward!) and overall awesomeness. Read more.
Why Spanx’s Billionaire CEO Drives Aimlessly for an Hour Every Morning
Ever feel like you need time alone to think? Take a page out of Spanx CEO Sara Blakely’s book and hit the road…literally. Blakely, a mom of four who runs a major corporation, discovered she does her best thinking behind the wheel, so she allows herself an hour every morning to do exactly that. Read more.
Women of Influence Give Themselves, Others Some Career Advice
Don’t focus on failure. Take more risks. Spend time with your grandparents. These words of wisdom are from some of the most accomplished women in town. The Milwaukee Business Journal recently asked their 2018 Women of Influence, leaders in fields including business, law and healthcare, to share the advice they’d give their 22-year-old selves. Read more.
9 Business Tips Every Entrepreneur Needs To Know
Part of setting up a long-term plan is knowing where the problem spots are. One must learn which business philosophies work better for which industries. That’s why having a strong group of peers and mentors is so important for leaders. Read more.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.