Workday Reading

The Edition: No. 96

I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat. — Rebecca West

Advanced. I took a step back in my career, and I have never been happier.

Amazing. This Boden wrap dress is so soft and comfortable.  I bought the red dot print, and then had to get the black. Also in petite and tall.

Added. I consume how many calories in weekly office snacks?

Accessorized. This summery Bess Tote is so chic, and looks spendier than its price tag.

Acidic. Men built a world for themselves, and then called it neutral.  And women are f***ing sick of it.

Applied. Need exfoliation without the scrub? These No. 7 Serum Activating Pads are a dream. If you have redness, try their Cica-Paste.

Alternative. How the Mom Internet became a sponsored, spotless void.

Ashore. Loving this simple shaping swimsuit from H&M. But I picked up this one-shoulder swim top from Old Navy for $15.

Amended. Meet the business that banned work on Wednesdays.

Artsy. Kate Spade is at Nordstrom Rack.  Snapped up these affordable sunnies.

Altered. Are these the most harmful fabrics in fashion?

Aligned. Loving this easy t-shirt dress for weekends.  So cute.

Angelic. A wonderful article on bringing more women into startup investing.

Meet Freweini Mebrahtu.

In Ethiopia, menstruation is such a taboo topic that young girls aren’t taught the basics about their bodies.  They can’t go to school, because most can’t afford, nor do they have access to, feminine hygiene products.  The stigma surrounding simple biology keeps them from living their lives.

Freweini built a company that creates sewn, reusable cotton sanitary pads for women and girls.  The products are made by women, for women.

To aid Freweini and her efforts, you can donate to an organization called Dignity Period.  The organization supports Freweini’s factory and raises money to provide sanitary pads to the young women who need them.  No girl should miss out on her education or her life because of her period.

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  1. Monica T says:

    Can’t agree more on all those ‘aspirational’ lifestyle blogs. I understand that blogs can take a lot of time and therefore can be monetized, but I don’t really want to read “A life better than yours – Sponsored by %whoever%” on the regular. If it’s not real then it’s fake.

    May 8, 2019/Reply
  2. Jo says:

    If you enjoyed the Glamour piece on conscious and subconscious gender expectations, I would highly recommend Naomi Alderman’s 2017 novel The Power. I put off reading it because I expected it to feel predictable or too “current’ or something, but Alderman was so clever in the ways that she toyed with gender roles, especially the subtle ones, that my head was spinning by the end. She picked up on different gender expectations that I had never even noticed.

    May 8, 2019/Reply
  3. Sarah says:

    Thank you for sharing both the mommy influencer article and the information on the Dignity Project (I donated)!

    May 9, 2019/Reply
  4. Barbara says:

    If civilization had been left in female hands, we would still be living in grass huts.-Camille Paglia

    May 9, 2019/Reply
    • Crystal says:

      What a sad perspective on women’s history, vision, desires, and capabilities.

      May 9, 2019/Reply
      • gf says:

        You said it much more gracefully than I, Crystal. And, thanks for posting the article re: men as the default gender, Belle. I related to much of it.

        May 9, 2019/Reply
    • Allison says:

      Tell that to Sheryl D. Palmer, CEO of Taylor Morrison, one of the largest home building companies in the United States.

      May 9, 2019/Reply