On My Mind...

Gee whiz, the summer has flown by! For just about every student and teacher, school has started back up. I know Hurricane Harvey has disrupted the start of the school for many in Texas, to say the least of its destruction. And Irma seems to be gearing up to do the same in Florida. Add to that that announcement that the DACA program will be ending, negatively impacting 800,000 people who have lived in the United States for most of their lives, young people who often have known no other home than the U.S. It's been a difficult week, and its negative effects will be felt for a long, long time.
But, in addition to obsessively following the news (does that count as a hobby?), I've read a bunch of great stuff lately. I've been getting some new interviews ready, but in the meantime, check out these awesome women.

Oprah in character in the upcoming Wrinkle in Time movie. This is basically how I picture her anyway: wise, powerful, and stunning. 

Oprah in character in the upcoming Wrinkle in Time movie. This is basically how I picture her anyway: wise, powerful, and stunning. 

1) I spent at least an hour yesterday on Time Magazine's Firsts page, watching videos and reading about women who have broken the glass ceiling in some way. As the introduction says:

What a jagged image we use for women who achieve greatly, defining accomplishment in terms of the barrier rather than the triumph. There she is up where the air is thin, where men still outnumber women, but where the altitude is awesome. Our goal with Firsts is for every woman and girl to find someone whose presence in the highest reaches of success says to her that it is safe to climb, come on up, the view is spectacular.

2) Oprah is (of course) one of the women featured by Time. I also loved her profile in the September issue of Vogue.

3) Oprah's A Wrinkle in Time costar Reese Witherspoon wrote this essay in Glamour about ambition and her own experience with putting her money where her mouth is- taking her frustration with the lack of film roles for women and producing Gone GirlWild, and Big Little Lies. Her advice: "Run away from a man who can't handle your ambition."

4) When I think of women who embody the idea of finding a way to do work as an adult that taps into what you loved growing up, Christina Tosi of Milk Bar always comes to mind. If you have a sweet tooth and you've ever eaten a compost cookie, or cereal milk soft serve, or crack pie, or any of the other VERY sugary treats at Milk Bar (my favorite is the cornflake-marshmallow cookie), you know why Tosi's treats have found such a devoted following. You might not know the story of how she built her business, though, which is just as compelling.

Ted Talk Tuesday: How Giant Websites Design for You

Margaret Gould Stewart, Facebook's director of product design, walks listeners through a user experience design challenge.  What needs to be considered when making a change to Facebook's ubiquitous "like" button? Who will be using it? What technology will they be using to look at Facebook? What do they really want from the experience?

On My Mind...

It's been a busy week, with lots of fireworks displays- every night from Friday through Tuesday where I live- and a short work week. This week, some stories that caught my eye were a woman who embodies the spirit of patriotic service, two anniversaries about women and sports, the story behind a "Ms." - the title, not the magazine- and a mysterious photograph.

1) As we celebrated on the 4th of July this week, I thought of this interview with 3-star Army General Nadja West, West Point graduate, physician, and the first African-American woman to hold that rank.

2) A League of Their Own turned 25 recently. You might remember a short scene where an African-American spectator picks up a stray ball and throws it back to Geena Davis's character- with an arm that catches the character off guard. The AAGPBL- and Major League Baseball- were whites-only at the time. Apparently, the film's producers were not happy that they couldn't have a diverse cast, and included the scene to remind the audience that segregation barred talented women of color from playing, too.

3) On the subject of sports and landmark anniversaries, Title IX turned 45 a few weeks ago. The law states that, "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." Short but powerful.

4) I never knew the story of how "Ms." became a commonly accepted title- and the one I use most. Turns out, a woman named Sheila Michaels advocated for and promoted its adoption.

5) I'm always curious about what other people are reading, so I loved this list of 25 Famous Women on Their Favorite Books.

6) Did you hear about the photograph that people think shows Amelia Earhart after her plane crash?The idea that she could have landed in the Marshall Islands is certainly thought-provoking!

The photo that could be of Amelia Earhart.

The photo that could be of Amelia Earhart.