I've come across a bunch of cool stories this week celebrating women from our past, and women helping women right now. I've been seeing tons of pictures of the 'Defiant Girl' statue across from the bull on Wall Street- my favorites are of girls posing with her. But, she's been eclipsed in the "girl-ready-to-take-charge" category by this photo. It's hard to imagine anything standing in this girl's way.
1) Astronomer and planetary scientist Sara Seager talked to Lenny Letter about the recently discovered exoplanets, the future of space exploration, and what she did with her MacArthur Genius Grant.
2) Melinda Gates wrote an essay on why she has chosen to make access to contraceptives one of her top priorities.
3) What do the CEOs of General Motors and SoulCycle wish they'd known when they were starting out? It's not about following a detailed plan or worrying about what you're "supposed to do."
4) If you're looking for more non-fiction to read about powerful depictions of awesome ladies, try Casting a Literary Lens on Women and Power. From women in politics, to women challenging sexist workplace norms, I'm putting a bunch of these books on my list.
5) Maps! What do maps have to do with Women's History Month? Well, SO many places are named after men, and we usually don't give it a second thought. Rebecca Solnit imagined a "City of Women," where New York City's landmarks are all named after women. You can also read about the forgotten female cartographers.
6) I can't wait to take a look at Strong is the New Pretty, the new book by Kate T. Parker that celebrates girls being themselves. Parker talks about her inspiration for the book- her daughters- and her purpose in creating the book. (That's the book's cover, featuring Parker's daughter, at the top.)
Have a great weekend!