This week, I've been thinking a lot about advice we give to girls and women, two of the most influential women of our time, and why we can't separate women's achievements from their bodies.
1) There's a new project, Leaders & Daughters, that asks top executives- male and female- for advice for their daughters, girls of all ages. The letters are heartfelt and full of love, and worth perusing.
3) Hillary Clinton has kept a pretty low profile for the past few months, but last week she took the stage at the Women in the World Summit. It's been a long time (decades!) since she's been out in the world as either a public servant, political candidate, or the spouse of of a candidate or officeholder, so it was interesting to hear her point of view as one of our most politically knowledgable private citizens. There a whole slew of recaps of her talk, but you can watch the whole talk, too.
4) I've been reading The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher's memoir about making Star Wars, and really enjoying it- it's funny, it's wry, it's a little bit cringeworthy. This Star Wars 40th anniversary tribute to Carrie Fisher... it'll probably make you tear up.
5) Unfortunately, I doubt there are any women who haven't experienced being objectified. It's one of those insidious things that can sometimes seem like it's about attraction or attractiveness, but, of course, it's about power- a classic way to put us in our place by reminding us that our achievements matter less than how we look. Even sadder? Even women in the highest echelons of power, like Angela Merkel and Theresa May are subject to this nonsense.
6) I've had my own experiences with having strangers on the internet shift focus from what I was doing to how I look and what I wore. One of the hardest parts of experiencing that is getting people to understand that the frustration and anger I felt weren't about "haters" or hurt feelings. You can hear my thoughts on the subject here.