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Newsletter 4.19.19

 

This past week, I've indulged myself in several pieces featuring some of my favorite role-models including Audrey Gelman, Nancy Pelosi, and Melinda Gates. While you're waiting in line for coffee or killing time in an Uber, take a look at some of the stories of these women who have a wealth of experience and expertise worth listening to.

In this week's newsletter, you'll find news and tidbits on artful female creatives, progressive challengers, reflective columnists. I'll also leave you with two very helpful resources regarding saying yes to negotiation even if you think it's unsolicited and indulging in self-care as part of your weekly routine. 


Warmly,
Maya Frai, Founder of Let's Hear It

WOMEN MAKING NEWS
The latest news on women.
Beyoncé the Creator: ‘Homecoming’ Review
"The sage words of Maya Angelou, Audre Lorde, W.E.B. DuBois, Toni Morrison and others sprinkle “Homecoming” with inspiration. The overarching theme here is ostensibly education: Beyoncé schools her audience on the beauty of black culture, yes, but also on the importance of preserving and encouraging the legacy of historically black colleges and universities, which she stresses throughout the film." NYTimes, April 17, 2019
 
Time 100 Most Influential People
From titans to icons to artists, incredible and powerful women sweeped @time’s 100 Most Powerful People. Both on and off the list, women are making progress in various industries on their own terms and leading a new generation of success. Read more about featured women including Aileen Lee, Sandra Oh, Regina King, Jacinda Ardern, Jennifer Hyman, Michelle Obama, and Nancy Pelosi. Time, April 17, 2019
 
Growing Up Game of Thrones with Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner
"The hair, in particular, is a declaration of independence, or at least of wanting a break from acting. “I guess, subconsciously, I dyed it because I didn’t want to work,” she says. “It’s a pretty good way of stopping that. And it just feels so good, so me. I’ve battled my whole adolescence with trying to put a stamp on my appearance, but also be a blank canvas as an actor.Rolling Stone, March 26, 2019
 
The Most Measured Person in Tech Is Running the Most Chaotic Place on the Internet
"Susan Wojcicki, the chief executive officer of YouTube, joined Google because she wanted to do something meaningful with her life. But now she recognizes that her ultimate legacy will be whether YouTube can get a handle on its problems. 'I know we can do better. We’ll get to a point where we have solved a lot of these issues, and I feel like we’ve already made significant progress. I own this problem, and I’m going to fix it.'" NYTimes, April 17, 2019
 
PROFILES + INTERVIEWS
Publication features on women and their careers. 
Melinda Gates on tech innovation, global health and privilege.

Bill and I always go back to “What is philanthropy’s role?” It is to be catalytic. It’s to try and put new ideas forward and test them and see if they work. If you can convince government to scale up, that is how you have success. 

Gates is known for her role in philanthropic efforts with the Gates Foundation. She also has one big thing on her mind: contraceptives. Along with reproductive health awareness and access for women, she talks about leading efforts while keeping in mind her own sense of privilege and her desire to see more tech innovation that targets global challenges. Check out the interview here.
Nancy Pelosi on transparency, tech, and matters of the House.

It’s about a democracy, and I believe we’re crossing a threshold, in terms of how laws are passed. We had promised, as Democrats, a transparent Congress, transparency and openness, so the public can see, in time that gives them time to understand it, what is at stake.

In this podcast episode, Nancy Pelosi talks about taking matters in the House that serves public interest, whether it’s tech regulation, women’s right to choose, or anti-trust. Pelosi’s honesty and eloquence in explaining her thoughts and views on today’s pressing topics is something you don’t want to miss. And of course, the infamous red coat makes an appearance. Check out the interview here.
Audrey Gelman on being a pregnant CEO and getting sh*t done.

If I’m scared to tell my investors or the people that I work with that I’m pregnant, I can’t even imagine how women feel working in male-dominated environments. My eyes are opening to a lot of new things that I want to correct at least inside the environment of my own workplace.

The Cut features The Wing CEO and Co-Founder Audrey Gelman in “How I Get It Done” detailing her experiences being a pregnant executive, empowering women through community building, and how she gets through the day starting from color coding her emails to ending with long baths and British shows. Check out the interview here.
WHAT WE'RE THINKING ABOUT
Op-eds and letters on advice, experiences, and inspiration.

Under Springs’s gaze, world-famous actresses like Catherine Deneuve and Audrey Hepburn look like people, not icons. Conversational, intent, their eyes telegraphing depths beneath. “She quickly realized that photographing people in situ, their situ, was more revealing than bringing them into the studio.” The resultant photos, while artful, convey a feeling of frank exchange. “[Alice] does not use any tricks,” her husband Helmut wrote.

Rhonda Garelick, "The Electric Intimacy of Alice Springs" –– New York Magazine

If you’re wondering whether or not to ask for more money when you get an offer, most of the time the answer is yes. Employers often have a bit of wiggle room when they make an offer, and at this point in the process, getting more money in your salary is often as easy as just asking for it.

Alison Green, "How to Negotiate Salary After a Job Offer: 6 Tips to Get More Money" –– The Cut

I called Olivier Baumgartner, a master technician at a company called socra, which specializes in the restoration of historic monuments. Baumgartner and a colleague, Alexandre Decaillot, had spent a week working at the cathedral, removing copper statues for restoration offsite. “I’m completely nauseated,” Baumgartner told me. He added, of the effort to restore the cathedral, “In wanting to give her a second youth, we have perhaps destroyed her.”

Lauren Collins, "On the Roof of Notre-Dame, Before It Burned" –– New Yorker

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