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THIS WEEK

After graduating, you feel as though the world is changing every minute while you're still trying to grasp the previous second. One thing that's kept me sane is thinking through how change allows you to re-focus on the things that matter the most to you. 

One thing that hasn't changed is my commitment to contributing to the global women's empowerment movement in any capacity. When I first started LHI, I felt compelled to do something. In my mind, it didn't matter how small it was but it was something to help a broader community achieve a shared goal. 

For me, it's about supporting and contributing. Whether that be through advancing a mission with sharing content, investing directly in female-founded companies, or mentoring young women, a large or small contribution is enough to advance the cultural narrative of women everywhere. 

In an effort to balance recent career changes, I'm happy to transition LHI's editorial strategy to one that is newsletter-first. Content including original LHI interviews and newsletter content will both be shared bi-weekly in your inbox. 

With that said, if you've enjoyed LHI content and would like to get other young women in the loop, invite them to subscribe. :) 



Looking forward,
Maya Frai, Founder of Let's Hear It

NEWS ON WOMEN

In 2019, more and more female activists stood up against injustice — one of them being Greta Thunberg, who recently spoke out at this year's WEF at Davos. Her words and strength have not only inspired other young women, but an entire generation. Venture capital funding has also been recorded as favoring women and URMs — the needle has been pushed. 
GV buys out WeWork’s stake in The Wing: What would happen to the co-working giant's investment in women's workspace startup The Wing? The Wing answered that query on Wednesday, revealing that GV (formerly Google Ventures) has bought out the majority of WeWork's stake. The company also announced that writer/actor Mindy Kaling has joined its stable of celebrity backers.respectively. Fortune, Emma Hinchliffe
 
The Next Decade Will Bring More Venture Capital To Female Founders: During the past decade, the percentage of deals with women on founding teams has nearly doubled, from 7.9% to 15.7%, according to PitchBook's December 6, 2019, update. While the growth in dollars for founder teams with women is less dramatic, it is still notable. Between 2009 and 2019, the percentage grew from 6.9% to 11.5%. Forbes, Geri Stengel
 
'You Need To Act Now': Meet 4 Girls Working To Save The Warming World: Los Angeles will serve as the third Chief location. Due to increased demand, the company recently secured a second New York City clubhouse—a 20,000-square-foot Flatiron building that occupies five stories and will serve as its flagship. In just one year since its launch, Chief grew to 2,000 members and now boasts a wait list of more than 7,000. Such impressive numbers pushed the cofounders to seek further investment: In June, Chief secured a $22 million round of funding led by Ken Chenault at General Catalyst and Alexa Von Tobel at Inspired Capital. Forbes, December 16, 2019
 
WORDS FROM WOMEN

From prioritizing sustainable efforts within the fashion industry to building sustainable businesses with a focus on human connection, women like Clare and Kirsten have advocated for better brands and better business. Throughout their career journeys, they've learned how to leverage the power of doing things unconventionally and with conviction. 
Source: Vogue Australia.
Clare Press, Vogue’s First Sustainability Editor

"For all the good talk and intention from some leaders in this space, what they really want to do is think around the edges rather than question the system. [In Australia], the sky was glowing orange and it was raining ash. That is our new normal. The conditions in which we do business are radically changing and are not going to change back."

After Clare Press talked her way into a senior writing job at Rolling Stone aged 23, she developed her beat into fashion at the popular culture magazine. From these “fashion-skewed assignments,” she went on to write for Harper’s Bazaar Australia, reporting to Laura Brown, and then Australian Vogue as features director at the age of 27. Read more here.
Source: WSJ.
Kirsten Green, Founder of Forerunner Ventures

"It's about business. It's about startups. It's about people. They were companies that were forging connections with consumers."

Forerunner Ventures founder and managing partner Kirsten Green talks with Recode's Kara Swisher about the thinking behind her investments in companies like Dollar Shave Club and Glossier; the messy culture struggle at luggage startup Away; and where innovation comes from in today's tech industry. Plus: What are the advantages of being a female venture capitalist, and does the VC industry have to change? Listen in here.
THOUGHTS ON WOMEN

Today's archetype of a woman in the workplace is dynamic and impacted by several external triggers. Female surgeons are struggling to find a balance between arduous work and personal life. Women aspiring for promotions and a leg-up in their careers are still viewed as "threatening," even to their own significant others.

Even as American medical schools have reached gender parity, certain specialties remain stubbornly male, particularly surgery. Women comprise only 23 percent of practicing surgeons. A recent survey conducted at Harvard Medical School found that the majority of students pursuing surgical careers reported verbal discouragement, and 72 percent of female students perceived it as gender-based; they wouldn’t be able to balance their careers and their maternal responsibilities, they were told.
Emma Goldberg, "When the Surgeon Is a Mom"—NYTimes

The most common explanations for these inequalities tend to be institutional, blaming sexism among voters and corporate boards, old-boy networks that bar women from career development, and inequitable parental leave. But several new studies suggest that the fault is not exclusively in our institutions but also in ourselves. Teenagers and young couples still cling to the traditional notion that career success is a male drama in which women must do their best in a supporting role.
Derek Thompson, "When a Promotion Leads to Divorce" –– The Atlantic

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