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Newsletter 11.8.19


"I call it being self-partnered." – Emma Watson tells British Vogue candidly.

Watson never ceases to delight her audience, especially in her recent interview detailing her feelings on turning 30. In her mind, self-partnered means being able to forget the societal anxiety of "being single" and instead embrace supporting your own individual ambition and identity completely. 

Being single or being in a relationship shouldn't define how you view yourself as a woman and the way you make your career and personal life decisions. There are twice as many social norms women are expected to fulfill than men, especially when it comes to your personal life. But in today's world, a partnership with yourself uniquely means being in a satisfied state of mind with your personal development and ensuring you're not fully dependent on anyone else to support you and your ambitions. 

Self-partnered can also take many forms. For me, I am self-partnered in my desire for independence and freedom to make my own personal and career decisions. I am also lucky to be in another partnership. This past October, my boyfriend and I celebrated our 4-year anniversary. As much as I can say I hold myself accountable to self-partnership, I feel even more empowered to set forth achievements with the support of my boyfriend who's been with me along the way. Being self-dependent but still having the support of friends, family, boyfriends and girlfriends all contribute to a sense of self-love, satisfaction, and achievement. 

Whether you call yourself self-partnered or not, being supportive of yourself and surrounded by people who care for you is of primary importance and constitutes what it means to be empowered. 


To great love and partnership,
Maya Frai, Founder of Let's Hear It

 

WOMEN MAKING NEWS
The latest news on women.
I Was the Fastest Girl in America, Until I Joined Nike
“When you’re training in a program like this, you’re constantly reminded how lucky you are to be there, how anyone would want to be there, and it’s this weird feeling of, ‘Well, then, I can’t leave it. Who am I without it?’” Goucher said. “When someone proposes something you don’t want to do, whether it’s weight loss or drugs, you wonder, ‘Is this what it takes? Maybe it is, and I don’t want to have regrets.’ Your careers are so short. You are desperate. You want to capitalize on your career, but you’re not sure at what cost.” NYTimes, November 7, 2019
 
After Katie Hill’s resignation, more women lawmakers flee politics due to harassment
“One hopes that this harassment galvanizes future female politicians. “Drawing on my own research, I find reason for optimism,” writes Claire Gothreau, a research associate at the Center for American Women and Politics. “Self-reported gender discrimination and harassment can actually mobilize women to become politically engaged. As experiences with harassment and discrimination increase, so does political efficacy, interest, and propensity to participate in politics.” FastCompany, November 6, 2019
 
Professional network for women Elpha raises seed funding
“A hybrid social and professional network, Elpha is meant to offer women in tech a dedicated space to communicate via public forums and direct messages, foster relationships and build their careers. The company, which completed YC this summer, is today announcing a $1.1 million round with participation from Y Combinator as well as Maveron, Moxxie Ventures, JaneVC, Friale, Kabam  co-founder and visiting YC partner Holly Liu, Block Party founder Tracy Chou and Breaker co-founder Leah Culver.” TechCrunch, November 6, 2019
 
‘I Don’t Think a Man Could Have Taken the Picture’
“National Geographic Current editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg is the first woman to hold the position. Goldberg & Co. are embarking on a year of women-focused coverage to coincide with the run-up to the August 2020 centenary celebrating the ratification of the 19th Amendment, starting with the new book Women: The National Geographic Image Collection and a companion special issue created exclusively with female contributors. “The pictures are different because you’ve also got more women taking the pictures, and that affords a different level of access,” says Goldberg.” The Cut, November 8, 2019
 
PROFILES + INTERVIEWS
Publication features on women and their careers. 
Photo: The Cut.
Interview with Amanda Nguyen, Founder and CEO of Rise, a non-governmental civil rights organization

"It’s armor, it’s art, it signals how you want to be seen. Former secretary of State Madeline Albright used fashion to show how she was intending to negotiate at meetings. Hillary Clinton’s white suit signaled an homage to the suffragette movement when she accepted the Democratic presidential nomination. Clothing is interwoven into our everyday lives. It is a utility — something we cannot live without. That’s the opposite of frivolous."

In this interview with the Cut, Amanda Nguyen talks about fashion as a source and representation of a personal source of power. She is the founder of Rise, a non-profit that advocates on behalf of sexual assault survivors, after being a survivor herself. It also drove her to lobby for the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act, which was passed in 2016. The legislation closes one crucial loophole, mandating that evidence from rape kits must be preserved without cost for the duration of the statute of limitations. Nguyen has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy work. 

Read more here.
WHAT WE'RE THINKING ABOUT
Op-eds and letters on advice, experiences, and inspiration.

Transitioning from a women’s brand to a unisex brand can be a smart business move, one that potentially doubles the size of your market. But it’s also tricky, thanks to deeply entrenched gender norms. While women tend to be comfortable buying and using products marketed to men, men have been historically less comfortable buying products marketed to women. 

Elizabeth Segran, "As gender norms shift, ‘women’s brands’ are going after a new demo: men" –– FastCompany

Love Billy! is far from the only such company going retro when it comes to the crucial task of choosing a font. A slew of buzzy startups--including Glossier's extra-saturated Glossier Play, home-goods company Buffy, and Great Jones, which markets a line of colorful cookware--are doing the same. All of which represent a notable antithesis to the starker sans-serif letterforms ubiquitous among well-known, carefully designed DTC brands from Warby Parker to Outdoor Voices, and nearly all big tech firms (think: Uber and Facebook).

Jill Krasny, "The Secret Weapon for Trendy Startups Like Glossier and The Wing: Retro Logos." –– Inc

Which begs the question: what are Emma Watson’s dreams? She turns 30 in April, and describes 2019 as having been “tough”, because she “had all these ideas” about what her life was supposed to look like at this age. If it’s staggering to think that Watson worries about this stuff, it’s comforting, too. “I never believed the whole ‘I’m happy single’ spiel,” she continues. “I was like, ‘This is totally spiel.’ It took me a long time, but I’m very happy [being single]. I call it being self-partnered.”

"Emma Watson: “I’m Very Happy Being Single. I Call It Being Self-Partnered" –– Vogue

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