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Newsletter 9.6.19

This is my final semester at Cornell and I've been thinking about how I, along with many other young students, can start to re-think tradition whether it be our career path or personal life. It's risky to see your life as an open door, where countless options often leaves your mind boggled, searching for optimization as we were trained to do all our life.

One woman mentioned to me to think of stepping in the right direction through "lily pads," small leaps here and there, taking in what you need from each next step. And as you go, you're resetting and regrouping – using what you've known before to re-think how to go about a new direction. For young women, we might be conditioned to plan and plan. But, this has changed. So many women have been re-writing the rules to change the game to meet their standards. Planning is not necessarily needed anymore, what's needed is adaptation and courageous rule-breaking.

Women have been re-writing the rules in various industries – whether it be music, fashion, politics, or tech. It's often in a woman's favor to re-think traditional ways of doing something given the rules were often putting women at a disadvantage. Even when women are put on a pedestal, we only thrive when we're on the same level as others who are supporting our efforts in introducing a new wave of progress.

Featured this week are women including Billie Eilish, Kara Swisher, and Marianne Williamson.

Happy reading,
Maya Frai, Founder of Let's Hear It

The latest news on women.
How Emily Ratajkowski Designed Her Own Success
Fashion has a long way to go when it comes to empowering female leaders. Women are 17 percent more likely to aspire to leadership roles in the fashion industry, but men are 20 percent more likely to attain those roles, according to a 2018 study by Glamour magazine and the Council of Fashion Designers of America. “Women, when they’re confident, are really intimidating,” Ratajkowski said. “You’re taught to be so concerned with being likable that you default back to that, especially in business.” 
USA Today, August 31, 2019
The Gospel According to Marianne Williamson
Marianne had started to understand that once people got over the shock of her candidacy, she would still be portrayed as a distant outsider in this race. She was consistently ahead of Kirsten Gillibrand and Steve Bullock in grass-roots fund-raising, and still she was being roundly dismissed. She thought once people heard her message, they would consider her a serious candidate. She believed that if we were to look at all the country’s problems through the prism of love, we could undo everything from poverty to climate change to the immigration crisis. NYTimes, September 3, 2019
These startups are tackling the most frustrating women’s health issues
"We think it’s about time that a company truly stepped into clinical innovation just focused on women because we know that women are the healthcare decision makers," says Saundra Pelletier, CEO of Evofem. Pelletier is referring to a 2015 industry research survey that found that 94% of working moms make healthcare decisions for themselves and others. Women’s health is expected to be a $50 billion market by 2025 worldwide, according to CBInsights. As of the second quarter of 2019, venture-backed companies in this arena had raised $500 million. 
Fast Company, September 3, 2019
Publication features on women and their careers. 
Photo: Business of Fashion.
BOF Interview with Alegra O’Hare, Chief Marketing Officer at Gap

“I think it goes back to my own personal feeling of optimism and positivity, and seeing the value in bringing people and cultures together. I’m half-Italian and half-American, and I’ve lived half of my life in the US and half my life in Western Europe. Gap is all about about inclusivity and diversity, and that aligns with my own beliefs.”

In this interview with BOF, Chief Marketing Officer Alegra O’Hare talks about Gap’s heritage of inclusivity and authenticity as the driving forces behind both its company culture and her new vision for the brand. Before Gap, Alegra was at Adidas for 12 years, during which time she headed marketing for its Originals and Style verticals. In 2017, she took home a Cannes Lion Grand Prix for the "Original is Never Finished" campaign. Read more here.
Photo: Geekwire.
The Cut Interview with Kara Swisher, Editor-at-Large of Vox Media

"A lot of people have said to me, “You should be more humble.” And I’m like, “Why?” Bragging is different than saying what it is. When I suck at something, I say I suck at it. But I know what I’m good at."

In this interview with The Cut, renown Silicon Valley reporter Kara Swisher talks about what motivates her to be so good at what she does. Read more here.
Op-eds and letters on advice, experiences, and inspiration.

For four years, the woman whose Stanford University sexual assault case caused a public outcry, has been known only as “Emily Doe.” In her new memoir, “Know My Name,” which charts her life since then, she reveals her real name: Chanel Miller. Although Ms. Miller’s case preceded the #MeToo movement, her statement and Mr. Turner’s sentence became part of the intense debates around rape, sexism and sexual misconduct over the past years.

Concepción de León, "You Know Emily Doe’s Story. Now Learn Her Name." –– NYTimes

Because it's a good year for female artists
Photo: ELLE Magazine.
ELLE Magazine's Women in Music 

ELLE's cover features Billie Eilish, Lizzo, and Camila Cabello, three women who "have not only topped the charts but they've upended genres to pave new paths to center stage. All three artists have achieved tremendous success, and all three have navigated very personal struggles with depression, anxiety, and insecurity. To succeed in music requires support from both fans and peers. Ahead, we champion these women on mission, celebrate their wins and losses, and stream them on repeat."

→ Read Lizzo's feature here.
→ Read Billie's feature here.
→ Read Camila's feature here.
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