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Newsletter 5.10.19

 

There was an incredible amount of excitement this week – not only being the last week of classes, but Met Gala started off the week on Monday and Google I/O kicked off on Tuesday. This week's newsletter features a mix of stories for you to learn more about navigating uncertainty, claiming assertiveness while maintaining composure, exploring unconventional solutions and career paths, and supporting the women around you who are combatting injustice. 


I've been keeping myself busy planning out the next steps for LHI along with getting feedback on how the platform resonates with you all. If you have some feedback you'd like to share, check out the form at the bottom of this email. :)


With love,
Maya Frai, Founder of Let's Hear It

WOMEN MAKING NEWS
The latest news on women.
Amazon fired these 7 pregnant workers. Then came the lawsuits.
After she was reassigned to a different department, a human resources manager made an off-hand comment to Stewart, disparaging her pregnancy and saying, "I'd like to go to the bathroom a lot, too," court documents said. "The system is designed to not accommodate anything that diminishes your productivity, whether that's pregnancy or anything else.”CNET, May 6, 2019
 
Amal And George Clooney's New App Helps To Fight Miscarriages Of Justice
"Launched in line with their charity, The Clooney Foundation For Justice, the AI app aims to collect data measuring miscarriages of justice due to race, gender, sexual orientation and class around the world. The couple set up their charity in 2016 in a bid to advance justice in courtrooms everywhere – and the app helps to collect corresponding data." Vogue, April 26, 2019
 
Dear Hollywood, here are 5 female founders to showcase instead of Elizabeth Holmes
"While it’s hard to pass on a chance to stoke startup schadenfreude, perhaps we could focus less on these rare, unrepresentative and dispiriting examples? Instead, Hollywood could put the spotlight on women who pioneered the bleeding edge of tech and actually produced billion-dollar successes. Featuring Judith Faulkner of Epic Systems, Lynda Weinman of Lynda.com, and Helen Greiner of iRobot." TechCrunch, May 3, 2019
 
Netflix documentary Knock Down the House isn’t just the Ocasio-Cortez story. It’s a call to action
"Knock Down the House is more than just the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez story, even if she emerges as the central figure to a greater degree than originally planned. It’s a film about the idea of everyday working-class people reclaiming the power that is their natural right, and it sketches a path for how they might obtain it again in the future." Fast Company, May 7, 2019

 
PROFILES + INTERVIEWS
Publication features on women and their careers. 
Interview with Tracy Sun, Co-Founder of Poshmark and VP of New Markets

"As soon as I entered Silicon Valley, everything was new: I was in a new city; a new culture; there was new vocabulary; and I didn’t have a strong professional network that could help me. But you’re the same person — you have just put yourself in a new, challenging situation. It can be scary to be vulnerable like that, but I knew how to start again as I had done it before, and I knew that the fastest way to transition is to build a great group of people who can help you."

Transitioning from neuroscience to fashion before moving into technology, Tracy Sun went from unconventional candidate to a leader at one of the industry's largest peer-to-peer resale platforms. In this interview, she offers advice for people breaking into the fashion industry and embracing what you don’t know to get the job done. Business of Fashion, May 6, 2019
Interview with Laura Dern, Award-Winning Actress

"As soon as I entered Silicon Valley, everything was new: I was in a new city; a new culture; there was new vocabulary; and I didn’t have a strong professional network that could help me. But you’re the same person — you have just put yourself in a new, challenging situation. It can be scary to be vulnerable like that, but I knew how to start again as I had done it before, and I knew that the fastest way to transition is to build a great group of people who can help you."

Over a 40-year career, the actress has avoided being typecast and explored humor in broken places. In this NYTimes Feature, Laura’s acting strategy and career is discussed that sheds light on her elastic personality and ability to make scenes come alive. NYTimes, May 7, 2019
WHAT WE'RE THINKING ABOUT
Op-eds and letters on advice, experiences, and inspiration.

When women are higher up in a hierarchy, it may seem like success, but the troubling fact remains that "we're not developing alternatives" to that hierarchy, and instead just replicating power structures that disempower marginalized people. Sure, it's nice for queer women to run a company, but it's even nicer when their mostly queer, trans, and female workforce have a say in the working conditions at that company.

Lena Solow, "We're Living in the Era of the Hypocritical 'Feminist' Boss" –– Vice

There is no obvious playbook to follow in navigating these decisions because no one has ever done this before at this scale. This has been the most challenging shift in my career, but I believe it's also the most important work I’ll ever do. By accepting that design is not neutral, and by being clear about the values driving our design decisions, we can learn from our mistakes, respond as quickly as we can to new forces at play, and always seek to innovate and design responsibly.

Margaret Stewart, "Navigating ethical design in tech" –– Tech@FB

While girls are being taught to be careful with money and to save it, boys are being taught to pursue money and to grow it. They are taught to be confident around money, so much so that they overestimate their investing skills and underestimate their need for financial education. So, ladies, buy the f***ing latte, because I’m going to need you caffeinated when we do this thing.

Sallie Krawcheck, "Just buy the f***ing latte" –– Fast Company

We are letting society define us, instead of defining ourselves. For me, empowerment means doing your own thing while respecting others’ choices. So how can you avoid being called a bitch while being a badass? Be authentic, attract the right people, and don’t waste energy on those who would think less of your heartfelt convictions and strong will.

Annie Liao Jones, "How to be assertive without being called a b*tch" –– Fast Company

WHAT WE'RE DIGGIN'
Because this week was full of excitement.
Photo: Google I/O 2019.
Google I/O 2019 Highlights 

At this year’s keynote, we saw incredible announcements made by some bad-ass women like Aparna Chennapragada and Stephanie Cuthbertson. Watch the full keynote here.

Cool things we saw: 

- Ability to split the bill by taking a photo of your check 
- View food item recommendations by taking a photo of your menu 
- AR ability to view 3D objects in your own space  
- And most importantly, completely revamped privacy settings with an emphasis on ultimate user control with additional privacy features like Incognito Mode on Google Maps. In conjunction to this, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, contributed an op-ed to the NYTimes Privacy Project on the topic of prioritizing privacy now, not later. 
Photo: TechCrunch.
Rent the Runway just opened its largest brick-and-mortar store yet

“Think of it like your gym or your Starbucks; it’s part of what you do on a daily basis,” – RTR chief operating officer Maureen Sullivan.

The new store was built for the 21st century tech-enabled consumer. A “physical manifestation of the shared closet,” the store’s technology allows customers to return rented items within a few seconds, check out with their RTR Pass on their phone and pick up orders without having to wait in line. Read more here.
 
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