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Newsletter 7.5.19

 
 

Underestimation is something we often deal with. When you're young and planning things out, you might find yourself underestimating your abilities at the expense of how other perceive you or implicitly feel less knowledgable based on your age. This past week, I was reminded of how young women will receive lots of unsolicited advice – more often than not it will be the result of a mentor or older professional underestimating the receiver in how well she knows herself to make the right decisions based on her inherent ambitions, not based on outside influences. Feedback and advice is a great thing, but I've realized it can resonate if the person has tried to connect with you personally rather than just on a professional level. I've found the best place for advice comes from people who have taken the time to understand my thought process in the purpose of achieving something vs. asking what I hope to achieve and how to get there.

I'd recommend to t
ake advice loosely as you know yourself better than anyone else and act more as a sounding board when others seek you out. This week we're featuring women who often brushed off some of the advice people gave them from Jen Rubio ditching an MBA to launch Away and female candidates like Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand dispelling the belief that the country isn't ready for a woman president. 


Have a great long weekend,
Maya Frai, Founder of Let's Hear It

 

WOMEN MAKING NEWS
The latest news on women.
Kamala Harris Surges in 3 Polls After Strong Debate Performance
“After a strong performance in her first Democratic presidential debate, Senator Kamala Harris of California saw a significant increase in support in three polls released this week, as she and the rest of the Democratic primary field cut into the lead that former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has enjoyed since entering the 2020 race.” NYTimes, July 2, 2019
 
Girlboss pivots to provide a LinkedIn for professional women
“More than 50,000 people have signed up for early access, including Jen Rubio,  the co-founder of Away; Elaine Welteroth, the former editor in chief of Teen Vogue; celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin; and other women from the media and entertainment world. With their free membership, women who sign up get access to other entrepreneurial women and the ability to ask and answer questions from their peer group." TechCrunch, July 1, 2019

 
Revealed: the $730,000 gender pay gap in US World Cup bonuses
“The new light shed on the disparity in World Cup bonuses is a reminder of the battle the USWNT has waiting for them once the tournament ends. The players filed a lawsuit against US Soccer earlier this year alleging institutionalized gender discrimination, with the gap in compensation between the men and women serving as a central part of their argument. Both parties have agreed to take the complaint to mediation, but the possibility of a trial still looms.The Guardian, June 28, 2019
 
PROFILES + INTERVIEWS
Publication features on women and their careers. 
Interview with Jessica Chastain: Stars Needn’t Let Studios Decide Which Women Are Valuable

“One big difference is the freedom women have to speak about the industry. In the beginning, I did feel a little bit of nervousness about criticizing an industry that I was very lucky to be involved in. After working my whole life to try to create a career, perhaps I was damaging it. I even had male directors say to me, “You’re talking too much about this woman stuff.”

For the NYTimes project on the future of movies, Buchanan interviews Chastain on how her and her peers are showing how creatives can take control from executives. Read the full interview here.
 
Interview with Jen Rubio, Away Co-Founder & Chief Brand Officer

“If you start a company because you think you should, but your heart is not in it--that won't give you the fuel to get through the hard stuff. We had the passion, so when the battery ban happened, we knew how to push through it."

Away co-founder Jen Rubio describes her unconventional path to $300 million in revenue--and what happened when her company almost went out of business. Read the full interview here.
WHAT WE'RE THINKING ABOUT
Op-eds and letters on advice, experiences, and inspiration.

As we saw during the Kavanaugh hearings, a portion of those people may grow to like a man better after he is accused of sexual assault. In her essay for New York, Carroll acknowledges the risk that she might make Trump more popular by telling the story of how he raped her. In these cases, the accuser is not so much disbelieved as conscripted into a narrative of women attempting to victimize men by arousing public sympathy.

Jia Tolentino, "E. Jean Carroll’s Accusation Against Donald Trump" –– NYTimes

“The fact that a woman hasn’t won yet does not mean that a woman cannot win,” said Senator Patty Murray, the highest-ranking Democratic woman in Senate leadership. “I’m confident that, should one get through the primaries, she will do well.” For the candidates, the question of whether a woman can win leads to the challenge of confidently projecting the idea that one can, while also hoping people simply stop asking.

Lisa Lerer, "It’s a Question No One Says They Want to Ask. But the Women Running for President Keep Hearing It." –– NYTimes

I realize that when I’m sitting in a taxicab in traffic, or on my way to the airport, or waiting to get on a plane, or trapped in some other boring situation, that’s when I get the best ideas, because I’ve got nothing else interfering with it. I didn’t realize until I listened to that broadcast how important boredom is to me. I have to stop reading emails or being anywhere near the internet to be able to create.

Carey Dunnne, "I Figured Out Every Identity I’ve Ever Done In A Taxicab." –– FastCompany

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO
Because women can always reinvent themselves. 
Photo: Second Life.
Second Life Podcast with Who What Wear Co-Founder Hillary Kerr

"I love hearing about the secret worlds, challenges and lessons of such an incredible group of powerful women. Hillary and her guests have important things to share and learn from and I love that she values her listeners time by being concise and asking the questions we are all hoping she will ask."

If you love hearing stories about women and how they transition to new career paths, check out the Second Life podcast, which features advice and experiences about career changes that can come at any age. Some of my personal favorites are interviews with Ty Haney of Outdoor Voices, Christina Tosi of Milk Bar, Eva Chen of Instagram, and Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code.

Listen here.
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