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Newsletter 10.11.19


Today's a celebration of the many young women who are inspired, driven, and ambitious to make change and further progress. International Day of the Girl was created by the UN in 2012 and every October 11, we promote awareness around a woman's lack of access to education, stigma surrounding menstrual hygiene, forced child marriage, legal or medical inequality, or gender-based violence. Every year, the numbers get better as well as further emphasize the pressing need to support young women everywhere.

One of my favorite speeches made on this day is Meghan Markle's address to the UN in 2015, featured on LHI's IWD 2019 campaign. She declares: "It is said that girls with dreams become women with vision." Today, she stated, "every girl has potential. She has promise, she has the right to learn, the right to be heard, the right to play and to discover, the right to be exactly who she is." Meghan is a long-time advocate for young women and continues to drive inspiration around her. 

Looking forward to annually celebrating girls around the world and remind them and ourselves to keep going.


To more progress,
Maya Frai, Founder of Let's Hear It

WOMEN MAKING NEWS
The latest news on women.
The New York Times brings back Alex Hardiman as head of product
Hardiman's return comes at an inflection point for the business of The Times. The company has lots of users, but not enough that pay for its journalism. To change that, it's making product the central business engine of the company. "One of our biggest opportunities is the idea of getting actual products to organically grow engagement," says Hardiman. "A lot of journalism companies rely on just journalism." Axios, October 10, 2019
 
Why Melissa Eamer left Amazon for Glossier
In her role, she oversees what Glossier calls the “growth-driving” parts of its business, working to align the consumer experience across online and offline touchpoints as it scales. Eamer is one of several new executives whose hiring underscores a maturation of Glossier’s business operations. Earlier this year, Vanessa Wittman joined the company as CFO from Dropbox, Edith Chen jumped from the beauty industry supplier LF Beauty to become Glossier’s VP of supply chain operations, and Walmart’s Nick DeAngelo became VP of operations. Vogue Business, October 3, 2019
 
These five freshman congresswomen changed history by becoming unlikely leaders on impeachment
The five women: Elissa Slotkin of Michigan and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, both ex-CIA officers; Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania who was in the Air Force; Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey and Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia were Naval officers. The op-ed the women penned, along with Gil Cisneros and Jason Crow, two freshmen male veterans, opened the floodgates for others who had been resistant, and gave House Speaker Nancy Pelosi critical political cover as she announced a formal impeachment inquiry on Tuesday. CNN, September 28, 2019
 
PROFILES + INTERVIEWS
Publication features on women and their careers. 
Photo: Vanity Fair.
Interview with Nancy Pelosi, House Speaker

"I treat him with respect. I respect the office he holds. Sometimes I think I respect the office he holds more than he respects the office he holds. I try not to ask him to do something that isn’t in his interest. And it is in his interest to lower the cost of health care, to protect children, to build the infrastructure of America."

In this interview with Vanity Fair, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, talks to Abigail Tracy about the road to impeachment, how the Democrats won in 2018, why Trump is unique among presidents she’s known, and the work to be done after Trump is gone.

Read more 
here.
Photo: Vanity Fair.
Interview with Emily Weiss, Founder of Glossier

"I treat him with respect. I respect the office he holds. Sometimes I think I respect the office he holds more than he respects the office he holds. I try not to ask him to do something that isn’t in his interest. And it is in his interest to lower the cost of health care, to protect children, to build the infrastructure of America."

In this interview with Vanity Fair, Founder of Glossier, Emily Weiss, talks to Marisa Meltzer about Glossier's 5-year anniversary, the competitive edge of the company, and her plans for future growth.

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

I remember the feeling I had when, as a child, I sat on the floor of my mother’s closet and watched her get ready for work. My mom’s career pushed boundaries for women in the legal world. As the general counsel of two Fortune 500 companies, she was often the only woman around the boardroom table. But before I knew any of that, I knew about her suits. They were sunshine yellow, cherry red, and neon pink. She wore them with big gold earrings and high heels. I knew these suits were not only beautiful — they were powerful. They were armor that said: I belong here not because I’m trying to be more like you, but because I am me. Her example inspired me even before I knew what it meant.

Rebecca Kaden, "How VC Can Help More Women Get Ahead" –– HBR

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL
Because today calls for a celebration. 
Photo: Flickr.
Happy International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl aims to celebrate young women while promoting awareness about the progress yet to be made. Every year, the gap gets smaller and the fight for fairness gets larger. Here a couple things to check out as well as organizations you can support to celebrate today. 

→ Nike's International Day of the Girl. View here.
→ Olivela: Shop with a purpose with every product donating 20% of proceeds to organizations like the Malala Fund. Check it out here.

→ CARE’s Tipping Point program works to let girls grow up and be empowered to make their own life choices. Check it out here.
→ The Malala Fund, founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, works to ensure every girl gets 12 years of free, safe, quality education. Check it out here.
→ Days for Girls help girls get the period care they need. Check it out here.

View more organizations here.
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'Till next time.
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