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Whether it was Millie Bobby Brown winning the best dressed honor at age 12, Tracee Ellis Ross dedicating her award to women of color, or Meryl Streep totally owning Trump, last night’s Golden Globes were all about making a statement. Make one for yourself this Monday and see what else you missed.

Meet today’s Clover, @sparklydaydreamer: The only thing cooler than this Canadian student's haircolor is her unique hobby of selling knitted uteri on Etsy. How's that for badass?!

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Morning Announcements

U.S. Intelligence Says Russia Hacked Us, Confirms What We Already Knew
Trump (AKA the Ernest Hemingway of Twitter, clearly) is still tweeting Russia's praises, despite the fact that a pretty damning U.S. Intelligence report was just released about the country's very real, very illegal involvement in our election. The cyberattack was ordered by Russia's president and Trump's apparent best pal Vladimir Putin. Shocker. Trump maintains that interference had no impact on the election's outcome...while Russia maintains total innocence. The report came from top intelligence groups—among the most intelligent humans on the Earth—and yet Russia continues to deny any involvement. Word is Trump might have plans to take action; hopefully his actions are bigger than another 140-character hot take.

Speculation Spikes About Michelle Obama's Next Move
After eight years of inspiring speeches, impeccable outfits, and programs like girls’ education reform, Michelle Obama is heading into her second act. So what is it? The out-going First Lady will likely find a louder, sharper voice—one that she doesn’t have to censor so much. TBD on whether that’s in books or speeches (or, although unlikely, politics?), our most vocal cheerleader is still in our corner. "I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong,” she said in her farewell speech Friday. “...Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.” So while we wait to see if Hillary Clinton really is running for NYC mayor (another unlikely scenario), rest assured that both of these girl-power icons aren’t retiring quiiiiiiiite yet.

Like Everything Else Rose-Hued, Pink Collar Jobs Are So In Right Now
Millennial pink is so last year; and as far as the data's concerned, so are pink collar jobs. The New York Times reported on this ~trendy~ economic shift, in which traditionally masculine jobs are disappearing. Meanwhile, positions stereotypically held by females (like health aides, nurses, and counselors) are growing. But here's the problem: Dudes don’t want to do “women’s work.” As one sociologist explained, “traditional masculinity is standing in the way of working-class men’s employment.” That’s not to say everything is rose colored for ambitious girls either; new research finds that women don’t even have to be mothers to be punished by something called the motherhood penalty. (More on that here, if you want to feel even more fired up.)

After 30 Years of One-Child Policy, China Offers to Remove IUDs
While American women rush to get IUDs before January 20th for pretty legit reasons, the Chinese gov is giving women the opportunity to have theirs removed. Quick recap: In 1979, China introduced One Child Policy, which required couples to have no more than one child (by forcing almost all new moms to get, yup, IUDs). After three decades and a much lower birth rate, the government stopped the program last year. Now they’re offering to remove said IUDs for free—but, surprise!—women aren’t so pleased with the gesture. Especially sans apology, since they had no say in the matter in the first place (and are still suffering physical and mental repercussions). Moral of the story? A woman’s body should be her—and only her!—choice.

Truly Life-Changing Things I Learned from Traveling Alone

By Casey Lewis


Easily one of the best moments of my life thus far happened somewhere between Paris and London on a train. I was alone, with a book, some headphones, and exactly enough money for one more pain au chocolat. Nothing remarkable actually occurred; I didn't fall in love or cancel my flight home or change my career (although the pastry was a revelation). But it was my first trip by myself—and my first international trip ever—and it didn’t turn into a sequel of Taken, despite my mom's many initial fears.


Here are some things I picked up on my travels; but you don’t have to have a solo adventure booked to benefit.


No one cares that you’re alone (except maybe you)

The first time you go unaccompanied to a restaurant (or a concert, or a movie theater, or any other place most of us never venture solo), you’re going to feel like everyone is staring at you. But they’re not! Or even if they are—maybe you're wearing a really cool top—they couldn’t care less that you’re by yourself. So ignore that self-conscious feeling until it goes away, and instead just enjoy yourself. That’s what you’re there for, after all.


Listen to your whims

The most liberating thing about being alone (in life in general tbh, but especially on trips) is that you can do what you want, always. If you don’t feel like going to yet another museum that everyone tells you “you just have to see,” then you can just...not. Do things you want to do—and only things you want to do—because you don’t have to consult with anyone else about your itinerary. Or even have an itinerary. I didn’t! Instead, I spent entire days wandering around neighborhoods I’d otherwise never see. It was glorious.


Wear exactly what you want, when you want

Did I wear the exact same black t-shirt, black jeans, black leather jacket, and Converse (hey, at least they were white!) four days in a row? Only I know the answer to that, and I’m certainly not telling any secrets now. When you’re sightseeing all by yourself, you’re not focused on Instagram-gold photo ops—you’re focused on seeing what you traveled halfway across the world to see. You’re also not worried whether your friend’s going to judge you for wearing the same pair of pants yet again, because you don’t have any friends. At least not here and now. Unless you make friends! Which brings me to…


Go ahead and talk to strangers

It is never easier to talk to strangers than when you are entirely alone and realize at 4pm in the afternoon that you haven’t heard your own voice out loud yet. Not everyone is friendly, of course, and there are definitely some strangers you should probably not talk to. Like anyone trying to sell you anything on the street. Or anyone who asks you for money. Or anyone who makes you feel vaguely uncomfortable. But it’s surprisingly easy to make fast friends when you’re traveling, especially if you’re staying in a hostel. Just speak up! Or, if you like a little more structure, do one of those tourism group trips. You’ll still be technically solo, but you’ll have a built-in social network.


Bring headphones

Sometimes you don’t want to talk to strangers, so until it’s socially acceptable to hand someone a business card that says, “please kindly do not speak to me,” headphones will have to do. Besides, your trip deserves a soundtrack, doesn't it? And since you’ll be by yourself, you can listen to any song you want, as many times as you want. (I still can’t listen to Zayn’s leaked demo without feeling like I should have a caffè macchiato in my hand, because I listened to that track on repeat for a week straight.)

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