Beaverettes, I couldn’t be more excited to share with you the first Episode of Beaver Talk! Beaver Talk is our new feminist chat show were we discuss life and women’s issues with your favorite Bad Ass Bitches! This week on Beaver Talk we chatted with the wonderfully warm and funny author, Jennifer Tress.
Who You Admire Now
Megan– Cinthia Carranza. My 5’0 tall co-worker from Miami, with hair emulating a Pantene Pro-V commercial and sky-high heels paired with every outfit. I credit her largely for my move to New York and improving my overall outlook on life. She showed me the true power of positive thinking and how it affects every aspect of your life, whether you realize it or not. Cinthia taught me how to “make things happen” in the business world through simply being one of those women who, without guidance, follow their intuition to bring profit and new ideas to fruition. I saw her develop new markets in fresh ways, always with a smile on her face and unfailing optimism.
Amaris– My mom, because she taught me all about work ethic. Growing up, I remember how exhausted she would be coming home from working at the bodega and a string of other jobs she held throughout the years. She has always preached to me about the importance of education, and I’m thankful to her for that. When I look at both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, I see my mom. Without her support, I don’t think I could have pursued my higher education as aggressively as I did. I love you Mami!
Johnny– One of my best friends from school, Jessica Hysong, whose wedding I will be attending (as a Bridesmaid, actually) this October in Huntington, Indiana. She’s one of the strongest and kindest people I’ve ever known in my life, and I think of her as the sister I never had. I’m really touched that she invited me to stand next to her at the altar as she becomes one of the gnarliest wives in the galaxy.
Who You Admire Now
Erin– Sandra Kim, the founder and executive director of Everyday Feminism. Her poise, know-how and spirit are so inspiring and her mission to transform people’s lives through feminism is exquisite. She’s so smart and driven, she’s really someone to watch.
Emily- I feel a little foolish picking a celebrity as the woman who is inspiring me, but right now it’s Mindy Kaling. I read her book “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)” a few months ago and something about her and her career has made me consider taking up writing more seriously. As I get older, I am finding it more and more daunting to start a new career because I feel like it’s too late to excel at something new. For a while now, I’ve had a sneaking suspicion that I could be a writer, but I’ve been lacking the motivation to do something about it. Reading about Mindy’s career path, starting from small beginnings and school plays to seeing her now, writing and starring in her own television show, was just the push that I needed. Not only is she a great writer, she’s hilarious, down to earth, quite the fashionista, and a great role model for women.
I wish when I was sad Kid President would pop out of a subway grate and give me a hug. He has to be one of the most adorable little people around: spouting amazing words of wisdom, quoting Space Jam, and now check out this wonderful video he just made talking to Queen B about “empowering men and women!” We can get behind that <3.
Ladies, cocktails are in order! The Emmys are right around the corner and even though only 15% of television shows were directed by women, we are still killing it. HALF of the nominees for directing are women, “three for comedy and two for drama,” according to the LA Times. Get it girl!
I walked into New York City’s Roseland Ballroom armed with my Canon, prepped to cover a private concert by Juanes for work. I made my way through the thickness and found the cluster of photographers from other outlets who were also tasked with the same gig that night. We were to snap photos of the first two songs from the Colombian superstar’s set – that was all.
Out of curiosity, I started eyeing the photographers around me. I was searching for another female face. No women in sight.
Who You Admire Now
Kerry F- I’m gonna have to go with Cyndi Lauper. She never compromised who she was, never gave in to record producers, and now, at the age of 60 is on tour and kicking ass with neon red dreads (after winning a Tony this year).
Ashley K- My sister Katherine, because she’s not afraid to take risks in life and she’s always 100% genuine.
When I was in middle school, I became a voracious reader. I read any book I could get my hands on and naturally, I picked up a book on women’s rights for teens. I read that women only make 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. I was shocked to read this, since I never thought that women could actually be treated as sub-standard, because of their sex.