The Girl Gang Missives Vol. 31


GGMBy Nicole Belanger
The Girl Gang Missives is a weekly report on the badass things that women are making/creating/building/writing.

This week, the women are protecting the water, interviewing Kesha, and trying to make a little Star’s Hollow on the interwebs.

  1. When you’re a mom but also an orphan: It’s no secret that I’m biased when it comes to Rebecca Soffer and her work. I think she’s a brilliant person, and that that personal brilliance is infused in everything she writes. Like this piece, about a pregnant woman’s thoughts on death.
  2. Bye bye Vine: (If you didn’t read that to the tune of N*Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye”, I can’t help you) I can’t be the only one who wasted many, many minutes trying unsuccessfully to get Vine videos to pause. If you still can’t get enough of the Vine sendoff today, I highly suggest checking out Sylvia Obell‘s piece, 35 Times Black People Were the Best Thing That Ever Happened to Vine.
  3. No, Kesha isn’t free, yet: I haven’t gotten through this whole profile of Kesha by Taffy Brodesser-Akner just yet, but I’m really looking forward to diving back into it over the weekend.  
  4. Using the singular “they” in the classroom: I’m bending my rule of profiling the work of women this week to include the work of Lee Airton (they) — because I think that this resource might be helpful to at least one of you GGM-ers or someone you know! Lee is hosting a webinar for educators on November 16th all about how they can start using, or improve their use of gender-neutral pronouns in the classroom! Yay! Registration closes November 9th.
  5. The next best thing to living in Star’s Hollow: Do you wish you could just crawl inside an episode of the Gilmore Girls and live their for a while? If your answer was “yes”, then you’re probably going to want to sign up to the Gilmore Girls Slack community that Sami Main is putting together!
  6. A way to support the #NoDAPL protectors: If you are looking to support the protectors, please visit for options.
  7. #ScrapTrap: Trap laws are vicious, cruel, and violent. So massive ups are in order to all the activists and advocates who were, are, and will continue to be behind the fight to repeal them.
  8. A GGM shout out! Earlier this week, I got this email from reporter Danielle Tcholakian, which is a double-whammy of celebrating women. Check it out:

“I’m a local news reporter for DNAinfo New York and I did a story weeks ago on this Holocaust survivor who fought off a mugger. I asked who she is voting for, and she said Hillary, partly because — in her words — “I don’t like rude men. Enough rude men.”

Today she got a proclamation from a New York State Senator, and I learned that Hillary Clinton sent her a personal letter (referencing my story!). I got a copy of the letter and put it in the story here.”

Congrats, Danielle!

  1. Something giggle-worthy for the road: One more for the road. It’s been swell, Vine.

Now, over to you…

Want your work, or the work of a friend shouted out in next week’s #GirlGangMissives? Email Nicole at!

NicoleBelangerPhotoNicole Belanger is the founder of Fourth Hour, a collection of original content that celebrates and supports everyday women in their daily lives. She is the author of the ebook On Resilience, the creator of the Conversations With Her interview series and the send-er of the Girl Gang Missives every Friday morning.

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