I’ve always known that this community was something special. I’ve always known that you have big hearts, curious minds, and a strong appetite for doing good in this world.
But this past week, it was made clear to me that this community is much more active than I ever could have imagined.
Week after week, I send you links of cool things that women are doing/saying/building/launching, and it turns out that you aren’t just quickly skimming through them — you are clicking on the links and then buying, reading, donating, and sharing.
On Wednesday evening, I went through and removed any subscribers from the list who hadn’t opened a missive since the summer. If you are reading this, it is because you are part of a community of 289 people who take deliberate action to support the women around them — both near and far.
Always and forever, the #GirlGangMissives will be first and foremost a tool and a place for celebration. But in light of what I’ve learned about how active we are as a community, I would like to set the intention that, moving forward, it is also a place where we call each other to action.
So if you’re a woman trying to bring something good into the world/know someone who is, tell me about it. Let’s rally people behind you.
This week, the women are protecting their neighbours on their commutes, revisiting grief after the election, and watching movies for free.
- Calling all LA art-lovers: Looking for something fun to do this winter? (Is it even called winter out there?) The endlessly-talented Martiza Lugo is hosting Miss Representation: a Show for Praising Women of Color at Junior High Gallery on December 10th and 11th — be sure to get out and support!
- “Yes, I’ll accompany my neighbour”: It’s no secret that there are millions of people in America who are feeling even less safe than usual this week. In New York, the Arab American Association of New York is hoping to provide some comfort and safety to some of those people through their commuter buddy system.
- Watch a documentary, join a revolution: Like most of you, I’m sure, Erin Bagwell (Director of the documentary Dream, Girl) is heart-broken and angry over the results of the election. She has channeled that energy into a really wonderful act of generosity that I hope you all take advantage of: until Monday, November 14th, screening of her documentary is free. Click here to join over 3,500 people in over 81 countries who have watched it since she announced the free screening period on Wednesday. Onwards.
- How to explain “LGBTQ” to the little ones: While kids these days seem to be generally smarter, better, and more open-minded than us, Lindsey Amer’s new webseries on how to explain each of the letters of LGBTQ to kids might be helpful tools for starting conversations!
- Grief, again: Have you never experienced a major loss? Always wondered what it would feel like? You might be getting a taste this week.
- The lasting impacts of segregation on Black mothers & babies: This week in Rewire News, journalist Rita Henley Jensen breaks down a report from earlier this summer (lead by Dr. Elizabeth A. Howell) on the impact that a legacy of segregation has on the disparity between the birthing experiences of Black people and white people.
Want to see more of that kind of coverage? Donate to Rewire here.
- Something heart-warming for the road: “Freedom” like you’ve never heard it before.
Now, over to you…
Want your work, or the work of a friend shouted out in next week’s #GirlGangMissives? Email Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Nicole 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.