Kamala Harris’ fakery goes far beyond her tall tale of toking to Tupac

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What Women Want in Kigali (and Beyond)

In April 2018, hundreds of partners joined forces to launch What Women Want, a global campaign to hear directly from one million women and girls about their top request for quality reproductive and maternal healthcare services. Through an exclusive blog series, Ms. is sharing their demands and their stories. 

“Strategic, targeted, deliberated male involvement.” That’s what Priscilla Nabatanzi from Uganda wants to see in the fight for comprehensive reproductive and maternal health care.

“Beyond inviting them to meetings,” she continued, “men need to learn to appreciate the importance of family planning, then advocate for the services.”

Hundreds of women and girls like Nabatanzi visited the What Women Want booth at the 2018 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) in Kigali, Rwanda, staffed by White Ribbon Alliance (WRA), to make their own demands for expanding and improving family planning around the world. 

In line with the conference theme—investing for a lifetime of returnsWRA and partners are investing in hearing from one million women and girls from all over the world about what they need and want to see in their communities when it comes to quality reproductive and maternal health care as part of the What Women Want campaign. (Men can’t take the survey, but they can still participate in the campaign.) 

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Kalkidan Lakew, a 26-year-old from Ethiopia, wants “contraceptive methods with less or no side effects”—a request that stems from the many side effects women and girls experience while using contraceptives, particularly prolonged bleeding that she says has left marriages broken. 

Women in Lakew’s community sometimes do not use contraception because they fear these and other side effects, and women continue to get pregnant even when they would like to stop or space out their pregnancies. It’s a complex issue of gender equality that will take many approaches to rectify.

“A woman may lose her marriage because of the side effects,” Lakew explained, “which a man may not understand.” And when a couple breaks up, it’s hard for the woman to be accepted.

43-year-old Puspa Rami from Bangladesh had a more concise demand: “No more teenage pregnancy.” 

Sunshine, a 20-year-old from Rwanda, asked for information: “Educate girls and boys about family planning in order to protect their bodies.” 

The What Women Want initiative has already collected half of the one million responses from around the world that we seek, and in the process we’re generating the evidence needed to create a detailed advocacy agenda that responds to the needs of women and girls—defined by women and girls. The results will be shared at the Women Deliver Conference this year in Vancouver, Canada. 

22-year-old Sarah Nanthoka from Malawi, who has seen many of the women at her university suffer from infections and pain after unsafe abortions, said she wants access to safe abortion care. “How long,” she asked, “do my friends have to wait for safe abortion services before they die?”

With the support of a global community of voices calling for quality family planning, the hope is that Nanthoka and her friends won’t have to wait much longer to get what they want—and need—to access the care they deserve.

Learn more about the What Women Want campaign on at whatwomenwant.org. Read more about the International Conference on Family Planning 2018 here.

Winfred Ongom and Mark Muganga Kasiita are WRA Citizen Journalists based in Uganda.

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4 Life-Lifting Books for 2019 Beyond ‘Becoming’

I don’t know a woman who doesn’t have Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, and isn’t following her tour, whether up close or via Twitter. Never has a book been more heavily hyped, analyzed, and quoted — and it has paid off. Even Oprah must be thinking, ‘Daaammn!’ Like Lady Michelle, we are all always on the road to becoming our best imagined selves and great books can help us get there. Here are four life-lifting books for 2019, that I encourage you to take along for the ride.

 

Go back in time with Zora

Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” (Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers) is a first-person history of Cudjo Lewis, the last known survivor of the last slave ship to make the transatlantic journey. Painstakingly transcribed in his own dialect, it requires an attentive reader.

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If you’re shaking your head no to another slave story, here are three reasons to at least try this one:

For starters, Cudjo’s story is recounted by the magnificent Zora Neale Hurston, who interviewed him at his home in Plateau, Alabama, over the course of three months in 1927. We often forget that Hurston was not only a great writer, she was a trained anthropologist, and to read this is to experience all parts of her intellect, interests, and cultural contributions and to see her in a new light.

Reason two: the brief, but illuminating, foreword by Alice Walker who begins with a warning: “I’m not sure there was ever a harder read than this.” But she goes on to note how universally Cudjo’s storytelling resonates, bringing to life “the nobility of a soul that has suffered to the point almost of erasure, and still it struggles to be whole, present, giving.”

Finally, there is incredible importance in this story itself. We are a people who suffer from so much lost history. Hard as it may be, we are strengthened by learning all we can, and sharing it.

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Open your brave heart

Have you heard of Cleo Wade? As a creative – through storytelling, public art, and community building largely on social media – she has been noted above all as a poet and influencer. If you haven’t heard of Wade, it’s time you do.

Peppy, motivational, inspiring and relatable, her book, Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom For A Better Life (37 Ink/Atria Books, Simon & Schuster) is easy to read in quick bursts, each of which will leave you feeling a bit lighter, and brighter, and braver.

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It’s dedicated to “every human being,” opens with a letter to “Dearest You,” and ends with a highly quotable poem that goes on for 17 pages. It says, in part: “I see that the clearest route to bliss is to be alive while you are here to be with yourself in a love so deep the oceans get jealous and even outer space wants to be inside.”

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Are you enough?

Self-help books almost always have catchy titles and tap into something that makes total sense. But a few pages in we may become lost, or bored, or not wanting to be preached to, worked over, or challenged. That list is already, too, long.

That could be why “The 7 Laws of Enough: Cultivating a Life of Sustainable Abundance,” drew me in.

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Although the book covers some well-tread territory, (“You are enough. You do enough. You have enough, already,”) the idea of sustainable abundance feels like a worthwhile goal and the calm, compassionate tone of its co-writers Gina LaRoche and Jennifer Cohen will keep readers engaged. So does the book’s super-digestible 7 laws, a favorite is #5: Resting is Required.

Like any self-help tome worth its weight (this one is blessedly light), there is homework at the end of each chapter — lots of suggested journaling, reflecting, and inventory-taking designed to break unhelpful habits.

“Reading isn’t enough,” the authors note in their intro. “You must make an everyday practice of being who you wish to be, and living how you wish to live.” Practice is code for a committed vigilance to changing the habits and thinking derailing your joy.

“This is the gym of your life,” they write. “We invite you to a lifetime membership.”

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Join the Black Girl Cook Club

For an anthology of 2018 writings by black contemporary black woman authors, look no farther than Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves (Ballantine Books). Compiled by Glory Edam, the young visionary bookworm who founded the Well-Read Black Girl book club, the book is unique for its celebration of black women writers by 21 avid black woman readers who became gifted writers themselves. Their essays, prompted by the question, “When did you first see yourself in literature?” are thoughtful and intimate. Their responses, writes Edam, do more than pay homage to their role models, “They reveal what influences their craft, drives their curiosity, and defines their legacy.”

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New Year’s Day Sales for Workwear and Beyond!

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Happy New Year’s Day, guys! May you have an absolutely wonderful 2019. I thought I’d start an open thread and do a sale round-up… have you found any great deals? I keep buying things from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, and the other sales I’d hit first are in bold below. 

  • 6PM.com – New Year’s Sale, lots for $ 20.19! 
  • Amazon – Coats under $ 50, dresses under $ 25, boots under $ 50… lots of options! 
  • Ann Taylor – Extra 60% off all sale styles, 40% off full-price styles.
  • Ann Taylor Factory – End of season sale, lots for 50%, 60%, and 70% off! Must have sale styles starting at $ 17.99.
  • Anthropologie – Winter tag sale — now an extra 40% off sale items!
  • Banana Republic – Today only, extra 19% off, plus three more can’t miss deals. 
  • Banana Republic Factory – Up to 75% off original prices!
  • Boden -Further reductions, up to 50% off sale!   (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Boden!)
  • Brooks Brothers – Semi-Annual Sale! Up to 40% of limited time value end January 2. Through January 1, get an extra 15% off.  
  • Dillards – New Year’s Day Clearance, save an additional 50% off!
  • Express – 100s of new styles, take an extra 40% off clearance for up to 70% off!
  • J.Crew – Extra 60% off all final sale styles!
  • J.Crew Factory – Extra 60-70% off clearance! Online only. 50% off everything else. 
  • Last Call -Extra 30%-80% off everything! 
  • L.K. Bennett –  Up to 70% off! Tons of great markdowns for work. 
  • Loft – Mystery flash sale — check to see what YOUR crazy-good deal is.  (Mine was 50% off everything.) 
  • Neiman Marcus – Last Call Winter Sale, up to 70% off!
  • Nordstrom – Half-Yearly Sale! Save up to 50% through January 2. See our favorites from the sale here
  • Reiss – Further reductions, up to 50% off!
  • Talbots – Happy New Year’s Day Sale — now an extra 50% off markdowns! (Don’t forget to check out our recent roundup of how to build a work wardrobe at Talbots!)
  • Victoria’s Secret – The semi-annual sale — 40-60% off 2000+ styles. 
  • Zappos – The Winter Sale Event! Huge selections from MICHAEL Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Free People, Frye, and Kate Spade New York (100s of options!), and lots of other good options from 1.State, Aerosoles, Aldo, Adrianna Papell, Anne Klein, Aquatalia, Blank NYC, Born, Botkier, Coach, Clarks, Cole Haan, Cosabella, Dansko, Dooney & Bourke, Dr. Scholl’s, Fly London, Free People, Hue, Hanky Panky, Jag Jeans, Kut from the Kloth, Karen Kane, Lodis Accessories, Marc Jacobs, Miz Mooz, Nic + Zoe, NYDJ, Naturalizer, Nine West, Paul Smith, Rieker, Rockport, Salvatore Ferragamo, Sam Edelman, Stuart Weitzman, Ted Baker, Three Dots, Under Armour, and ZAC Zac Posen. Try this link to already be limited to those above brands for women, then limit by size from there… 

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Altria looks to a future beyond cigarettes but investors aren’t cheering its $15 billion bet

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Backstage with Richard Ridge: Bobby Cannavale Separates Fact from Fiction in His Career on Broadway and Beyond!

Fact Two-time Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale is back on Broadway this season, starring opposite Cherry Jones and Daniel Radcliffe in The Lifespan of a Fact. In a recent interview with Richard Ridge, he opens up about the challenges of taking on thisparticular role, and separates fact from fiction when it comes to some of his past performances
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Hair Accessories for Grown Women: What’s Appropriate for Work, Play, and Beyond?

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Because everything old is new again, scrunchies, headbands, and claws are back in style and being offered as hair accessories for grown women, and I can’t wait to hear readers’ thoughts on them. I know some people have always been Team Scrunchie; I myself have always been Team Claw (and of course, the old black Ouchless elastic I wear on my wrist pretty much every waking hour). But there are strong opinions about this! Are you going to give headbands a whirl in 2018? Are some of the more decorative options (like the goldish star claw) just not appropriate for most women over a certain age (like 16)? For those of you who have strong opinions FOR hair accessories, which stores make the best hair accessories in terms of comfort, durability, price, look, etc?

Psst: our last poll on what kind of hair accessories are appropriate for the office … in 2009!


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(Pictured above, all from Free People because I happened to be browsing the site: kimono clip / scrunchie / claw / headband. And for those of you who are on Team Drugstore Elastic, do you prefer Goody Ouchless or Scünci? Has anyone tried “Amazon choice” of Munax?)

For my $ .02, I probably will give headbands a whirl again — but only with ones I already own. I’ll probably skip the scrunchies just because I don’t think my round face shape looks particularly great with a low ponytail, and I feel like that’s where scrunchies excel. I’ve always like claws for comfort and an easy half-up-do or (with a huge claw) a French twist — but those tend to be bad hair days for me so I probably don’t want to try more attention to my hair with something really decorative.

Looking for more sedate options for hair accessories for grown women? Ann Taylor, J.Crew, and Nordstrom (particularly from these two drool-worthy brands) have a ton of similar styles.

Ladies, let’s hear from you — what are your thoughts on hair accessories for grown women? What looks do you wear the most for work and play — what products are you excited about to be back in style?

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