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The Good News

Instagrandma
We hear all of the time about young Instagram models taking over social media, but there’s a new crew in town: Women over 60 who are taking over the platform and jokingly calling themselves Instagram grandmas. They’re fashionable, fabulous, and not looking to compete with 20-year-olds. Instead, they’re changing stereotypes and stigmas around aging. Read On…

Leaving the Boys’ Club
Chef Naomi Pomeroy wrote an excellent piece about her complicity in the rampant sexual harassment and assault in the restaurant industry, detailing how her and other women in the field tried to move up by becoming part of the boys’ club. She reflects on how that strategy not only did nothing to make men respect her overall, but it also negatively affected other women as well as her own restaurant’s employees. Read On…
DID YOU KNOW: We often think that teenagers and adults are the only people who can suffer from depression, but children as young as preschool age can show symptoms, too. A new study found that community-based therapy focused on emotion regulation can help kids better understand and work through their feelings. Read more...

Rich white families are failing their daughters

There is a reason that we’ve come to mock white men in power who say they care about women’s rights by exclaiming “I HAVE DAUGHTERS!”

The first is it’s a horrible cliche along the lines of “thoughts and prayers” after a school shooting. The second is: You shouldn’t have to have a daughter to care about women’s rights. That kind of “oh well, as long as my family is fine” thinking is why we have such staggering inequality in this country.

But the third is this: There’s growing evidence that it’s BS. There’s a disturbing pattern of affluent white families not putting their daughters’ safety and future first, putting them in a sort of Ivanka Trump gilded benevolent sexism cage of being the adored “right kind” of girl. Read more...

My son? Also oppressed by misogyny

One thing I really adore about the Chairman Mom community is how 99% of us have never met, but seem to know the most intimate things about one another’s careers, relationships, and doubts and fears than many IRL friends.

Sarah Kathleen Peck — one of my fave Mama Bears — proved this sending me this article yesterday, “Today’s Masculinity Is Stifling.”

Her timing couldn’t have been better. Eli told me the other day he only wants to wear girl’s clothes this summer. He already mostly has been on weekends, so I certainly wasn’t thrown. And I am not one of those moms who “wrestles” with her child’s gender fluidity. To me mere “tolerance” of Eli doesn’t grant you the amazing right to be in his life. To steal my line on motherhood, I think Eli’s gender fluidity is a feature not a bug. It’s part of his jaw-dropping beauty and creativity and grace and charm and just Eli-ness. Read more...

“I have already held you as closely and tightly and freely as I ever will”

Stephanie Hitchcock edited my most recent book, and she was hands down the best editor I’ve ever worked with. The kind of book editor that other authors warn you don’t actually exist anymore. She made my book far better than when I turned it in, while also making it somehow more me.

So when she sent me a copy of Amateur Hour: Motherhood in Essays and Swear Words by Kimberly Harrington, with a note saying it was “close to her heart” and flagging one particular essay. I stopped what I was doing to read it. Read more...

Sallie Krawcheck, Shannon Downey and Michele Dauber all walk into a gold mining town…

Behind the scenes a lot is going on at Chairman Mom these days.

This past weekend our team huddled together over hipster doughnuts (that I ate most of) to brainstorm every product feature we want to build for you and the order we’re going to get those babies live. For those MANY Chairman Mom users who have requested features, know we have heard you! In the next month, you’ll see a lot of fun new things rolled out that I won’t spoil here—and more elaborate features built out before the end of the year. Read more...