Good News / Bad News of the Day (July 2, 2018)

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One in Four
Former Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive wrote a touching op-ed this weekend discussing her abortion from decades prior and the need for everyone to be more open to how prevalent abortion is in this country; in fact, roughly one in four women in the U.S. has had an abortion by age 45. She quotes an important line from activist Renee Bracey Sherman: “Everyone loves someone who has had an abortion. And if you think you don’t, they just haven’t shared their story with you yet.” Read On… Read more...

Good News / Bad News of the Day (July 3, 2018)

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Meet an Angel
Twenty-year-old DACA recipient Sandra Sanchez changed her summer plans to work as a “Border Angel,” where she helps immigrants with whatever they need, whether that’s receive food and water, helping them find employment, or assisting them in figuring out larger next steps. Read On…

Girl Group Heaven
The history of girl groups in music is a long one, so if you feel like taking a nostalgic trip down memory lane, Pitchfork unpacked the story of girl groups through 45 of the most popular songs of all time. Read On… Read more...

Good News / Bad News of the Day (July 5, 2018)

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Shave If You Want
Billie, a razor company geared towards women, became the first brand to create an ad that shows women with body hair; if you think about it, pretty much every razor commercial currently on air shows women shaving smooth, already-airbrushed legs. What also made Billie’s ad interesting is that it explicitly sought to remove the pressure for women to shave, saying, “If and when you feel like shaving, we’re here.” Read On…

Love at First Flight
If you need a delightful break during your post-4th of July days, we can’t recommend this amazing thread by Rosey Blair enough. Blair and her boyfriend asked a passenger to switch seats with them on a flight so they could sit together, joking to the person that she might meet the love of her life because of the switch. Next thing Blair and her boyfriend knew, the woman they reseated (who was now sitting right in front of them) hit it off with the guy to her right. Read On… Read more...

Good News / Bad News of the Day (July 6, 2018)

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A New Solution
Often chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and similar treatments for cancer, multiple sclerosis, and blood disorders damage women’s reproductive organs, making it harder for them to safely conceive later on. Now, doctors say they’re developing what they’re calling an “artificial ovary” made of human tissue and eggs to help the process. They say this new treatment will be safer than current options like frozen ovary tissue, which the body can reject. Read On… Read more...

Good News / Bad News of the Day (July 9, 2018)

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Putting New Laws to Good Use
Some good news/bad news: The bad news is that Elizabeth Rowe, a star flutist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, has filed a gender discrimination suit for the pay disparity between her and her male colleagues. The good news is that she’s filing the suit under Massachusetts’ brand new “equal pay for comparable work” law, which just went into effect this month. It’s the first lawsuit under the new legislation. Read On…

Free Fertility Treatments Across the Pond
Another good news/bad news situation: The good news is that Spain will offer single women free fertility treatments, a policy it stopped in 2014. The bad news is that the reason that the government is allowing the policy is because of the country’s dire birth rates, which have been generally plummeting since the 1990s. Social scientists, economists, and political experts alike, however, say that other issues need to be tackled if there’s going to be a resurgence of the nation’s birth rate, including affordable childcare and a better financial situation. Read On… Read more...

Good News / Bad News of the Day (July 10, 2018)

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Make Room for Hannah
We recommended watching Nanette a few weeks ago, but a record seven Mama Bears have written in talking about how much they loved Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special that we decided to dedicate a story to it. Seriously—it’s a must-watch! Read On…

Mama Bear Love
Late last week, Serena Williams tweeted that she’d missed her daughter Olympia’s first steps while she was training at Wimbledon, saying that she cried after finding out. Luckily, hundreds of moms sent words of encouragement and love to her let her know that she’s not alone. We love seeing Mama Bears stick together. Read On… Read more...

Good News / Bad News of the Day (July 11, 2018)

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Finally
It only took forever, but there will finally be a plus-size superhero on the silver screen. Sony Entertainment is now producing a slate of films around the Valiant Comicscharacters, including Faith Herbert. The live-action film featuring Faith’s story will also be written by a woman, Maria Melnik of American GodsRead On…

More Mentors
Julia Carpenter wrote an excellent piece for CNN Money about the importance of mid-career mentorship and how hard it is for women to find. We also believe this is one of the many reasons why Chairman Mom is important: It gives Mama Bears the opportunity to ask these big career questions to a group of peers who know what they’re going through. Read On… Read more...

Good News / Bad News of the Day (July 12, 2018)

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Wine Together
A group of sommeliers formed an all-women wine tasting group, but they didn’t do it just for the awesome networking; they’re also leaning on each other when studying for important tasting tests in their industry that determine whether or not they get make-or-break certifications and diplomas, the vast majority of which currently go to men. Read On…

It’s Time to End Things
We know the importance of taking your mental health seriously and have talked at length about the effectiveness of therapy. But sometimes, things just don’t mesh well between you and your therapist. So how do you part ways in a manner that’s positive, helpful, and not anxiety-inducing? Read On… Read more...

Good News / Bad News of the Day (July 13, 2018)

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The Rom Com Revival
We seem to be entering a new age of romantic comedies, and they’re not necessarily like their predecessors: The casts are more diverse, and the storylines are more nuanced. Combined with the dark times we’re currently living in, it’s no wonder that they’re quickly becoming some of the must-see viewing on streaming platforms like Netflix. Read On…

We’re Listening
Spotify recently gave three women of color $10,000 each to launch their own podcasts, and all three of the forthcoming programs sound incredible. Consider us subscribers. Read On… Read more...

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One of the reasons I started Chairman Mom was for working women to recognize and celebrate how badass they are.

For some reason we celebrate when someone decides to do an Iron Man or quit a cushy job to start a new company—both things that will push you to your physical limits and odds are they’ll end in failure. We see those challenges as badass.

And yet, how do we handle it when someone says they are going to be a working mom? Women I knew—incredibly successful women, I might add—told me to “get ready to feel like a failure all the time.” We tell people they “just can’t understand” how hard it is over and over again. 60% of workplaces tell women they must be totally available to employers or they’re “bad employees” or totally available to children or they are “bad moms.” And if there’s a stumble, they suffer from the “prove it again” bias. Read more...