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“Services that women once depended on, like shelters and emergency rooms, are not as accessible as they were before the pandemic, a fact that has left victims of domestic and sexual abuse even more vulnerable.” With the goal of getting survivors to report their rapes, authorities in California are allowing them to administer DIY rape kits with support from nurses and police. Nurses walk survivors through the kit process via zoom and police officers wait outside to collect the kit. DIY rape kits have been deemed inadmissible as evidence in the past, but now that it’s this or nothing, the hope is that the nurse support and police pick-up will make “admissibility slightly more likely.” Fingers crossed. Read more about it here.
How To Be Kinder To Yourself (& Why It Matters)
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We could all use some extra self-compassion right now – we’re in uncharted waters, trying to figure out what to do and how to be. As it turns out, self-compassion is not just nice and warm and fuzzy; it’s strategic. Psychologist Susan David, Ph.D., explains that “People who have greater levels of self-compassion tend to be more motivated, less lazy, and more successful over time.” In this article, she shares examples of self-compassion and actional tips you can practice to cultivate it.
Women Are Claiming Their Power in Investment Clubs of Their Own
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Overall, women tend to make less money than men, take more career breaks, have more caregiving responsibilities, and live longer. Amongst other things, that often means having to make less money last more years. Since financial institutions have not been addressing women’s specific needs, local meetup groups and new companies like Ellevest have stepped up to fill the void. This article details the challenges women face when investing for retirement and the communities that are there to support us.
Ache of Victory EP; Music for Self-Quarantine
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Zsela’s debut EP is like a 16-minute massage for your ears. A review in the New York Times says that it “is fitting music for self-quarantine: a richly introspective, solitary reverie on connections made, lost and remembered.” Shut off the news, grab your headphones, close your eyes, and soak it up.
A Pandemic Nearly Derailed the Women’s Suffrage Movement
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Do you remember learning about how the Spanish Flu almost knocked out the suffrage movement? We don’t. Maybe it was mentioned in history class but the idea of a pandemic just didn’t hit home back then? Regardless, here’s an inspiring read about how “women overcame influenza, social distancing, and political bias to win the right to vote.” Let’s honor their work by making sure to vote this year! (Also, take a minute to consider we’ve only had this right for 100 years… and less than 50 years ago women still needed men to cosign credit applications!)
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