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Episode 20: Finding an identity in the space …

I hope this week’s podcast provides some much-needed hope and optimism. They seem to be in short supply these days, but my guest, Esuantsiwa Jane Goldsmith, who recently published her first book The Space Between Black and White (a mixed-race…

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Mean Reads: Female health officers under siege; …

Harvard Business Review takes down an article that enraged readers on why more women don’t reach the C-suite [HBR] Here’s the original HBR article [Wayback Machine] Why midlife crises are different for women [Cleveland Clinic] The coronavirus pandemic ‘has undone…

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18 on-sale wrap dresses perfect for an uncertain …

Photo by Kinga Cichewicz on Unsplash Most of us hoped spring would leave a flattened curve in its wake and summer would see the world finally opening up again—like it is in countries like France and New Zealand. Instead, in the…

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29 Fourth of July outdoor furniture sales that …

Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash Summer festivals, amusement parks, block parties, weddings, family reunions, etc. are mostly, sadly, canceled. Any outdoor fun to be had will likely happen in your yard or on your deck. So it makes sense…

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Silver Hair Chronicles: ‘I noticed my first …

Photo via Frankie Welcome to the Silver Hair Chronicles, a bi-weekly feature where we highlight women who have made the bold choice to ditch the dye and rock their silvers. This week we chat with Francesca, of Ontario, Canada, who…

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Mean Reads: Middle-aged women lusted after; menopause’…

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels Why everyone needs to know more about menopause, especially now [Washington Post] Georgian men lusted after ‘middle aged’ women who were valued as experienced [Daily Mail] Jenny Eclair: Menopause game me incandescent rage: it was…

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Episode 19: Listen to sustainable, inclusive fashion designer …

This episode features a truly incredible woman: Taylor Jay, who has an eponymous collection of beautifully-designed, sustainable women’s clothing. She’s based in Oakland, California, and her designs are elevated, refined but relaxed, comfortable but chic. “Urban” is not a word you would…

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Summer is off to an uneasy start; …

Diarrablu Sokhna kimono dress, $195 (down from $250)   As we all begin to cautiously (some more than others) return to public spaces, it’s tough to figure out what to wear. It’s been nothing but sweats in some corners, all-day…

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Mean Reads: Screaming in Switzerland, spotting orgasms, …

Photo by Jan Kopřiva Swiss women stage scream-in for equality [CNN] Firm defends algorithm that ‘spots women’s orgasms’ [BBC News] Women just won big in New Mexico’s primary. Here’s what that means for climate change [Grist] Two black transgender women…

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Serial entrepreneur Christine Marie Mason on founding 6 …

Editor’s note: In the introduction to this episode, I talk about my approach to getting more BIPOC women’s voice on Mean. I hope you’ll have a listen. This week’s guest embodies everything I love about interviewing women in their fifties.…

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Mean Reads: No. 1 hits by women over 40; …

Covid-19 crisis could set women back decades, experts fear [The Guardian] The tricky exceptionalism of ‘fellow white women’ [Jezebel] How white women use themselves as instruments of terror [The New York Times] Skeletons hint that ancient societies [Science News] Is…

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Episode 17: How to weather a pandemic and …

Photos via Bells & Becks If anyone could have predicted a pandemic that would shut down the world, no one would have founded a shoe company—or a jewelry company or a clothing company or any other non-essential small business. But…

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