Hi & happy Midterms eve,
One soothing space lately, despite the emotional and cognitive drain of the news, has been women-run media events. On Thursday, I got to the Brooklyn Museum for a talk with Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim and contributors to Edim's new anthology. It was basically a therapy session, both for the writers onstage and the women in the audience who asked deeply honest and soul-baring questions, and then received patient, applicable advice.
On Saturday, I saw my favorite podcast Call Your Girlfriend live, after I spent a few hours volunteering at Girls Write Now for a workshop on podcasting. At the workshop, mentors and mentees heard women talk about their craft as well as the broader industry. One of the speakers, author and nonprofit founder & president Susan Zimet, was refreshingly candid: “We’re fucked,” she said to a group of teen girls about the current political landscape. “Everyone eligible to vote in this room better vote.”
Zimet also talked about her early career in advertising, and of stumbling upon an issue of Working Woman magazine in the 80’s. She recalled an article that detailed the gaps between men and women at work (heh); women reportedly worked diligently without asking directly to be rewarded, while men schmoozed the right people and quickly ascended the hierarchy, earning more money. Livid, Zimet asked for a raise the next week, and unlike scores of other women, got it — she then went on to run for office and score book deals. I wondered how her story might have panned out if she never read that article.
This week, I’m comparing two recent articles in The Cut, unmistakably side-by-side in the print issue, about the wildly successful Skimm newsletter and the subdued, dignified Gentlewoman biannual magazine.
Last, do you want to get involved with Clipped? I’m interested in collaborating with someone on the newsletter, and even rethinking how we do it. Want to get involved somehow, or just talk more? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have a couple fun interviews lined up coming soon that I’m excited to share with you. — Natalie