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Uber Case Could Be a Watershed for Women in Tech

By Farhad Manjoo

Few women in Silicon Valley were surprised by the revelations about Uber detailed this month by Susan Fowler, a software engineer who published an exposé on the culture of sexism and sexual harassment that she said she battled during her year at the ride-hailing company.

For many women in Silicon Valley, the contours of Ms. Fowler’s story rang true from sorry experience. There are tales like hers from across the tech industry. This week, The Guardian reported that a female Tesla employee had filed suit against the electric-car company for what she called “pervasive harassment.” (Tesla said in a statement that the claims “have not been substantiated.”) And even in cases where abuse is well documented — as in Ellen Pao’s unsuccessful sexual harassment lawsuit against the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers — the men responsible are rarely punished, and the overall picture rarely improves.

Still, the Uber scandal feels different. It feels like a watershed. For gender-diversity advocates in the tech industry, Ms. Fowler’s allegations, and the public outcry they have ignited, offer a possibility that something new may be in the offing.

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Peace, Positivity as Massive Women’s March Makes Voices Heard in D.C.

by PHIL MCCAUSLAND

Hundreds of thousands of men and women descended into the nation’s capital, meeting in the national mall on Saturday, to show their support for women’s rights a day after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. Some voiced their opposition to the new president. An estimated 500,000 people attended the massive march, D.C.’s deputy mayor for public safety and justice said, citing the event’s organizers.

Those who participated in the Women’s March on Washington said the event was much more peaceful and positive than the protests during Friday’s inauguration.

D.C. police said they had no reports of arrests as of 6 p.m. on Saturday, a stark contrast to Friday’s anti-Trump protest that saw 230 people arrested, the windows of businesses smashed and a limo torched. Witnesses said self-described anarchists were behind some of Friday’s violence.

“This is not about people doing stupid stuff and getting arrested,” said Robin Gilmore, a 56-year-old therapist who drove up from Annapolis, Maryland, on Friday. “Really, the police are cooperating. This couldn’t happen without police cooperation.”

Marchers reported that police were civil and participants were kind to one another, often looking after each other in the dense crowd. People were elbow-to-elbow and some said they couldn’t move for hours.

Steve La Croix traveled from Seattle to Michigan, where he met members of his family. They rented and drove a bus overnight to the Women’s March. He said that the atmosphere was collegial and participants were considerate.

“People were very polite,” La Croix said. “There was a lot of ‘Go ahead’ or ‘You first.’”

One criticism of the march has been that it seemed to have scattered ideas and took up too many issues, but those who were at the Women’s March said that is part of building a coalition.

Dana Gwinn, 36, traveled to the march from the Bay Area and said, though there were numerous ideas, she believed it important to discuss all of them.

“There were a lot of messages,” Gwinn said. “I felt today like I felt on election night. I want to be mad about 15 different things, and everyone says you need to choose what your battle is going to be and stick to that one thing.

“But I don’t know anyone willing to choose.”
Kristen Kramer, 29, a D.C. resident who lives close to where a limo was set on fire by protesters on Friday, said the march was very polite compared to the inauguration, which she described as a “surreal” environment. But Kramer didn’t think the civility was necessarily a good thing.

“It is really polite, and it kind of pisses me off to be honest,” she said. “Considering how the police yesterday became incredibly aggressive, it feels like this today is lip service to protest.”

She described protests on Friday as largely peaceful assemblies that suffered from a few violent individuals. Kramer thought the police treated protesters at the inauguration poorly and saw demonstrators suffering severely from pepper spray.

“I hope people don’t just forget yesterday,” she said. “I don’t know what will come of it legally, but for it just to disappear is not okay.”

The marches were not confined to Washington. An estimated 400,000 people marched in New York City, 250,000 marched in Chicago, over 100,000 marched in Los Angeles, more than 90,000 ink St. Paul, Minnesota, and 60,000 turned out in Atlanta among other cities around the world, authorities and organizers said.

Source: Nbc

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Poetry by Chin-Yer

They always try to give me a penis
simply because I have guts
Simply because I am bold
And achieve
“That takes balls!” they say
No
it takes titties
And a vagina
It takes operating from a place
Higher than both, if you want to be technical but
My femininity is complimentary enough
When you do anything of substance, sir
I don’t tell you
“That took estrogen”
Even though I know the power of woman.

By Chin-Yer

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Lipstick Revolt Mixtape is here! Female rappers from around the country on one mixtape! #WOMENEMPOWERMENT

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From Brooklyn, NY to Orlando, Florida and back to the Nationals Capitol, Washington, D.C. Lipstick Revolt is proud to presents its Volume 2 mixtape of talented rappers. Art work by Zsudayka Nzinga, shows different elements of hip hop and a proud woman holding its spirit. That image is basically the energy of what you will hear from the beginning to the end of this mixtape. You hear female rappers speaking on their perspective of love, life, and mainly Hip Hop. People keep asking where are the female rappers are and this mixtape is the response. Just the tip of the iceberg, we hope this mixtape opens peoples eyes to the talent that exists in the music world and starts to use this platform as a way to support.

-Love,
Mana

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The Atlas of Beauty- showing beautiful women from around the world

Women from PeruIn contrast to the constant barrage of women’s fashion magazines declaring what is attractive, photographer Mihaela Noroc set off on a journey around the world.
The Romanian traveled to 37 different countries, where she often met women simply walking the street and took their portraits, highlighting what is considered desirable in different cultures.
From the freezing, chaffing Tibetan Plateau near the Himalayas to the sultry tropics of South America, Noroc, 29, entitled her startling and revealing project, ‘The Atlas of Beauty.’Photographer Mihaela Noroc
At times spending only 30 seconds with each subject and traveling only with her camera and a backpack, Noroc tried to take pictures of young women all in their twenties.
She explained in a statement to Daily Mail Online ‘I’m a [29-year-old] female photographer from Romania that quit her boring job and started a new life. Two years ago I took my backpack, my camera and begun to travel around the globe, with savings made in years of working.
‘In this journey I photographed hundreds of natural women surrounded by their culture. My project is called ‘The Atlas Of Beauty’ and is about our planet’s diversity shown through portraits of women.’

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Pakistani Women’s right activist wins Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award

Women’s right activist, Nighat Dad, has become the second Pakistani ever to receive the prestigious Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award for 2016.

Nighat Dad

A Pakistani lawyer and internet activist, Nighat Dad is also the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan. In a ceremony at the Global Forum in Wroclaw, Poland, on Friday, she was honored with the Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award for her efforts and dedication towards digital rights and ensuring a safer and more accessible Pakistan for women. The award recognizes extraordinary individuals and organizations that defend and advance the cause of freedom around the world.

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We’re Muslim Don’t Panic using Hip Hop to bring Faiths together

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All-girl vinyl DJ group, Chulita Vinyl Club, empowers women through music

Claudia Saenz is the proud founder of Chulita Vinyl Club in Austin, TX. It is an all-girl vinyl-spinning DJ collect that puts on shows across the state of Texas and in California.
Photo Credit: Mariana Gonzalez | Daily Texan Staff

BY ELIZABETH HLAVINKA

In Spanish, “chulita” means beautiful or sweet. But when girls refer to themselves as “chulitas,” the word becomes empowering and confident — like Beyoncé calling herself “flawless.”
The Chulita Vinyl Club, an all-girl, vinyl-spinning DJ collective, is full of confident women. The Austin-based group has 12 members who play shows in San Antonio, Austin, the Rio Grande Valley and California. Claudia Saenz, who founded the group in 2013, said their mission is to empower women through music, an art form typically dominated by men.

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Zaha Hadid: 5 Traits that Made her So Badass

Zaha Hadid: 5 Traits that Made her So Badass

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Dame Zaha Hadid, the Baghdad-born British designer has sadly passed away at the premature age of 65. The first female Pritzker Prize-winner architect was commissioned around the world to create masterpieces including the London Olympic aquatic centre, and Messner Mountain Museum Corones. Being a woman and Muslim she didn’t have it easy but it was her strength and lack of fucks to give that made her a true legend. We remember Hadid’s five traits that turned her into a star architect for all the right reasons.

IMAGINATIVE
In early projects the designer presented her ideas to clients through beautiful abstract paintings, this gained her notoriety, however, it left her with a reputation for astonishing but unbuildable designs. Her creative process lead people to closely associate her skills with that of a fashion designer. “I’m into fashion because it contains the mood of the day, of the moment – like music, literature, and art,” she once said. Hadid frequently collaborated with Karl Lagerfeld which amounted in the Mobile Art Pavilion designed for Chanel, launched in 2011 in Paris.

‘I’M INTO FASHION BECAUSE IT CONTAINS THE MOOD OF THE DAY, OF THE MOMENT – LIKE MUSIC, LITERATURE, AND ART’

INSPIRATIONAL
Hadid adapted technology to realise the buildings she did by hand. Her avant garde work and use of innovative technologies developed into a style of its own. Deservingly, Hadid was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize as well the first woman to be honoured the British RIBA Gold Medal, in 2016. In part of her acceptance speech she commented on the struggles women experience in the business world specifically within architecture: “We now see more established female architects all the time. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Sometimes the challenges are immense.”

NOBILITY
“Education, housing and hospitals are the most important things for society,” Hadid said. She believed in having a back bone for society to build upon, a reputable quality she was widely admired for. Hadid strived to change our perceptions of space, not only in physically but socially and culturally as well.

‘EDUCATION, HOUSING AND HOSPITALS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS FOR SOCIETY’

‘I’M A FEMINIST, BECAUSE I SEE ALL WOMEN AS SMART, GIFTED AND TOUGH’

RESILIENT
“People don’t talk to you properly. It’s the way they talk to you; they dismiss you,” Hadid said. “I think it’s a combination of me being a woman and a foreigner.” Although she faced discrimination for being a woman, a Muslim, and an Arab, Zaha never ceased to keep going strong. “Yes, I’m a feminist, because I see all women as smart, gifted and tough.”

OPTIMIST
“You have to really believe not only in yourself; you have to believe that the world is actually worth your sacrifices.” Zaha Hadid was known for consistently pushing the boundaries in her personal life, humanity and designs. “There are 360 degrees, so why stick to one?” she famously asked.

Source: Sleek Mag

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Resurrecting Queenz Self Destruction Remix 2015

Watch 23 females come together in honor of their communities.
Shout out to Kenilworth Katrina for putting this project together!

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