1. dc super
After The Avengers merch was released this week, fans noticed that one character was notably missing: Black Widow. The omission caused an uproar on Twitter (especially after a couple of insensitive slut-shaming remarks from the stars). But never fear! DC comics is here! DC led the way with Wonderwoman and Supergirl, and now they’re partnering with Mattel to launch Super Hero Girls. The series will tell the story of the female superheroes before they became adults. You go, girls!
2. abortion shaming needs to stop
Jemima Kirke, perhaps better known as the troubled and charming Jessa from the HBO show Girls, has spoken out publicly about eradicating the shame and stigma many women face for their choice to have an abortion. By bravely sharing her own personal story as a part of the Draw the Line campaign, Kirke is changing the narrative of the abortion debate by putting the face and story of the mother in the spotlight.
3. somebody app is back!
Oh, Miranda July, Queen of Internet Art and Questioner of the Digital Age, how we love thee.
Her new app, Somebody, is a collective art project that riffs on texting, couriers, and messengers. So how does it work? As the site explains:
When you send your friend a message through Somebody, it goes – not to your friend – but to the Somebody user nearest your friend. This person (likely a stranger) delivers the message verbally, acting as your stand-in…The antithesis of the utilitarian efficiency that tech promises, here, finally, is an app that makes is nervous, giddy, and alert to the people around us.
4. There still aren’t any states where women earn as much as men
Although American women make up nearly half of the nation’s workforce (and are charged more for daily items like razors and face cream), we are still making only 78 cents to a man’s dollar for the same work. And recent studies have shown that for women of color, this gender wage gap is even bigger.
This pressing issue should be worrisome to both women and men alike. As the Queen B herself explains:
Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more—commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.
5. “kicking maximum ass” knows no age limits
The next HAIM? Quite possibly. The Villarreal sisters from Mexico, aged 10, 13, and 16, make up the newly-signed rock band dubbed The Warning. After their Youtube videos of famous rock covers went viral, the girls got the chance to really show their stuff and made out with a fresh record deal. They’ve covered AC/DC, Metallica, and Guns ‘N Roses to name a few, but they’ve also got some kick-ass material of their own, which you can check out on their new EP, Escape the Mind, now available on iTunes.
6. arab women are fighting stereotypes with photography
Rawiya is an amazing Middle Eastern photo collective, comprised entirely of female artists working independently around the region. Founded in 2011, the photographs help tell the stories of those on the fringe of society in the Middle East, like drag queens, LGBT youth, and body-builders:
We’re trying to fight stereotypes about the region. We choose stories that aren’t the usual stories, things that other photographers might not have access to. For example, Tanya [Habjouqa] has a great story about Palestinian women racing drivers, which is something that you wouldn’t really now about unless you lived there. That gives us a totally different vision of Arab women [from the one you tend to find in Western media]. We speak the language, we know people – it’s very different to when you’re a foreigner and you just see what’s on the surface.
These photographs affirm what we already hold dear to our hearts at BYOM: that we’re far more alike than we are different, and that finding joy in our differences makes us beautiful. Learn more about the collective here.
7. It’s never too late to conquer a fear
A 91-year-old woman named Mary conquered her fear of bungee jumping today off of the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand and has officially earned the title of “Coolest Grandma Ever.” And yes, she survived. #GOALS