‘Hidden Figures’ Proves Again That Films About Women Are Not And Never Were Box Office Poison

There are a million reasons to celebrate the breakout success of Fox 2000’s Hidden Figures. The crowd-pleasing dramedy, about the under-heralded female African-American NASA mathematicians who helped put Americans into space, has earned $60 million in just 10 days of wide release and has topped the weekend box office charts two weeks in a row. It received strong reviews, excellent word of mouth and Oscar buzz. The only question is how far it will go. Continue reading ‘Hidden Figures’ Proves Again That Films About Women Are Not And Never Were Box Office Poison

LinkedIn

How I Became a Civil Rights Attorney for the ACLU

Abre’ Conner won’t stop fighting for underrepresented communities to have a voice.

By Heather Wood Rudulph

Abre’ Conner grew up in a small town in Central Florida, where she was accustomed to racism both covert and blatant. These experiences shaped her desire to work on behalf of others. She has worked on Capitol Hill and for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, and is now a staff attorney with the ACLU of Northern California, focusing on environmental justice, and social and civil rights — causes she has no plans to stop fighting for. Continue reading How I Became a Civil Rights Attorney for the ACLU

LinkedIn

The 21 hottest women-founded startups to watch in 2017

There has never been a better time to be a woman in the startup world.

There’s no denying we have a long way to go. After all, venture capital firms are made up of mostly men, and some continue to suggest that women aren’t cut out for the tech world at all. And way more VC money is offered to male founders than women.

But more and more women are building multimillion-dollar startups, and venture firms like Forerunner Ventures, BBG Ventures, and Female Founders Fund all focus on companies founded by women.

It’s paying off. 2016 saw female founders launch innovative companies and raise millions to help them grow, while startups in their second or third year of life began gaining ground.

And 2017 will likely be even bigger. Here are some of the most exciting women-run companies to keep an eye on in the coming year.

Parachute wants to make a comfy night’s sleep affordable.

What is it: Parachute is changing how you buy one thing you use every day: your sheets. It produces high-quality bedding from a factory in Italy and then sells it through its website and one store at its headquarters in Venice Beach, California. Parachute bedding has gained a bit of a cult following, and now co-living startups are even advertising that they have Parachute sheets.

Every time a customer buys a set of its Venice line, the company donates a mosquito net to help kids in Africa sleep safer.

Founded: 2014 by Ariel Kaye

Funding: $10.3 million from Upfront Ventures, Joanne Wilson, QueensBridge Venture Partners, and Structure Partners, among others.


Laurel & Wolf connects interior designers with people who want to give their homes an affordable makeover.

Laurel & Wolf connects interior designers with people who want to give their homes an affordable makeover.

What is it: Laurel & Wolf wants to take advantage of a Pinterest-obsessed generation and make it easy and affordable to design your dream home. People searching for a new look can take a survey about their style, upload pictures and information about the space, and post their project. Typically, three to five designers respond with their ideas, so you don’t have to settle on one from the start.

Founded: 2014 by Leura Fine and Brandon Kleinman

Funding: $26.6 million from Benchmark, Charles River Ventures, Tim Draper, and others.


Maven lets you video chat with doctors.

Maven lets you video chat with doctors.

What is it: Maven is a women’s health app that connects you with doctors via video chat, allowing you to ask questions, receive advice, and get prescriptions. Maven was founded by Kate Ryder, who came up with the idea for the app when she was working at a venture capital fund in London. Ryder noticed that her friends were getting pregnant and receiving a lot of misinformation or having trouble finding the right doctor.

Users can connect with doctors, nurse practitioners, and mental health experts through the app.

Founded: 2014 by Kate Ryder

Funding: $4.5 million from Female Founders Fund, Grand Central Tech, BoxGroup, and others.

Read the complete list of start ups on Business Insider.

LinkedIn

Tracee Ellis Ross Is the First Black Woman to Win Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy In 35 Years

The 44-year-old actress took home the trophy for her acclaimed role as Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson in the ABC sitcom Black-ish. Debbie Allen was the last black woman to receive the honor for the 1982 NBC series Fame at the 1983 Globes. Ellis Ross is also the first black nominee in the category since Gimme a Break‘s Allen and Nell Carter were nominated in 1984. Continue reading Tracee Ellis Ross Is the First Black Woman to Win Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy In 35 Years

LinkedIn

Here are 6 Reasons Why You Need the Disability Equality Index (DEI)

As a person with a visible disability who has spent most of my professional career in HR leading diversity and inclusion, I’m frequently asked to offer an opinion on the merits of completing the DEI.  Knowing how precious resources are to fill out any kind of survey or assessment tool, it’s an important question, where do companies get the greatest return on investment? Continue reading Here are 6 Reasons Why You Need the Disability Equality Index (DEI)

LinkedIn

The Best Advice 11 Inspiring Women In Tech Would Give To Their College Selves

By: Natalie Au

“You’re not even an engineer — why are you so involved in the movement to advance women in tech?” This is a question I’ve been asked multiple times since starting the Hong Kong chapter of the global nonprofit Girls in Tech earlier this year. The answer is simple: I’m not an engineer, true, but what I am is an advocate for gender equality and sustainable development across different issues and industries in the world. Continue reading The Best Advice 11 Inspiring Women In Tech Would Give To Their College Selves

LinkedIn