Anticipated Women-Written Memoirs to Read in 2021

Hopefully your reading list for the year is filled with books written by some amazing women. In case you need a few more, here are some women-written memoirs you need to add to it.


Surviving the White Gaze by Rebecca Carroll

February 2


This memoir details Carroll’s life growing up in New Hampshire as the one and only black person in her town. She was adopted by a white family and struggled throughout her childhood with the separation and division she felt from those around her. She eventually grows up and moves from city to city where she struggles with many different life issues. When she finally finds her chosen black family, only then is she able to heal.


My Broken Language: A Memoir by Quiara Alegira Hudes

April 6


Hudes is a Pulitzer Prize winner and writer of the critically acclaimed musical In the Heights. Her memoir begins with her childhood in North Philadelphia where she grows up surrounded by many different customs, traditions and languages. When she goes off to Yale she is able to “find her language” and tell the stories sprinkled throughout her wonderful and inspiring childhood.


Somebody’s Daughter: A Memoir by Ashley C. Ford

June 1st


Ford’s memoir details her childhood characterized by her incarcerated father’s absence, body image issues, a bad relationship with her mother and an assault by her boyfriend. When she eventually discovers why her father is in prison she is finally able to heal her broken wounds.


Honorable Mention!!


While Injustice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

May 11


This isn’t a memoir, but I couldn’t help but mention this novel written by American Politician Stacey Abrams. In this book Abrams writes from the perspective of a young law clerk who becomes the legal guardian for a Supreme Court justice after he falls into a coma. This justice also happens to be a huge swing vote for some very big cases. Avery Keene must unravel a set of clues the Supreme Court justice left behind for her, and before she knows it, she’s on the path to solving a huge conspiracy. Check out this thriller when it hits shelves this summer.



Author: Ashli Ellerman 


5 Women CEOs That You Might Not (But Should!) Know About

Going through the Forbes’ List of “The World’s Most Powerful Women,” I (intern Kasvi here) was struck by a realization – I didn’t know who most of these women are. While personalities such as Satya Nadella, Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos have become regular household names, many of the names on this document had me amiss. 


As such, in an effort to improve not just to ensure equal representation in the workplace, but also to credit women in powerful positions with equal amounts of news coverage, here are 5 female CEOs that you should (already) know about. 


Oracle – Safra Catz 

Oracle's CEO, Safra Catz. stands on stage in business attire in front of a red projected screen stating "Oracle Strategy"
“2014” by Oracle PR is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Catz joined Oracle in 1999, has served on its board since 2001, and has been CEO of the multinational computer technology corporation since 2014. In April 2017, it was reported that she was the highest paid female CEO of any US company (CBS News). 


Accenture – Julie Sweet 

Picture of the accenture logo on a building.
“Accenture Building City View Plaza San Jose” by mrkathika is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Julie Sweet is the CEO of Accenture, a multinational professional services company, and has held the position since September 2019. Sweet strongly advocates for gender equality and diversity and inclusion in the workplace and aims to have equal representation for males and females in the office by 2025. As of now, Accenture has a 42% female staff.


YouTube – Susan Wojcicki 


Wojcicki looking intently at something with two men next to her.

Susan Wojcicki is the current CEO of Youtube and has been since 2014. During her leadership as CEO, she managed to raise the percent of women employed at YouTube from 24% to almost 30% (Vanity Fair 2017).  She also was one of Google’s founding members and served as the marketing manager back in 1999.


PepsiCO – Indra Nooyi 

“Inauguración Centro de Innovación PepsiCo” by Presidencia de la República Mexicana is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Indra Nooyi is an Indian-American businesswoman and former Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, where she served as the fifth CEO of the company beginning in 2006. From there, Nooyi served in the position for 12 years and helped aid the implementation of women-centric marketing during her tenure. 


VEON – Ursula Burns 

“Pre-CeBIT: Xerox Booth (One of Many?)” by schoschie is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Ursula Burns is an American businesswoman and former CEO of VEON, a multinational telecommunication services company. Her tenure as CEO lasted from 2018 to early 2020. In addition, she is amongst one of the the first black women to serve as CEO of a Fortune 500 company with her appointment as the CEO of Xerox in 2009. 


These women are only the tip of the iceberg on the list of women who haven’t received nearly as much media space and recognition as their male counterparts would have. We hope that learning about women being represented at top technology and consumer goods companies inspires you and also allows you to adopt a more critical lens while consuming media, specifically with regards to who gets the most recognition and appreciation.


Meet Natasha!

Introducing Natasha, 


She is the founder of the Mariposa Sisters and Naturopathic Medical Candidate at Bastyr University California. She seeks to highlight women’s stories of strength and perseverance to globally inspire in leading women to happier, healthier, and more successful lives.


Meet Natasha!


Q: When you’re not working on Mariposa Sisters. What do you do? I know you go to school, what are you going to school for?


Natasha: I’m a third-year naturopathic medical candidate. Naturopathic medicine, for those who don’t know, is a holistic medical practice that combines the wisdom of nature with the rigors of modern science. We aim to treat the root cause of all illnesses. We use natural treatments to cure illnesses such as nutrition, herbology, hydrotherapy, physical manipulations, and so much more. So that’s a major part of my life. I am currently in the clinical portion of my education, so I’m personally seeing patients at Bastyr University Clinic in San Diego and along with the other Sisters’(founding members). Outside of school, I love getting recharged in nature and going hiking, hitting the beach, practicing yoga and meditation. And of course, there is nothing better than being around my friends and family. Most of my family is on the east coast and before the pandemic, I would regularly fly out to go see them. Since moving to San Diego 2 years ago, I feel incredibly blessed to have made some life-long friends that continually support and inspire me. 


Q: What do you hope to do with your education? 


Natasha: Once I graduate, which is about in two years, my aim is to open up a private practice where I can collaborate with other practitioners and focus on women’s health issues. In addition,  a portion of my practice will be focused on traveling domestically & internationally to give back to populations who need it. Culture and diversity is something that has always fascinated me. To be exposed to new ideas and perspectives is such a gift and it holds incredible learning. Many of the world’s problems, I believe, can be fixed by traveling and exposing oneself to new cultures. Through listening, compassion and purposeful action, we can begin to fix many of the health care disparities in this world.


Our next project with Mariposa Sisters is going to be focusing on the health care disparities present for colored women. Through this next film, we’ll show perspectives through the eyes of the patient and doctor so that we can bring awareness to this issue and educate future health care professionals, such as myself. 


Q: What inspired you and the founders to create the Mariposa Sisters?


Natasha: We’ll to simply put it, we were craving to make a difference. All of us at the time, had our heads in the books and the thought of being able to help and support someone or a group of people for that matter, brought us so much joy and excitement. 


When we signed up for a Naturopaths Without Borders (NWB)  trip heading down to Sonora, Mexico we had the experience of meeting some remarkable women. For those who don’t know, NWB, is a nonprofit organization that provides free medical care to hundreds of people of need throughout the world. During this medical mission, as first year medical students, we assisted during the visits and listened to stories these women shared about living in Puerto Penasco. These women were incredibly warm and welcoming and it was surprising when learning more about them in the visits, the number of obstacles these women faced daily and yet, were unfazed by these challenges. Inspired by their strength and perseverance, we wanted to learn more about them and use their stories to inspire other women around the world. 


Q: Do you have any advice for young women out there?


Natasha: Oh yes, absolutely. First, I’d say be passionate in what you believe and what you want to achieve. When following your dreams, there will be people who may not understand your idea and who may be fearful and in result, offer criticism. Don’t let this shake you or your confidence. This is part of the process and will make you stronger. Remember to have faith in yourself and trust that you have the ability to succeed.  Second, surround yourself with the best people. Create a support system around you of individuals that actively challenge themselves to grow, who see possibility, and inspire you to be better. 



5 Essential Travel Tips for Women

5 Essential Travel Tips for Women


We’re all excited for travel to start up again. The yearn to embrace new cultures and meet individuals from all over the world is ever growing in this social distancing era. Whether you’re daydreaming of a girls trip or a solo trip, here are 5 essential travel tips for women to save for your next adventure!


  1. Use online resources to connect with other travellers and locals! We love The Travelettes, Go Girl Travel Network, Pink Pangea, Hostelworld, and facebook pages like Women Who Travel and The Solo Female Travel Network. This is a great place to ask for recommendations, get advice, and connect with women around the world!


  • Consider wearing a wedding band. Wearing a wedding band can deter possible advances or harassment that women travellers are often met with. It also insinuates that you may not be alone and you easily can claim that a man is waiting for you.


  • Dress the culture. It’s important to understand the customs of your destination in order to blend in and stay safe. Dressing like a local is not only respectful to the culture, but will avoid any unwanted attention being drawn to the fact that you’re a tourist. 


  • Do extensive research. Being an expert on your destination will allow you to feel ease while travelling. But also understand that you will never know everything. Be sure to ask female workers at your hotel what to do what to avoid!


  • Be Confident. Making eye contact and walking as if you have somewhere to go are proven ways to avoid theft and harassment. If you look at someone directly, you’re more likely to remember their face, thus deterring any advances. 



These tips are only the “tip” of the iceberg, but will prove to be extremely useful. Respond to this post with your essential travel tips!



Menstrual + Period Care Tips and Tricks 

*Check out down below for a deal on a reusable, comfortable alternative to your typical menstruation products!*


Period care has a lot of stigma around it. Sometimes this leads to a very basic knowledge of how to take care of ourselves during our time of the month. Ultimately, this can cause some people to buy the wrong products, not cater to our needs correctly, or to just fall silent. 


Here are a few pieces of information that us at Mariposa Sisters have gathered together over time to help bridge the gap, spark conversation, and help y’all educate each other!


When buying tampons, pads, or liners (any cotton product that goes near or inside you) make sure to read into the ingredients of both the cotton and applicator! Over the past year or so, I’ve seen my drugstore “feminine hygiene” aisle change with more “organic” labels spread across boxes. You can read more about the specifics, but checking the ingredients and processing of the products helps maintain your PH levels as well as make sure your hormones aren’t disrupted. 


Not all who menstruate are female and large steps are being taken to bring inclusive language into Sex Ed but also into the period care world. 


I’m sure some of you have heard of the Pink Tax and maybe even the movement Period Equity but if you haven’t, here is an article by the NYTimes “It’s Not Just the Tampon Tax: Why Periods Are Political” helping break down its importance.


More eco-friendly options exist for period care, other than organic tampons and pads! Menstrual cups, given cleanliness and ability to be sanitized properly, can be an affordable eco-friendly option for those who want other options with less waste. 


Remember: Educating yourself, talking about your body, and being open about what you are going through is never shameful! It is all natural and should be spoken about organically and honestly, not only empower us but also to inform us on the best ways to take care of ourselves. 



We have exciting news! Between the dates of August 31st to September 4th we have a 10% off code for you to use at Luna Cups. Luna Cups makes a reusable menstrual cup worn internally just as you would a tampon, the difference being that it collects menstrual flow instead of absorbing it. 


Barriers to Corporate Leadership Faced by Women

Climbing the Corporate Ladder in Heels: Barriers to Corporate Leadership Faced by Women


According to an intensive annual study in 2018 by McKinsey & Company’s initiative “Women in the Workplace,” in a sample of about 280 companies in the United States, only 34% of senior management roles were found to be occupied by women compared to 66% by men (Krivkovich et al.) In fact, this number and the percentage of women in the workforce, dwindles even further as one moves higher up the ladder.


But why does this gap still exist?


One of the explanations behind the lack of gender based diversity in the C-suite is that women are present in lower proportions from the very outset due to discrepancies in hiring and promoting. This often depends on the nature of industries – typically, many technology companies have lower representation for women. This problem only exacerbates along the management pipeline. 


Often, women are considered to be “inherently unsuitable” for roles because companies prescribe a certain lifestyle to women – one involving the prioritization of home and maternal duties. However, this argument is problematic not only because it stereotypes a certain lifestyle to women, but also because it uses that stereotype as an argument to prevent women from succeeding in the corporate workspace. Although illegal, many managers are implicitly biased by the cost of maternal leave, using that as a reason for hiring women over men. 


Additionally, societal expectations such as these translate in other ways. This double standard culture surrounding women having to choose between a work life and family life, with the choice almost being made for them. In some other ways, it is found that women are inherently anti-risk taking due to the systems they’ve brought up in – a system that reprimands women more strongly for failure when compared to their male counterparts. 


As a result, women often find themselves applying for jobs only when they meet 100% of the requirements, as compared to the average male – who applies even if he only meets 60% of the requirements. When translating this into the workplace, it means women are missing out on opportunities and are unable to climb the leadership ladder because of this strong fear of rejection and failure. The culture that they have been immersed in does not reward women for taking risks, even while they are on the job – it instead requires them to constantly be perfect at every step and can often prevent them from reaching out for opportunities they believe they are unprepared for. 


These are just a few of the barriers that women often face in the workplace – many others include battling discrimination everyday through microaggressions that question female competence, as well as the culture of sexual harassment. Overall, it seems like the culture of society that disadvantages women seems to seep into the workplace. Companies must seek to eradicate this culture. Not only is achieving workplace equity important, it turns out that companies with a greater proportion of women in executive positions have higher returns on their equity and are overall considered to be more innovative and respected. That much more of an incentive to reform the workplace!


Misogyny in the Video Game Industry

The video game industry has seen exponential growth during 2020. In this year alone, the industry has grown by 9.3% compared to 2019 (Tech Crunch). With this growth comes a wider audience of gamers and an increase of women in the industry overall. According to Statista, 41% of gamers are women. Though this is progress with diversifying the type of people who consume games, there is still not much diversity when it comes to the developers who make these popular video games. Only 24% developers are women (Statista) and they only stay in the industry for about 3 years on average.  


The lack of women working in the gaming industry has resulted in endemic sexism in the industry. According to Pew Research, women are often denied promotions at higher rates than their male counterparts. In some companies, women are not even allowed to hire other women into positions of leadership. Not only is it common to deny women the ability to move up professionally, it often happens that female employees are sexually harassed by their co-workers or men in positions of power (Center for American Progress).


In 2014, women in the industry began to speak out on social media and other large platforms to raise awareness. The movement was coined “Gamergate”. Around this time, hundreds of women shared their stories of co-workers propositioning them for sexual acts or spouting unwanted sexual language at them.

It is common to see these men only face minimal consequences for their actions. The COO of Riot Games was only suspended for two months and kept his position in the company after his sexual misconduct allegations came to light. Another issue in the gaming industry is “bro culture,” which can sometimes make work environments uncomfortable and even uninhabitable for women. In addition to men in the industry receiving minimal punishment and accountability, the women who speak out are often fired, face public ridicule such as online hate, or even get doxed. 


Even with women coming out and telling their stories, there is still a tremendous amount of change that needs to be done in order to protect women in the industry. So, what are some things that can be done to end endemic sexism in the gaming industry? 


Effective punishment for offenders 


Men who are accused of sexual misconduct should face a thorough internal investigation, not only from their company but also from law enforcement. If there is a substantial amount of evidence stacked up against a person, they should receive serious consequences such as losing their jobs or even facing charges. 




There is no official union in the gaming industry. Many people have been pushing for unionization for years but to no avail. According to the GDC report, over 50% of people in the industry wanted a union to be established. The benefits of enacting an official union is that workers will be able to fight back against unfair treatment with the support of their fellow game developers. Unionization will allow for real systemic change to occur. 




The biggest thing that companies can do is hire people from diverse backgrounds. A majority of people in positions of power are white men. Having a diverse group of people will help break down the culture of misogyny that is so rampant in the gaming industry. By allowing women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ+ community to take up space in the industry, people will view gaming as a place that is open to everyone no matter who they are.


Systemic changes to the video game industry are long overdue, and it is only after these crucial changes are implemented that we can finally establish a safer, more inclusive environment for working women in this field.


Womxn Owned Company to Watch: glimmer.


Glimmer. Is a company breaking barriers when it comes to mental health, therapy that is inclusive Wait, scratch that. Inclusive? Empowering.” , and also has some pretty awesome branding


Founded by Grace Stephenson, a founder who encourages glimmer. website viewers to reach out to her email to “questions, concerns, advice, or just a fun fact,” she clearly is coming from a place of pureness. 


glimmer. is there to shorten the gap between health resources and wealth making them more obtainable for the womxn, QTBIPOC, and the LGBTQ+ community while also making therapy more empowering. The website personally vets their therapists while also helping individuals find a therapist that is right for all their needs including if they are an extrovert/introvert, health needs, and affordability. 


While also helping partner individuals with therapists, glimmer. Also hosts resources for sexuality, sexual health, and mental health. 


They also host a “Cultural and Creative” resource list filled with movies, print media, and podcasts that are more inclusive. 


Through all the good they do, and glimmer. does a lot, they also make fun mugs, stickers, and more in their Glimmer Shop. Through their marketplace you can also find vetted folk that support the womxn and LGTBQ+ community through their shops + work. 


glimmer. is a safe resource where you can support yourself, find important answers to some of your questions regarding mental health, sexual health, and sexuality,  and also support other womxn and LGTBQ+ businesses. 


How Fast Fashion Disproportionately Affects Women

Learn why we should start shopping ethically and sustainably

Many are familiar with popular companies whose clothing lines are stocked with the latest styles. The clothes sold at many of these stores are known as “fast fashion.” According to Oxford Languages, the definition of fast fashion is “inexpensive clothing produced rapidly by mass market retailers in response to the latest trend.” Fast fashion originated in the 1990s and has been on the rise ever since. What makes fast fashion so appealing to buyers is that the clothing is often cheap and caters to popular fashion trends. Unfortunately, the production of fast fashion is disproportionately harmful to women in developing countries.

Fast fashion brands like H&M, Forever 21, Zara, and Zaful mostly produce their clothing in developing countries such as Bangladesh, Vietnam, and the Philippines. One in six workers around the world are employed in the fashion industry and 80% of these workers are women. Of these women, about 80% are between the ages of 18–35 (Good on You). Many of the young women are forced to work under poor conditions with minimal pay, making it difficult to provide for their families. For example, in Bangladesh the average income is about $97 a month. Reports have shown that less than 1% of workers in Bangladesh and Vietnam earn a living wage.

In addition to earning a low wage, these women also have to work extremely long hours. These conditions trap women in the cycle of poverty because they have to constantly work long hours for minimum pay in order to survive. In addition, it is known that garment warehouses employ underage workers. The girls are forced to work in dangerous working conditions and have to miss out on the opportunity to expand their education. The women and children in these living situations are not given the opportunity to thrive because they have to focus on earning an income. If women were paid fairly for their skills, they would be able to rise out of poverty and provide a better future for themselves and their families.

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In order for change to happen, consumers need to take action with where and how they spend their money. Start off by educating yourself on where and how your clothing is made. Education is a major key to change. Consumers can refuse to purchase from companies that exploit their workers and can also demand better treatment such as higher pay, safer working conditions, and adequate time off for workers.

Here are a few examples of ethically made fashion brands to check out!

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Patagonia has been around since the 1970s and is a pioneer of sustainable clothing. They use recycled materials and organic cotton in all of their products. Today they continue to support various groups and organizations that aid in fighting against environmental destruction.


Reformation is a sustainable women’s clothing brand. They focus on producing clothing using organic cotton and recycled materials. They also take their time during the design stage of their clothing and make sure to release upstanding quality products to its customers.


Pact creates organic and affordable clothing. They only use organic fabrics and focus on treating their workers well. They go out of their way to ensure that the supply chain is extremely clean and responsible.


Book Review: Untamed by Glennon Doyle










Finding your knowing


“We can do hard things”


“Let it Burn!”


In the beginning of her book, Doyle relates being a human/being a womxn with being a cheetah.

If you would like to purchase Untamed or other works of Glennon Doyle’s, you can look online by searching the novel name and your zip code to see if a local bookstore or library has it available!