The Week in Girlboss News
On this day: Donna Tartt, the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, literary style icon and one of TIME's Most Influential People of 2014, was born in 1963.
- A little silver (uterine) lining for 2016: Forbes is declaring it the "year of women-led period startup." A bunch of female founders—including THINX founder and Girlboss Radio guest Miki Agrawal, plus Sustain co-founder Meika Hollender, who we profiled a few months back—are leading the way in advocating for women's sexual health and giving societal taboos a giant middle finger. Get it, ladies.
- And OK, one more bright spot for 2016: Rolling Stone breaks down how Beyoncé, Rihanna and Solang hit hard with personal, potent, honest and powerful albums this year and radicalized pop music.
- Results of a recent study suggest that you're slightly less liable to die under the care of a female doctor than under a male doctor (and yet a different study's findings that women make $20,000 less than their male counterparts. Go figure). Also: If you broadcast these findings to a room full of dude doctors, they tend not to like it.
- The New York Times gives some much-deserved love to Teen Vogue editor (and Girlboss Rally speaker!) Elaine Welteroth and her team, who have taken a strong stance in covering politics and progressive culture for their young female audience. And they've got plans to keep a close eye on the president elect for the next four years, so watch your toupé, Donald.
- Here's a roundup of 29 powerful pieces written by women this year, including a piece on Black Lives Matter by Roxane Gay; thank-you letters to Michelle Obama; the letter "Emily Doe" wrote to her sexual assailant, Brock Turner; and Masha Gessen's rules for surviving an autocracy.