The Week in Girlboss News
On this day: In 1775, Jane Austen, one of the most widely-read writers of all time and author of classics Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, was born.
- Did you catch Solange’s stunner on the Tonight Show?! She sang a medley of “Rise” and “Weary,” off her album A Seat at the Table. Lady’s a badass (and this is some serious outfit goals).
- After initial concerns that a permit could not be secured through the National Park Service to rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial, the Women’s March on Washington, set for the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, officially has a permit, y’all. Still TBD on what route, exactly, the march will follow. Stay tuned.
- You hear about people leaving jobs to pursue creative endeavors all the time, but these three women pivoted mid-career out of creative professions to pursue data sciences. Check out how and why they did it.
- Easyjet has doubled their number of women pilots one year after launching a recruitment drive, and they now boast the youngest female captain of a major commercial airline with Kate McWilliams, who is 26. The initiative was named after Amy Johnson, the first female pilot to fly solo from the UK to Australia.
- Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister of the UK, was named the most influential woman of the last 70 years by Women’s Hour. Thatcher was a controversial conservative politician, but even her critics agree that her glass-ceiling-shattering was a monumental achievement.
- Hidden Figures, the film about the African-American women living in the segregated South who played an integral part in the space program in the 1950s, starring Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monáe, will officially come out on Christmas day. The movie is based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, which came out earlier this year.