The Week in Girlboss News: Protecting Trans Kids + Getting Witchy
On this day: In 1999, 23-year-old Lauryn Hill set a record by taking home five Grammys for her iconic solo debut album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. In addition to being the first woman to win that many awards, it was also the first time a hip-hop artist won album of the year.
- You know how society has this long-held belief that women are less competitive than men? Well, hang onto your hats, patriarchists: Two researchers have conducted a study that challenges that notion and explore what this might mean for equality in the workplace, the gender pay gap, etc.
- In the wake of the Trump administration rolling back protections for transgender students that the Obama administration put in place, author and activist Janet Mock writes a moving essay about her own experience as a young trans girl in school and why lawmakers need to be listening to young people.
- In the wake of allegations of sexual harassment at Uber, more than 100 female engineers met with CEO Travis Kalanick to discuss what they’re calling a systemic problem within the company.
- After watching Hidden Figures, the film about three African American women who worked for NASA as mathematicians and engineers in in 1960s, 13-year-old aspiring astronaut Taylor Richardson started a GoFundMe campaign that raised enough money to send 1,000 girls to see the movie and buy them a copy of the book on which it was based. She raised $18,000 and held three screenings in her hometown of Jacksonville, FL.
- Tonight at the stroke of midnight, a bunch of witches are casting a binding spell on President Trump to protect against harm he might inflict. Lana Del Rey has tweeted her support.