The Nugs: Google's Wage Gap + the End of Girls


On this day: America’s favorite vampire slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar, was born in 1977 in New York City.

  • This week in 2014, 276 teenage girls were kidnapped from a boarding school in Nigeria by the extremist group Boko Haram. The kidnappings resulted in the #BringBackOurGirls social media campaign, but as of today, 195 of the girls still remain missing. Alexis Okeowo of the New Yorker reflects on the political events that have helped return some of the girls to their homes, and what can still be done to rescue the majority that are still captured.

  • Our buds at Glossier announced today that they are undergoing a massive expansion and creating 282 new jobs. The company will also be moving to a new headquarters, opening retail stores, offering international shipping, and—best of all—creating new products! The State of New York's economic development agency, Excelsior Jobs Program will fund the company’s expansion with $3 million in performance-based tax credits.

  • With the series finale of Girls on the horizon, Erica Jong examines why female characters have to be “likable,” and the double standard of harsh judgment that faces female characters in media.

  • A wide range of musicians, visual artists, comedians, and authors are coming together to release a set of 7” singles in support of Planned Parenthood. Björk, Mary J. Blige, Sleater-Kinney, John Legend, St. Vincent, and Bon Iver are among those involved in the campaign. The singles will be released digitally “in batches” in the near future, and a vinyl box set is also in the pipeline.

  • The booking team for Coachella reportedly turned down the idea of booking Kate Bush at this year’s festival because “no one is going to understand it.” Bush’s team has clarified that she has no intention of playing at Coachella, but still—an interesting sentiment on an artist who sold out 22 shows in London in 2014 and over the span of her career has released twenty-five UK Top 40 Hits. Clearly some people understand it!

  • In January, the US Department of Labor sued Google, claiming that the company was withholding information relevant to an ongoing compliance audit. Now, the agency claims that Google systematically underpays its female employees across its entire workforce.

  • Veep is back this weekend for its sixth season, and with it a glorious new slew of clever insults. Here’s a refresher if you need some good ideas to sling at the next person who cuts you off in traffic.

  • This three-year-old had only one theme in mind for her birthday party this year—poop. Her parents decided to “embrace the weird” and hooked it up with poop-themed cake, balloons, and even a poop piñata.

-Tori Borengasser

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