The Nugs: Breadwinners, Cheesemakers, + Beyoncé
On this day: Marie Harel was born in 1761 in Crouttes, France. Harel is reputedly the originator of Camembert cheese, first made in 1791, and created it by improving on the recipe for brie cheese.
- The TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale dropped on Hulu on Wednesday, and if, like me, you’ve already burned through the first three episodes available, there are a ton of great pieces out to hold you over until the next episode airs. Consequence of Sound examines the role of pop music in the soundtrack; Rolling Stone talks to the showrunner about navigating and avoiding the racism in the original novel; MTV considers how political inclusivity has come to mean excluding women’s rights and how the show’s creatives have strangely shied away from using the word “feminism”; and The Ringer talks with author Margaret Atwood about the parallels many are drawing between our current political reality and the dystopian society she created in her book.
- If it seems like most of the people you know who went back home to live with their parents are dudes, turns out you’re probably right. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, men are “falling to the bottom of the income ladder” and women are leading the young work force. More than two-thirds of women are working full time and steadily moving into higher income brackets.
- Now that women are beginning to lead the work force and become breadwinners, Harvard Business Review has found that this dynamic causes men to become more partisan. When faced with gender role threat, liberal men come to hold more liberal views, while conservative men come to hold more conservative views, respectively, on issues like support for abortion and support for government aid to African-Americans.
- The New York Times profiled Girl Scout Troop 6000 in Queens, NY, which is designated solely for homeless girls and was established in February of this year. The troop is run out of a hotel where the girls and their families have been placed. The Girl Scouts of Greater New York is covering the costs for Troop 6000, and you can donate to support them here.
- We’ve still got an orange, self-proclaimed pussy-grabber in the White House, but at least Fox News is now rid of one its most famous alleged sexual assailants, Bill O’Reilly. And for that, you can thank journalist Emily Steel; she weighs in on her reporting process, being personally (and eerily) threatened by O’Reilly, and the important impact that journalism can have on our everyday lives.
- Beyonce’s ground-breaking album, Lemonade, was released a year ago, and in celebration, Queen Bey herself has announced that she will be funding a group of scholarships called the "Formation Scholars" awards. The scholarships will go toward young women attending the Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Atlanta's Spelman College and pursuing studies in creative arts, music, literature, or African-American studies.