The Importance of Hype Women

Hello from Remember The Ladies!

A few things worth remembering this week:

  • Women succeed when they lift one another up. Perfect example? The freshman Congresswomen. In a recent Notre Dame study, “women who communicate regularly with a female-dominated inner circle are more likely to attain high-ranking leadership positions”. Because, haters gonna hate. You just gotta shake. Forward this e-mail to someone in your inner-circle and show them some love today.

    [Side note: Did you know Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald were dear friends? Before Fitzgerald hit it big, she was turned away by the owner of Hollywood’s Mocambo because of the color of her skin—assuming she wouldn’t draw big enough crowds. That’s when Monroe stepped in. She vowed to be front row for every.single.performance—which promised to draw large crowds. Basically, Marilyn was Ella’s hype woman. “After that, I never had to play at a small jazz club again,” Fitzgerald recalled.]

    Need more? A few more historical besties: Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony; Gloria Steinem & Marlo Thomas; Lucille Ball & Carol Burnett; Mercy Otis Warren & Abigail Adams; Virginia Woolf & Katherine Mansfield.

  • History happened. The 2020 presidential election already has more women in the Democratic primary than ever before: Senators Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Elizabeth Warren. There is also talk about Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar.

    [Side note: There are many reasons for the emergence of female candidates. The increased political participation and organization of women since President Trump’s victory—from the Women’s March to organizations like She Should Run—and 2018’s historic midterm elections. But also, let us remember the late, great Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm. The first African-American woman in Congress and the first woman to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties in 1972. Her motto? “Unbossed and unbought.” AND—2020 is 100 years since women’s received the right to vote. If you’re getting chills, totally normal.]

    Need more? If you want to represent Shirley and all of her historic trailblazing goodness, you can purchase merch.

Other good things:

A quarterly publication highlighting strong female role models for children ages 4-9. [The latest issue highlights Amelia Earhart & Bessie Coleman]. Pictures of the 116th Congress-it looks a lil bit different than others. Octavia Spencer and LeBron James team up to produce a new series on Netflix, highlighting equal pay and the first black, self-made female millionaire. This Audi commercial.

Have questions? Need resources? A quick history lesson? Let me know.

Thanks for remembering.