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30-year-old Mareena Robinson Snowden is the first black woman to earn a PhD in nuclear engineering from MIT

When Mareena Robinson Snowden walked across the commencement stage at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) on June 8th, she became the …

Women of Color

Aretha Franklin's Best Quotes on Life, Love, and Music

The Queen of Soul has never held back.<p>Born in 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, Aretha Franklin found success with the 1961 hit "Won't Be Long," which was …

Music

Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76

Aretha Franklin, universally acclaimed as the “Queen of Soul” and one of America’s greatest singers in any style, died on Thursday at her home in Detroit. She was 76.<p>The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer, her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said.<p>In her indelible late-1960s hits, Ms. Franklin brought …

Soul Music

This angel network wants to mobilize 100,000 women investors

If Portfolia succeeds, it will funnel over $1 billion into startups that women care about by 2022.<p>Trish Costello, founder and CEO of investing platform Portfolia, holds the giveaway up high, offering the 60-plus conference attendees gathered in this Boston ballroom a chance to take a look. Dubbed …

Venture Capital

2018 officially has record number of women nominees

Here's your proof that 2018 is the year of the woman: there are now at least 183 women nominees for U.S. House and 11 women nominees for governor — …

Elections

Michael Brown's mother, Lezley McSpadden, announces run for Ferguson City Council

The mother of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, four years ago, said Friday that she is running for city council in the St. Louis suburb.<p>Lezley McSpadden announced her candidacy along Canfield Drive, near the exact spot where her …

Justice

Meet The Woman Who Led Denmark to Cut Food Waste By 25% in 5 Years

In the last five years, Denmark has cut its food waste by 25%.<p>It's no accident. Denmark has more food waste initiatives than anybody else in Europe. …

Juul

Google Doodle Celebrates Mary G. Ross. Here's What to Know About the First Native American Woman Engineer

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 110th birthday of Mary G. Ross, the first Native American woman engineer. Over the course of her five-decade …

Native Americans

Age Is Just a Number and My Number is Who Cares

Recently a friend and I were talking about all of the activity deals we’ve seen on Groupon. Escape rooms, belly dancing, milking a goat, there’s no …

George Clooney

Beyoncé in Her Own Words: Her Life, Her Body, Her Heritage

Pregnancy & Body Acceptance<p>After the birth of my first child, I believed in the things society said about how my body should look. I put pressure on myself to lose all the baby weight in three months, and scheduled a small tour to assure I would do it. Looking back, that was crazy. I was still …

Earrings

Breastfeeding mothers from South Africa to Sri Lanka are captured in powerful photo series

A breastfeeding brand has commissioned a photo series documenting real mothers feeding their babies in an array of countries, cultures and …

South Africa

Female founders are having a very good week

The RealReal and ClassPass, two prominent female-founded companies, announced major rounds on Wednesday. We took a look at the percentage of VC in …

Capital Markets

This app works like Tinder -- for female friendships

One Friday night, Elva Carri wanted to go out dancing, but her friends were all too busy.<p>So the Dublin resident changed her gender on dating app Tinder to male and explained in her profile that she was looking for platonic female friends to hang out with.<p>"That evening I just chatted to a bunch of …

Digital Marketing

A Chennai girl’s rise from Madras University to General Motors’s first female CFO

In an industry not exactly known for its diversity, an iconic American carmaker has appointed its first female chief financial officer (CFO). And she’s from Chennai, India.<p>On June 13, General Motors (GM), the maker of Buick, Cadillac, and Chevrolet cars, said that 39-year-old Dhivya Suryadevara …

The 200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+

<i>This list is part of Turning the Tables, an ongoing project from NPR Music dedicated to recasting the popular music canon in more inclusive – and accurate – ways. This year, our list, selected by a panel of more than 70 women and non-binary writers, tackles history in the making, celebrating</i> …

Music

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: I have 'at least five more years' on the bench

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Sunday that she intends to serve “at least five more years,” a stretch that would extend her career beyond her 90th birthday.<p>"I'm now 85," Ginsburg said, according to CNN. "My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Lucy McBath: Moved to run for Congress by son’s fatal shooting, she just won her primary

It was the day after Thanksgiving six years ago, and Lucia “Lucy” McBath knew her 17-year-old son, Jordan Davis, had plans to go shopping with his friends.<p>Then, her phone started ringing. It was Jordan’s father.<p>“Jordan’s been shot,” he said, McBath recounted tearfully in a 2015 Everytown for Gun …

U.S. Congress

100 Women Founders In Europe To Follow On Twitter And LinkedIn

Three years ago I set out to help fund women-led startups in the US. Despite the data showing that teams founded or cofounded by women perform significantly better and generate more ROI than companies run exclusively by men, I learned that most investors were not investing in women or people of …

Startups

The Next Billion Dollar Startups Will Be Led By Women

Kylie Jenner is set to become the world’s youngest billionaire. At 21, Forbes estimates that her cosmetics line is valued at $800 million.<p>Jenner launched her company with $250,000 that she made from modeling gigs. Some critics argue that her successful company, which has sold more than $630 million …

Startups

Women at the top are driving crypto evolution

The tectonic plates of the cryptocurrency landscape are shifting. In the first ten months of 2017, four out of the 30 largest initial coin offerings …

A Georgia Waitress Tackled A Guy Who Groped Her And It Was All Caught On Video

A Florida man was arrested at a Savannah, Georgia, restaurant after he groped the buttocks of a waitress, who then immediately tackled him.<p>Officers …

Georgia (U.S. State)

This Indigenous tribe in Colombia is run solely by women

For years, the Wayuu tribe in La Guajira, a remote area in northernmost Colombia, was run by a male chieftain. But 13 years ago, male elders decided to appoint a woman as its leader. After the success of being led by a female head, the community changed its governance traditions and now exclusively …

Water

Koviem Is the New Bespoke Suiting Brand Making Power Suits for Women

Kevwe Mowarin has always loved fashion — she just never expected to pursue a career in it. After studying finance in college, she accepted a job as an investment banking analyst at Credit Suisse in Manhattan upon graduation in the summer of 2016. Ironically, it was there, during her 80 to 100-hour …

Credit Suisse

Stacy Brown-Philpot of TaskRabbit on Being a Black Woman in Silicon Valley

Stacy Brown-Philpot didn’t grow up aspiring to be the chief executive of a technology company. Instead, she wanted to be an accountant.<p>While interning at an accounting firm in the 1990s, Ms. Brown-Philpot — who was raised by her mother in Detroit — worked for a partner who happened to be …

Silicon Valley

Women Rewrite the Political Playbook and Run as … Themselves

The guys at the union hall have just swapped out the first keg when Abby Finkenauer, Democratic candidate for Congress, arrives and immediately reveals the kind of vulnerability that campaign consultants have long told women to avoid.<p>She starts by discussing her $20,000 in student loan debt, then …

Voting

London Breed to be sworn in as first black woman to serve as San Francisco mayor

SAN FRANCISCO — London Breed will make history Wednesday as the first black female mayor of San Francisco when she is sworn into office in the city …

Melinda Gates sings Jacinda Ardern's praises over paid parental leave package

Philanthropist Melinda Gates has praised Jacinda Ardern for increasing paid parental leave while on maternity leave herself.<p>On Sunday (local time) …

Black Woman Named President of American Medical Association, Makes History

Dr. Patrice Harris has made history by becoming the first African-American woman elected to be president of the American Medical Association (AMA). …

The Venture Capitalist Funding Female-Led Companies

<i>In Her Shoes</i> <i>is a column about what real women wear when they need to get things done.</i><p>In the last few years, the popularity of brands like Everlane, …

Clothing