Talia Chetrit, a notable artist in the Armory Show 2018

Talia Chetrit is an inspirational contemporary art photographer from the United States. She was born in Washington D.C. in the year of 1982. She pursued her tertiary education in Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was given the Fred J. Foster Fellowship Award. Following that, she received a Graduate Fellowship from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she completed the graduate program and attained her Master’s in Fine Arts. Since then, Chetrit has shifted location and is now working and living in New York.

Her first exhibition in New York was under the gallery, Plane Space for her piece entitled Items May Have Shifted in 2005. In 2008, her work was featured in “31 Under 31: Young Women in Art Photography”, curated by Lumi Tan and Jon Feinstein in 3rd Ward Brooklyn. Internationally, she has also been featured in many countries, as a group show as well as solo shows. In 2004, she was part of the 4th annual International Photography Exhibition curated by Barbara Degenevieve in the town of Pingyao in China. In addition, she presented solo at the Kaufmann Repetto gallery in Milan, Italy in 2011. A year later, one of her piece called Bodies in Trouble was featured in the Sies + Höke gallery in Düsseldorf, Germany.    

Overall, it is apparent that Chetrit has had more solo shows than collaborations, perhaps due to her unconventional approaches in the construction of her pieces.

A number of Chetrit’s works were exhibited at the Armory Show of 2018 under the Sies + Höke, a Germany-based contemporary art gallery. Two of the most remarkable pieces were both inkjet prints entitled Self-portrait (all fours), 2017 and Red Eyes, 1994/2017. The original photos that these prints were developed from are photographs that were captured by Chetrit herself, along with several of her friends back in the 1990s when she was still a mere teenage girl. These photos mark the commencement of her feminist exploration into image-making, self-representation and so forth. More often than not, there exists a personal narrative with regards to mental and emotional causes that lies beneath the surface of her projects. In another collection, Chetrit once again salvaged her old photos. This time, she uses the very first rolls of film that she had used to capture photos of her own family in the 1990s. Nonetheless, most of her pieces make passing references on the subject of sexuality and the human body.

Talia Chetrit focuses her projects on the search for deeply-veiled elements behind the structure and utilization of a photography. As a rule, she exploits the matter of obscuration, separation and distortion in a way that the person in the print is no longer identifiable. In this way, her work is conceptualized and abstracted. Aside from that, Chetrit often utilizes a monochromatic color scheme, in addition to the reversal of orientations in terms of horizontal and vertical. On top of that, she also transposes the negative and positive space in order to form more unorthodox pieces. With her nonconformist feminist mentality and methods, she has been praised by many and time and time again juxtaposed with prominent contemporary artists like Francesca Woodman and Cindy Sherman.

Talia Chetrit has had solo art exhibitions as well as collaborations with other artists under different galleries all across the world. Several more of her exhibition highlights include the Art Basel in Miami Beach last year, under Sies + Höke, the same gallery as in the Armory Show as well as the Art Düsseldorf 2017. Her pieces have been part of the Armory Show since 2014. An ongoing show that began on 16th February and will end on 25th March is located at the Kölnischer Kunstverein, an art museum in Cologne, Germany. Chetrit’s upcoming solo shows will be taking place in MAXXI, Museo delle Arti del XXI secolo, Rome. It is a national museum that consists of contemporary art and architecture.

Featured Image via flickr/ Todd Carpenter

International Women’s Day as well as Women’s History Month

International Women’s Day, as defined on their website, “is a global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.”

A number of multinational corporations have made an effort to acknowledge the significance of March 8th, otherwise known as the International Women’s Day. For instance, the KFC divisions in Malaysia have replaced Colonel Sanders with his wife, Claudia as the face of the company for the day. This is an illustration of the appreciation towards hardworking women as Claudia played an integral role in the success of the fast food chain. In addition, the company behind Brawny paper towels have been leading a #StrengthHasNoGender campaign. They have recently announced their decision to switch their famous red flannel-wearing male representative for a female figure in celebration of Women’s History month.

Mentioned in this month’s issue of the New Yorker magazine, Johnnie Walker Black Label, the well-known whisky brand has introduced a new and limited (only available during Women’s History month) edition. Johnnie Walker Black Label the Jane Walker Edition has a unique selling point. Their marketing strategy involves the donation of $1 to a non-profit organization that supports women’s progress initiatives, such as Monumental Women, for every bottle of the Jane Walker Edition sold. The donation could reach a sum of $250,000, depending on the sales.

“Important conversations about gender continue to be at the forefront of culture, and we strongly believe there is no better time than now to introduce our Jane Walker icon and contribute to pioneering organizations that share our mission. We are proud to toast the many achievements of women and everyone on the journey towards progress in gender equality.” – Stephanie Jacoby, the Vice President of Johnnie Walker.

These companies are not the only ones who have made some changes to their iconic elements for the course of Women’s History month to advocate for feminism.

It seems that McDonald’s has just joined the party following recent events. A source from Business Insider reveals the approach taken by the international fast food chain.

“The golden “M” will be flipped into a golden “W” in celebration of women everywhere… We have a long history of supporting women in the workplace, giving them the opportunity to grow and succeed. In the U.S. we take pride in our diversity and we are proud to share that today; six out of ten restaurant managers are women,” communicated by Lauren Altmin, a McDonald’s representative in an exchange with CNBC Make It media outlet.

When the change was first implemented in the Lynwood, California branch, many have assumed that it was an unintentional shift; Some thought it was a prank. However, Patricia Williams, the owner of that particular branch, along with other representatives have stood out to clarify the movement.

“For the first time in our brand history, we flipped our iconic arches for International Women’s Day in honor of the extraordinary accomplishments of women everywhere and especially in our restaurants. From restaurant crew and management to our C-suite of senior leadership, women play invaluable roles at all levels and together with our independent franchise owners we’re committed to their success,” quote Wendy Lewis, McDonald’s Chief Diversity Officer.

McDonald’s is extending their effort by producing the new golden “W” on “packaging, crew shirts, hats and bag stuffers” in addition to the replacement of the former logo on their social media pages. The special edition packaging and products will only be present at exactly one hundred McDonald’s branches.

It is always heart-warming to see our favorite brands advocate for gender equality as well as women’s rights. While many corporations are making a change, it is obvious that some are extending more efforts than others.

Let us come together and celebrate the month of March, Women’s History month in honor of all the women out there.

Featured Image via Flickr/Mike Mozart

KFC Malaysia shows support for International Women’s Day

It is always nice to receive news regarding events that celebrate and demonstrates appreciation towards women. In celebration of International Women’s Day, the KFC divisions in Malaysia have appointed a female figure as the new face of the company. The guest of honor in the discussion is Claudia, Colonel Sanders’ second wife whom he met through their former employment relationship. She was employed as a server at Sanders Café, Colonel Sanders’ first dining establishment – as revealed by Business Insider. Subsequently, Claudia became a prominent figure due to her contribution and role in the success of the fast food franchise that is now available across the world.

 “Mrs. Sanders played a very important role in the success of KFC. While the Colonel was busy promoting his chicken and running the company, she took orders in the restaurant, mixed the secret blend of herbs and spices, and as you know, in those days there were no courier services, so she had to take the orders to the train station for shipping,” Merrill Pereyra, the CEO of QSR Brands, the corporation that KFC establishments in Malaysia ultimately belongs to, conveys to audience in a video posted on Youtube.

This video, aside from justifying the move, serves as an introduction to Claudia.

Claudia played an integral part in the business and is no stranger to the general public. As a matter of fact, she has had previous encounters with the media.

In an early interview with Claudia, the Associated Press quoted, “While he was out selling, I was home doing the work.”

Claudia’s significant contribution is clearly acknowledged and illustrated in her obituary produced by the Associated Press back in 1997.

”We could not have been the company we are now without Claudia’s contributions,” David Novak, KFC’s president and chief executive expresses with gratitude.

No matter how far women have come in terms of achieving equal rights in legal proceedings, the progress in society and political aspects remain ostensible. We have arrived at an era in which women are contending for equal treatments in our daily lives. This is an aspect that does not have an exact standard of measurement, which is why an event like this is significant.

“To all women of KFC and the world out there, we would like to say that your future is always bright, equal, safe and rewarding. Keep inspiring us and impacting lives and thank you for all your hard work and contribution to our community, family and this organization,” Pereyra coherently articulated the firm’s attempt to show appreciation and gratitude towards women’s effort in the workplace and domestically in an interview with Marketing magazine.

This, nonetheless, is not the first demonstration of female appreciation by the KFC branches. Prior to the appointment of Claudia as the face of the company, the role of a female Sanders had belonged to another. Reba McEntire the mascot was the first appointed female counterpart of Colonel Sanders. This evidently shows KFC’s effort in advocating for gender equality. Following closely behind is another fast food chain, Mcdonalds. In honor to the International Women’s Day, McDonalds have decided to rotate the prominent ‘M’ in its logo into a ‘W’. This advertising strategy centers on the idea of ‘W’ for women.

Amidst of these strategic marketing move (and as a tribute to Claudia), many have criticized the inadequacy of their efforts. They feel that the one-day occurrence is not sufficient for the advocacy of women’s rights. Be that as it may, we should all appreciate the effort involved. Much like the fight for every other cause, we need to take it one step at a time. Regardless of the extent of a move, some is always better than none.

Let us continue to advocate and contend for gender equality and look forward to making more progress.

Featured Image via Flickr/whologwhy

Right-wing protestors postpone anti-Google demonstration

Right wing protesters have a march on Google due to what the group’s website calls “credible Alt Left terrorist threats,” CNET reports.

The demonstration, which conservative activist Jack Posobiec organized to protest the firing of engineer James Damore, who distributed this in-house memo about gender and business, was set for Saturday, August 19. The group, known by the monicker March on Google, planned to organize at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA, as well as at Google facilities in eight other cities around the country.

“We hope to hold our peaceful march in a few weeks’ time,” the group said.

The postponement comes in the wake of violence at an alt-right protest in Charlottesville, VA this past Saturday. During the march, a number of skirmishes allegedly broke out. After the rally had dissipated, an alleged neo-Nazi drove his car into a crowd of counter-demonstrators, injuring several and killing one.

One prospective “terrorist” allegedly threatened “to use an automobile to drive into the March on Google protest,” according to the group’s site, which also says “relevant authorities have been notified.”

The Mountain View police department told CNET that despite the postponement, law enforcement plan to “maintain a heightened presence” in the area “in an abundance of caution.”

Following the Charlottesville incident, March on Google posted a message condemning the events and asserting that March on Google was “in no way associated with any group who organized [in Charlottesville].”

“The March on Google condemns and disavows violence, hatred, and bigotry and all groups that espouse it such as White Nationalists, KKK, Antifa, and NeoNazis,” the group wrote in another post, which goes on to say that the protest event is “open to [those] from all backgrounds, ethnicity, and walks of life.”

The group claims its tenants were misrepresented by the media. “CNN and other mainstream media made malicious and false statements that our peaceful march was being organized by Nazi sympathizers,” the group’s website says.

Damore, whose memo, according to CNET, attributed the gender gap at Google to “biological differences between men and women” (CNET’s words) rather than institutional sexism, gave an interview to Stefan Molyneux, whom The Washington Post has described as “one of the alt-right’s biggest Youtube stars.”

fundraiser for Damore has raised almost $50,000. The text describing the fundraiser indicates that it is sponsored by a far-right group. The fundraiser’s description says Damore was attacked by “the radical Left,” which “has been whipping up hate mobs to get independents, libertarians, conservatives, and simple contrarians publicly shamed, bullied, and fired from their jobs for years.”

However, CNET points out that Damore described himself as a centrist in a Reddit AMAand told CNN after Charlottesville that he “does not support the far right,”

Google, meanwhile, is taking flak from both sides of the political aisle. While groups on the right say the company’s termination of Damore violated his freedom of speech, others on the left blame Google for firing the engineer only after the issue went public.

Last Thursday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai canceled an “all-hands” meeting meant to address the memo controversy, after numerous employees reportedly voiced concerns about their privacy and personal safety. Several members of Google’s staff have been subject to online harassment of late, according to Wired.

“In recognition of Googlers’ [i.e. Google employees’] concerns, we need to step back and create a better set of conditions for us to have the discussion,” Pichai wrote to employees, per Recode, adding that “in the coming days” the company would “find several forums to gather and engage with Googlers, where people can feel comfortable to speak freely.”

Pichai has said the memo violated his company’s Code of Conduct and crossed “the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.”

Recode further quotes the CEO as saying: “To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK.”

 Featured image via Wikimedia Commons

Google to face lawsuit over gender pay gap

Google is once again making headlines this week due to a familiar issue in Silicon Valley—the gender pay gap. At least 70 current and former female employees are expected to file a class-action lawsuit against the tech giant with the help of a San Francisco employment law firm, Altshuler Berzon LLP.

James Finberg, the civil rights lawyer and Altshuler Berzon LLP partner spearheading the class action suit, told Forbes that several dozen women came forward in just “a matter of weeks” after the firm posted both Facebook and LinkedIn notices “seeking women currently or formerly employed at Google for possible inclusion in a planned class-action lawsuit alleging gender pay discrimination.”

Since this week’s firing of Google employee James Damore, the suit has gained more fire and Finberg expects to go public “a lot earlier than [they’d] hoped or expected.”

This class-action lawsuit follows closely on the heels of a similar suit filed against Google earlier this year by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) citing evidence of an “extreme” gender pay gap within the tech company. Finberg told Forbes the current suit will draw evidence from the DOL analysis, whose evidence was taken from a collection of 21,000 employee salaries at Google’s headquarters.

Some of the concerns women are sharing, according to Finberg, are that women are being channeled into ‘softer’ jobs that are compensated less than, say, coding is and that women’s prior wages were used to create their Google salary.

If the latter were to be true, Finberg comments, “That’s institutionalizing gender discrimination, and it’s against California law.”

Although the year may be 2017, and you can’t seem to walk down a street without bumping into a feminist, women continue to earn less than their male counterparts in the workplace. Despite a certain Google employee’s claim that the gender pay gap is a myth, the data proves otherwise.

According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2015, women earn an average of $0.80 for every $1 men do. The report broke this down by age as well, indicating that younger women have a narrower pay gap than older women do. This gap tends to be wider for older women, as they faced bigger gaps when starting their careers than younger women do, hurting their long-term earnings.

That $0.20 wage gap adds up at the end of the day, costing women a loss of around $10,470 each year, according to a report published by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) in March this year. For a white, 20 year-old-woman just starting her career today, that loss over a 40-year period adds up to a grand total of $418,800. If that same woman’s male counterpart were to retire at age 60, it would take her another 10 years (retiring at 70), to close that gap. The same NWLC report notes that this situation is compounded even more for women of color. Depending on the state she lives in, a woman of color might have to work past the age of 100 in order to bridge the gap to her white male counterpart.

Finberg and Altshuler Berzon LLP intend to move forward with the class-action suit “within the next few weeks.” It looks like stories about Google and the gender pay gap will be gracing headlines throughout all of 2017.

A Google employee’s manifesto calls for ideological diversity instead of gender parity

A manifesto titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” written by a software engineer at Google has garnered attention not only within the company but also throughout the broader media. The attention has been largely negative, as many commentators have found the manifesto to advance sexist arguments.

The manifesto was originally disseminated via the company’s internal email, but it has now been leaked. You can read the entire thing over at Gizmodo.

So, what does the manifesto say?

The author of the manifesto claims there is widespread discrimination against ideologically conservative employees at Google. It bewails the existence of mentoring and hiring programs at Google which target specific groups of people based on gender, race, or other factors.

The manifesto also claims that gender gaps in tech are the naturally-arising result of differing biological tendencies and capabilities among men and women, not the result of widespread discrimination against women.

The manifesto’s author writes: “I’m simply stating that the distribution of preferences and abilities of men and women differ in part due to biological causes and that these differences may explain why we don’t see equal representation of women in tech and leadership.”

According to the manifesto, “Women on average show a higher interest in people and men in things.” It goes on to suggest “there may be a limit to how people-oriented certain roles at Google can be and we shouldn’t deceive ourselves or students into thinking otherwise (some of our programs to get female students into coding might be doing this).”

The author of the manifesto speculates: “Allowing and truly endorsing (as part of our culture) part time work though can keep more women in tech.”

Additionally, the manifesto bemoaned the inflexibility of male gender roles as compared to the flexibility of female gender roles.

Internal reactions

Within Google, employees have tended to respond negatively to the manifesto, and many have taken to social media to express such views. However, at least one article suggests there may be some internal support for certain points raised by the manifesto.

Google’s VP of diversity, Danielle Brown, who was hired mere weeks before this incident, spoke out against the manifesto, saying:

“Part of building an open, inclusive environment means fostering a culture in which those with alternative views, including different political views, feel safe sharing their opinions. But that discourse needs to work alongside the principles of equal employment found in our Code of Conduct, policies, and anti-discrimination laws.”

In response to the outcry against the manifesto, its author affixed the following statement to the manifesto: “I value diversity and inclusion, am not denying that sexism exists, and don’t endorse using stereotypes.”

Previous problems with diversity at Google

In January of this year, the U.S. Department of Labor sued Google for withholding records related to compliance with labor regulations. An investigation ensued, and by April the DOL came back and accused Google of “systemic compensation disparities against women.”

Ivanka Trump’s Clothing Brand Suffers Due to Boycott

After many consumers decided to boycott over thirty retailers that carry Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, Ivanka’s line suffered a bit during the week. In fact, Nordstrom said on the 2nd that it wouldn’t be carrying the line anymore. That’s not the only major retailer to ditch the Ivanka’s clothing line. Nieman Marcus announced just a day later that it too would be dropping the line.

The list of companies that have been targeted by consumers who are boycotting nearly all products that have anything to do with the U.S. president’s family include Amazon, Bloomingdales, and even Dillards. Those are just three of the retailers out of the thirty that made the list of retailers carrying Trump merchandise.

Shannon Coulter recently started a spreadsheet she titled #GrabYouWallet no too long after the tape of the president lewdly speaking about woman was leaked to the public. The hashtag spreadsheet was used to fuel the fire of those who clearly dislike Trump and his offensive language. It helped aid in the boycott of retailer who carry or do business with the Trump family.

However, retailers weren’t the only ones that made Coulter’s list. Many of Trump’s hotels and organizations made the part of the list that was titled “consider boycotting”.

Aside from stores refusing to sell her products, Ivanka Trump suffers from another problem. All of the products that are associated with her line, like shoes, bags, and clothes, are shipped from Hong Kong and China. This definitely goes against what her father has been continuously demanding of automakers and other companies; buy American.

When it comes to importing clothing from Asia and overseas, it’s common practice. In fact, back in 2015 around 97 percent of clothes and shoes that were sold to consumers in the United States had been imported from overseas.

Yet as of late, Trump has expressed that importing goods from overseas isn’t a practice he will support. In fact, he’s gone as far as to threaten a few companies with 45 percent taxes on Chinese exports to the United States. Trump even said that if companies didn’t move their businesses back to the U.S. he would impose a border tax on all the good that would be shipped here to the U.S. These threats seek to force not only other clothing brands but Ivanka’s to switch up their practices.

According to sources, Ivanka Trump’s company brought in an estimated 193 shipments in 2016, 202 the year before, and 233 the year before that. Almost all of those shipments were sent over from China and Hong Kong. There was no supporting evidence to show that any of the shipments were made in the USA or that any of the shipments arrived by truck or plane.

If president Trump goes with his initial idea to heavily tax companies for doing business in other countries, the fate of Ivanka’s company will rely on whether or not it can move its production to the United States.

Ivanka Trump’s marketing directory Rosemary Young commented on the situation saying, “We believe that the strength of a brand is measured not only by the profits it generates, but the integrity it maintains.”

“The Hang New York”: What’s Happening in the City

Even though the supply of information is never ending, there are still not too many platforms informing the younger, educating crowd based in New York of what’s going on in their areas and most importantly within their own and other faculties. This is where The Hang New York comes in.

Living in the city that never sleeps can be overwhelming when it comes to coping with everything happening in New York City.

There are many apps, websites and other variations of information channels on events in the city such as what to do that’s cheap, shows, concerts, festivals and the list goes on.

“The Hang NY is a media platform where millennials are able to find out about the latest, most exclusive and exciting events in the city that never sleeps, New York City,” the website states, “Parties, festivals, conferences, workshops, we have got you covered!”

The company is founded by Ericka Sanchez, who graduated from New York Institute of Technology in Advertising in 2014. The 22-year-old entrepreneur started the website as a blog and with time it developed into a successful business.

The Hang New York allows college and university students to be aware of what’s happening within the city. It’s a main goal for the project to implement the different institutions attended by the younger crowd of New Yorkers which is right now being established.

On www.thehangny.com you are able to click through all sorts of event happening in the city allowing you to be up to date with what’s going on in the big apple.

Serena Williams Slams in Every Way

Sports Illustrated states that Serena Williams has one of the most sustained careers in the history of athletics. Williams who is not shy in the athletic world she is just as equal to the fashion world.  Not only is she not afraid to get her hands on new projects,  she has proven her abilities in many other ways. Serena can do no wrong in any way as a woman of today’s times.

Williams hit the stands August 10th on the cover of The New York wearing an Elizabeth and James dress. Showing that Serena is no stranger to fashion. Being on many other covers besides the two Vogue covers just shows how good she is at what she does. With having such success at whatever she touches how could anyone not want to work with someone as talented as Williams is.

Williams has always wanted to not only be a Tennis Pro but also always wanted to be a designer, and not just any, a Wedding Dress Designer. Is this the time for Serena to make the switch over? At 33 years of age, should she start feeling the wear and tear of every day of being the ultimate athlete? She has already beat the odds of being the oldest in her field of being able to play still and still win like it was nothing. Paving the ways for all the youngster that wanting to be the next Williams of this new generations.

After 16 years of playing, the Williams sisters feel that they brought fashion back to Tennis.  So even back then fashion was always on the minds of these two young women. Venus has a line called EleVen in active wear. So Serena following in her sister’s footsteps creates her path in the fashion worlds as well. As HSN and Serena take the shopping network head-on with her new line, Serena Williams Signature Line in athletic wear.

Williams always knew that the plan was to go into fashion as a designer once she retired. She has however decided to make athletic wear as she is still playing tennis and may not stop anytime soon. She explains to the New Yorker, she is fully aware that she has all eyes on her. With her Fashion Career on the path to a great start, protecting her title is also her number one priority.

Serena shuts down her haters about the way, she looks as a woman, she pulls off the chatter of haters by just showing what true grace is by doing what she does best and be just herself as is, by just putting on some clothing and stand out with class and instead of responding. Granted, Williams is hot as hot can be at the moment, and proudly showing every curve in her dress.

In The New Yorker, she becomes very blunt about the passion she has for the fashion world and certainly open to what other opportunities her  future may hold. She also talks about the subject of racism of today’s times. So not only  is Serena Williams the ultimate athlete, not only is she beautiful but she has brains to keep her passions alive. Williams understands her role in today’s world and she wears her crown with honor.


Are You a Millennial Mom?

Millennial Moms are knocking it out of the park for what they feel is right. They are doing what is reliable and what meets desires for lifestyles of others and their families as well. That Millennials give out their knowledge to others, and it is showing through with full colors. That’s because their decisions are playing a key part in today’s time. It is becoming a business to be a Millennial.  Independent of the likelihood that it clashes with the Baby Boomers, The Generation X and that being surprising is the primary point of being a Millennial Mom.

In 2012, when our administration asked that we the people fill out the census to get some insights. As certifiable Americans we did, and truth has it that there are 16,223,210 women ranging from ages 18-34. These numbers include women who have had a least one child in the United States. Because they have children in the homes these super moms have pressed the issue, pushing it significantly harder in this world.

Practically 70% wish they could leave their place of business and stay at home. Millennials make up more than 3/4 of the showing and why not put that to use? With this being such a high number, their voice is not being heard.


Millennial Moms have a so much persuasive force that it is not even funny.  Not just with her relatives. These moms leave their words on social stages everywhere throughout the world, but others are listening. In the same manner don’t count out each one of the ladies promoting social change because you may be reading something from them. Or you may be purchasing, or have purchased, products from these Millennial Moms.

People should watch in light of the fact that there is practically 3% development from Millenial Moms who specifically use internet organizing for diverse purposes. Clients of online networking systems are the mothers of today being vocal and persuasive that their words mean something. They are being sought after for advice. Millennial moms are spending an average of 22 hours a day on social media.

Not only did super mothers spread the word a considerable measure, they transformed it into a profession with fruitful followings. Almost 40% of their sales come from social media and that is 65% higher than Generation X. The great part is that nearly 70% receive payment now for helping others, like running errands and helping with standard everyday management.

As a general rule many women work in a business along with being a mother. Oh, how far we have come in using new applications to help with customary tasks, sorting out family events and utilizing modern technology for standard use. Millennials are generally idealistic, flexible and focused too. Many mothers even have the same stresses.

Circumstances are being made for their children to have a more laid-back upbringing. There is less structure and the weight of how they should be as a parent is released. Furthermore, because the mother is of the new period, there is a affirmative view of kid raising. The open box theory is welcomed rather than being closed so now no more arguments over who is right or not. Do the mothers of this time feel they are they more prepared for everything ahead? Well, they will try!

Millennial moms are more centered on themselves and having their own time for themselves and their team. They are sharing information about products and are learning the needs of what is best for their crew. They don’t just have one choice; they are more about hands-on exercises and are ready to juggle every last bit of it without a moment’s delay and with a grin. Now that is a Millennial Mom!


Jessica Alba’s ‘The Honest Company’ Criticized About Sunscreen

Jessica Alba co-founded “The Honest Company” when she needed organic and user friendly products for her sensitive skin when she had her child.

As of now, she has built a very strong business out of her necessity and making products that adults and kids can use without having to worry about sensitive skin. However, the company seems to have made a small blunder with one of their concoctions.

The sunscreen that The Honest Company produces deemed ineffective. Angry parents are posting pictures of sunburns and rashes that the product has caused on themselves and their children alike.


The FDA tested product claims to be infused with a sun protection formula of 30. After the complaints online, the company responded by saying,

“The Honest Company is committed to providing safe and effective products, and we take all consumer feedback very seriously. Our Sunscreen Lotion was tested, by an independent 3rd party, against the protocols prescribed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) monograph for over-the-counter sunscreen products. The results showed that our product is effective and safe for use as an 80 minute water-resistant (FDA’s highest rating), SPF 30 sunscreen lotion in accordance with FDA regulations when used as directed (Shake Well. Apply liberally and evenly 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying and at least every 2 hours).”

Images: Via The Honest Company

Billion Dollar African-American Business Owner Offers Tips for Success

Janice Bryant Howroyd is a 62 year-old African-American woman who is the CEO and founder of the Act-1 Group. The company engages in talent and resource management solutions, and it is also the largest minority woman-owned employment agency in the States.

Recently, this wonder woman was interviewed about her success and the do’s and don’ts of being as successful as she is. After doing 40 years of successful business, she said,

“I never imagined this. I always imagined success though. You see the evolution in technology, you see the transparency that the world offers, but the fundamental things that we built the business from have stayed the same, and I really think that’s more the secret to the success.”

Being brought up in the difficult times of segregation, she commented about it by saying,

“I’d love to sit here and sound pretty about it, and I’m not pulling out the violin strings for folks to cry about how I grew up.” She went on to say that, “The reality of it though, is that it was harsh, it was ugly, and it should never have been that way. My mother used to always tell us, ‘In order to be outstanding, sometimes you’re just gonna have to stand out,’ so I grew from that root of really working forward, not being held back.”

Finally, Howroyd gave the best piece of advice to struggling professionals by saying,

“Never give up on who you are personally to become who you wish to be professionally.”

Image: Via Flickr/GotCredit

American Apparel is Undergoing Closures and Layoffs

American Apparel is a clothing retailer and manufacturer that started off in the year 1989 at Los Angeles in California. Since then, the store has built many chains across the States and has become very popular indeed.

However, sometimes even behemoth companies do face troubles and need to shrink down a notch to recover. Thus, American Apparel has decided to shut down a few of their stores and layoff a few of their staff with a view to cut down costs.

The store announced that the cuts they will be making will be equal to approximately $30 million. Considering that there are about 239 stores with about 10 thousand employees across the country, the sizeable cut down is expected.

The store suffered major losses when it was under the founder and previous CEO Dov Charney. The amount lost was about $300 million. However, the new CEO Paula Schneider said,

“We are committed to turning this company around. Today’s announcements are necessary steps to help American Apparel adapt to headwinds in the retail industry, preserve jobs for the overwhelming majority of our 10,000 employees, and return the business to long-term profitability.”

Schneider may perhaps turn the company around and actually make it profitable again.

Girl Scouts Returns Donation and Raises Funds Themselves

Girl Scouts prides themselves on supporting every girl, no matter race, sexuality or gender identity, and after a generous donation came with restrictions that would limit that policy, they returned it.

The donor’s letter said, “Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money.”

The donor was not specified, but Ferland did say that “the relationship is complex”.

Despite the excitement over such a large donation, Ferland knew what the troop needed to do, and that was return the generous donation.

The CEO of Girl Scouts of Western Washington Megan Ferland did an interview with Seattle Met in which she told the publication that along with returning the money she wrote a letter saying, “Every girl that is a Girl Scout is a Girl Scout because her parent or guardian brings her to use and says, “I want my child to participate. And I don’t question whether or not they’re a girl.”

For the Girl Scouts troop, it would mean they would be able to send 500 girl scouts to summer camp, and the donation made up for almost one fourth of what the council strives to raise at their annual fundraiser.

This money would have done a great deal for the troop, and they are determined to get it back in donations from those who will not put any limitations on the money.

An Indiegogo campaign for the Girl Scouts of Western Washington went up on Monday. The campaign is set to run for 30 days. By Wednesday the campaign had raised $276,691, with 5,710 donators. This achievement means that the girl scouts have raised over 177 percent of their initial goal.

The indiegogo page goes more into depth about what Girl Scouts means.

It explains that Girl Scouts are “empowered to use their voice to stand up for what they believe in, be proud of who they are, and support each other to take action to make the world a better place.”

The donations sky rocketed as the incident, and the campaign along with it, went viral.

In the campaign it says, “Help us raise back the $100,000 a donor asked us to return because we welcome transgender girls.”

Certain donations can get you certain perks. Some of these perks included sending girls to study science, a Girl Scout membership, the opportunity to send two girls to summer camp, and even opportunity to send yourself and a friend to summer camp.

Ferland has worked hard, risking public criticism, in order to make everyone who wants to join Girl Scouts feel welcomed with open arms.

The Gender Justice League’s, Executive Director Danni Askini, told Seattle Met, “There’s a lot of violence and discrimination and prejudice against transgender people. So even if people know they are transgender, they don’t always transition because of that prejudice and bias and discrimination. So the thing about Girl Scouts that’s so vital to all girls is that it’s about creating community and ending isolation.”

As of now, the Indiegogo has raised enough to send over 1,000 girls to camp. Some of the funds raised by the Girl Scouts help girls who want to go to camp, but don’t have the financial means to make it happen.

Use the hashtag #ForEVERYGirl to share why you support all girls, or how the Girl Scouts have impacted you.

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Jessica Cox Turns Pilot and Martial Artist Even Without Arms

Sometimes simply reading an inspirational story has the ability to uplift our moods and have a positive effect on our outlook of the day. One such story is about a woman named Jessica Cox.

Jessica Cox is a 32 year-old woman and loves scuba diving, riding horses, likes to wakeboard, is a martial artist and even has a pilot’s licence. She has several talents indeed but unfortunately she does not have any arms.

The Arizonian was even the first woman to fly a plane with just her feet. When asked about how she could possibly manage all of these amazing feats, Cox said, “I didn’t see my not having arms as being a limitation. Naturally people saw the fact that I didn’t have arms as a limiting factor. But I was there to prove them wrong.”

Cox was born with a rare non-genetic birth defect, because of which, she does not have any arms. However even as a kid she was unstoppable and participated in gymnastics, tap-dancing and so much more.

As of now, Cox is a motivational speaker who travels with her husband Patrick to share her inspiring story to people.

Robbers are Chased Away by a Shopkeeper Brandishing a Vacuum Cleaner

Whenever the news is traversed with odd happenings from around the globe, it sure does take our minds off the awful incidents of calamities that take place regularly around the world.

One such strange albeit slightly comical incident took place recently, on the streets of Germany. A late-night convenience store was recently attempted to be robbed in Berlin’s district of Neukoelln.

However, the shop assistant who was cleaning the shop with a vacuum cleaner at the time was not in a merciful mood at all. The incident took place on the night of Tuesday and one of the robbers held a pistol and threatened to shoot if the assistant would not empty the cash register and comply with the thieves’ demands.

But the crooks were not expecting the 59 year-old shop assistant to charge towards them with a vacuum cleaner that was switched on. She aimed to attack the robbers with the hose attachment.

Even the Berlin police were shocked at the incident and how this stalwart woman defended herself and the store. The police gladly reported, “They then fled without the loot.”

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Los Angeles to Raise its Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour

The minimum wage debate in the United States took a turn this week when the Los Angeles City Counsel voted to raise the minimum wage from $9 to $15 per hour. This increase will occur incrementally over the next five years with the per-year rate sitting at $1.50.

In Los Angeles, more than half of the working population earns less than $15 per hour. As the second largest city in the United States, this increase will have the most widespread impact of any wage increase thus far.

Many cities on the West Coast have passed higher minimum wage bills. Seattle and San Francisco have already passed similar $15 legislations, Chicago is up to $13 per hour, while cities like San Diego and Oakland are operating above $11 per hour. New York City, Washington D.C and Kansas City have all proposed the same $15 wage increase.

The magnitude of this type of increase has not been seen since the creation of the Welfare State in the 1960’s.

Labor advocates will tally their greatest victory to date as the Los Angeles City Counsel passed the measure by a 14-1 vote. With rising inflation and an outdated federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, states and city municipalities have been forced to take the issue into their own hands.

After the minimum wage increases to $15 in 2020, it will be connected to an average of the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This essentially connects the minimum wage to inflation rates, allowing for a correlated rise or fall in wages with the value of the dollar. A ratio like this will attempt to avoid political paralysis on the topic.

These increases affect all employers, however small businesses (defined in this case as 25 employees or fewer) will be granted an additional year to comply.

Some argue that older individuals should have a higher minimum wage, however the oft discussed age scale for minimum wage will not be enacted. Law stipulates that workers between the ages of 14 and 17 must be paid 85 percent of the minimum wage for their first 160 hours of employment, however after the age of 17, all workers have the same minimum wage.

According to President Obama, increases to the minimum wage should be occurring on a federal level as well, with the White House Council of Economic Advisers publishing a study concluding that 19 million workers would directly benefit from an increase of $10.10 per hour.

That said, there are plenty minimum wage opponents. Challengers hold that higher wages will induce excessive layoffs. Most of these thinkers are conservative free market capitalists, believing that the market should set wages, rather than the government. In simpler terms, workers should be paid their worth. Individuals of this disposition worry that a standard wage will lead to less jobs and increased outsourcing. This concern is specifically focused on small businesses, a sector where wage increases can directly lead to closings or relocations.

There are certain individuals and industries that will be particularly be affected by this trend. In 2012, 59 percent of the minimum wage workers were below the age of 24; of those, 59 percent were women. In terms of affected industries, the hospitality and dining businesses are very reliant upon low-skill, low-wage work and may be forced to downsize in the aftermath. However, minimum wage advocates hold that these ill effects can be mitigated by price increases.

For both sides of the debate, one fact holds true. No one is sure what the future impacts of such a dramatic increase will be, but they will shape the labor discussion for generations to come.

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Companies That Change the World: The Woman Behind S’well

We’ve all been there: you run out of the car for a second, accidentally leaving your coffee in the cup-holder. When you return, your coffee is lukewarm, and your spirits are crushed (coffee is one of the foundations of society, ask anybody). Or even worse, it’s a sweaty summer day, and the only thing getting you through it is your frozen water bottle. Too bad that a twenty minute drive to the beach leaves that frozen water bottle dripping with condensation, and not even cold. These problems are not just your own, but Sarah Kauss’s as well.

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Via For Front Magazine

Kauss, the founder and CEO of S’well (a company that is rethinking how and what people drink) was going through the same exact issue. Kauss was literally hiking up a mountain (suffering from a too-warm water bottle situation) when the idea for S’well hit her: what if there were an environmentally friendly, sleek, water bottle that kept cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot (for longer than a couple of hours)? And just like that, the S’well bottle was born.

Says Kauss on the S’well website, “The mission of S’well is to get single-use, disposable beverage containers out of landfills and out of the ocean.” Created from non-toxic 18/8 stainless steel (unlike most beverage containers, which are composed of plastic-lined aluminum), the S’well bottle keeps cold “drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12, while giving back to those in need. S’well is a charitable community member and proud partner of charitable organizations such as WaterAid, American Forests, and Drink Up,” says the S’well site. Each S’well bottle, on average, will save the environment approximately 3,000 plastic bottles, according to S’well.com.


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Via Swell

The overwhelming popularity (the First Lady is a big fan) of the S’well bottle has led to multiple sizes, colors, and even finishes (from glitter, to matte, to limited edition designs, like a mustachioed one for No Shave November)—making the S’well bottle the ideal choice for everyone.

Currently the S’well bottle is sold in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South America, the Middle East, and Asia—meaning that it’s actually changing the world, one bottle at a time.


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Forbes Announces Sandra Bullock as Highest-Earning Actress

With steep earnings upwards of $51 million, Sandra Bullock holds the top spot as the highest-earning actress in Hollywood between June 2013 and June 2014. In 2013, the “Miss Congeniality” actress starred in the risky, yet wildly successful blockbuster, “Gravity.” The film riled up $716 million at the global box office and landed seven out of 10 of its Oscar nominations. The movie’s success catapulted Bullock high above other actress’ earnings.

Behind the “Blind Side” actress is “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence at an estimated income of $34 million. The quirky star also recently appeared in “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” one of the highest-grossing movies in the X-Men series. Following Lawrence is Jennifer Aniston at $31 million, Gwyneth Paltrow at $19 million and Angelina Jolie, who has fallen from her top spot last year, at $18 million. In sixth place comes Cameron Diaz at $18 million, followed by Scarlett Johansson at $17 million, Amy Adams at $13 million, Natalie Portman at $13 million and Kristen Stewart at $12 million.

While women in Hollywood are certainly earning the big bucks, Forbes points out that women are still earning significantly less than men in the industry. The list of the top ten earning men reveals their combined worth nearly double that of the women’s combined worth. The top ten earning actors earned a combined $419 million while women earned $226 million. Robert Downey Jr. topped the men’s list at $75 million—almost $25 million more than Bullock.


Judy McGrath Joins Amazon’s Board of Directors

Women are moving up in the business world—or at least more so than they used to. According to Forbes, Amazon’s board is now made up of 30 percent women after the company’s recent acquisition of former MTV CEO Judy McGrath. The hire makes her the third woman out of the ten directors to sit next to Amazon’s CEO and Chairman Jeff Bezos. The company announced she will begin on Oct. 1.

McGrath joins Amazon with 30 years of experience at MTV, becoming CEO in 2004. In addition to MTV, McGrath also oversaw Nickelodeon and Comedy Central as a part of her job. She resigned from the position in 2011 and has since spent her time as president of Astronauts Wanted, a joint venture undertaken with Sony Music Entertainment.

Amazon’s acquisition of McGrath is seen as a move to help bolster the online-retail giant’s current television content. Just recently, Amazon’s Chief Financial Officer Tom Szkutak explained that Amazon expects to spend $100 million in original programming in just the third quarter of 2014.

In a phone call with Forbes, Szkutak explained, “A lot of you have probably seen a lot of the announcements that we’ve green-lighted a number of pilots. We’re going to be in heavy production in those series that have been green-lit during Q3.”

McGrath is currently listed as the 62nd most influential woman worldwide and will join Patricia Stonesifer, former CEO of Martha’s Table, and Jamie Gorelick, former U.S. Attorney General, as a part of Amazon’s growing female leadership. Businesses have come under immense pressure to promote women into prominent leadership roles in the last decade. As of recently, the tech industry in particular has come under incredible fire for the lack of female presence. Workplace equality is far from being equal, but it looks like Amazon is trying to be ahead of the curve.