@theviewabc, the daytime all-women panel show founded by Barbara Walters 22 years ago has of late become a place where Democrats and Republicans alike go to introduce themselves to a national audience—primarily women. To date, 12 of the 26 people who have announced that they are running for president in 2020 have already been on the show, with one more, Senator Elizabeth Warren, scheduled.
Did you know that men currently outnumber women on screen anywhere from 2:1 or 3:1? And the problem persists off screen as well. At last year’s Cannes Film Festival, a group of 82 women, led by late filmmaker Agnes Varda, held a protest on the festival’s red carpet, calling for better gender representation and more accountability against sexual abusers in the film industry. The 82 women represented the 82 female directors who had their films screened at Cannes since the festival’s inception (compared to 1,688 male directors). At this year’s festival, “Downtown Abbey” actress @monhublot announced the launch of @primetime.network to spotlight women across the industry, built more equitable sets, and support women’s rising careers in film.
What do you think about women changing their name after marriage? Most women who get married still take their spouse's surname––as of 2015, 20% of women kept their maiden name. If you do choose to make the name change, the transition––with all the professional memberships, bank accounts, rewards programs and more––can be tricky business. @haus_31, née Aulson, experienced just that––and so she's taking matters into her own hands with the launch of @newly_named, a service to help women streamline and navigate changing their name after marriage.
@canva, the design platform founded by @melaniecanva that currently counts 15 million users in 190 countries, has raised another $70 million to expand its empire. The new round, which includes funds from General Catalyst and Mary Meerker's Bond, puts the company at a massive $2.5 billion valuation.
In response to the harshest abortion ban signed into legislation last week in Alabama, 11 women leaders—@corawomen's @mollyrosehayward, @dameproducts' @afinehuman and Janet Lieberman, @fur_you's @_lauraschubert and @lilliantung, @thisisloom's @ericachidicohen and Quinn Lundberg, @sustain's @missmeiks, @clarycollection's @adrieldenae and Jen Auerbach, and @shethinx's Maria Molland—put out a full-page letter in the @nytimes not only taking a stand on the issue themselves, but challenging corporate leaders to join them. "For too long, corporate America has been largely silent on speaking up for sexual and reproductive health and rights," the group of female founders and CEO's stated. "That must change. Today, we loudly and boldly declare that we will not be silent in defense of fundamental human rights and we challenge our peers in the business community to do the same. Now is the time to speak up."
Playwright @heidischreck's Broadway show, "What the Constitution Means to Me" couldn't be a more timely piece of theater. It strikes the perfect balance between memoir and civic education, which is why it's at the top of The Helm founder @lindseytaylorwood's female-founded favorites.
According to a recent study, sunscreen enters your bloodstream after just one day of use. So as you’re slathering on that SPF this sunny weekend, consider @suntegrity—it’s natural, offers the same level or protection without any of the harsh toxins. Shop now through #linkinbio.
Looking for a worthwhile weekend read? Pull a page from The Helm founder @lindseytaylorwood’s current female-founded favorites and grab a copy of @chloekbenjamin’s ‘The Immortalists’ through #linkinbio. 📷 @mjoseymour
With her debut feature, 'Atlantics,' accepted into Cannes' lineup, @matidiop’s inclusion marks a significant milestone in the festival's 72-year history: Diop is the first black female director to enter the competition.
This week, direct-to-consumer luggage start up @away, co-founded by @jennifer and @stephkorey, was the latest women-led business to roll into unicorn status—reaching a valuation of $1.4 billion after raising $100 million led by Wellington Capital Management. Additional investors included Baillie Gifford, Lone Pine Capital and Global Founders Capital.
Did you know women currently control $14 trillion in capital? If you're looking to learn how to maximize your spend using everything from Venmo to cryptocurrency, @financiallyfwd––a second book from @nytimes bestselling author (and founder of @learnvest) @alexavontobel––is your everyday guide for mastering your money in the digital age. Shop the just-launched read through #linkinbio.
With the rise of social and co-working communities, Naj Austin noticed that people of lack often lack representation in these private spaces. That's precisely why she took matters into her own hands with the launch of @ethelsclub––a social club designated for people of color––coming to Brooklyn this summer.
Michelle Pfeiffer believes you should know what’s in your fragrance—and because the industry isn’t changing as fast as she would like, she’s taking matters into her own hands. This week, the actress/activism launched her own line of perfumes under the 130-year old scent maker Henry Rose—making this the first fragrance line to disclose all its ingredients and attest to safety. 📷 Danielle Levitt
Soak up the weekend as you melt away all those muscle aches with @goodnightdarlingco’s Himalayan sea salt and rose petal bath soak. Shop now (as well as 23 other organic skincare products) through #linkinbio.
@kindbody, co-founded by @ginabartasi and @joanne_schneider, is on a mission to make the fertility experience less taboo and more transparent. To date, the six month old company has raised $20 million and offers a range of fertility services from egg freezing to in vitro fertilization (IVF), as well as mental health sessions and wellness coaching. The second brick-and-mortar facility––set to open in the Flatiron District this Spring––more closely resembles a stylish boutique than a healthcare clinic featuring muted pastels and plenty of greenery.
Plastic is meant to last forever, but most of it is only used once. 8 billion tons of plastic—from your iced coffee cup to your toothbrush and toothpaste—is still sitting (not recycled) on the planet. Not only are we harming our oceans and hurting animals, but we’re contaminating our own bodies. Did you know that 90% of the water we drink and 75% of the fish we eat contains microplastics? Take a second to think about the health implications of that. This week, a new direct-to-consumer brand crept (not-so-quietly) onto the scene that aims to clean up the waste starting at home. @blueland, founded by @spaiji, reimagines everyday cleaning supplies through cool forever-use packaging and tabletized cleaning solutions to cut down on plastic and water waste. It’s convenient, innovative, and what’s best—easily accessible for all.
@celsious_social co-founders and sisters @corinnawilliams and @thetheresawilliams want their Williamsburg-based laundromat to be your new favorite hangout. And truth be told: chemical-free soaps ( @thesimpleco founded by @trashisfortossers) and water-conscious machines aside, the space itself (plant-filled and equipped with an organic coffee bar, outdoor patio, and shelves of eco-friendly laundry supplies) more closely resembles a hip spot than a place to remove stains.
Tired of spending time and money on clothes for kids that they grown out of in the blink of an eye? Seattle-based startup @kidson45th, founded by Elise Worthy, just raised $3.3 million in seed funding to bring you seasonal bundles of nearly new kids clothes for 70-90% less than retail.
Happy Earth Day! Today we are celebrating by championing women at the helm of sustainability. Visit our stories for some true environmental influencers. From author @florence999 to entrepreneur @trashisfortossers, these women are moving the needle toward no-waste living. We thank them and we know Mother Nature sure does too.
The Queen of Soul is now a Pulitzer Prize winner. Earlier this week, music and cultural legend Aretha Franklin made history as the first woman to receive a special citation prize "for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades," according to a release.
. “Ladies? Are we smart? Are we strong? Have we had enough of the bullshit? Show 'em.” . . And show ‘em she did. #Homecoming, a new Netflix film which documents @beyonce’s performance as the first black woman to headline Coachella, is just the first of a $60 million dollar three-project deal she inked at Netflix where she is also credited as an executive producer, writer and director.
Have you ever stopped to consider why you are always so cold? It's because algorithms that dictate temperature regulation in office buildings were designed in the 1960s for a 154-pound male. We were reminded me of these types of pervasive bias last week when Nasa’s plans for the first all-female spacewalk fell through in part because the agency doesn’t have enough spacesuits that fit the astronauts. It's this 'one-size-fits-men' mentality that writer and activist @ccriadoperez explores in her new book "Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men." Purchase a copy through #linkinbio and learn how you can help close the gender bias gap.
Pumping is tricky business. Breast pumps are often noisy, leaky, uncomfortable, and a major time suck. Thankfully, there's a new wave of hands-free, high-tech devices for new moms in an age of multitasking––including @willowpump, a wearable breast pump founded by Naomi Kelly. Get yours through #linkinbio (and shop our motherhood issue)—and pump wherever life takes you.
@elvie, the fem tech start up founded by @tania.boler has raised $42 million in series B funding led by Michael Spencer, Octopus Ventures, and Impact Ventures. We couldn't be more on board with Boler and her messaging of society's negligence to open up about the changes that happen to female body during pregnancy. Women currently control $14 trillion in capital and continue to remain in the workplace after having children, which is why it's so imperative that investors and inventors support brands that support women.
It was a big week for women at the box office when Captain Marvel—the 21st film in the Marvel universe directed by Anna Boden starring Brie Larson—broke the billion dollar mark in ticket sales worldwide.
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude," once said American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. Today would've been the prolific poet's 91st birthday. 📷 | @thecut
Following the tragic and unexpected death of her husband, author Chanel Reynolds made it her mission to help educate others about getting affairs––wills, life insurance, and emergency financial funds—in order. Read our interview with Reynolds and pick up her new book "What Matters Most: The Get Your Sh*t Together Guide to Wills, Money, Insurance, and Life’s What-Ifs" through #linkinbio.
Today is Equal Pay Day, a date that symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. Women in the US who work full-time earn on average 80 cents per every dollar their male counterparts make. For women of color, that figure is as little as 49 cents. Which is why Cynthia Medina Carson founded @WeWager, a company that helps cultivate transparent data-driven conversations around salary.
Last year, @janetmock became the first transgender woman of color to be hired in a writer’s room and to write and direct a television episode through her involvement with the TV show @poseonfx. A writer, television host, director, producer, and transgender rights activist, her New York Times bestselling memoir ”Redefining Realness” was groundbreaking in centering trans women. Today, on Transgender Day of Visibility, we honor her pioneering work and encourage you to read her story, in her own words, by purchasing her book through the #linkinbio. 📷 Michael Beckert for W Magazine #girlslikeus #TDOV
As #womenshistorymonth comes to a close, a call for financial feminism from The Helm’s Founder & CEO @lindseytaylorwood: ⠀ ⠀ “Historically, our primary and almost exclusive way of investing in women has been through philanthropy. After a year of asking activists, allies, and wealth holders why that was, there was one notable trend: When men have wealth, they are invited to invest and amass more wealth (companies, stocks, real estate). When women have wealth, they are invited to give their money away (join the board of this non-profit, chair a gala, write a check to a cause you believe in). Think about the implications of that.”
This week, @sallie.krawcheck's two-year-old startup company @ellevest, a digital investment platform to help women amass more wealth, closed a $33 million Series A––bringing its current valuation to $100 million. "If we tell women, and we make women believe, that it's unattractive to talk about money, then they will not talk about money," Krawcheck said in conversation with The Helm's CEO @lindseytaylorwood. Read the full interview through #linkinbio. 📷 @weston.wells for @coveteur
Thanks again @yolamezcal for being our alcohol sponsor last week! We loved working with your three women co-founders: #yolajimenez, @lykkeli, and @ginacorrell. Check their products out if you like your liquor bottled by women too! . . . . #yolamezxal #mezcal #femalefounders #entrepreneurship
@poppysbrooklyn is the amazing #femaleowned and female-staffed catering company that sponsored our event last Friday. Their seasonal, fresh food was delicious. Consider supporting a #femalefounder like #Poppys owner Jamie Schmones Erickson ( @lilschmo) the next time you host an event! . . . #femalefounder #catering #foodie #entrepreneur #nyc
Have you seen our latest #WomenToWatch list? These women are changing the world of motherhood with their innovations. This duo: @ericachidicohen & @quinnlundberg are the co-founders of @thisisloom, a modern, inclusive community for health education and empowering people throughout their reproduction, pregnancy, and parenting journey. . . . . #motherhood #thisisloom #parenting
On Friday, @thehelmco hosted a member event with @thecultivist featuring #artist @zoebuckman. Thank you to everyone who attended, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Also, a huge thank you to these female-founded companies and our sponsors @yolamezcal, @belluswines, @poppysbrooklyn, and @ericareadimages. We couldn’t have done it without you! . #femalefounders #entrepreneurs #women #womenatthehelm #thehelmco
Issue 3 is here!! Head to the #linkinbio to find out how #femalefounders are revolutionizing #motherhood. Our CEO, @lindseytaylorwood chatted with mother-daughter co-founders of @getmahmee, an online platform that makes it easy for hospitals, health systems, and patients to coordinate pre and postnatal #healthcare (it’s also one of our portfolio companies!) Read this full interview and check out #thehelmedit and our #womentowatch list now!
Six years ago, at the age of 25, Brit Morin ( @brit) was raising money for her lifestyle and media company @britandco. But despite the $40M in capital she has raised with no cofounder, she says people still ask her if her Silicon Valley husband helped her get #britandco off the ground. Her response? “I can't even believe that people are asking me that. To think that my success is rooted in him, you know, is an unconscious bias." . . . . #femalefounder #entrepreneur #founder
Tucked away in villeneuve les Avignon in the south of France, is the perfect summer getaway. The Le Priure hotel, co-founded by Genevieve Charial and her husband, provides a magical garden atmosphere, luxury rooms, and Michelin-starred dining on the property. Spend your days exploring the nearby vineyards and tasting their famous red wine and rose, walking around the quaint towns of Provence, or laying by the pool. . . . . #travel #femalefounded #hotel #michelinstar
@yesimsarahjones is bringing Sell/Buy/Date back to the stage! If you’re in LA this fall (opening night is Oct 14th) her performance is one you won’t want to miss. Jones’ one woman show is a labor of love, and recounts the real-life experiences of people in the sex and trafficking industry. It’s a truly moving and unique theater experience that we highly recommend. . . . #sarahjones #sellbuydate #theater
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, sisters and co-founders of @therow, are now releasing a menswear line. This is the duos first foray into men’s fashion, after launching The Row in 2006 and following up with their second fashion and lifestyle brand @elizabethandjames in 2007. If the new line is anything like it’s predecessors, we know it’s going to be highly chic and successful. . . . . #fashion #elizabethandjames #therow #design #entrepreneur #femalefounders
@sarablakely is our forever muse. The youngest self-made billionaire and founder of @spanx owns 100% of her innovative undergarment company. After spending two years pitching and patenting while working a full-time job, and starting with $5,000 of her own money, she’s seen incredible success in business. Now, she helps other #femalefounders get their start: “I donate my money back to women and I do that because it's a pay-it-forward feeling." . . . . #sarablakely #spanx #femalefounders #entrepreneurs
Ellen Pao ( @ekp) is no stranger to the startup world. Formerly a venture capitalist and the CEO of @Reddit, Pao is currently the co-founder and CEO of @projectinclude: a nonprofit that advises tech companies on diversity and inclusion. She tells @inc: “for women in tech, this will be a really important year.” We think so too. . . . . #tech #womenintech #femalefounder #venturecapital
“I think one year at a startup is equivalent to five years in the corporate world – I’ve had to become an expert in every function and grow the company and team at a very fast pace." — Julia Cheek ( @juliatcheek), founder of @everly_well, an at-home lab testing company that’s easy, affordable, and insightful. (📸: @mk_fllo) . . . . #startup #startuplife #entrepreneur #femalefounder
@payal Kadakia, founder of the ground-breaking #fitness app @classpass, closed their series c funding round, raising $85m. “It feels like we can take over the world,” she said to Tech Crunch. “We’ve seen people compete and replicate our model, but we own our category.” . . . . . #classpass #femalefounders #workout #entrepreneur #healthy
In case you haven’t heard, @beyonce is taking over the @vogue September issue! The singer and co-founder of @weareivypark will have unprecedented control over the magazines most anticipated monthly edit. She’s already making change happen by hiring the first black photographer to shoot the cover. We can’t wait to see what this issue brings! . . . . . #beyonce #vogue #photography #ivypark
Anne Wojcicki founded @23andme, an at-home genetics company, to give people better insights into their health, traits, and ancestry. Now, the company signed a $300 million, four-year collaboration with pharmaceutical company GlaxcoSmithKline. @fortune reports that the U.K. drug giant will tap the genetic data from #23andme to better select patients for clinical studies and solve major issues in the pharma industry. . . . . #tech #entrepreneur #femalefounder