Listen Up! Good Millennial’s Podcast Picks 2016

Mackie
03/07/2016

Hello, Good Millennials! How are you? Doing okay? Drinking enough water? Did you watch the Downton Abbey finale? Good. I’m happy you’re here.

Over the past year, I have really gotten into the podcast life. Interviews with famous people, comedians telling jokes, friends telling stories – I am all about a good, engaging podcast. Now that I live in NYC and take the subway everywhere (and when I’m on tour and spending endless hours in the van), I rely on podcasts even more. What is a podcast, you ask? It’s an on demand radio in your pocket or on your computer! I use them to keep up with pop culture, listen to the news, and just relax with hosts who now feel like old friends. With the help of some trusty pals, I’ve listed some favorite podcasts below. All are available on the podcast app or on their respective websites. Happy Listening!

1. Call Your Girlfriend

         Style: Discussion/Interview – Females in creative/tech industries

In the “podcast for long distance besties everywhere”, BFFs Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow call each other from their respective closets to discuss anything and everything related to womanhood. Election coverage with a feminist lens? They’ve got you. Need advice on diva cups in their segment This Week In Menstruation? Look no further. Call Your Girlfriend is the podcast for millennial feminists who want to be a part of a global discussion on pop culture and current events. Plus these very intelligent and extremely fun ladies also talk with fascinating guests from various fields (tech, journalism, arts, and MORE!) with their Phone-A-Friend episodes. This is my favorite podcast. Ann and Amina plz be my BFFs thank u!!!! Plus sign up for their newsletter!

 

2. Another Round

Style: Discussion/Interview – Academic/Creative/Celeb/Issues-based

Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton host this booze-enhanced podcast that covers everything from race to gender to pop culture (and squirrels… always squirrels). They lead listeners through a fascinating and funny listening experience, utilizing clever segments and meaningful conversation. They also talk candidly and lovingly about mental health and self care, and I feel like I’m listening to wise mentors when Another Round comes on. This podcast has a cocktail party vibe without any of the schmoozing or inevitable mansplaining. I always look forward to this podcast each week and I learn a lot, too. Plus, they interviewed Hillary Clinton! Legit! For more, read this great piece by the Guardian. 

 

3. Women of the Hour

Style: NPR-esque radio program, interview/discussion component

Lena Dunham hosts this podcast miniseries highlighting various aspects of female life. Each one of the 5 full episodes (there are some mini-episodes thrown in, too) focuses on a different part of what it means to be female in 2016 – love, sex, work, friends, body, and the big picture. Lena and her team interview incredible women of all ages and types, allowing them to tell their stories in a way that is honest, funny, and often very moving. This podcast specifically highlights women of color and women in the LGBT community, and the production quality is spectacular and totally engaging. I cannot recommend this enough. Even if you “don’t like Lena Dunham”, you WILL like this podcast!!! Seriously!!!!

 

4. With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus

Style: Comedy/Improv

Comedian and actor Lauren Lapkus hosts this totally improvised podcast that makes me laugh outloud on my train rides home. The premise is each week Lauren brings on a special guest who plays the host of a fictional radio show. That host then introduces Lauren who is playing the guest on the fictional show. The best part is the show is 100% made up and sometimes Lauren doesn’t even know who she’ll be playing when the show starts. Cue the shenanigans. It’s also on the Earwolf Podcast Network, and they host A LOT of really great podcasts for your listening pleasure. My favorite episodes are with Paul F. Thompkins as Santa Claus. Let that sink in.

 

5. Womp It Up

Style: Comedy/Improv – Weird and Goofy

Actors, improvisers, and all around hilarious creative people Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham host this improvised podcast as their character alter egos: Marissa Wompler and Charlotte Lissler. The premise is Marissa is a senior at Marina Del Ray Public High School and this podcast is her senior project. She is lead by her teacher and mentor Charlotte Listler (who also happens to be a former sniper) and they have guests from the school come on the show (i.e. Jessica and Lennon’s improv pals from UCB, your fave tv shows and more!). Make sure you start this podcast back at the beginning, because there are so many callbacks and relationships established each episode that I am always amazed this show is improvised. My favorite improvised podcast. Also love Comedy Bang Bang!

 

6. Girl On Guy with Aisha Tyler

Style: Interview – Artists, Comedians, Authors, Celebs

Maybe you know Aisha Tyler from… well, everything. She’s a host of the daytime tv series The Talk, guest stars on Criminal Minds, does standup, writes, hosts panels, and also finds time for this podcast. She’s one of the hardest working people in show business and uses this podcast to connect and unwind. She has a breadth of knowledge and seems to be able to connect with literally anyone. Her interview style is conversational and personal, and she truly cares about her podcast community and loves connecting with her fans. Because she’s so busy she has scaled back her podcast production, but with her app you can listen to the over 200 podcasts in the Girl on Guy vault. I always feel smarter and calmer after listening to Aisha and her guests. My fave episodes are with author Kelly Carlin, George Carlin’s daughter, and Amber Tamblyn.

 

7. Dear Sugar Radio

Style: Advice

Created by authors Steve Almond and Cheryl Strayed (yes, THAT Cheryl Strayed), Dear Sugar takes the advice column to the airwaves and answers your most burning questions about life and love. According to their website, Sugar “fields all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offers radical empathy in return.” Strayed is an active feminist, and she and Almond make a great pair. Together they create the engaging advice persona Sugar, and they tell the stories of their listeners with heart. Plus you can read Strayed’s essays as Sugar in her book “Tiny Beautiful Things”.

 

8. She Does Podcast

Style: Interview/Conversation – Media/culture

I am a new fan of the She Does Podcast, so I will let their their website do the talking for me. It’s a super accurate statement.

She Does podcast features creative minds working in media. Each episode centers around an intimate conversation yet digs deeper into each woman’s background, philosophy and process through artful audio documentaries soundtracked by music made by women. The show is hosted and created by Elaine Sheldon and Sarah Ginsburg, documentary makers who are interested in how their guests got to where they are today. Whether up and coming or well-established, She Does features notable women of all generations, working at the intersection of media, film, journalism, art and technology. We bring you stories of what makes these women tick, their beginnings, their roadblocks, and the delightful bits in between.

 

Special Mention: FiveThirtyEight Elections Podcast

Style: Interview/Discussion – Politics/Polling

I wanted to highlight podcasts specifically created and/or hosted by females, but I gotta give a shoutout to Nate Silver and the team at FiveThirtyEight. This election season is giving me an ulcer, but the pollsters at FiveThirtyEight keep me sane. Their blog uses statistical analysis to tell stories about sports, politics, and news, but their big thing is compiling historical numbers and all legitimate polling data to create some pretty accurate polling about almost anything related to politics. I mostly listen to their Elections podcast because they utilize lots of math/science and lots of smart/talented people to explain polling data, delegate counts, and everything in between. If you are a political junkie or want accurate data and interesting discussion, listen up!

 

Do you have a favorite podcast left off the list? Let us know on the socials or in a comment below!

HBD, Good Millennial: Reflections On Year One

Mackie
02/21/2016

Hello, GM team! Can you believe it’s been a year since we started this crazy adventure? I have been out on the road with a traveling show since January, so please excuse my tardiness in celebrating Good Millennial’s first year of existence. I’m hoping to have more original posts up soon, but please check the FB and Twitter for reposts of great articles, photos, and more from other awesome lady-driven blogs and papers.

After renewing my website hosting and domain for another year, I began to notice the changes in my life since I started keeping a blog. I decided to start a blog in the first place, I think, because I was bored. I was living with my boyfriend in a brand new city and I was stalled. I hadn’t given my career a chance to take off. I was supposed to be saving all my money, but even working three jobs wasn’t enough. I was away from friends and family, and I was bored. Bored with my life.

And just when I thought this was how my life was going to be forever, my boyfriend got laid off from his dream job, and in three week’s time, he was getting on a bus to start a new job in New York City. I still had a few responsibilities that kept me in New England, so he left and I stayed.

It’s never a good sign when the person you love most in the world gets some crushing news and the first thing you think is “We can move!” I was sort of appalled at myself – Kody loses his job and the first thing I feel is a weight being lifted off my shoulders?

As bad as I felt for him, I kept having this creeping feeling that I could be free. Free from what? Nothing was actually keeping me in New England. Kody loved me and supported me (emotionally and monetarily at that point), and he never once forced me to stay there. I found some work that worked for me, but really, why was I there? What was there for me?

So when Kody told me he was taking a job in New York, I got scared. I had to finish out a teaching position and an acting job on the coast, but then what?

I guess we were moving to New York.

For years, New York City had been the end game. Or at least, that’s what I told people. When you grow up in Iowa, New York City is the exception, but when you want to do musical theater, New York City is the rule. My parents always supported me, but I had never seen what being an adult artist looked like outside of my hometown. Life to me was family, job, grocery store runs, singing, summer swimming pools, volunteering, school plays, visits with Grandma. Even in college I lived in a little neighborhood with all my friends in a two-block radius. What did I know about making a life for myself in New York City? I thought it was selfish and expensive and almost impossible. But actually, I was afraid.

So instead of giving it a go in New York, I moved to Rhode Island. Kody had a job there, and he had a goal, an end game. I had no goals, a messed up family situation back in Iowa, and a non-paid education internship at a well-regarded theater in Boston. So, off we went to New England: Kody running toward the first step in a long and successful career, and me, running away from any chance at mine.

I spent that year after college asking myself a million questions. If I moved to New York, what will I do for money? Will anyone want to hire me? Am I really any good? What if it’s too hard? Will I get lost? Will Kody and I break up? Will I have any friends? What if I can’t find anywhere to live? Do they have Target there? Oh my god, what will I do without Target?

Basically I kept wondering: What’s more important, my life or my work? At the time, I thought they were exclusive. And apparently I also thought I had a life. While I met some wonderful people and did have some wonderful opportunities, I was unhappy in Rhode Island. I was dealing with crippling self-doubt stemming from anxiety and depression that I tried to ignore, which of course only made it worse. Not only was this holding me back from my work, but it was affecting my relationship, too. (Kody calls it my Poptart Depression: the days when I stayed in bed with the lights off eating Poptarts instead of, you know, being a part of the human race.)

I was convinced I would never make it in New York. I was too fat, too broke, not good enough, not smart enough, not funny or savvy enough. I used every excuse in the book, including convincing myself that this was really what I wanted, that I was being practical and rational. To me, not trying was better than failing at something I was supposed to be good at.

So when Kody got laid off, my whole world turned upside down. My biggest fear had been realized: I had no money, no power, and no pursuits of my own, and almost worst of all, I had moved across the country for a guy who was leaving to start a new job, and I was making minimum wage and relying on him for everything.

Who am I? I thought. What have I done?

The night before Kody left for New York, we went to our favorite pizza place. (If I miss one thing about living in Rhode Island – besides the people – it is the food.) We smiled and talked and tried to have fun. I called in sick the next day and took him out to run some errands before dropping him off at the bus station. He left February 12th, and by February 13th, I had created a blog.

I had been ruminating on it for some time, experimenting with names and styles, but once Kody left, I knew it was time. When I walked back into our quiet apartment, I was faced with a reality I hadn’t felt in a long time: I was alone.

I sat on the couch and tried to watch TV. I ordered some pizza, called my mom, reorganized the coffee table. But I kept being bombarded by the silence, the thoughts in my head I had to face now that it was just them and me.

So I started writing.

Once I started down the blogosphere rabbit hole, I didn’t look back. I found my niche, and I also found my voice. I started reading more, listening to the ideas of others, and I found myself getting excited to work. I hadn’t felt that in a long time. I would head home from my babysitting job or my teaching job, and instead of dreading an empty house, I was excited to get home and write. The more women and issues I read about, the more empowered I became. The more I discovered, the more conversations I started with women near and far.

I wanted people to read my articles, to learn something, and to be inspired. But sometimes I found myself not caring if anyone read my stuff or not. I was just happy to be working, to be sharing a part of myself and being unafraid to do so.

In the time since I started Good Millennial, my life has changed exponentially. Kody and I left Rhode Island and moved to New York City. I got an agent, got a few part-time jobs, met a million people from a million places, took classes, and started working with a therapist who has changed my life. I’m currently in a van driving all over the country getting paid to sing and dance and Kody is busy getting promoted and taking on more responsibilities at a job he loves. We both found a place to be ourselves and be together. Life still isn’t easy, but it’s better. We are better. I am better.

Good Millennial gave me a place of my own, a place I could work on myself. It gave me courage and knowledge and few enemies on the Internet. Before I started blogging, I just didn’t care about anything. But writing, along with a strong support system and some good therapy, has given me a reason to care, a reason to be interested in the world around me. It reminded me that what we say and do matters, and learning and being engaged and starting a conversation that matters helps make the world a better place.

The first page I created for the blog was my About section. I listed all the things a Good Millennial should be. That list was less of a proclamation and more of a promise – to others and to myself. At the time, I didn’t have an opinion or a belief that our generation could change the world. I couldn’t even change my own life. But I listed those attributes because I thought if I created a small space for growth in my life, I could become those things. (Click here if you want a refresher.)

Thanks for sticking by me, Good Millennials. I hope you have enjoyed the journey. I know I have loved learning from you, and I will continue trying to make you proud.

Here’s to another year of education, action, compassion, and forging our own paths. We cannot be defined. We cannot be stifled. We are complex, driven, beautiful, passionate, fascinating, wonderful vessels for greatness. There’s a lot to be done, but we can do it together.

The world is at our feet. Let’s go.

xo,

Mackie

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Be cool! Give a book!

Mackie
12/12/2015

This holiday season, would you like to give your loved one a gift that connects them with people all over the world? What about a gift that transcends space and time? A gift they can return to again and again and never get tired of? And, what if I said you could give all that for under $20?

That’s right. I’m talking about BOOKS!

Books move us, expand our imaginations, and allow us to learn and grow as a community. Plus they’re a great way to support feminist and equal rights causes in your holiday shopping!

According to the VIDA Women in Literature Count, women are continuing to make strides in the literary world, but female authors, and especially female authors of color, are still published, reviewed, taught, and read less than male authors. This limits earning and job potential, as well as the amount of female stories and perspectives reaching students and general audiences.

So what can we do about that? VIDA suggests counting the number of female-written books you own. Need a few more books by badass ladies on your shelves? Think your friends might need some, too?

Good Millennial has compiled a list of some of the best books by female authors to give this holiday season. With everything from classics to brand new works, you’re sure to find a book for everyone on your list – and maybe a few for yourself!

 

EPIC TALES OF FICTION

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Via the author’s website:

“Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.”

 

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

“Superb . . . A work to stand beside literature of any time and place.” — San Francisco Chronicle

Currently running on Broadway, The Color Purple is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of family and what we will do for those we love. Once you and your friends read this seminal story, make sure you rent the film version to see Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah (yes, Oprah) in the performances of their lives. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this is for lovers of literature and newbies alike.

 

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

Via Amazon:

“In this debut novel, the García sisters and their family must flee their home in the Dominican Republic after their father’s role in an attempt to overthrow a tyrannical dictator is discovered. They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Caribbean. …For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating to be caught between the old world and the new. This novel sets the sisters free to tell their most intimate stories about how they came to be at home—and not at home—in America.”

 

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Via the author’s website:

“Fates and Furies is a literary masterpiece that defies expectation. A dazzling examination of a marriage, it is also a portrait of creative partnership written by one of the best writers of her generation. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it.”

 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Reviewer Emilie Coulter describes this classic text:

“Like the Tree of Heaven that grows out of cement or through cellar gratings, resourceful Francie struggles against all odds to survive and thrive. Betty Smith’s poignant, honest novel created a big stir when it was first published over 50 years ago. Her frank writing about life’s squalor was alarming to some of the more genteel society, but the book’s humor and pathos ensured its place in the realm of classics–and in the hearts of readers, young and old.”

 

WHEN YOU WANT TO ESCAPE

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

“Bridget Jones is channeling something so universal and (horrifyingly) familiar that readers will giggle and sigh with collective delight.” —Elle

I’ve read this modern classic probably 700 times. If you have a friend who loves the glamour of Sex and the City but the realness of Tina Belcher, she needs to meet neurotic, hilarious, and incredibly relatable Bridget Jones.

 

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

“Exhilarating. . .powerful. . .By humanizing these formidable women, The Invention of Wings furthers our essential understanding of what has happened among us as Americans – and why it still matters.” – The Washington Post

If you know someone who loves historical fiction, this is a perfect choice. It’s based on the true story of Sarah Grimke’s journey from young Confederate socialite to pioneering feminist abolitionist. This book took me in and held me close. Get into it.

 

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Via the AV Club:

“A boisterous novel about two warring families pitched on either side of the liberal-conservative divide, On Beauty works best as a chronicle of the families’ respective unravelings.”

PS. Listen to this author’s interview on the Women of the Hour podcast with Lena Dunham.

 

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

This book is insane, and any thriller-lovers in your life will eat this book up (if they haven’t already). It keeps you guessing till the very end, and it’s infinitely better than the film version.

FUNNY AND POIGNANT PERSONAL ESSAYS

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Everyone seems to have something to say about Lena Dunham, which to me means two things: 1. She must be saying some pretty good things, and 2. Maybe I should hear her out in her own words. Every twenty-something female in your life will find something about this book to connect to. It’s funny, honest, self-aware, and moving. I gave it to like 4 friends last year, and I am still friends with every single one of them.

 

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling

You don’t have to be an avid Mindy Project watcher to absolutely love Mindy Kaling’s essays. Her second book has all the cleverness of her first book with a dash of maturity and a little more wisdom. She writes with such a wonderfully specific voice that feels like you’re talking with an old (and hilarious) friend. Literally give this book to any woman (or man, honestly) you know. They will love it.

 

How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran

From the author’s website:

“Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina? Why does your bra hurt? And why does everyone ask you when you’re going to have a baby?

Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin Moran answers these questions and more in How To Be A Woman – following her from her terrible 13th birthday (‘I am 13 stone, have no friends, and boys throw gravel at me when they see me’) through adolescence, the workplace, strip-clubs, love, fat, abortion, TopShop, motherhood and beyond.”

 

MEMOIRS THAT WILL BREAK YOUR HEART IN A GOOD WAY

Just Kids by Patti Smith

This book wrecked me. And therefore I must share its glory with the world. Historic punk musician and all around creative visionary Patti Smith chronicles her relationship with the late photographer Robert Maplethorpe with beautiful prose, stark frankness, and truly stirring intimacy. For anyone who loves memoirs, music, art, or simply a well-told story, this book is definitely a winner.

 

Negroland by Margo Jefferson

Review by Isabel Wilkerson:

“Ever provocative and insightful, the cultural critic Margo Jefferson bravely directs the focus inward to her own life and times as a child of the rigid and nearly invisible world of black elites in pre-Civil Rights, mid-century America. By turns, melancholic and hopeful, raw and disarming, she weighs the psychic toll of constructed divisions at the intersection of race, gender, caste and privilege. A moving memoir that is an act of courage in its vulnerability.”

PPS. I heard a great interview with the author on Fresh Air – can’t wait to read this one.

 

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Subtitled “a family tragicomic,” Fun Home is the story of Alison Bechdel, a lesbian cartoonist whose closeted father stepped in front of a truck when she was 19. With dark humor and warm richness, Bechdel shares her family’s story and the trajectory of her life, relationships, sexuality, and work through an inspiring medium. So inspiring, in fact, that the book was the basis for a Tony-winning Broadway musical. For anyone in your life who likes graphic novels, memoirs, or for anyone with a family as weird or even weirder than your own.

 

INSPIRATIONAL MEMOIRS

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

Feminist demi-god Gloria Steinem explores how her travels influenced her life and work in this new road book. At the age of 81, Steinem is still as revolutionary as ever. The dedication alone still brings me to tears. For any badass lady, history buff, or Jack Kerouac-lover in your life.

 

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Via Amazon:

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey, and at sixteen, she became a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.”

 

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

We all know it, but lest we forget: Amy Poehler is life. Amy Poehler is love. And her book of essays is equal parts hilarious, informative, and truly lovely. Sharing gratitude and praise for everyone from her idols to her babysitters, she gives us a little sliver of what it means to be a golden goddess of comedy. For anyone who laughs and has a heart, which is hopefully everyone you know.

ADDITIONS TO THE FEMINIST LIBRARY

If you need a short feminist primer that packs a punch:

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

““Some people ask: “Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?” Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general—but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women.”

 

For the meme-loving feminist in your life:

Notorious RBG by Irin Cameron and Shana Knizhnik

The iconic website spawned this informative and enriching chronicle of one of the most important women of our time. This is on my real Christmas list I gave to my mom. Fingers crossed!

“[W]hen I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the supreme court]? And I say ‘When there are nine.’ People are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”

 

For those passionate about reproductive rights:

Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights by Katha Pollitt

I have always considered myself a feminist, but this book propelled me into action. Through impeccable investigation, active and sometimes darkly funny narrative, Katha Politt will inform and inspire you to do something. Her writing encapsulates the no-nonsense honesty the movement needs to succeed. I can’t recommend it enough.

“Why must the woman apologize for not having a baby just because she happened to get pregnant? It’s as if we think motherhood is the default setting for a woman’s life from first period to menopause, and she needs a note from God not to say yes to every zygote that knocks on her door.”

 

A more in-depth feminist primer:

Feminism Is For Everybody by bell hooks

“Feminist thinking teaches us all, especially, how to love justice and freedom in ways that foster and affirm life.”

 

Now all you have to do is head to your local bookstore and pick up something for everyone on your list! After asking for suggestions for this post, I have about 1000 books I need to pick up. Or if you’re looking for yourself, don’t forget about your local library.

Happy Holidays, Good Millennials!

Be cool! Give a book!

 

Did we miss your favorite female author? Have more ideas to share? Hit us up on the socials!

 


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Happy Birthday, Hillary!

Today is October 26, 2015! And you know what that means…

It’s Hillary Clinton’s 68th birthday!!!!!

While my last birthday was spent eating cake off paper plates and Skyping with my mom, Secretary Clinton got down to Demi Lovato at her birthday bash/campaign fundraiser event last night in NYC. And while my birthday wishes can’t really compare to the dulcet tones of John Legend (yup, he was there, too), I do want to say how grateful I am that HRC was born on this day back in 1947. Aaaaaand here’s some reasons why!

She’s always fought for women

From her groundbreaking speech at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women to making women a central part of her turn as Secretary of State, Hills has spent her career fighting for women. Recently she has stood with victims of sexual assault and made reproductive rights central to her presidential campaign. See a timeline of her inspiring life here and watch the speech that cemented her global presence below:

She’s a trailblazer

How many times can we put “first” in front of Secretary Clinton’s name? Let’s see…

She was the first First Lady to hold an advanced degree, the first First Lady to hold public office, the first female senator from New York, the first woman to win a Presidential primary, the first First Lady to be directly involved with public policy, the first female partner at Rose Law Firm in Arkansas, the first female politician to win a Grammy (really!), and first student commencement speaker at Wellesley College. She is also the most-traveled Secretary of State, logging almost one million miles traveling around the world. (Not to mention, she also lead the fight for universal health care 20 years before Obamacare.) Being the first person to achieve so many things does come with a price, but Secretary Clinton’s resilience and courage in the face of speculation and ridicule are a large part of what makes her exceptional. [Crossing our fingers for another first in 2016… #madampresident]

She’s hilarious

You’ve seen her on SNL. You’ve read her emails about Parks and Rec and The Good Wife. (Also this interview is gold.) She’s gotten a lot of flack for being cold and calculated, but when she’s at her best (#DemDebate, amiright?), Hillary is pretty funny. See below:

She’s dealt with some shit

As if you haven’t heard.

Yes, yes Benghazi, her private email server, Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation money, BENGHAZI. And that’s just from this election cycle. Whitewater, Troopergate, and of course Monica Lewinsky (whose TED Talk changed my life) are scandals that many media outlets and political commentators said would ruin the Clintons forever.

Hillary Clinton has been especially eviscerated by the press and the public for nearly her entire career, either getting lumped into her husband’s issues or dealing with her own. How often has this decorated public figure been publicly called a bitch? Her physical appearance as well as her mental capacity have been called into question. First she’s too feminist, then not feminist enough. She’s the subject of damning books, even a video game app that lets the player slap the former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State in the face. In this fascinating piece from The New Yorker, Frank Rich breaks down the Clinton enemy’s obsession with sex and “how frequently [Hillary Clinton is] the victim of drive-by character assassination” in almost any political or personal instance. Most recently, her public record has come into question, when Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina asked Democrats to find one thing Hillary Clinton has accomplished.

They managed to name a few.

And yet Hillary and President Bill Clinton have not only survived, but thrived. Is this a Frank Underwood of House of Cards situation, where everyone else takes the fall while the power couple who orchestrated it all climbs to the top of the DC ladder?

I guess it’s possible.

But I think what’s even more possible is this: The bigger the public platform, the bigger the risk – in policy, personal lives, and especially in the press. The more responsibility you have, the greater the consequences. Are the Clintons perfect? I don’t think so. But I also believe they have been the victims of some of the most intense public scrutiny we have ever seen. Secretary Clinton has been affected by intense sexism and misogyny, an issue that creates and augments political scandals, detracts from her astonishing public service career, and affects the rhetoric around her as a candidate and person to this day. And that’s on us.

Hillary Clinton is smart, passionate, aggressive, and vigilant. She continues to work tirelessly for the betterment of others despite near constant attacks on her record and her character. But time and time again, she’s come out on top. And that is pretty remarkable.

Cheers to the lady of many firsts who continues to inspire women, men, and children all over the world. Happy 68th Birthday, Hills.

Keep it up. We’re with you.

 

8 Things We’re Most Excited To See In The ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival

Mackie
10/20/2015

After going through two rounds of the entire Gilmore Girls series in less than six months, I can safely say it’s one of the best shows of all time. I know, I know, this is old news. After all, who among us hasn’t wished they could riff along with Lorelai, or listen to music with Rory and Lane, or grab a cup of coffee at Luke’s and stare furtively into Jess’ eyes as he passive-aggressively wipes down the counter?

I guess the universe heard my prayers, because it was announced that Netflix and Warner Bros. recently closed a deal for a limited series revival written by Amy Sherman-Palladino herself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Four 90 minute mini-movies streaming right into our homes and hearts!!!!!!!!!!

The Internet is going BANANAS (as it should be), so I thought I’d throw in my two cents and share…

The Top 8 Things We’re Most Excited To See In The Gilmore Girls Revival.

 

8. Emily Gilmore

As frustrating as Emily Gilmore can be (“Just make up already!” – me every time she has a fight with a Lorelai), she’s also the most badass WASP known to man. Her one-liners are as solid as her love for her family and I want to know she’s ok after Richard’s death. Also like how’s the DAR?

7. Melissa McCarthy in Her Best Work Basically Ever

Yeah, I’ll say it: Melissa McCarthy’s best performance on film is as Sookie St. James. She’s sweet and hysterical, and she consistently amazes me with her honest acting chops and comedic timing. Sure, Bridesmaids is good, but the episode with the kid’s birthday party and Sookie’s hilarious food prep/heartbreaking meltdown? GOLD.

6. Jess

I was going to say “Rory’s Ex-Boyfriends: Where Are They Now” but like come oooonnnnn. We are only interested in one thing: WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH JESS?! WHERE’S JESS?! WE WANT MORE JESS! #JESS

5. Luke and Lorelai 

Honestly they better be happy as hell because all that seventh season Christopher nonsense is so painful I can hardly watch it.

4. Stars Hollow

Am I the only one who just misses the town of Stars Hollow? The homes, the shops, the cast of goofy and lovable characters. What has become of Taylor Doose? Babette and Miss Patty? How does Lorelai’s house look? Has Lorelai gotten Luke to update the diner? Good God, what about Kirk?

3. Rory’s career

Since I didn’t watch the series when it originally aired (forgive me, TV gods), it was pretty amazing to watch Rory head out to work on then Senator Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign while I  was living through his second term as President. Would she have known he was to become one of the most influential leaders in United States history? Basically I just want Rory to be doing her dream job and living her best life. TAKE THAT, MITCHUM HUNTZBERGER.

2. Everyone’s kids

Omg seriously so many kids. Sookie and Jasper, Lane and Zack – and what about Luke and Lorelai or Kirk and Lulu? Is April still happening? Or… what if RORY gets married and/or has kids this time around????? Do I want a THIRD Lorelai to carry on the committed bond of female relationships through the generations? I kind of do, yeah! And like whatever happened to Gigi? She must be kind of messed up, right? So many baby questions to be answered and I CAN’T WAIT.

1. Jess 

Obviously. Do you know me? Jess is life. I can’t even fathom the thought of Jess being with someone other than Rory. Maybe he writes a book about her? Is that weird? Just spitballing here. Point is, more Gilmore Girls = more Jess.

And the world needs more Jess.

 

What do you think, Good Millennials? Share your GG hopes and dreams below or on FB/Twitter/Insta – @goodmillennial!

 

 

 


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The BEST Feminist Halloween Costumes on the Internet

Mackie
10/18/2015

Tired of searching through 1000 slideshows trying to find the perfect patriarchy-free Halloween costume? Have no fear, because Good Millennial has the links you need to get feminist AF this Halloween.

 

1. Wonder Woman

There are lots of other options for feminist superheroes, too!

 

2. The Mean Girls Girls

On Halloween we wear pink #meangirlshalloween

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Bonus points for including Janis or Tina Fey

 

3. Notorious RBG

Props to this lady who also incorporated Thor’s hammer as her gavel.

 

4. Tina from Bob’s Burgers

Carry around a unicorn and you’ve got it made.

 

5. A Tampon

My personal fave.

 

6. Annalise Keating from HTGAWM

Fashionable suit + trophy + vodka. Want to dress like more of the gang? Click here

 

7. Birth Control Pills

The Pill! 📅🌛 #thepill #pillcostume #halloween #diyhalloween #buzzfeed #contraception #diybirthcontrol #diycostume #turtleyenough

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Make sure to ask your employer if it’s ok for you to pick this costume

 

8. Ghostbusters

Wha happa? Norterra Trunk-R-Treat 10/16/15 #azgb #arizonaghostbusters #azghostbusters #az_ghostbusters #ghostheads #gb #Ghostbusters

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She ain’t afraid of no ghosts

 

9. Hermione Granger

Wingardium levio-DUH this is brilliant

 

10. Venus and Serena Williams

 All you need is some kickin’ tennis gear, a racket, and some sisterly love

 

11. Leslie Knope

**Also a good excuse to eat waffles**

 

12. Kimmy Schmidt

Cuz females are STRONG AS HELL. #wondercon #kimmyschmidt #kimmyschmidtcosplay ❤️

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Candy for dinner + strong females = brilliance

 

 

Want some more ideas?? Check out these links below:

18 Feminist Costumes To Spread Some Girl Power This Halloween – via HuffPost
The 42 Most Badass Feminist Halloween Costumes For 2015 – via MTV
20 FEMINIST HALLOWEEN COSTUMES – via Bitch Media

 

What are YOU doing for Halloween?? Share below or on the socials with @goodmillennial!

 

 

The Ultimate List of Feel Good Feminist Films

Mackie
05/18/2015

Have you been feeling a little down in the dumps? Has all the bad news about the GOP ticket and our planet’s impending doom got you feeling blue? Need a little empowerment boost? Look no further than these inspiring movies that will leave you feeling GREAT and ready to SLAY THE PATRIARCHY. Or, at least you’ll have a fun night in with other cool gals like yourself.

ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?! LET’S GO.

 

First Wives Club  – Keaton, Hawn, Midler (plus a SLEW of other amazing costars and cameos), revenge, and group singalongs? It’s honestly one of the most perfect movies EVER MADE. Required viewing for anyone with a vagina. Or… just… anyone, for that matter.

Thelma and Louise – The ultimate best friend tale of survival and love. Plus there’s that one scene with Brad Pitt that everyone cares about.

Legally Blonde – “You got into Harvard Law?” “What? Like it’s hard?” CLASSIC Witherspoon.

Steel Magnolias – Jam-packed with badass lady stars, this is a tear-jerker and empowering tale all in one. Special mention for Sally Field and Shirley MacLaine because of course.

Obvious Child – I can’t get enough of this movie. Jenny Slate’s performance is riveting and the writing is superb. It’s an instant classic. I can’t say enough a good things about it. I love it. SEE IT.

The Color Purple – Not exactly a “feel good” movie (it’s REALLY SAD is what we’re saying) but beautiful and incredible and Oprah and Whoopi. … Read this one first, though.

Now and Then – The movie that was always on TBS in the middle of the afternoon in July? Yes! There are about 10,000 amazing women in it and it’s a flashback movie to the 70s when they were impressionable teens. Done and done.

9 to 5 – Parton, Tomlin, Fonda… Sexism in the workplace is NO MATCH for these fierce office queens.

Waiting to Exhale – Based on the novel by Terry McMillan, this story of four friends supporting each other through the ups and downs of relationships will getcha every time. Plus Angela Bassett! Whitney! And more!

Ella Enchanted – Another great telling of the Cinderella story, but with great tunes, cool women, and ogres! (Plus it’s a great YA book!)

Mean Girls – Okay duh. If you haven’t seen this, I’m not sure how you’re still functioning. Get it together.

Working Girl – Melanie Griffith stars with a cast full of greats as a Staten Island secretary trying to make it on 1980s Wall Street. A classic feminist film with funny touches and that fierce theme song – Let The River Run.

The Joy Luck Club – Based on the wonderful novel by Amy Tan, this movie focuses on 4 older Chinese women living in San Fran, as well as on each of their grown Chinese-American daughters. Cultures clash and family bonds are tested, but love wins of course!!!!

Little Women – What is not to love about this gorgeous 1994 classic? Susan Sarandon, Winona Ryder, even little Kirsten Dunst… The beautiful score, wonderful script, and don’t forget about Christian Bale (how could you?) — this will make you cry and want to hug every lady you’ve ever met. 10/10 ALWAYS.

10 Things I Hate About You – Is there anything better than a teen romantic comedy made during the millennium? The answer is no. Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, JOSEPH GORDON LEVITT, and a host of other familiar faces tame the shrew and rock some dope feminist ideals.

Bend It Like Beckham – Her parents won’t let her play soccer (football, because London) because she’s a girl?! Inspiring movie material 101. Also, Keira Knightly pre-Pirates.

Harriet the Spy – Michele Trachtenberg BEFORE she went bananas on Gossip Girl AND Rosie O’Donnell in one of her BEST performances ever in a great story about friendship and honesty and being a dope spy. Read the book, too.

A Little Princess – Duh. Gorgeous. Also read this book.

A League of Their Own – THERE’S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL, but you will probably cry at this movie because it’s amazing and we should all aspire to be Gina Davis is what we’re saying.

We know there are about 1,000 other amazing lady movies out there, so what did we forget? What are some movies that feature empowering stories for WOC? Share below!

That Bookish Boy Blog Guest Post!

Mackie
05/13/2015

I was honored to write a quick blog post about one of my favorite novels for That Bookish Boy, a book blog about what we should read and when! I posted a snippet below, but read the whole thing here. Thanks for the invite, Michael!

 

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

 

When I think of my favorite books growing up, I think of lamp light and late nights. Reading was always the one thing my sister and I could do in our small shared bedroom once bedtime began, and we would each stay up well past curfew to get in the last few chapters of Harry Potter or Little House on the Prairie. We read so many stories under the covers with flashlights, but none sticks out more to me than my memories of reading The Bell Jar. Making notes and underlining passages in the worn paperback copy my mother bought at the dime store, this book mystified me as much as it understood me. Even though The Bell Jar was published a good 45 years before I read it, it still felt as relevant and vibrant as ever.

Surprise! A 23-year-old white girl is into Sylvia Plath.

But let’s be real: It’s a great book. The plot, the language and imagery, our main character, the exotic story connecting Esther to Plath’s own personal mental breakdown and eventual suicide — it makes for an exciting and touching read in just 200 pages.

The mystery surrounding the novel probably goes back to Plath’s death, which occurred just one month after the novel was published in England in 1963. The semi-autobiographical nature of The Bell Jar, in association with Plath’s suicide, makes the story even more alluring and even darkly romantic. But it’s the story of the central character Esther Greenwood that continues to bring readers, especially young women, to the pages of Plath’s only novel.

 


 

Read the whole thing at Michael’s great blog! New posts coming soon!

 

Minor Miracle – Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson (1946-) 

The Fields of Praise

Minor Miracle

 

Which reminds me of another knock-on-wood

memory. I was cycling with a male friend,

through a small midwestern town. We came to a 4-way

stop and stopped, chatting. As we started again,

a rusty old pick-up truck, ignoring the stop sign,

hurricaned past scant inches from our front wheels.

My partner called, “Hey, that was a 4-way stop!”

The truck driver, stringy blond hair a long fringe

under his brand-name beer cap, looked back and yelled,

“You fucking niggers!”

And sped off.

My friend and I looked at each other and shook our heads.

We remounted our bikes and headed out of town.

We were pedaling through a clear blue afternoon

between two fields of almost-ripened wheat

bordered by cornflowers and Queen Anne’s lace

when we heard an unmuffled motor, a honk-honking.

We stopped, closed ranks, made fists.

It was the same truck. It pulled over.

A tall, very much in shape young white guy slid out:

greasy jeans, homemade finger tattoos, probably

a Marine Corps boot-camp footlockerful

of martial arts techniques.

 

“What did you say back there!” he shouted.

My friend said, “I said it was a 4-way stop.

You went through it.”

“And what did I say?” the white guy asked.

“You said: ‘You fucking niggers.'”

The afternoon froze.

 

“Well,” said the white guy,

shoving his hands into his pockets

and pushing dirt around with the pointed toe of his boot,

“I just want to say I’m sorry.”

He climbed back into his truck

and drove away.

 


From The Fields of Praise, published by Louisiana State University Press. Copyright © 1997 by Marilyn Nelson. All rights reserved.

Afternoon on a Hill – Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) 

Afternoon on a Hill – 1917

 

I will be the gladdest thing

Under the sun!

I will touch a hundred flowers

And not pick one.

I will look at cliffs and clouds

With quiet eyes,

Watch the wind bow down the grass,

And the grass rise.

And when lights begin to show

Up from the town,

I will mark which must be mine,

And then start down!


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