I loved looking at my favorite Insta feeds as people celebrated the International Day of the Girl earlier this week. We certainly strive for equality in this country, but some of our global sisters are still fighting for basic human rights. All things girl seems to be the running theme on this week’s Company Memo and I’m grateful to Lorae for sharing these good finds with us! Have a great weekend, everyone.
Create: Rebel Girl Halloween Costumes
Read: Audible Subscription Recommendations
I may have mentioned I am a Audible lover, and think it’s one of the best subscriptions out there. You can listen while folding laundry, doing dishes, walking the dog, or waiting in that carpool line. I had some downtime this past weekend in the car alone so I listened to two really great stories: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari (from Master Of None and Parks and Recreation) and In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero (from Orange Is The New Black). Modern Romance is about dating culture in the era of technology and has some really poignant messages about what old social habits have fallen by the wayside in modern interactions. In the County We Love tells Diane’s story of when she, at 14, came home from school to find out her parents had been deported without her knowledge. This memoir sheds incredible first-hand perspective on undocumented immigrants in the United States and the legitimate struggles these families and children face with deportation.
Watch: International Day of the Girl Tributes
This week we celebrated International Day of The Girl and my daughters and I had a little screen time with the newly adapted “Freedom” video from Beyonce. This may be our new soccer warm-up jam, replacing “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys. I also can’t help but share this clip from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon where he welcomed some of his female writers to take part in his Thank You Notes series for guest Hillary Rodham Clinton. If you weren’t With Her, I hope you can still appreciate the impact of being able to thank someone you admire. Maybe we should all pick up a pen and paper today and acknowledge the women who showed us the way.
Listen: Call Your Girlfriend
After a weekend with my girlfriends I needed to continue the bestie banter so I began trying out some new podcasts. I landed on one entitled Call Your Girlfriend; This podcast began with two girlfriends catching up on issues of pop culture and politics and has now morphed into so much more with listeners all over the globe. With backgrounds as digital strategists, and now regular contributors to New York Magazine and the LA Times, these ladies have some serious street cred. Their podcast is witty and engaging with both high and low brow content. Ann Friedman reminds me of Molly Shannon playing an NPR host on SNL and I really dig it. Give an episode a try and see what you think.
We are a Instagram-loving culture and my kids are dying to be on it, too. I get hounded to get Snapchat—one social media app I don’t have yet—and am trying to dig my heels in for now. They are years away from the Instagram age requirement of 13, but I could be open to an alternative like the app Kudos. Just think of it as Instagram with training wheels: kids can take photos, apply filters and overlays, and share with friends. I am a little strict when it comes to what age I let my girls have access to apps and want to make sure that they are ready for the responsibility that comes with being on this type of technology. (Some thoughts to think about when giving kids devices). Kudos has a AI technology that scans 24/7 for suspicious content to keep our children safe and comments appropriate. Any content that gets passed to their AI can be removed, no questions asked. Another feature I love is that their accounts can only be seen by friends who they have allowed to follow.