Tavi Gevinson on Strong Female Characters and Figuring It Out

Meet Tavi Gevinson, a 16-year-old who’s taking the Internet and publishing industry by storm. A proud feminist (and style blogger and magazine publisher), she also has some definitive ideas about what makes a strong female character. Since so much of what we do as a team is to champion strong women, it only seemed appropriate that we shared Tavi with you. During a TEDxTeen talk, Tavi spoke about the common depiction of a strong female character and how it’s not really strong at all. “The question often goes misinterpreted and instead we get these two-dimensional superwomen who maybe have one quality that’s played up a lot like a Catwoman-type or she plays her sexuality up a lot and it’s seen as power,” she says. “They’re not strong characters who happen to be...

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Take A Peek Inside Four Amazing Mini Libraries

Our lives are becoming increasingly mobile, so it only makes sense that libraries are becoming mobile, too. Pop-up libraries are, well, popping up across the globe, giving more people access to the magic of reading. Despite the fact that these libraries are built on a much smaller, more portable scale than traditional libraries, they’re architectural marvels in their own right. Come along on a quick trip around the world (no packing or passport required) for a look at four amazing mini libraries. Levinski Library, Tel Aviv Created by Yoav Meiri Architects, the Levinski Library features an international selection of books in a variety of languages. According to the architecture firm, the library is intended for illegal immigrants and is open all hours of the day...

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Done Not Done: Easily Manage Your Media

If your organizational habits are anything like ours, you create two types of to-do lists: one for school or work tasks, and the important one—you know, the list that includes all of the music you want to listen to, movies you want to watch and books you want to read. And if your “Must Watch/Read/Listen To” list is a little out-of-control, don’t fret! We recently stumbled on a nifty app called Done Not Done that lets you keep track of your media consumption—and better yet, you can call on your Facebook and Twitter friends to help you conquer your list. You can use the app on the web or with your iPhone. Sign in using your Twitter or Facebook log-in and finish adding your account details. After that, Done Not Done will help you start creating your list by giving...

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How Women Can Fix The Gender Gap

Although the gender gap is more glaringly apparent in some industries and areas than others, the sad fact remains that, even in today’s day and age, women and men are far from equal, especially when it comes to factors like employment and pay. Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, attributes this continued divide to several factors—including women who don’t aggressively pursue opportunities. Sandberg explores this theory in her new book, Lean In, due out in March. In ways both big and small, Sandberg examines how women hold themselves back so that we can collectively recognize these factors—and change them. “We internalize the negative messages we get throughout our lives, the messages that say it’s wrong to be outspoken, aggressive, more powerful...

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Brenda Chapman to Appear at Athena Film Festival

Billed as “a celebration of women and leadership,” the Athena Film Festival is now in its third year of creating a fun, engaging weekend that’s packed with films, documentaries, shorts that highlight female leadership, both in real life and the fictional world. And if you’re in New York from February 7-10, we suggest you make plans to attend the festival, which promises to be as entertaining as it is inspiring. The entire line-up is worth seeing, but we’re especially excited for our own Brenda Chapman to appear at noon EST on Feb. 9, where she’ll participate in a live Q&A immediately following a screening of Brave. We recommend attending as much of the festival as possible—after all, it’s going to be amazing! The Athena Film Festival schedule is filled with...

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