Friday Four

Inspired reading, listening and viewing for discerning women entrepreneurs, curated from around the web.

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Hopes for a Female President Dashed, Women Take Running for Office into Their Own Hands
Isaac Stanley-Becker, The Washington Post
“Everybody says organize, don’t mourn, make a change,” 22-year-old Mia Hernández tells Stanley-Becker in this piece, which spotlights women now planning to run for local office following the recent election. It’s a subject we explored before Nov. 8, but here, we hear from women galvanized into action following Hillary Clinton’s loss. Stanley-Becker speaks with several future female candidates about their decisions to make a difference through political action, and discusses how they could make a dent in the current dearth of women in government.


More Law Degrees for Women, but Fewer Good Jobs
Elizabeth Olson, The New York Times
Approximately half of the seats in America’s law school classrooms are occupied by women. However, this increased presence has not translated into an increase in employed female lawyers. Olson speaks to researchers who found that the pipeline for women looking to enter the legal profession is leaking — starting with law school applications and persisting through job applications. Ultimately, women “are less likely than men to attend the schools that send a high percentage of graduates into the profession,” Deborah J. Merritt, a law professor at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, told Olson, which means they “start at a disadvantage.”


A Delivery Company in India that Hires Only Women
Megha Bahree, The New Yorker
Even Cargo, a Delhi, India, delivery service, employs only women, with the aim of showing that women can enter male-dominated professions. The six-month-old startup was started by Yogesh Kumar, who told The New Yorker that “gender is at the core of our operations.” The company started with 10 female drivers, and it is slowly growing to become a way for young women to gain freedom in the working world. The New Yorker explores the modest delivery job and Even Cargo’s struggle to hire women, who must break gender barriers to their drive scooters through Delhi’s busy streets.


An Updated ‘Company’ for an Era of Single Women
Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic
Gender has always been flexible in the theater — and the latest upending of those norms is underway in an updated production of the 1970 Stephen Sondheim musical “Company,” which responds to an era of empowered single women by switching its lead confirmed-bachelor character to female from male. The move is a nod to “adult women who are no longer economically, socially, sexually, or reproductively dependent on or defined by the men they marry,” as Rebecca Traister, author of “All the Single Ladies,” has described women today.

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Posted: December 2, 2016

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