Credit: Vincent Luigi Molino, Flickr
Credit: Vincent Luigi Molino, Flickr

How Meryl Streep Battled Dustin Hoffman, Retooled Her Role, and Won Her First Oscar
Michael Schulman, Vanity Fair
Streep is, without question, one of the most respected and gifted actors in Hollywood today. For decades, she has wowed audiences and garnered awards for on a wide variety of roles. In an upcoming biography, “Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep,” excerpted in Vanity Fair, Schulman dives into the backstory of the seminal film Kramer vs. Kramer, and shows how adversity and pain shaped Streep’s ultimate rise to super-stardom. It’s a long, fascinating read, well worth the time investment.

Clinton’s Road To The Nomination Was Paved By Other Women Who Ran
Amita Kelly, NPR
Clinton’s path to becoming the first-ever female presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party seems clearer than ever. What does she owe to those who came before her? Kelly dives into the history of female candidates for the nation’s highest office, looking at how each chipped away at this “hardest, highest glass ceiling.” Indeed, Clinton’s proximity to the Democratic nomination is “very much a testament to the work that the suffragettes started over 150 years ago,” political science professor Andra Gillespie tells NPR.

Cities Aren’t Designed For Women. Here’s Why They Should Be.
Kate Abbey-Lambertz, Huffington Post
The particular needs of women are often overlooked when it comes to city planning, and this piece carefully details how resulting deficiencies affect female residents. For instance, a lack of safety and structural integrity in public transit and missing wastebaskets in public restrooms all complicate a woman’s day in ways different from men. Changing this is about more than easing individual women’s lives, though. “No city can truly thrive if it discounts the talents, contribution and leadership of its women,” Wendy Lewis Jackson, interim co-managing director for the Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program, tells Abbey-Lambertz.

Why a Troll Trolls
Elisabeth Witchel, Committee to Protect Journalists
After a video detailing the harmful, often threatening comments received by women in sports media went viral earlier this week, the growing problem of sexualized online harassment has once again taken center stage. “This special brand of online abuse is becoming a de facto occupational hazard for many female journalists,” explains Witchel, who engages in a dialogue with actual “trolls” who perpetrate this sort of abuse and examines how female targets grapple with being on the receiving end. [Warning: Strong Language]

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