The New Kings of Mariachi Are All Women
Priscilla Frank, The Huffington Post
Mariachi bands are traditionally all-male. So Flor de Toloache, a band comprised solely of women, is causing quite a stir in the music world. Born in New York City nearly a decade ago as a trio that performed on subway platforms, the group is now Latin Grammy–nominated, and features a rotating roster of performers who simply love to play with one another. “You put women together and you just have this natural reaction of becoming sisters,” says group cofounder Mireya Ramos to Frank. “We all love each other. We’ve become a family.”

Manhattan’s Exclusive New Club for Women Only is a Modern Take on a Much-Needed Tradition
Jenni Avins, Quartz
Forget the old boys’ club. A new co-working space called The Wing has emerged in New York City to bring women together. Bright, airy and impeccably decorated, The Wing serves as a chic oasis for its 250 female members. But while it’s exclusive, it isn’t exclusionary. “We don’t have a target woman,” said cofounder Audrey Gelman. “Women are our target women.” In this fun piece, Avins explores the nooks and crannies of this feminist haven — and details its fascinating rise in popularity through Instagram.

Why Sexual Harassment Persists in Politics
Sheryl Gay Stolberg, The New York Times
Sexual harassment continues to flourish in politics. Experts say the profession draws determined aspirants who are eager to advance, and are especially reluctant to report harassment. After all, such accusations can damage their powerful bosses — and ultimately destroy their own jobs. Stolberg tells some eye-opening stories in this article — and asks what it will take to get change.

You Asked, We Answer: Can Microloans Lift Women Out of Poverty?
Nurith Aizenman, NPR
Microloans have been idealized in a vision that has women applying for microloans and singlehandedly using them to create small businesses that lift their families out of poverty. NPR delves into the world of microfinance to find out if microloans actually help women build businesses — or actually keep them in poverty. It’s a surprisingly complicated question to answer.

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