The Weekly ReFRESH

April 3, 2015

Edited by Mara Meyers

This week we’re checking out some exciting opportunities for changemakers, influential voices standing up against sexism, and, just in time for Easter, an important reflection on “religious freedom.”

What we’ve been checking out…

Sometimes you have to see it to believe it. Here’s the story of diversity on television in charts.

This week BuzzFeed launched an Emerging Writers Fellowship program aimed at “diversifying the broader media landscape by investing in the next generation of necessary voices” and we couldn’t be more excited.

Chris Rock’s new selfie series proves the sad truth that no amount of money or fame can actually stop racism.

In a culture that does a lot of talking, Anna Devere Smith reminds us of the profound importance of listening to others speak their truth.

Yikes. We don’t know what Cosmo was thinking when they not-so-subtly reinforced racist beauty standards by using only white models for “gorgeous trends” and black models for trends that need to “die”.

We now have an annotated list of some of the shockingly–and unfortunately not so shockingly–sexist and inappropriate things men say to women in the workplace.

For those of you who know someone awesome (or want to nominate your amazing self!), the TED Prize nomination window has been extended until 4/5/2015. Get on it, folks!

What’s new from the FRESH crew…

Major congrats to Sarika Bansal, the editor of Medium’s new pop-up publication about innovation in education.

Latoya Peterson interviewed street artist and activist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh on using the street as a canvas to take back space.

As we learn more information about the Germanwings tragedy, Christopher & Jennifer Gandin Le open our eyes to the reality that more mental illness screenings are not enough to prevent another disaster like this one.

Ann Friedman makes us realize that the Ellen Pao case is not a sexual harassment lawsuit but a retaliation lawsuit against gender based “gut-level assessments” of women in the workplace.

Since when have Young Adult novels been feminist, queer or diverse? Since never. Julie Zeilinger discusses how one hashtag is opening the door for Young Adult novels that actually reflect young people’s lives.

Zerlina Maxwell breaks down everyday sexism, hour-by-hour, in her latest Mic piece.

Fluency in “colorblindness” and “diversity” may be exactly why white Millennials are largely illiterate in the language of anti-racism. Mychal Denzel Smith illuminates in PBS.

Both Ann Friedman and Emily May were featured on USA Today’s #InTheirWords. Check out their videos and more from other awesome feminist women.

Here are 5 tips to improve any job description from Aaron Hurst.

During what some consider a Holy Week, Brittney Cooper is rejecting the white supremacist Jesus created by right-wing nut-jobs.


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