Featured image: Barbara Kruger Rage + Women = Power, cover for Ms. magazine January/February 1992
Three remarkable women caught our attention this week: the NYT obituary Mary Pratt, Realist Painter of Household Scenes, Dies at 83, the Vanity Fair cover story featuring actress Michelle Williams on Her Very Private Wedding and Her Very Public Fight for Equal Pay, and the brilliant Jill Filipovic‘s op-ed, Stormy Daniels, Feminist Hero.
In other Woolfer news, we have expanded! Very big welcome to our latest regional subgroup: Australia and New Zealand. We now have 18 regional subgroups around the world. If you haven’t already done so, we urge you to join your closest group to find out about local recommendations and IRL events.
Our “Are You A True Woolfer?” quiz was such a hit last week (and we had so much fun putting it together!) that we couldn’t resist quiz #2: “How Perimenopausal Are You?” (No brainer, right?) Take the quiz here to find out where you land on the hot flash meter.
Finally, check out this clip from the last clothing swap: Meet the Woolfers
Here’s to the last week of summer — hope you enjoy it wherever you are!
Woolfer Wisdom: On Rejection
Since the early days of our Facebook group, we’ve had a lot of writers among us. But it’s not just writers who face regular rejection, it’s all of us, all the time, whether we’re online dating, trying to find work, or helping our kids deal with hardship. These tips from writer Susan Shapiro will give you some insight on how to cope and even thrive in the face of disappointment.
Woolfer Soraya Chemaly is the director of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project, an award-winning writer (the Guardian, the Atlantic, the Nation, Time), and an activist. In her first book, Rage Becomes Her, she takes on our culture’s suppression of female anger — why, how, how bad it’s been for us, how we have to turn that upside down — a subject I know will resonate with our readers.
Toward the end of the book Chemaly makes her own list of all the positive things anger can be, which Nina thought was quite beautiful and true: “Anger is an assertion of rights and worth. It is communication, equality, and knowledge. It is intimacy, acceptance, fearlessness, embodiment, revolt, and reconciliation. Anger is memory and rage. It is rational thought, and irrational pain. Anger is freedom, independence, expansiveness, and entitlement. It is justice, passion, clarity, and motivation. Anger is instrumental, thoughtful, complicated, and resolved. In anger, whether you like it or not, there is truth.”
And lastly, this gem:
“Anger is one letter short of danger.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
Woolfer of the Week: Orla McAlinden
“I knew within weeks of starting college that I had made the wrong choice; but I had escaped Northern Ireland and moved to Dublin to study. No way was I going back to Armagh at the height of Northern Ireland’s Troubles, so I stayed in Vet school, graduated first in the class, met my husband and some of the brightest, funniest, strongest women I know.”
WTF Do I Do? #10
“15 year old just revealed plans to become a high school pot pusher. Wtf do I do?”
Submit your question here.
Hot flashes waking you up all night long? Try the CHILLOW…yes, it’s a cool pillow, or more accurately a cooled gel insert that you can adjust for your needs, and many Woolfers say it’s saved their sanity. For $12.99, it might be worth a shot.
NYC Scrabble Tournament! Monday, October 1, at SuperFine in DUMBO. Four tables, four Woolfers at each, and then a Grand Prize Round for the winners of the first round! Prizes, pizza, and an open bar, and we welcome spectators/supporters, not just the hardcore players.
Buy tickets here.
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