Small Victories: Issue 2

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1. Obama gave his farewell speech, which reminded us of the many victories our country has had over the last 8 years. Many were not so small: same-sex couples are allowed to marry no matter where they live, the unemployment rate is near a ten year low, and the uninsured rate has never ever been lower.

2. After Meryl Streep delivered an eloquent and impassioned speech at the Golden Globes and called for people to support the Committee to Project Journalists, the organization saw an influx of more than $80,000 in donations in less than 24 hours.

3. Eric Holder will be leading the fight on Republican gerrymandering through the newly formed National Democratic Redistricting committee aimed at untangling the creatively drawn districts that have helped cement the Republican Party in power in Washington and many state capitals. <3

4. Following the Women’s March on Washington, Emily’s List will be holding training sessions for women looking to run for office. 2018 and 2020, here we come!

5. The Bush sisters wrote a farewell letter to Sasha and Malia, and Obama surprised his VP with the best goodbye gift.  #Friendshipgoals

6. Hidden Figures beat Star Wars at the box office.  Let’s keep telling Hollywood these stories matter, they have an audience, and we’ll get ourselves to the theater to see them. We also can’t forget Moonlight and its big win for Best Picture – Drama at the Golden Globes.  YASSSSSSSSS

7. New York state officials reached a deal to permanently shut down Indian Point nuclear power plant, which may be closed as soon as 2021!

8. 4-year-old Daliyah Marie Arana served as “Librarian for the Day” for the Library of Congress.  “Books are of the people, by the people, for the people… Literature is the most immortal part of history.” You go, girl.

Alison & Stephanie

P.S. Remembering Clare Hollingworth, one seriously badass lady journalist.
From Fortune’s Most Powerful Women:

Clare Hollingworth, a British reporter who uncovered one of the biggest scoops of modern times, died on Tuesday at 105.

You should know Hollingworth (even if you work outside journalism) not just for the one moment that made her famous, but because she trail-blazed despite the physical—not to mention reputational—risks.

In 1939 at age 27, Hollingworth broke the news that Germany was about to invade Poland—an event that would mark the outbreak of World War II. That story launched Hollingworth’s career as a war correspondent, a profession so dominated by men at the time that a British commander once ejected her from his press contingent saying women did not belong on the front lines.

But Hollingworth didn’t let her gender or her stature—barely 5 feet tall—deter her. She embedded with American troops under General Dwight D. Eisenhower, learned to parachute and pilot a plane, was nearly killed by a sniper in Vietnam, and regularly slept on the floor of her apartment to acclimate herself to the conditions of covering conflict.

“It was essential to be able to go without washing, sleep in the open desert and live on bully-beef and biscuits for days on end,” she wrote in 1990. “Many male correspondents got themselves sent back…because they could not take it.”

Yet she downplayed her achievements. “I enjoy action,” she told the Telegraph in 2011. “I’m not brave, I just enjoy it. I don’t know why. God made me like this. I’m not frightened.

 Thanks, Clare. You rock.

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