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Doppelgängers or twins? 🧬
Another barrier broken!👩🏽💼 Mary Peltola won the special election for Alaska’s only US House seat. She’s the first Native Alaskan to serve in the House, and the first woman to hold the seat. She’s also not a regular mom politician, she’s a cool mom politician. Mary won the election by highlighting that she’s here for Alaskans. “I’m not a millionaire. I’m not an international celebrity.”
Seeing double👯♀️ A recent study has found that people who look identical have similar genomes (DNA sequences). Lead researcher, Dr. Manel Esteller, was a little surprised by this finding. But also noted that there are only so many ways to build a unique face. “Now there are so many people in the world, the system is repeating itself.” You never know when you might have your own Sister, Sister moment, doppelgänger edition.
Extra Nuggets 👀
- Restrain your cultural ignorance for the 1800s 👏🏾 Oriini Kaipara shut down a viewer who kept complaining about her moko kauae (a traditional Māori tattoo that covers a woman’s lips and chin), and her use of Māori language when delivering the news.
- There’s a new Barbie in town 👩🏾 Madame CJ Walker is the latest addition to the Barbie Inspiring Women series. ICYMI, she was one of the first Black, female, self-made millionaires.
- Megan Thee … She Hulk? 💪🏾 Megan Thee Stallion is joining the MCU with a cameo appearance in She-Hulk: Attorney At Law series on Disney+.
What we’re loving this week:
Read - All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color. Edited by Jina Cortiz, All About Skin features 27 short stories, all by women of colour. A great way to read wonderful work by a range of authors!
Watch - Partner Track. Legal drama, friendships, romance and fabulous fashion with Arden Cho as the lead. What’s not to love?!
Make - Vienna Einspänner Iced Coffee. This recipe by Sena, aka London Is Hungry, adds a Korean twist to the Viennese einspänner. It’s the perfect treat to cool you down (and wake you up on a hot day). Not a fan of coffee? Try Sena’s Matcha Einspänner Iced Latte recipe.
7 Trailblazing BIPOC Women You Need To Know
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So this is a bit different to our usual weekly interview with a trailblazing BIPOC woman founder or community leader…
Here’s the thing. We’ve had a bunch of new subscribers join our community recently (hi, friends! 👋🏽) And most of you have probably missed out reading about on some of the incredible women we’ve previously featured.
This week, I’m doing a recap of some of these women. They’re doing cool and inspiring things, obvs. If you’re part of the OG crew … I figure it’s exciting for you to read about some of your faves again, right? Let’s go!
1. Annie Louey: Comedian extraordinaire who’s encouraging more BIPOC women to break into media and comedy: - "let’s flood the joint!”
2. Zai Sylla: Your go-to person for Black leads film and book recommendations (oh, and she’s an actress too!)
3. Simran (Sim) Kaur: Founder of Girls That Invest, aka, one of the biggest podcasts in the world and a space for women that are interested in investing.
4. Sasha K. Taylor: Anti-child marriage advocate and founder of the media company – Reality of a Desi Girl™
5. Frances Tang: Founder of Awkward Essentials - aka the home of the dripstick, the world's first after sex clean up sponge.
6. April Hélène-Horton: Aka, The Bodzilla - body acceptance and fat positivity advocate (and the bff you need in your life).
7. Sarrah Kimti: Founder of Valere Beauty. The brand was created with an intention of making you feel strong, with your skin from the outside, and with YOU from within.
The moments that define us, and test us to our core, are blessings in disguise.
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