Chicago native Marina Franklin hosts the podcast Friends Like Us, where she discusses feminist issues from an intersectional point of view. It’s a great way to stay up to date with news, while supporting other women.
Seeing Domestic Abuse
A new, first-of-its-kind law requires cosmetologists to take a training course when renewing their license that will help them recognize signs of domestic violence. Many clients open up to their cosmetologist when they are getting themselves pampered. The course will prepare cosmetologists to know how to respond if anything threatening is revealed to them or if they see physical signs of potential abuse. Domestic violence advocacy groups will provide training free of charge.
In her new book, Settle for More, journalist Megyn Kelly discusses the life of a professional woman and working mother written from the perspective of one of the top television anchors in the industry.
It isn’t pleasant to think about family members getting sick, In Patient Advocacy Matters, Teri Dreher outlines how to make solid choices and save money and frustration while taking care of your loved ones. In her book, Dreher, owner of Chicago-based NS Patient Advocates, helps readers navigate the often confusing world of healthcare for family members and themselves.
Doing Good in the Neighborhood
You are probably already shopping local and volunteering in your community, why not earn rewards for it? That is the idea behind 44 For Good, a broad-based initiative leveraging technology to inspire neighbors to support their community, founded by 44th Ward residents Jacqueline Von Edelberg and Beth Bond. “Like frequent flier miles—for good people,” says co-founder Von Edelberg. Rewards range from coffee to groceries to discounted gift cards—offered primarily by local merchants. 44 For Good works with more than 2,500 Chicago-area nonprofits, businesses, and their local networks to track and reward engagement.
The Status of Women in the States
The Status of Women in the States is an organization that provides data on women’s progress in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States overall. The data can be used to raise awareness, improve policies, and promote women’s equality. This is a great resource for any woman concerned with the numbers.
LiftUPlift, a non-profit ecommerce marketplace missioned to empower women, is now dedicated to ending sexual violence and empowering women and girls worldwide. During Sexual Assault Prevention Week (April 23-29, 2017), LiftUPlift is partnering with several organizations, including local schools, to train and certify participants in how to recognize the early signs of sexual abuse and prevent sexual violence. Those involved in the programs also will learn how to spread awareness and dispel common myths about sexual assault.