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Woman With A Plan - Issue #17

“Always focus on the front windshield and not the rearview mirror.” ― Colin Powell

Woman With A Plan

February 2 · Issue #17 · View online
Weekly thoughts, ideas, and information from one woman to another.

“Always focus on the front windshield and not the rearview mirror.”
― Colin Powell

Run Baby Run
I saw this post on first cars recently and it brought me back to a dark time after I graduated college and fulfilled all parent’s dreams by moving in with my charismatic, older boyfriend. We settled into a charming semi-finished basement apartment, and while my beau waited tables at The Cheesecake Factory by day and drank 12-packs of beer by night, I landed an illustrious job as a paid intern. Neither of us owned a car, so we cashed in the last of my savings and purchased a used Toyota, because “You can never go wrong with a Camry!” Within weeks, the engine was smoking and a mechanic ruled it unsalvageable. Things were getting grim. Several months later, 20 pounds heavier and testing the depths of my self-esteem, I visited my grandparents for a birthday dinner. I don’t know if my grandfather took pity or simply hoped I would drive as far away from my boyfriend as possible; either way, he floored me with a box containing the keys to his aging BMW. I burst into tears - it was the kindest gesture and an immediate boost to my confidence. I felt a  sudden freedom as if driving a better car meant I was allowed to have a better life. In short order, I found a full-time position, rented my own apartment, and gave my boyfriend his walking papers. It was an inevitable conclusion, but I honestly don’t know how quickly it would have happened without that car. Every once in a while, I’ll spot an old 325is on the road and all I can think is, “Drive like hell, sister.”
Media Diet
Did you know a whopping 390 women are planning to run for the House of Representatives this year? That’s more women than ANY point in our American history! Another 49 women are likely to run for the Senate as well. Journalist Rebecca Traister delves into these exciting times, drawing comparisons to 1992’s post-Anita Hill surge in female candidates (including our very own WA State Senator Patty Murray). 
On a related topic, I was fascinated by this recent episode of Fresh Air featuring Rebecca Traister and New Yorker journalist Jane Mayer revisiting the Anita Hill hearings and their impact in light of our current cultural reckoning.
P.S. A young woman recently told me she had never heard of Anita Hill. #neverforget
Dozens of women have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse and generally creepy behavior by Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn. I’m sure this is just the tip of the stratosphere.
This disturbing article on fake Twitter followers was enough to make me shut down my inactive account. UPDATE: D-List celebrities facing fan fallout.
As a 1990s ice-skating enthusiast, it’s killing me that I still haven’t seen I, Tonya, but this insightful piece by Taffy Brodesser-Akner is a good substitute. (The accompanying episode of The Daily is worth a listen too). 
All Hail the Queen! And don’t forget to tip your serving wench (still need to work on that one, Medieval Times).
My writing process in a nutshell.
God, I miss this woman.
via @shyamagolden
Open Tabs
We’re gearing up for a trip to Palm Desert for mid-winter break, and I noticed something unusual while browsing around for swimsuits: normal looking women! Both J. Crew and Nordstrom are featuring realistic shapes among standard fit models. Refreshing AND helpful.
Incidentally, I didn’t enjoy this style in 1986 and I’m still not crazy about it. But I do love this beachy cover-up
Ooh, I find it very hard to turn down a great looking leopard print heel
Floral prints are shaping up to back in style this spring, and this dress is a nice way to add them to your wardrobe even sooner.
Stutterheim raincoats from Sweden are super trendy (and quite spendy), and while I’m sure the quality is outstanding, here are a few less expensive options with a similar style. And a cute pair of rubber boots to match!
P.S. Love this section of the Stutterheim website on “Embracing Swedish Melancholy”
Melancholy shouldn’t be confused with depression. Melancholy is an active state. When we’re melancholic, we feel uneasy with the way things are, the status quo, the conventions of our society. We yearn for a deeper, richer relationship with the world. And in that yearning, we’re forced to explore the potential within ourselves – a potential we might not have explored if we were simply content. Through our melancholy we come up with new ways of seeing the world and new ways of being in the world. 
via @libbyvanderploeg
Have a Great Weekend.
Woman With A Plan is weekly newsletter by Sarah Richey, a Seattle-based working mom of three feminists in the making.
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