Links from our Group Chat: From Michelle Obama's Latest Venture to Getting to the Polls & More!

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Mi casa es su casa, and in IRL safe spaces have become increasingly important as of late. A group of Latina women have created shelters and safe spaces in their homes for abused immigrant women. Many of these women are waitresses, saleswomen, fruit and vegetable pickers, and housekeepers that are ashamed to stand up for themselves due to unstable partners or immigration issues.  

Michelle Obama is back and announcing an education initiative for young girls around the world. "We're seeking to empower adolescent girls around the world through education, so that they can support their families, communities and countries," the former first lady wrote in an op-ed for CNN. The Obama Foundation’s Global Girls Alliance mission is to support grassroots leaders that understand the challenges teenage girls face in their communities. The program encourages people to come up with the strategies to help teenage girls achieve their maximum potential through education by supporting local leadership.

We’ve heard of GoFundMes for Honeymoons and new inventions but this GoFundMe really hits home. Moria Donegan was recently slammed with a libel lawsuit because she created the Shitty Media Men spreadsheet and writer Lauren Hough has helped set up a campaign to help cover the legal fees and expensive. Stephen Elliot claimed that these documents were fake AF and wants $1.5 mil for the damages and plans to sue other women as well. The spreadsheet was created because Donegan “wanted to create a place for women to share their stories of harassment and assault without being needlessly discredited or judged.” Their goal is to raise $500,000 and if donations exceed the goal, Hough will donate the leftover funds to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network.

Seven keys for success from Forbes’ 30 under 30- yes, that’s a lot of numbers but we’ll make the words easy (or ‘Insecure’ star Yvonne Orji will). Her top tip was “do it for free”, which may not sound like music to our ears because we live in the age of #sponsored everything, but she explained that after you’ve done it for you your value and don’t forget it.

Still We Rise and Pom Pom Social have joined forces to create 6 packages full of 100+ goodies from brands we love as a part of a raffle campaign that will donate proceeds to @aclu_nationwide and @innovationlawlab and we could not be prouder! They also have corporate sponsors who will be matching total raised funds 2 to 1 that means for every $100 raised they will match with $200 = $300 donated to a worthy cause. May the odds ever be in your favor. To enter into the raffle, click here.

We’ve registered for their tour ticket presales, but now Taylor Swift and Rihanna are encouraging millennials to rock the vote. A record 800,000 people from all age groups signed up on National Voter Registration Day, Sept 25. Voter registration deadlines are staggered across all states but check out this post by another female musical powerhouse Bea Miller to see when you can register until. You can register at vote.org under “register to vote”.  

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By: Ashley Banayan


Ashley Banayan is a senior at the University of Southern California pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism with a minor in Web Technologies and Applications from the Viterbi School of Engineering. Currently, she works as an editorial intern for Create and Cultivate. She has experience in traditional public relations, social media marketing, influencer relations, content creation, and web development. Furthermore, she is the founder of Geocasion, a company designing Snapchat Geofilters for both businesses and personal clients, garnering 4.5 million views. In turn, these experiences led her to focus on the convergence and disruption in media, communication and web technologies.

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