Apr 14


Why Do Washington's Women Leaders Make Less? -

"Even as the government takes steps to reduce the pay disparity nationwide, the gender gap remains a reality at the highest-paying jobs at Washington’s top trade associations, professional societies, think tanks, labor unions, and public-interest groups. Men overwhelmingly hold more of the top jobs—and they’re better paid for their efforts."

Apr 10

“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.” — Sylvia Plath (via bookporn)

(Source: story-dj, via kungfucarrie)

Apr 04

“A book is not an isolated being: it is a relationship, an axis of innumerable relationships.” — Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones (via wordsnquotes)

(via booklover)

The independent bookstore lives! Why Amazon’s conquest will never be complete -

Stop carving that gravestone. Brick-and-mortar bookstores aren’t dead, yet. On the contrary, independently owned bookstores are growing in number. According to the American Booksellers Association, since hitting a nadir in 2009, the number of indie bookstores in the U.S. has grown 19.3 percent, from 1,651 to 1,971. The current total is less than half the 1990s peak of around 4,000.  But it still serves as a rebuke to the conventional wisdom that equates Amazon’s relentless rise with the inevitable death of the physical bookstore.

What explains this renaissance? The collapse of Borders in 2011 is one big piece of the puzzle. (Removing a dominant carnivore from the savannah gives all the other animals a little more breathing room.) The end of the recession also contributed to a more nurturing economic environment.

But there’s more to the story. There is increasing evidence that the same digital transformation that has so dramatically reshaped the publishing industry, and driven millions of consumers online, also paradoxically rewards locally rooted authenticity. Our digital tools are steering us toward brick-and-mortar stores that promise a more satisfactory consumer experience than either chain stores or online emporiums can provide.

In a world increasingly influenced by our social media interactions, it’s turning out there may well be enough room for the little guy to survive — and perhaps even thrive.

Apr 01

Why Doesn't America Read Anymore? -

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Dec 19

Nominate the Real-Life Leslie Knopes and Olivia Popes of D.C.! -

Are you a WIN member based in D.C.? Nominate a strong woman leader!

Click here to find out more about YWA and the nomination process.


We are now accepting nominations for the 2014 Young Women of Achievement (YWA) Awards!

YWA is the annual celebration of highly talented up-and-coming young women leaders making a difference in the community. YWA acknowledges young (35 years of age or younger), pro-choice, Democratic women of excellence who have made strides in their field and a real difference in the world.

The 21st Annual YWA Awards will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Carnegie Institute of Washington, 1530 P Street NW.

As a WIN member, you have the privilege to nominate young women leaders you believe have made a real difference in the community. Awardees will be recognized in 6 categories:

Click here to fill out a nominations form.

Dec 16

Sex, lies and the Internet: The tale of Lena Chen -

Over the five years, anonymous Lena Chen hate blogs proliferated, packed full of links to other anonymous Lena Chen hate blogs as well as sexual slurs, the original naked photos and the names of the targets over and over. The names and links were a way to strategically elevate the posts in Google’s search results. It’s known as “Google bombing,” or, in the words of the online vigilantes, “getting googlefucked.”

In 2009, the harassment campaign included a fake news article about how Chen’s employer regretted hiring her. There were hundreds of posts on the online forum AutoAdmit alone. In late 2010, the harasser(s) started diligently dissecting everything Chen did on social media in detailed timelines. 

Hamm has paid more than $10,000 on reputation management services to clean up his Google profile. His family name has been dragged around the Internet in such a grotesque and inexplicable way that he says his relationship with his parents and other relatives is “permanently damaged.” After close to six years of dating, most of Hamm’s family aren’t actively trying to get him to break up with Chen anymore. But they certainly aren’t too fond of her.

The harasser appeared to want Chen, and anyone who dared to stand by her, to have Google results so repugnant that it would infect their real lives, thwarting job hunts and sabotaging relationships. It’s possible that the detractor(s) simply wanted Chen to feel so mortified that she’d stop blogging, and the fact that she refused, year after year, provoked them into intermittent torrents of hateful, pornographic rage.

This story about cyber bullying — particularly cyber bullying of a feminist — is one that needs to be told more often in mainstream media.

Sep 11

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Aug 25

Just another reason why I love DC. More little free libraries are popping up in DC area.

Just another reason why I love DC. More little free libraries are popping up in DC area.