Interrupting Ritual

Maria is a fellow UW law grad and social justice pioneer. When I reached out to her hoping she would consider being a guest writer for femails.org, I was thrilled when it was met with an enthusiastic, ‘Yes!’ I was even more thrilled when I read what she submitted. #mylifeismine #sorrynotsorry #empower From: Maria Manza…

For Now, Content with Content Strategy

A friend in OC who does something similar was like, “Isn’t it weird they don’t call us writers? And what we produce…it’s all just “content.”

Saline: A Comment on Private Healthcare

from: —- to: —– date: Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 4:15 PM subject: Saline ——–, Sitting in the ICU and completely unable to work because of the utter bullshit that has been the last twenty-four hours. The runaround my family has gotten only proves to me that healthcare reform is absolutely necessary, especially as it…

Biased Leadership

Organizational change always brings about thoughts of how leadership is affected by external influences and historical biases. This exchange was me trying to work through some of these thoughts. From: Dena Date: Sat, Nov 11 2017 at 10:30 AM Subject: Leadership & Bias To: Mom & Sis Hi fam, I can’t help but think about…

The Cognitive Dissonance That Is Our Lives

On Sat, Oct 28, 2017 at 6:52 PM, Johanna Gusman <johanna.gusman@mansfield.ox.ac.uk> wrote: So, I had to write you because I just experienced my first ‘High Table’ event at Oxford last night. It was an experience unlike any other and I am having serious mixed feelings about it all. If you aren’t familiar with it (I…

The Saddest and Most Inspiring Thing

I have the honor of introducing our first #femail post from a male writer! It’s a beautifully written email from a fellow Fulbrighter while he was abroad in Timor-Letse that explores the emotional tribulations that such experiences present. It is raw and real and I am delighted that he chose to share it via femails….

Between

As Courtney prepares to have her baby, she confides in her closest friend about her professional goals and the short-term sacrafices she has made in order to build her family.   ___________ From: Courtney To: — Date: October 24, 2017 Subject: Update and Love   Dear –, This morning is shrouded in gray and the streets…

#MeToo

The #metoo campaign was used in response to the Harvey Weinstein shame—a man who used his position of power to act with impunity as a sexual predator and the industry that was complicit in his making. It demonstrates just how pervasive, extensive, common, not unique, horrific, etc. experiences of sexual abuse and harassment are, especially…

When a woman has something to say and says it with strength

Recently, I received several rejections for various pieces of my writing, each with a common critique: my voice is ‘too’ strong, opinionated, direct. Below, I have bolded and highlighted the mix of adjectives used to describe it. Being ‘too’ much of something is a critique for which I am commonly accused, like most women who…

Thoughts on (white) women in sciences?

A major reason for starting femails.org is that I was having so many important, relevant, thought-provoking and necessary conversations over email, particularly with my brilliant female counterparts, and I knew I needed to share the wisdom with a wider audience than myself. Here’s a great example of one such email turned femail on diversity and…

Three Weeks in My Taipei Time Capsule

Hey Charlene, Three weeks in Taiwan went by just like that. Stepping off the plane three weeks ago, I realized how long it’s been since I’ve been back in the summer. The heat and humidity strike at the airport, which though ugly, is filled with lush rainforesty plants and signs reminding you to check your…

Transitioning

Courtney moved from Seattle to Detroit two weeks ago with her husband and daughter.  She wrote this email about the process of adjusting to a new place to a friend who is her chosen family in Seattle, someone she went through law school with, who brought her and her husband and newborn home from the…