Choose to challenge

Image credit: Shanelle Jacobs

Happy International Women’s Day! This year’s theme is “choose to challenge” which feels a tad ironic considering we’ve all just had one of the most challenging years of our lives. The pandemic has affected women—especially BIPOC and trans women—disproportionately and has highlighted once again that we have a long way to go until all women have equal rights. There’s the obvious economic toll, with women more likely to leave the workforce to take on the brunt of homeschooling, as well as huge increases in domestic violence. This infographic by Mona Chalabi is just one example of how misleading numbers can be when it comes to an accurate representation of the impact women face.

Some links to check out and bookmark this IWD:

Black Women Photographers
A website that aims to disrupt the notion that it is difficult to discover and commission Black creatives. You can browse for days and there is a wealth of other resources and information on it.

Women In Innovation
WIN is a community of innovators working together to create pathways for all women to have a seat at the table—or a place at the whiteboard. They are proudly building a world where women are defining—and designing—better futures.

We Are Childfree
Through podcasts and portraits, We Are Childfree shines a spotlight on the beautiful diversity and strength of women, challenging preconceptions about what it means to be childfree, and open up a conversation about the place of women in the world.

Never Not International Women’s Day
Starting tomorrow, watch a loop of ideas and musings from women in the creative and associated industries everywhere will run 24/7/365 on a loop forever, or until we don’t need to talk about it anymore. I’ll be on there chatting with Lauren Wong about something new and exciting we’ve been working on. So tune in!

Women In Design Directories
Don’t forget, as well as this newsletter there’s an online directory for helpful links and resources, including a Women In Design section with multiple databases on there.

Have a great week,

Resource of the Week

A hand-drawn illustration library by Pablo Stanley, free for commercial and personal use. The library works like building blocks made of vector arms, legs, and emotions. You can mix these elements to create different Peeps. Don’t mind if I do!

Open Peeps

Lucky Dip Links

After reading the menu and seeing the beautiful interiors, I can’t stop thinking about when I can eat and drink all the things at Aunts et Uncles—a cafe and concept store in Brooklyn.

Aunts et Uncles

Timedash combines your most vital daily information in one nifty widget. Carefully designed with lots of attention to detail—this really makes me want to design custom widgets of my own—but let’s be real, probably won’t.

Timedash Widge‪t

Candid Classifieds

  • Amy Lauren is an illustrator who loves colouring pencils, LGBTQ representation and grassroots community. She would love to draw for other people instead of herself. Give her a shout and tell her how great she is on her website.

You can submit a classifieds link here—it’s free! Conditions apply.

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