Wednesday BARB UP April 4, 2018

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“Being a troublemaker is a privilege,” Cecile Richards said last night, at the Brooklyn Public Library, where women of all ages—and a smattering of men—gathered to listen to the former president of Planned Parenthood speak about her book, Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead. She reminded us that Planned Parenthood supporters are 11 million strong, larger even than the NRA. She reminded everyone in the room that “Folks aren’t counting on us to do the easy things; folks are counting on us to do the hard things.” She reminded us that there are “no shortage of fights for us to take on.” Not that this was a room that needed convincing; this was a room filled with troublemakers, filled with women who are angry, women who march. Women, like myself, who support other women, not just professionally, but personally. So many women were there in pairs, with loved ones, with their colleagues. Women from Planned Parenthood. Women who had grandchildren. Women still in school. To look around this room—a fraction of all of us across this country—was a reminder to persist. To keep on speaking up. To keep on marching. To keep stirring, to keep raising our fists, to keep making trouble. We are in good company. Just look around you.

RIP Winnie Mandela.

Kim Deal: “Whenever I went to New York City I just ended up in the cellar doing drugs.”

My interview with Joy Press, author of Stealing the Show: How Women Are Revolutionizing Television.

Anne Wojcicki: I would personally like to live and be healthy at 100. Success for me is healthy at 100.

Maya Angelou would be turning 90.

Get to know Tina Smith, the Senator replacing Al Franken.

I love when Amber Ruffin does a bit on Seth Meyers.

Traction alopecia is a concern.

You over Roseanne?

DIY podcast.

And now have a laugh with Ali Wong.


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