If you’re a millennial, when someone calls you—you know, like on the phone—you’re straight up startled. What could they want? Did they accidentally butt dial you? Should you answer? By the time you go through the complicated inner dialogue, voicemail picks up the call for you. But you’ve missed the chance for real, stimulating interaction. If the only phone communication that’s part of your day comes in the form of a tedious conference call, it might be time to reconsider your phone phobia and dial up a friend. It may be awkward at first, but you’ll soon find your rhythm and be thankful you can give those texting thumbs a respite.
WOMEN IN NUMBERS: 32 Percent
Sometimes you need to pick up the phone and just let a stored-up rant pour out of you. There’s something about shouting an expletive with a friend that’s a lot more satisfying than sharing emphatic emojis. And ladies, these days, we certainly have plenty to rage about, including that darn wage gap. In creative industries, particularly for those with freelance jobs, women earn 32 percent less than men for comparable work, according to a recent Creative Economy Report. There aren’t enough furious GIFs in the world to show our disdain for that stat!
WOMEN TO WATCH: Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, Co-hosts of the Call Your Girlfriend Podcast
I dare say there’s been an upsurge in the classic telephone call since today’s Women to Watch hit the airwaves in 2014 with their podcast, Call Your Girlfriend. Hosted by cool girl Aminatou Sow and wordsmith Ann Friedman, the show—billed as “a podcast for long-distance besties everywhere”—gives the two a platform to discuss stuff that matters to them, from politics to culture.
What makes Call Your Girlfriend so dang infectious is that you can totally tell Aminatou and Ann are real friends, not podcast-produced faux besties. They make no apologies for who they are. When you have a seriously good girlfriend, you share your opinion without fear of shame. The same goes for Aminatou and Ann, except we all get to be the eavesdropping fly on the wall.
These two aren’t afraid to discuss everything from lady parts to women’s rights, all with a forthrightness and cleverness that leave listeners empowered to take on whatever BS life gives us. Both women embrace that same attitude in their solo endeavors, and have boldly made feminism a driving force throughout their careers.
Aminatou, a writer, digital strategist and influencer, was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Tech for her astounding progress in the field. She started Tech LadyMafia to support women working in all realms of tech, from digital strategists to writers.
Ann is an acclaimed journalist who’s published pieces in New York magazine, The New Republic, the Los Angeles Times and other impressive publications. She’s also a sought-after public speaker, shares an insightful weekly newsletter and often speaks about the cross section of media and gender in thoughtful ways.
While Call Your Girlfriend is admittedly highbrow and lowbrow, part of its magic comes from Aminatou and Ann’s insistence that they care deeply about the experiences of women, including non-famous ladies who are just struggling to get through the week. As they say, “We’re here for every facet of women’s humanity,” and that’s a powerful mission.
So, do Aminatou and Ann a solid. Check out their podcast ASAP. Oh yeah, and pick up the phone and call your girlfriend! We know you’ve got something to say.
QUITE THE QUOTE
I’ll leave you today with this quote from novelist Edith Wharton:
“There is one friend in the life of each of us who seems not a separate person, however dear and beloved, but an expansion, an interpretation, of one’s self, the very meaning of one’s soul.”
This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice. Thanks for getting ready with us.
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