Welcome to May! This Week’s Worth of Women runs all the way from New Orleans, to Flint, to inside your TV.
Comedian Jen Kirkman is so much more than her legendary Drunk History segment. Read this, and then follow her on Twitter to see how to shut down mansplaining like a pro.
Erin Keane, Salon
Time to study.
Leah Chase is the chef and owner of Dooky Chase, a New Orleans institution, and she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award last week. (Fun fact: Chase was also the inspiration for Tiana’s story in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.)
“My mama did not hold with young girls wearin’ makeup. I’d ask when I’d be old enough and was given vague responses like, ‘When you’re ready’ as if one day I’d mature into the world of Revlon. So, I found ways around my mother and her ridiculous rule. First, I turned to crime and then, I turned to deception.”
Beth Hallman, On the Plus Side
I believe the children are our future…let them lead the way…
Justin Mitchell,The Sun Herald
A consideration of Grease’s most unlikely friendship and of what could happen between musical numbers:
Mara Wilson, The Toast
I have no clue what this show is about, but it has professional beautiful people Sarah Shahi and Amy Acker making out in a not-just-for-sweeps kinda way, so it can’t be that bad.
Heather Hogan, Autostraddle
“Little Miss Flint” Mari Copeny, who at 8 years old has done more than you ever will, met the president.
Julia Zorthian, Time
One of your favorite Litchfield inmates/Marbella cocktail waitresses is a voice for immigration reform IRL. Her family’s story might shock you. It will certainly break your heart.
Erika W. Smith, Bust
Check out the first four installments in this eight-part video series that seeks to explain intersectionality by putting a diverse array of faces front and center.
Jay Smooth, Colorlines
I feel lazy pointing y’all to another Colorlines link this week, but this interview with a young political leader is a must-read.
Miriam Zoila Pérez, Colorlines
Ending on a vibrant, artistic note, here’s some pin-up art like you’ve never seen before. Explains the artist: “I wanted to create paintings of South Asian women breaking rules and the expectations set by cultural norms. I decided after hearing of the 2012 gang rape of Jyoti Singh that I would make art which uses the gaze to talk back.”
Ruchika Tulshyan, The Establisment