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Four Challenges I Have Faced As A Female Entrepreneur And How I Have Overcome Them

When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I like to think about all the other women fighting for the same thing and the boundaries we are breaking for the next generation of female entrepreneurs. Don’t wait for permission. Instead, get out there and climb those mountains, it’s a challenge that is worth taking.

Is there a person in your life who you can call a mentor? If the answer is ‘yes’ that’s great news. Hold on to them. If the answer is ‘no’, we hope it’s only a matter of time before you meet someone you can connect and grow with.

In the meantime, we’ve teamed up with a group of women who are inspiring, thoughtful and experienced. They’ve answered some of your career-related questions and dilemmas in a new series we’ve launched on Instagram Stories called Share it, solve it: mentoring on the go. Our ambition is to offer women around the world support and solidarity. You can check it out on our Instagram account: @guardian before 5PM BST today (stories expire after 24 hours).

If you have a question you’d like us to tackle next, you can direct message us on Instagram or email instagramstories@theguardian.com with ‘Share it, solve it’ in the subject line.

for a show that’s about a black woman joining major league baseball, talks about the pressure on women to succeed in male-dominated sports, features an amazing platonic relationship between the main female and another main black male, talks openly about anxiety issues, includes a black housewife that flourishes in that role while supporting her husband’s career, while also talking about the sacrifices she has made AND has a very beautiful friendship based on respect and love between the main career-orientated female and the housewife, pitch does not get the love it deserves

HP AU (Part 2)

(I’ll leave Aizawa’s not under the cut so you guys can see how it’s set up! Not everyone is in this, just class 1A but if you’d like the others I’d be happy to do them upon request!)

Aizawa Shouta:
Patronus – Ragdoll cat.
Blood Status – Half-blood.
Quidditch Position – None. It didn’t interest him but he did help out others who wanted to train, and thus he has some knowledge of each position.
Future Career – Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor (technically current career). It was a subject he was both knowledgeable about, being a former Auror, and taught with ease. He was big on not just attacking these dark spells, but on learning how to defend.

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Steve Trevor was a great love interest. An outstanding one. He and Diana always felt like equals, even though he was more worldly, and she more powerful. He is maybe the best written love interest I have seen outside of maybe Lois Lane (I haven’t watched BvS so I cannot be sure) and I will chalk it up to this: he is a man. Men, unlike women, aren’t used to seeing such flat representations of them on-screen. Writers will almost naturally work harder to develop a man’s voice and perspective, even if he is the love interest and not the hero. It’s such a given. But in a sea of female love interests, a strongly written male LI does stand out. 

After watching Wonder Woman, my standards have been raised for love interests in general, but moreso for women. I expect to see some A+ writing for Mera, and for Iris West in the Flash film. I expect three dimensional characters, not female counterparts, not props. I want them to be equals. 

And despite myself, I have raised expectations for my fave, TV Iris West. Many times when folks ask for more for Iris, or any supporting character on the Flash, the refrain is swift, “The show is called the Flash, not the Iris. The show will always be from Barry’s POV.” Now I get this contention, I do. But that’s not good enough at all. Writing Steve and showing us his POV didn’t detract one bit from Diana’s story. There was never any fear of him overshadowing her. The Flash is 23 episodes a season, not 2 hours. There is plenty of room to show Iris at work, Iris with her friends, Iris’ feelings. (This is true for the other characters too, but I am focusing on Iris here). 

Building up Iris only makes Barry’s story fuller. But it’s also for the sake of the thousands of fans who relate to Iris, who want more than just tokens. In three seasons, we have seen the presentation of Iris’ life improve in some aspects (love life) and falter in others (career/ female friendships). Iris West is a badass reporter who deserves to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Flash, because they are equals. Like Wondertrev, love is their greatest strength. I won’t stop asking for more for Iris, not because I don’t appreciate what we are getting at all, but because better writing for the Flash’s women will elevate the show, improve the watching experience, and give us the black female ace reporter we all deserve. 

Straight people, take a seat.

I started replying to some FF online, but brought the comments over here because I think it’s very weird people are attacking Supercorp shippers and assuming the dislike of Karamel and SG S2 is due to “gay things” only…

When it comes to this show, I binged the first season back innnn September?  I was semi-interested in the show, but once I started watching, I loved Kara’s storyline of growth and coming into being who you really are, and fighting the odds and evils of the world when one, it’s hard to be taken seriously when you’re a positive person in a very cynical world, and two, being positive and fighting for good in the wake of undergoing the horrible loss/ tragedy she has gone through.  It’s amazing she is not a bitter and sullen entity.  She’s a complicated character who is strong enough to keep hope alive despite what she’s gone through.  The show reminds me quite a bit of Buffy in that way (I’m a huge Joss Whedon fan, and think he would have been great for a show like this…)

Furthermore, Cat Grant was an essential staple to this show, and it’s a shame Calista couldn’t commit to it.  I’m a gay woman and like any gay lady fan, I can read into a situation and try and make it gay. XD  However, maybe it’s because I’m old now, but when it came to Cat/Kara, I admired that role so much because it was about the really special power of mentor/mentee relationships between females.  I’m a very career oriented individual, and to me, finding a Cat Grant as a life mentor?!?!  Oh my god, I would swoon and die.  That would be AMAZING. :D  I never read any romance into their situation, and I appreciated what it was.  Supergirl Season 1 was a non-romantic, girl-action and female relationships empowerment haven to me. (Believe it or not hetero people, gay women can have great relationships with straight women in a healthy, empower, and strictly platonic way).

Moving onto James Olsen… I wasn’t really sold on them as a couple, but in the wake of S2 I literally am like, James is 800x better than Mon-El, like the betterness limit does not exist, haha.  I wasn’t sold, but it’s so clear that the abrupt end to their prior season long slow burn as we went into S2 at CW, and then Mon-El just dropped in, like… it’s clear there was a huge direction change because we’re still suffering whiplash and brain damage from that choice.  No to James because they magically no longer like one another, only to spend an entire season not liking a boy who has openly praised his prior objectivity of women… to then her liking him….. 

The logic does not compute.  In the words of BTVS, “your logic does not resemble our Earth logic.” XD  It’s a very weird switch, it doesn’t seem thoroughly explained, and furthermore we were left with cliffhangers like the Jeremiah storyline, only having that really touched upon once, and soon to be twice, next week….  I mean, I just don’t understand it.  That’s pretty much where I’m at.  The transition of both networks and priorities for the show are incredibly apparent.  

The show has kind of become like a superhero high school teen drama; Alex with Maggie, Jo'on and M'gann, Kara and Mon-El, Winn and new girl, and James to go through his post-break up identity crisis (lol, love James, teasing).  Like… what about Alex and Jo'on focusing on Jeremiah?  What about Winn’s awesome progress and even his storyline with Toyman?  What has Kara done growth-wise outside of teaching Mon-El to behave like a grown up which should have been handled when he was age 5?  

Again, the storytelling just seems to have significantly deteriorated, and I haven’t even brought up Supercorp/ Lena, yet!  So the notion that a lot of this hate on S2/ Karamel is due to angry gay women is completely fallacious.  That’s just the queer-baiting cherry on top of the cake of disappointment and icing of bad writing.

That’s fine if you watch this show for really basic, white, hetero bullshit, but that shit is shoveled to me everywhere else on every other platform, and I’m more than good.  Not to mention, can we talk about how Kevin Smith, the praised addition to this show’s staff, is the guy who made a movie about a lesbian going straight again for a dude…. Like, I can’t even, hahahah.  Go back to Clerks dude, that shit was better.

In conclusion, there are copious valid reasons as to why fans are disgruntled by the show’s evident lull, not to mention Mon-El’s highly problematic character… I’m sorry, but he’s the kid who would be on Duke’s Lacrosse team in the real world (and by sorry, I mean not sorry).  Side bar, I actually feel badly for Chris now, and think his crappy acting with this show is due to his crappy character.  I’m disliking him less and missing him on Vampire Diaries. XD

As for Supercorp, there’s no need to elaborate further on what is blatant good screen/ scene partner chemistry.  Katie McGrath is a badass, and not just because she’s gorgeous.  Lena’s relationship with Kara is as natural as Kara’s with Alex.  Melissa and Katie act well together, and unless you’re a moron, you know acting is a hard craft and you don’t always have good chemistry with ever everybody.  If you want to say they’re only friends, I’ll even give that to you, but that doesn’t take away from the just terrible storytelling, poor character development and overall bad trajectory of Supergirl as a show.  Let’s aim for telling stories and showing characters that aren’t bland, basic and white like rice cakes that don’t support sexist undertones.  I’m over it. ^_^

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People seem to have some stereotypical idea what what a firefighter should be. They expect a big strong gorgeous man to come out of an engine, they seem disappointed to see a female. Being Underestimated does nothing but makes me want to prove myself more and push harder. I love fighting fire and I couldn’t see myself on and other career path than a FF/Medic. Never judge a book by their cover, never say harsh things because of a gender, never underestimate the power of one whose willing to sacrifice everything.

I did an illustrated interview with Make Nice!

Hi Sophie, what do you do?

Do you have a maxim that you live and work by?

What are the three milestones that have led you to where you stand?

What is your dream project?

What projects do you have in the pipeline?

If you could choose to hear any female contemporary present at Make Nice, who would it be and why?

What is the best advice you’ve been given, or wish you had been told sooner?

Do you have a supportive female network in your field? Was it always this way?

What are you listening to, reading, watching of late, that is inspiring or entertaining you?

What is one facet of your field that you want to see change?

Step 1: Where Do They Come From?

Find a general biome that fits what you envision for this culture. If appropriate, make up your own. You want to focus on how plentiful the water is and where it is, what food sources there are, and what natural resources (wood, iron, reeds, etc.) are available. You’ll also want to look into natural structures like caves or cliffs, and common weather phenomenon like hurricanes or droughts.

If you’re writing a premodern culture with few outside influences, you could stop here, since location pretty much gives you everything you could want. The local vegetation and weather patterns will dictate how they build houses. The natural phenomenon will be explained by religion. The availability of water and food/arable soil/animals that could be domesticated will determine if they are nomadic or not. Their natural resources will determine how quickly technology progresses.

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“Women just don’t choose STEM majors/choose to take lower-paying jobs/choose to drop out of the workforce! That’s their choice! Isn’t this feminism thing all about women having choices?! Would you prefer we have quotas and force women into STEM jobs and careers and to stay in the workforce? Women just don’t want those careers! If it’s their choice there’s no sexism involved!” *shakes you gently by the shoulders* nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo