Friday Favourites | To the women who lift us all up.

by Lauren Hyde

Happy Friday! Today we’re rounding up a few of our favourite sources of inspiration and in the spirit of carrying forward the amazing spirit we saw all around us yesterday commemorating International Women’s Day, this edition of Friday Favourites celebrates a few of near-countless amazing female creatives, activists, entrepreneurs, and leaders that are lifting communities up in their own beautiful ways.

1. To watch and ponder

Musimbi Kanyoro, CEO of the Global Fund for Women, strives to empower women in marginalised communities around the world by fostering their ideas and facilitating their development into action. “What could we achieve for each other?” she asks. Musimbi believes that we all have a “mutual responsibility for caring for one another,” and she sees women living this ideal throughout the world. Her TED Talk brings forth stories of neighbours harvesting each other’s crops together in a farming community in western Kenya, and the pooling of resources to send one young member of the village abroad to medical school so he could return to be a much-needed surgeon for the region. The power of intentional inclusivity, Musimbi states, is the foundation of sustainable work in development, humanitarianism, and philanthropy. 

2. To listen and feel

Ryn Weaver is an American musician and self-professed storyteller who took the internet by storm a few years back when she released her first single “OctaHate.” While that song featured a catchy beat and sing-a-long lyrics, what we love most about Ryn is her unique vocal style, characterised by an almost haunting edge in her voice, and her startling range from electro-pop to classical to folk and back again. To hear exactly what we’re talking about, seek out “Traveling Song,” from Ryn’s first full-length studio album The Fool, a project produced by Benny Blanco (think Rihanna, Ed Sheeran, and Maroon 5), and Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos. 

3. To read and absorb

By now you’ve almost definitely heard of Darling Magazine, but just in case you haven’t, we thought we’d include one of their recent articles rounding up some of their own favourite nuggets of wisdom from woman-to-woman that have featured in their previous publications. Darling recently re-branded to encompass an all-powerful comma after the word (read: Darling,) in order to spark conversation and invite more of us to seek our purpose and share it with others. We love their campaign to celebrate authentic womanhood worldwide. Check out “some of the best advice” they’ve featured in print below. Click the button to read.

 image credit to Darling Magazine

image credit to Darling Magazine

4. To learn and empower.

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The Adventure Project is an organization dedicated to helping local economies grow and thrive, supporting communities to build capacity and end poverty  and conflict from through a grassroots approach. A charity focused on business development, and especially on employing and educating women across the African continent, The Adventure Project was founded by Jody Landers and Becky Straw, two incredible activists passionate about meaningful international development. So far the Adventure Project has created 1,262 jobs, positively impacting over 1.2 million people. 

5. To pay it forward.

One of our long-time friends is The Giving Keys. Founded by Caitlin Crosby, The Giving Keys is working to inspire us to pay-it-forward. The simple idea is to wear a key necklace engraved with a word that represents a value meaningful to you, and when you feel you no longer need the daily visual reminder of that word, you pass your necklace along to someone else. Beyond this amazing idea, The Giving Keys employs people transitioning out of homelessness and works hard to create a truly positive workplace through various initiatives like lunch-time lottos, financial coaching, volunteer days (where employees get paid time off to go serve their communities), and so much more. We love this business for the pure heart that is embedded so deeply within its core.