With the new year around the corner, we want to extend a big thank you to all of our subscribers--your commitment proves time and again that our mission is one to stick by. With your support, we have fine-tuned our newsletter, started our book club, and launched our podcast. Your loyalty has given us the opportunity to improve and grow, and we cannot wait to see what the new year has in store. In honour of this fantastic year, we look back at five noteworthy moments below.
WiFP’s Top 5 Highlights of the Year
1) Podcast - An Interview with Dr Cynthia Enloe
We were honoured to speak with the incredible Cynthia Enloe, feminist writer, professor and pioneer in IR theory. Her episode is a masterclass in how to write in a way that is engaging and thought-provoking. Her insights on overcoming self-doubt and producing persuasive content have really stayed with us. Go listen!
2) Interview - Sally Hayden, Freelance Journalist
Take a few minutes to feel inspired by our interview with award-winning journalist Sally Hayden. Guided by a passion for covering underreported stories, Sally’s work has taken her to Syria, Liberia and beyond. Her career advice is very insightful for those at the start of their career, and no matter your field, there’s some wisdom for you to take away.
3) Newsletter Edition - ‘Bend or burn the system?’ featuring Ellen Pao
With last year’s release her book Reset, Ellen Pao not only highlighted her impressive career throughout the tech sector, but she mobilized a narrative that exposes discriminatory practices towards women and other underrepresented groups that is rampant throughout Silicon Valley. In this newsletter, WiFP founder Lucie Goulet explores Ellen’s lawsuit against the venture capital firm Kleiner, and how her personal accounts have lifted the veil on an industry that, while providing innumerable advances, has yet to actively diversify their workforce to reflect the world in which it operates.
4) Book Club Read: Until We Are Free: My Fight For Human Rights in Iran by Shirin Ebadi
Reading Ebadi’s memoir was an education in what true sacrifice to achieve justice can mean. Her story demonstrates extraordinary leadership and endurance in the face of relentless persecution and barriers to her work. It left us feeling inspired and committed to helping more women effect change in foreign policy. This is definitely one for the Christmas list!
5) Inspiration: Year of the Woman in Politics
We should never underestimate how much work is still needed to achieve gender equality. In 2018, we saw some reversals in women's hard-won equality, so the gains that were made were all the more meaningful. With record numbers of women entering the United States Congress, unprecedented numbers of women running for office in Mexico, the election of Ethiopia's first female President and the appointment of Spain's first female-majority cabinet, women are proving themselves an unstoppable force in politics. This wave demonstrates a new standard for politics--one that needs and values the input of leaders who break the mould to provide a hopeful and empowering voice for overlooked and marginalized communities.