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Let the Games Begin
This week CBS made history. No, the cast of The Big Bang Theory didn’t get another pay raise. The network launched We Need To Talk, a nationally televised, all-female, hour-long, once-a-week sports show, airing at 10 p.m. “I want this show to succeed for all these little girls across the country who sit and watch baseball games with their dads and moms, who want to get into this business, but have been—and I choose these words carefully—relegated to three minutes during a football game,” Emilie Deutsch, one of the show’s coordinating producers, said to SI.com.
The show has 12 regular on-air commentators, including CBS Sports staffers Dana Jacobson, Allie LaForce, Amy Trask, Lesley Visser, and Tracy Wolfson, and a host of former athletes including Laila Ali, Swin Cash, and Lisa Leslie. This is the first time women have really had a platform in broadcast sports journalism and we couldn’t be more excited. As Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated wrote, “The rarest species in sports television is a woman offering her opinion.” Hopefully, that’s going to change soon.
Brows Are Back Baby
Brooke Shields, who many of us know best as the star of Suddenly Susan and the short-lived Lipstick Jungle (and one very memorable Friends guest-appearance), used to be known for something entirely separate. The girl had eyebrows for days and they were awesome. If you see pictures of women with bushy eyebrows in the 1980s, it’s because of Brooke Shields (who has been famous since she was basically in diapers). And now the makeup line she’s been working on for two years with MAC finally hit stores, of course with a special section devoted to brows. “It’s funny, I actually originally didn’t think about doing something for brows, and then everybody was saying like ‘look, seriously, we have to have a section just for brows.’ First I was embarrassed and worried about being too self aware, then I realized it’s important to pay attention to my brows.”
Before You Eat Turkey…
You’re going to want to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade this year just to see a cranky Matt Lauer. Time reports that our favorite STEM-encouraging, female-focused toy company GoldieBlox has nabbed a float in the biggest parade of the year. Founder Debbie Sterling revealed a sketch of the “Girl-Powered Spinning Machine,” which isn’t only visually stunning, but also an amazing piece of engineering machinery. Read more about this awesome company here.
Rihanna Got a New Gig
Rihanna may have just gotten herself a gig as the latest Bond girl. According to OK!, the singer has been approached by the movie’s producers for a cameo role in Bond 24 (starring Mr.Daniel Craig). It would start filming later this year for a November 2015 release. Here’s hoping that she has an absolutely ridiculous name in the film.
What Kind of Creative Are You?
Speaking of women doing awesome things, you need to watch these videos from our friends over at Brit & Co. As CEO Brit Morin and her staff were preparing for their recent Re:Make conference, they put together a 2014 State of the Maker Movement Report. One of the most interesting findings was that 77% of adults want to be creative, but don’t know where to start.
The study also found that the typical maker is female, 32, and has a yearly income of $71,000. Also, 50 percent are married. There are also three types of makers: the casual maker (one hobby), the uber maker (five or more hobbies), and the pro maker (making some serious dough from that thing you bought on Etsy). In fact, 20 percent of pro makers earn more than $10K a year from selling goods. Read our interview with Brit here.
What We’re Watching
Reese Witherspoon (AKA Little Spoon) is doing 73 questions with Vogue this week and it’s every bit of adorable (and we want to live in her house. Heck, we want to live in her foyer). The John Witherspoon descendent talks about life and does a backflip on a trampoline. Her ideal dinner guests? Female senators so they can talk about the lack of women in politics. This is a big season for Reese as she produced Gone Girl and is starring in two features! Watch the interview here.