Taking the turn of the season as an opportunity to reflect on some of the work I produced over the summer and sharing some of it here. I’m pleased to have spent another summer publishing some pieces about gender equality and women’s sports and to have broken into ESPNw and The Guardian with pieces about historic and outdated rules limiting the distance women cyclists can ride, the first woman to win the Tour de France (back when they allowed women to have a stage race). And an awesome opportunity to consider Serena Williams’ dominance and defeat at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Really pleased to be a part of this great essay series, “Finding My Place” at The Atlantic’s CityLab, which explores how we make cities feel like home. My piece reflects on how I had to get used to driving again when I moved to Seattle after learning to love the public transportation of the Northeast cities.
Our lives are hardly ever lived in one straight line. My latest project, a monthly column in Glamour, allows me to talk about those moments when life takes a total turn. Each month I help tell one woman’s story of her own experience with a “180.” So far, I’ve spoken with an ad exec turned dairy farmer, a nursing home cook who became a star of one of TV’s hottest shows, a shopper and self-described hoarder who quit buying anything, and many more yet to be published…stay tuned!
I’ve been covering quite a bit of work news lately, including a piece for Refinery29 about Netflix’s new “unlimited” parental leave policy, which doesn’t actually cover their hourly workers.
But I also got to write about this amazing startup that is hoping to change the way companies do parental leave everywhere, for FastCompany.
And I got to dig into real-life stories of the gender wage gap, and talk to some experts about how to really talk salary at work, especially when you find out a male coworker might be making more than you.
Just before this year’s Women’s World Cup began I published this story on TheAtlantic.com about the tense history between women’s sports and feminism and the vast gender inequalities that exist for women athletes.
I’ve had the opportunity to work on a few other pieces since I’ve been traveling up to the tournament. One on fans at the World Cup for Vice Sports. Then I weighed in on U.S. Soccer’s policy about off the field behavior as it relates to Hope Solo for New York Times’ Room for Debate. And if you are tired of reading about women’s soccer you can simply listen to me talk about the Women’s World Cup and gender inequality over on PRI’s To The Point. (So much easier.)
I’ve started something new! A weeklyish newsletter featuring recommended reading, writing and listening. Sign up if you’re dying to know my podcast and book recommendations, or don’t want to miss the latest beautiful essay about feminism or article on the millennial generation… Because I care a lot about a lot of things, and I love to share: http://tinyletter.com/maggiejmertens
So far I’ve sent the first two issues, the next should come in the next week, or so.