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Monday Menagerie #34

Happy SPRING! Enjoy these stories of bravery, determination, innovation, trash transformed into art, women doing what they were told they could never do, beautiful pictures of girls going to school and many others! YAY!

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T E D  T A L K : Reshma Saujani: Teach Girls Bravery Not Perfection

Reshma Saujani, the founder of Girls Who Code gives an empowering TED talk on some of her personal “failures” and how important it is to teach young girls to be comfortable with imperfection.  Oh I wish ALL young girls could hear this.



S T O R Y : The Single American Woman

Great story, interesting perspective.  I would love to hear your thoughts.

It is a radical upheaval, a national reckoning with massive social and political implications. Across classes, and races, we are seeing a wholesale revision of what female life might entail. We are living through the invention of independent female adulthood as a norm, not an aberration, and the creation of an entirely new population: adult women who are no longer economically, socially, sexually, or reproductively dependent on or defined by the men they marry.


E N T E R T A I N M E N T : YouTube Launches Two New Initiatives to Support Female Filmmakers

As a filmmaker, stories like this make me so happy!  Things are shifting, friends, and women are being given opportunities that they haven’t had in the past.  Ah, it’s all happening.  Now let’s see this more and more and more.


(via Elle)

Y O U T H  I N  A C T I O N : An 11 Year Old’s Mission to Change the Publishing Industry

I first heard of this young woman on NPR and what I loved so much was how impressed the male interviewer was with her.  You could tell that he respected her and wanted his listeners to know who she was and the difference he felt she was making in the world.  As soon as I got to work I Googled her.  She is pretty amazing and this is not the last we’ll hear of young Marley Dias.  This is such a fun interview with her! Enjoy.


Mourning Berta Cáceres, the assassinated indigenous activist, in La Esperanza, Honduras, on Thursday.CreditOrlando Sierra/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

I N  M E M O R I A M Berta Caceres, Indigenous Activist is Killed In Honduras

I am truly sad to say that I did not know about Berta Caceres until her death and the reason I am so distraught over this is because now she is a hero in my eyes and a woman who was fighting for so many of the things I care about in my life.  It pains me that it took her death for me to find out about her incredible life.



Royal Brunei Airlines’ first all-female flight crew at the flight deck of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner they flew to Saudi Arabia. Picture: Instagram/Royal Brunei Airlines

T R A I L B L A Z E R S: Women Pilots Complete History – Making Flight to Saudi Arabia


As a woman, a Bruneian woman, it is such a great achievement. It’s really showing the younger generation or the girls especially that whatever they dream of, they can achieve it.

Shared by Kathlin Gordan



Y O U N G  E N T R E P R E N E U R:  Maya Penn

16-year-old Maya Penn does it all. 8 years ago, the entrepreneur, author, coder and environmental activist founded Maya’s Ideas, a fashion company that focuses on handcrafted sustainable clothing and donates up to 10 to 20 percent of the profits to charities and environmental organizations. The teen has even created a non-profit organization aimed at spreading environmental awareness and empowering young girls.



E N V I R O N M E N T A L L Y   F R I E N D L Y  ‘H O W  T O’: Vertical Gardens

Happy first week of SPRING!!! After living in Los Angeles for so long you forget how GOOD it feels when flowers bloom and the threat of winter subsides (because there is no winter there. ha) I thought sharing this article about awesome vertical gardens would help put that little “spring” in our step as we plan to enjoy one of the most incredible times of the year.


A R T: Community Turns Beach Waste into Stunning Sculptures

#LOVE. This is my kind of art.

P O L I T I C S: How Three Fierce Female Justices Took Control of the Supreme Court

This is a long read but worth it.  Wow, we have some POWERFUL forces on the Supreme Court right now…and they happen to be badass females.  Keep it going, ladies.

Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket/Getty Images

Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket/Getty Images

I N S P I R A T I O N: 50 Captivating Photos Of Girls Going To School Around The World

I want to see 50 to 100 to 1000 more pictures like this. Enjoy. Happy Monday!


Featured image (at top) by: Music & Photography 

All reviews written and opinions expressed are the author’s own. “Shared by [name]” – Refers to the person who shared the link to the original piece featured here.


  1. Tara Tona says

    Oh my this was a great way to start my Monday!! I just love what you find… Those trailblazing female pilots– YES! I adore that young girl Maya Penn, what a little rock star! The vertical gardens, ok major inspiration for me as I’m in gardening mode!! I want to try one of these for sure! The recycled beach junk-art is just amazing. And the piece on our female Supreme Court Justices, wow… putting aside all personal views on the issue they were dealing with, I have so much respect for these women. Thank you JB!!


  2. Jacqueline Tona says

    Thank you Tara and Jamie! I have been working like a mad woman this year and haven’t taken the time to read your blogs as often as I’d like. Catching up tonight and feeling inspired!


    • Tara Tona says

      Thank you Jacqueline!! So great to read this comment from you… it inspires us to know that others are enjoying what we put out there. Means a lot, truly. 🙂 Keep up the work, seems all of us ladies are working like mad lately! You’re in good company, lol!


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