A publication about the women who
do amazing things – right in our own backyards.

Got a Girl Crush On: Kathleen Engman in "Mother as Muse"

In stark contrast to “typical” fashion models, age and other “beauty standards” are directly confronted in these striking photos shot by photographer Charlie Engman of his real-life mother, Kathleen.

(photos: Charlie Engman, via featureshoot)

Got a Girl Crush On: Environment equality activist, Majora Carter

This TED Talk is worth watching if you have 18 minutes to spare.

Majora Carter is New York native and MacArthur “genius” grant-winning activist who details her fight for environmental justice in the South Bronx. She helped found Sustainable South Bronx which helped reclaim abandoned, neglected, and polluted space and turn it into public parks and greenways, as well as bringing green roofs and green-collar jobs into the area. Her main focus is to show how minority neighborhoods suffer most from flawed urban policy, but how a community can thrive despite of this through environmental equality and "greening the ghetto."

www.majoracartergroup.com

Got a Girl Crush On: Maria Bamford’s The Special Special Special!

Part genius, part unbridled out-there craziness that winds itself back to brilliant. Stand-up in her living-room with her parents as the sole audience—this is comic gold (and now streaming on Netflix).

Lynda of La Motocyclette Magazine (photo © Meg Wachter) The Miss-Fires MC riding around at sunset in Brooklyn, NY (photo © Meg Wachter) Amanda (photo © Meg Wachter) Lynda (photo © Meg Wachter) Leslie hot-doggin around on her bike in Brooklyn, NY (photo © Meg Wachter) Suzy (photo © Meg Wachter) Amanda and Lynda riding over the Pulaski Bridge at sunset in Brooklyn, NY (photo © Meg Wachter)

Got a Girl Crush On: Lynda Lucas of La Motocyclette Magazine

Tell us about about yourself—who you are and what you do.

Lynda Lucas: I’m senior visual designer for a design consultancy called frog design. Just moved to Brooklyn from San Francisco about 5 months ago. New York rules so hard, but I miss glorious Californian nature; epic redwoods and sweeping coastlines.

How long have you been riding a motorcycle and who or what drew you to want to ride and own one? What’s been the hardest part?


LL:I rode vintage mopeds for several years and was involved in a nation-wide community of moped gangs called Moped Army. After moving to California several years ago I started wanting to leave the city to go on longer trips and enjoy the glorious nature; which is difficult on a moped.

Let me paint a picture for you of the exact minute I decided I had to learn how to ride motorcycles. I used to live above a sketchy motorcycle gang clubhouse (don’t tell my mom!). One night I was coming home, and a gang member asked me what I thought of his new high handle bars. Because I was so involved in the more gender-neutral moped community at the time, I answered without censoring myself. I said something like, “oh, my arms would probably get tired if I had handlebars like that.” He responded with shocked laughter, “Oh, sweetheart, I didn’t mean you could ride it, bitches ride on the back.”

Bitches. Ride. On. The. Back.

I will remember that moment always, and the certainty that I would prove people like him wrong.

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Got a Girl Crush On: Mo’Ne Davis

13-year old pitcher Mo’Ne will show off her 70-mph fastball in the Little League World Series on Thursday. Only 17 other girls have played in the LLWS in its 68 year history.

Got a Girl Crush On: August and Adeline Van Buren - the first women to make the transcontinental journey across the US by motorcycle

Surely Rachel Kushner drew inspiration from these ladies for her 2013 book The Flamethrowers.

Gussie and Adie did not have the right to vote in the summer of 1916, but "they set out from Sheepshead Bay in New York City to begin their transcontinental journey on July 4th and arrived in Los Angeles on September 8th after traveling 5,500 miles over hazardous roads."

Find out more about these intrepid ladies and their descendants who are planning a 100th anniversary memorial ride in 2016 over at vanburensisters.com.

And stay tuned for our post on modern women in moto later this week!

Got a Girl Crush On: Margot Adler, NPR reporter and Wiccan priestess
Margot died Monday at the age of 68.

Margot once wrote in an e-mail that she absorbed the values of many of her colleagues in developing her own view of life - a belief, she said in a world without snark, of deep values, and that despite everything she’d experienced and encountered and covered, an abiding belief that people were basically good.

Read more of David Folkenflick’s remembrance here.
(Photo by Michael Paras/NPR)

Got a Girl Crush On: Margot Adler, NPR reporter and Wiccan priestess

Margot died Monday at the age of 68.

Margot once wrote in an e-mail that she absorbed the values of many of her colleagues in developing her own view of life - a belief, she said in a world without snark, of deep values, and that despite everything she’d experienced and encountered and covered, an abiding belief that people were basically good.

Read more of David Folkenflick’s remembrance here.

(Photo by Michael Paras/NPR)

Got a Girl Crush On: The weirdly beautiful hirsute world of artist Winnie Truong

winnietruong.com

Got a Girl Crush On: Kooky animal lady, humorist, & illustrator, Lisa Hanawalt

I first was introduced to Lisa’s work by getting bold with a friend and posing in our birthday suits for Mike Perry’s drawing collective marathon, Get Nude, Get Drawn series and was smitten by her take at the could be tried age-old format of live figure drawing (editor’s note - the is not me in the previous link). Upon seeking out her actual portfolio, I can’t stop giggling at the world Lisa creates (like Coyote Doggirl, or Tuca the Toucan who lives in the city).

Check out more of her work over at www.lisahanawalt.com!

(via: lisahanawalt)

Got a Girl Crush On: Replica

This 3/4 female punk band from Oakland puts on an amazing live show, like the one I saw down by the train tracks in Pittsburgh. They are fast, loud, passionate, unapologetic, and 100% girl crush material.