The Wednesday Five

In this week’s Wednesday Five, women farmers are influencing a healthier food culture through widespread meal kit services, more women take Facebook to task for allowing images featuring violence against women on the social media network, the courageous Indian women of Ghunduribadi who guard their ancestral forest lands from illegal loggers, how a hashtag is elevating the work of black women throughout history, and ‘Waitress’ is making Broadway history with its all-female creative team.



The Women Who Decide What You Eat For Dinner

You may have already subscribed to one of the many meal kit services available online. Did you know that one of the top companies in the meal kit business, Blue Apron, relies on women to make the decisions on what makes it into these curated meals? Writing in Fortune magazine, Valentina Zarya shares:

Women are responsible for sourcing the food that’s shipped to Blue Apron subscribers each week—much of which is grown by other women. Beth Forster, Blue Apron’s national farm sourcing manager, heads up an all-female team that oversees the company’s produce supply chain. Her team looks at crop data to decide what to grow and when, and works closely with farmers in a crop-planning system that turns the traditional retailer-grower relationship upside down.

Read more at Fortune at how these women farmers are influencing a healthier food culture.



On Facebook’s Community Guidelines About Women’s Bodies

Last year, Grace Graupe-Pillard wrote about “When Women’s Bodies Get Censored on Facebook,” after her artwork was removed from Facebook because, as they stated, it did “not meet Facebook’s Community Standards.” It turns out these policies about the social media’s community standards become quite murky. Reporting in The Independent, Alexandra Sims writes about feminist writer Clementine Ford, who was also barred “for confronting an internet troll, yet a meme she reported depicting domestic violence did not qualify to be removed.” The photo Ford complained to Facebook about featured a woman with a bloody face to represent a domestic violence joke, to which Facebook responded that it did not violate their community standards.

Read more at The Independent.

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