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Samantha Bee Needs to Conquer the Political Conventions


Samantha Bee is one of two women on television hosting a show past 10 p.m. Because Bee’s late night show on TBS is in its first year, the production cannot afford live coverage of the Republican and Democratic Conventions this year. But that’s okay, writes Liz Meriwether for New York Magazine, Samantha Bee is doing just fine. This is only just the eighth convention the host has covered.

“Bee could have chosen to create the kind of content Hollywood often thinks women want to see. Instead, we have James Corden charming celebrities in cars, and we have Samantha Bee eviscerating world leaders and political candidates. One of the reasons her show is taking off is that there are simply no other angry, funny, female comedians hosting shows. “We certainly needed some female anger,” she told me. “Not so much anger, but sharpness. Catharsis, I think.”

Read the full story at New York Magazine and watch free episodes of Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal at


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8 Words That Led This Woman to Her Perfect (Male) Mentor

We are loving this series on Forbes: “Mentoring Moments (#37), a series of WOW-you-need-to-know-these-stories from successful women of multiple generations. Mentoring Moments is now a podcast.” This week’s feature is Dr. Christina Greer, a 30-something professor of political science at Fordham University in NYC. She appears regularly on MSNBC and NY1 to talk politics. Her mentoring aha! moment is a lesson we can all understand:

My first realization was that my mentor did not need to look like me . . . You need to surround yourself with people who can see more in you than you can see in yourself.

See more from Forbes magazine’s “Mentoring Moments” series here.




Women’s Voices Archives: Artist and Designer Susan Ritter Finds Beauty in the Natural World

July 17, 2015

UntitledAn original creation by artist and designer Susan Ritter.

Susan Ritter exited a career in advertising in 2011 to focus on her passion for creating things. Today she makes jewelry, often using unfinished stones and gems. Ritter’s work is sculptural, each piece unique. She is knowledgeable about minerals and gems, their component parts, and the varieties of trace elements that contribute to their stunning forms and colors. Her language sparkles with words of her trade: druzy, hematite, pseudomorph.

Read the full article here.

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