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The Wednesday Five: The Best Longreads of the Week

It’s time again for our Wednesday Five picks of the best long-form essays making headlines for its brilliant storytelling and focus on women’s experiences globally.

 

1. Carmen Maria Machado’s pens an essay in Guernica on “the power of women who take up space.”

“Every day, I look for myself in other women’s bodies. This is what happens when you never see yourself in television shows or catalogues or movies—you get hungry. In passersby, I seek out a faithful replica of my own full chest: my plastic-bag stomach pooched over jeans, my milk-carton hips, and my face with its peach-pit cheekbones set in coffee grounds. In this way, I see myself in pieces, mostly, and have to assemble my body in my mind.”

Read the full essay here.

 

2. Liza Mundy explores in The Atlantic why not much has changed although tech companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to improve conditions for female employees.

“The dozens of women I interviewed for this article love working in tech. They love the problem-solving, the camaraderie, the opportunity for swift advancement and high salaries, the fun of working with the technology itself. They appreciate their many male colleagues who are considerate and supportive. Yet all of them had stories about incidents that, no matter how quick or glancing, chipped away at their sense of belonging and expertise. Indeed, a recent survey called “Elephant in the Valley” found that nearly all of the 200-plus senior women in tech who responded had experienced sexist interactions. (And just as the print version of this article went to press, a former Uber engineer added to the evidence of Silicon Valley’s gender problem when she wrote a blog post detailing what she said was a pattern of sexist behavior at the company.)”

Read the full story here.

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