Wednesday 5: The Best of the Internet This Week

fiveIn this week’s Wednesday 5: A new Vogue India initiative sets out to encourage Indian women to take control of their bodies; The SEAMS unveils its new podcast on the meeting of fashion and culture in Thailand, New York, and Mexico; the women on Instagram worth following; Dame Stephanie Shirley’s brilliant TED Talk; and the movies all foodies must see.



INDIA: My Body, My Mind, My Choice

Women, violence, sexuality, and India seem to be in the headlines daily. In tandem, a new video series by Vogue India, titled #VogueEmpower, has been garnering lots of attention for its bold and provocative message that women should take back control over their minds, their bodies, whom they love, and the people they have sex with. The most recent video, featuring Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, has already received nearly 4 million views. She begins, “My body, my mind, my choice.” Watch the video below or here. You can view the growing collection of videos for the Vogue Empower initiative here.



The SEAMS Premieres Podcast

The SEAMS, an independent project and brainchild of veteran journalist, author, and self-described “adventurer” Jacki Lyden, continues to produce a diverse and evolving collection of stories that we often don’t hear about—stories that are under-represented and untold. This week, The SEAMS unveils its new full-length podcast on SoundCloud! The premiere episode ventures into Thailand, New York, and Mexico with stories about how funerals, Frida Kahlo, art history, and a not-so-routine traffic stop inspire a novelist, a fashion designer, a style editor, and an entrepreneur. Listen to the full adventurous podcast below or click here. And when you’re done, read our fabulous Women’s Voices profile on The SEAMS.



Who Runs Instagram? Women

We hope you’ve been reading our latest Tech Tuesday posts, which keep you informed on everything from 3-D Printing to the latest apps. Here is another great list for those of you on Instagram or those who want to be. Mashable put together a list of “21 Women Whose Instagram Photos Will Amaze and Inspire You.” These notable instagrammers include the first woman mayor of Paris, a yoga teacher, a Haitian photographer, and the first lady of the United States.



Dame Stephanie Shirley on TED 2015: Why do ambitious women have flat heads?

At her dining room table, Stephanie Shirley founded the kind of company she’d like to work for — one that posed challenging, rewarding tasks, built around flexible work rules that made it possible to have a real life. Her software company, Freelance Programmers, made her one of the richest women in England. In this frank and often hilarious talk for TED 2015, she explains why she went by “Steve” and how she upended the expectations of the time—and sheshares some sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women.




21 Movies All Food Enthusiasts Must See

We loved seeing this list pop up on BuzzFeed featuring 21 movies for foodies. It includes some predictable suspects like Chocolat, Haute Cuisine, and Julie & Julia. But there are a few surprises that made the list as well. What are your must-see film tributes to food? Tell us in the comments below.

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  • roz warren April 4, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Great stuff, as usual.