Here’s the first installment of a new feature at WVFC. Every Wednesday, we’ll be sharing the Top 5 items we’ve gathered from other numerous other blogs out there. We’d love to hear from you items of note in blogs you’re reading, and any news items we should be checking out! — Ed.

From Mia Mercado at Blogher comes this story demonstrating a woman’s strength and resilience when faced with the ultimate challenge: facing herself in the wild.

Women & Hollywood‘s Melissa Silverstein exults that all of this season’s female directors and producers seem to have a knack for creating knockout hits. With films either crossing or rapidly nearing the million-dollar mark, Debra Granik, Nicole Holofcener, and Rikki Stern and Annie Sundberg are doing nothing but good for the reputation of women in the film industry.

The news blog at points us to the Boss blog at the New York  Times, where Adriana Gardella profiles Cindy Padnos of venture capital firm Illuminate Ventures. Padnos outlines  progress for women in tech and elaborates on the myths about women in technological and scientific fields. She explains that while Illuminate Ventures finances both male- and female-led firms, they are particularly concerned with organizations who mentor women — something that might make other firms take note. notes the first two women in history to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Of course, one of them is over 40, so how could we resist?

And Womenetics profiles Stephanie Davis, 62, executive director of Georgia Women for Change. This interview, with the head of a nonprofit group similar to WVFC, illuminates some the parallels between that organization and ours, including the frustrations and benefits of running a nonprofit.

Image: Charles Demuth, The Figure 5 in Gold, 1924

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