First Reading, vol. 11

I had the pleasure of meeting the First Lady of Texas, Cecilia Abbott this week. She was lovely and very gracious to speak to the Austin Republican Women Club about all that she and Governor Abbott are doing to rebuild Texas after Hurricane Harvey. The Dell Foundation and other leaders in the state are aiming to raise $100 million for relief and as of the time of this post are not quite halfway there yet at $43.9 million raised. Consider making your own donation here.

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FYI: in the picture, my dress is under $60 and from here and my shoes and jewelry are Ann Taylor.

In case you missed it, my Q & A session with Austin City Council Member Ellen Troxclair and her staff member Catherine Van Arnam is posted on both the homepage and on the interviews page - which I created last weekend. Woot!

The first ever newsletter went out earlier this week too. Woot! Woot! And the good news is that pretty much everyone subscribed to it opened it and clicked through it. So I'm counting the entire endeavor as a win and giving the credit to Council Member Troxclair and Catherine for serving as primo click bait. I'm already working on an October edition and must tell you I have another fantastic interview in my hot little hands. Get ready, and as always - if you aren't already - sign up for the newsletter to be the first to read.

Now - on to the "news" and by news I mean whatever is serving as primo click bait for ME this week.

  • A SCATHING New York Times Opinion piece on Ivanka Trump "pretending to care about women’s upward mobility just enough to soothe the complacent and provide plausible deniability for her father." 
  • Time has an amazing series called "Firsts" where the Magazine highlights women who were the first in their various fields. They just posted a video with Kellyanne Conway where she dives into how she told her daughters that she wasn't supporting Hillary Clinton.
  • Reese Witherspoon in Glamour. I don't often use the term: "Dead." But really folks - such a great essay from the actress, director, entrepreneur on having ambition and not apologizing for it. And of course she looks amazing, and gets bonus points for not wearing Draper James in the spread.
  • Additionally, the Cut on what happens to ambition in your 30's.
  • Rolling Stone on how the junior Senator from New York, Kirsten Gillibrand is outsmarting Donald Trump. Did you know that she is "statistically, the chamber's most anti-Trump member (voting against the president's position 93.7 percent of the time)." Plus an article on other women now prompted to run for office since the 2016 election.
  • The Cut turns the recorder on Maggie Haberman of the New York Times in their feature "How I Get It Done." It's a fascinating piece where Haberman compares getting people to open up to her to her long-gone days of bartending. Also she offers tips on what apps to use, how to record an interview, etc.
  • Here's a similar interview with Kristen Welker of NBC.
  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her father defend Trump's stances on women on the View.