Team Modernist on pro bono work, Georgia at Woman Up!, Sojourner Truth & Joan Jett

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This month we are gearing up for Georgia’s talk at Portland Monthly’s Woman Up event in May, reflecting on last month’s pro bono workshop, and celebrating Women’s History Month.

 

Modernist takes it outside

On May 12th-13th, Portland Monthly is hosting their 2nd annual Woman Up! event, with proceeds supporting Girls Inc. The two day event will highlight their “Oregon Woman” issue, bringing together experts from across the city—and state—for a weekend of wellness and learning, and a Mother’s Day race celebrating bold Oregon women.

On Saturday afternoon, Georgia’s talk Discovering Your Money Stories will close out a slate of wellness talks and seminars for their 500+ attendees.  We would love to see you there! Get your tickets or sign up for updates (and maybe a discount)!

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Modernist gives back

On February 17th, as part of our ongoing commitment to pro bono work, we held our second annual Financial Life Planning workshop for PSU’s Center for Women’s Leadership alumna. This year, we invited them to bring along their partners (or anyone else) involved in their household’s financial decision-making. We had an absolute blast spending the morning with these brilliant young women and their lovely partners.

In honor of Women’s History Month, consider supporting the Center and its important work by buying a poster of Oregon Women Firsts or sending them some cash!

 

Modernist in the press

Last month, Liliya wrote an essay for the Journal of Financial Planning about making her way through the financial industry as a millennial woman. We hope it will encourage more millennial women to consider careers in our industry - we need you!

Check out the full essay here!

If you’re wondering about Bitcoin and volatility, check out Georgia’s Q4 2017 Investment Insights here.

 

Modernist heroes

Ain’t I a Woman. By Sojourner Truth. Performed by Kerry Washington, 5 Oct. 2005, Los Angeles.

As intersectional allies, we know we have to center the experiences of marginalized members of our communities when marking Women’s History Month.

Sojourner Truth’s 1851 speech “Ain’t I a Woman” captured the deep inequities that the intersectional feminist movement is still working to address:

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman?

As we continue to navigate our path to a better, more equitable world, these words are worth listening to over and over again. Click above to hear the speech as performed by Kerry Washington.

 

Songs that are really about women's history

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. "Androgynous." Naked, Blackheart/Victor, 2004.

Joan Jett’s cover of Androgynous is another reminder to check our biases when we define women. The guitarist, who broke gender lines in her art form, reminds us that when we are free to express all aspects of our identity, we will have true gender equity and inclusion.