Five Newsletters By Women, For Women


As a reporter in legacy media, I'm constantly reading the news. Seriously, constantly. Every morning I listen to The Daily and Up First before I put my eyeliner on, and throughout the day, I have to keep up on the New York Times and the Washington Post, sprinkled with the Atlantic and the New Yorker just to make sure I'm not falling behind. Then, when I get home, it's dinner with CNN.

It's easy to get trapped in a circle of hard news - constantly rapping my brain for some fun, a more relaxing essays that just aren't easy for me to come by as a hard news reporter. That's where my newsletters come in: they're fun, interesting, sometimes heartbreaking, and always something more intriguing than the next queue on the Associated Press. Here are my top five:

  1. Girls Night In

    I don't want to pick favorites... But this newsletter is my favorite. Founded by Alisha Ramos, a 27-year-old software designer, it's completely focused on what you should do while you're having a girls night in over the weekend, and it's wildly helpful. Every Friday, an email is sent out with tips for millennial women on how to treat yo' self and take a break.

  2. The Ann Friedman Weekly

    Ann Friedman is an LA based journalist who writes about gender, media, technology, and culture for loads of well-known publications. But every Friday, she gives you a slice of her life where she discusses and links to interesting reads, includes original GIFs and endorses her faves of the week.

  3. Brain Pickings

    Maria Popova, a Bulgarian writer out of Brooklyn, sends out a newsletter that originally started to her friends of a curation of things she found interesting. Today, it's grown into a huge success, updating women on art and design to science and philosophy. I'm particularly fond of this one because it makes me contemplate life -- and makes me feel a little pretentious and enriched.

  4. Stella Spoils

    For a different take on the daily newsletter, Stella Spoils is a whole bunch of inspiration to start your day. Full of beautiful images, clothes, articles and books to read, plenty to listening to and more, it's a delightful way to start your day.

  5. Well-Read Black Girl

    Getting a peak into Glory Edim's mind is an honor, tbh, and this newsletter does just that. With topics on culture, history, events and more, the goal of her emails are empower black women writers and celebrate black culture. It's a must-read, and beyond the newsletter, it's also a book club!

What are your favorite fem newsletters? Share them with us on Twitter or Instagram, or in the comments below.

Christianna is an adventurous, optimistic feminist who can hold her own in a few topics: politics, music, baking and books. At a party, you can find her consoling the hostess’s pets and sipping a gin and tonic.