Friendship is political for Aminatou Sow, co-host of the whip-smart pop culture and politics podcast Call Your Girlfriend and co-founder of Tech LadyMafia, a platform devoted to increasing the visibility of women in tech. “Friendship is the fire in which your identity and politics are forged—this is especially true for friendships between women,” says Sow, who has recorded her candid and downright hysterical catch-up conversations with her BFF, Los Angeles-based journalist Ann Friedman since 2014. Their chats range from topics like Beyoncé and gender equality to the “Cheeto in Chief”. Together, they’ve made caring and conversing about politics both cool and crucial—encouraging women’s political engagement by simply being themselves and amplifying the voices of other inspiring women. Here, Sow took a moment away from interviewing the likes of Hillary Clinton and Cynthia Nixon, to share what it means to be an emotional dresser, a good feminist citizen and more.
An unapologetic feminist knows that feminism is a “movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression”. (Don’t thank me, thank Bell Hooks for this definition.) Good feminist citizenship is rooted in reading and giving credit. An unapologetic feminist reads the work of the feminists who have come before her and gives them credit for their ideas. An unapologetic feminist knows that. She also knows that feminism isn’t simply about empowering women or justifying our daily choices. Feminism is a political movement, it is hard work and the ticket to freedom for every single human being on this planet. Life agenda: Elevating women’s voices and taking my antidepressant every day! Three inspiring women: Pauli Murray and Mickalene Thomas and my favorite Herstorian, Alexis Coe. “No going back” moment: When I quit my job at Google. It was terrifying to venture out on my own, but I knew I was done working at a desk. On evolving career goals: I think more than anything I’ve let go of the idea of having a career, whatever that means. The very nature of what work is, is changing for my generation. I just want to be doing work I love every decade of my life and learning new skills along the way. I’m most hopeful about: Today’s kids and how little shit they take from bigots. Best money advice: Always take the trip!
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