Women with Tech

We’re intrigued by women who make tech, how women use tech, whether it enriches women’s lives, or makes them want to smash things. We’re particularly curious about mobile apps. Check in here for reviews and our thoughts on a variety of apps.

Libby

Just because no one reads physical books anymore (which isn’t true of me since I am a dinosaur) doesn’t mean your public library is no longer relevant. Meet Libby, the app that allows you to read ebooks and listen to audiobooks you check out from your local public library. (It just occurred to me that we should have a federal public library system that deals with all online resources.) Read more

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Quizzitive

I love Quizzitive. It is a fun little app game developed by the good people who bring you the Merriam-Webster dictionary. I will pause here to say how much I enjoy dictionary webpages. Oxford English Dictionary has a good one as well.

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The Ann Friedman Weekly

The Ann Friedman Weekly is an email newsletter that settles gently into your inbox every Friday. Once opened, it is small. About one page, if you are looking at a 13ish inch screen. Friends and family, do not be fooled. If this thing was physical it would look like a murder board (those images of pictures cut and pasted onto a wall with a bunch of red strings connecting all the images in a bunch of different ways.) I have spent many happy hours clicking on all the links she includes. Lots of those links lead to other links. Last week I started reading about charismatic megafauna and three hours later I was taking a quiz to see which PowerPuff Girl I most resemble.

Buttercup. No one is surprised.  

The Last Weekend

No matter your party, the final weekend before the election will be a busy one. If you are interested in being a part of the push to flip the House, The Last Weekend website will help connect you to a race research has indicated is likely to swing Democrat.

There are endless opportunities. Phone banking, donating money or supplies, and even canvassing if you are feeling up to it.

The best way to do this work is in pairs or a group. You do not have to do this alone. Find a friend, a relative, hell even a kid as long as they are tweenish or older. Older Son phone banked for Obama in 2008, we think he might have changed some dude in Kentucky’s mind. Who the hell knows, but it’s better than waking up the day after the election and thinking, “If only I had done more.” Read more

Caregiver Action Network

Caregiver Action Network

Here at Persistiny, we talk a lot about taking care of children but the truth is that nearly 90 million Americans engage in acts of caregiving above and beyond (and often in addition to) what needs to be done to keep our kids healthy. Elderly parents, children (both young and adult) with special needs and many other loved ones require the love and attention of a dedicated caregiver. And that is where Caregiver Action Network comes in.

As I said last week, all of these websites have done an excellent job describing themselves so I am not about to rephrase their work. Here is a portion of the ‘about’ page from Caregiver Action Network’s website:

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Unladylike Podcast Love

Unladylike

Oh my friends. You are going to like this podcast, especially if you were a fan of Stuff Mom Never Told You. Unladylike is a podcast motivated by the concerns and frustrations stemming from the results of the 2016 election. And the years of research and scholarship performed by Cristen & Caroline, first for their jobs as print journalists and then with the podcast Stuff Mom Never Told You, shine in this podcast. This isn’t two angry people randomly chatting about topics they read a few articles about online. That would be something I would do. No this is…well, let me go to their webpage so I get it right.

Here is an excerpt from their website (I’m done attempting to rewrite stuff other people spent ages writing about themselves):

The process of cultivating our best selves and dreamiest lives is un-equally accessible for women, girls and gender-nonconforming folks everywhere. But by better understanding our unique identities, diverse lived experiences and underlying injustices, we can claim our space and make more room for others as well. That’s our Unladylike mission: To make inclusive, credible media that moves.

And it’s funny! Enjoy.

Goods Unite Us

Goods Unite Us is an app as well as a website where you can go to gauge where corporations spend your money for their political gain. Tomorrow, I will be switching from AT&T who spend 73% of their political contributions toward Republicans to Verizon who are at least spending 52% to republicans and 48% to democrats. Not great but better than AT&T.

Let’s see who else will be losing a few of my pennies. I highly recommend this app, especially after this Supreme Court Debacle. Read more

Call Your Girlfriend Listen Up

Call Your Girlfriend

We need our friends now more than ever. Call Your Girlfriend reminds us how wonderful it is to have someone to talk to, someone who regularly gives you the benefit of the doubt without having to ask for it.

Someone who believes you.

Give this podcast a listen. You might like what you hear. Read more

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Loveseat Vintage

I have bought a lot of furniture from Loveseat Vintage. You have to live in Southern California to really use this service but if you do, I highly recommend it. Loveseat is an online retailer that sells second hand furniture and home accents. Right now they have a remarkable number of wicker framed mirrors. One would think they would have those mirrors for awhile. I bet in a week most of them will be sold. Read more

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Stuff You Missed in History Class

I love, love, love, love, love Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast. It is hosted by two smart, funny and thoughtful women who spend hours researching topics before writing and presenting them. And the sheer range of topics covered is impressive. The history of air conditioning, the Georgia gold rush, the Great Moon Hoax of 1835 (!), the Battle of Ambos Nogales, Lucretia Mott, the Zoot Suit Riots, and Levi Strauss. And that’s just August!

Be careful when listening, all topics aren’t suitable for all ages. Also, the hosts tend to cover their topics in depth and that can involve death, destruction, war and/or sexual violence.  

For the casual listener all the way out to the history buff, this podcast is guaranteed to please.