The meat of this month’s Brain Food is sprinkled with a little bit of politics. We know it can sometimes make you sick to your stomach, but this is our recipe for making politics more palatable, starting with the basics and moving into some added flavor (politically inspired silk neckties, anyone?). 

Dig in.

I AM A VOTER

Say it loud and proud if you’re a voter, and spread the word that others need to join the club. The voter turnout rate for the 2016 U.S. presidential election was only 61%, and I am a voter is a nonpartisan movement that aims to change that percentage. Representation works best when we all participate. At the link below, get registered to vote, check your voter registration status, sign up for essential election reminders, or get involved locally.

WHY YOUR VOTE MATTERS

Eleven women—from teens to centenarians—express what women’s suffrage means to them. “Your right.” “A duty.” “A very sacred act.” More than a century after the 19th amendment was passed, we want to know what the vote means to you? Please email hello@TARRA.co for an opportunity to be interviewed and featured on our October social.

NOW TRENDING: SILK NECKTIES WITH A POLITICAL TWIST…

…particularly when they’re inspired by influential women like Oprah (Queen Of Media), artist and landscape architect Maya Lin (Stone Stories) and Frida Kahlo (The Mexican Icon). So many inspiring women, so much silk and so many neckties to incorporate into your fall looks.   

YOUR GUIDE TO VOTE BY MAIL

If you’re questioning how to support non-voters, spoon-feeding information seems to be the best way to get the point across of how easy it is to vote—even during a global pandemic. Enter: mail-in voting. Here’s your guide state-by-state of how to make sure your voice is heard this 2020 election. And, it can all be done from the comforts of home. 

YAASS KAMALA

Black women have been at the helm of Democratic politics for generations. This consistent activism has led to the historical moment of Sen. Kamala Harris’ nomination. Sen. Harris holds two glass shattering titles as the first Black woman and Asian American to sit on a major party’s presidential ticket. This success is due to a strategic campaign directed by Black women through involvement, organizing and high rates of voter turnout.

BE YOUR OWN SELF-ADVOCATE

Self-advocating ties to making your voice heard through voting and also is connected to the business arena. In business, many women struggle with self-advocating. Call it a lack of confidence, fear of taking risks or hesitation to be bold; Whatever you want to call it, here are five strategies for women on how to claim their space and success. 

PINKPROGRESSION: COLLABORATIONS ART EXHIBIT

Check out an exhibition at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities that honors the passage of the 19th amendment 100 years ago. These multidimensional works feature ideas of equality, inclusivity, gender identity, unity, community and more. Over 150 artists, writers, dancers and musicians joined forces to inspire social change.

ALL THINGS FERTILITY

‘Fertility: Let’s be honest’ is a Colorado-based podcast produced by Kirsten Leah Bitzer, who has been published in the New York Times, PBS, and Netflix, to name a few. Kirsten’s mother, Calisse, is a fertility nurse and show’s host that discusses all things fertility alongside experts and experienced guests.

ICYMI: MAINSPLAINING, EXPLAINED

Nicole Tersigni published a new coffee table book, “Men to Avoid in Art and Life” that illustrates what ‘mansplaining’ is with assistance from 17th-century art. What started out on Twitter has turned into a full-fledged analysis of the types of obnoxious, “know-it-all” men women encounter—the mansplainer, the concerned troll, the comedian, the sexpert, and a personal favorite, the patronizer.

Meet the Author

Dana Lapinel is a word wrangler from the West, working as a content writer and magazine editor in Denver for the last six years. She juggles a full-time and freelance career as a creative writer for brands with a strong voice. You can now catch her monthly as she serves up hot and fresh Brain Food for the humans of TARRA.