Mindy Kaling Just Wants to Work
Mindy Kaling, creator of The Mindy Project, excellent user of accessories, and hero to many, recently opened up to NPR about how she sometimes gets tired of being labeled an “exceptional pioneer.” Kaling, an Indian woman who isn’t your typical stick-thin actress on television, is expected to constantly comment on what it’s like to be an outsider. But she just wants to do her job. Kaling said, “I know why people are interested and I know why people want me to speak about it. But I sort of refuse to be an outsider, even though I know that I very much look like one to a lot of people, and I refuse to view myself in such terms.” Read what else Kaling has to say about being a pioneer.
You Have a Baby….in a Courtroom
Maternity leave. It’s like a mini-vacation, right? Well, that’s what one judge in Georgia seemed to think. According to Above the Law, Attorney Stacy M. Ehrisman-Mickle petitioned an Atlanta court to move an immigration hearing since she would be out on maternity leave, you know, taking care of her child after giving her the gift of life. No big thang. Opposing council was cool with it, but apparently Judge J. Dan Pelletier, Sr. looked at this as the equivalent of her asking for a delay so she could go on a golfing trip. He said there was “no good cause” even though her husband would be out of town, and she’s new to the area with no family or friends around. So she brought her infant daughter to court, which infuriated the judge. Eventually she lodged a formal complaint against Pelletier and made an excellent argument. She wrote:
Apparently my clients do not deserve to be represented by counsel of their choice if that counsel happens to be a pregnant woman. Likewise, pregnant women should not be litigating attorneys due to their “condition.” This thinking is absolutely reprehensible and should not be accepted by anyone within or representing the Department of Justice. I am horrified that this occurred and that I had to bring my infant to court with me. Despite the IJ’s belief, child birth is no minor inconvenience and rightfully calls for a six week absence from work–if not longer, as most other developed countries recognize.
Go girl. Here are some other reasons it’s tough to be a female lawyer.
Coffee Addicts Unite
Good news: You have something else to blame on your parents, and this one’s a biggie. A study released last Tuesday by caffeine scholars (how do we get that job?!) looked at the link between genetics and coffee consumption. By analyzing the DNA and data from 120,000 adults of European and African-American heritage, they were able to identify eight genetic variants that predispose individuals to drink a lot of caffeine. In other words, it’s grandma’s fault you’re on a first name basis with your barista. But on the bright side, a 2012 study found that coffee drinkers may have a lower death risk. Plus, nothing goes better with your cup of coffee than this amazing Chanel Bagel Purse known as “Bagel No.5.” Carbohydrates are just so chic right now.
Levo Presents The Resume Concierge
Levo’s offering a brand new service that will help you produce your best resume ever. Four different levels for one-on-one review are available, from a simple resume revamp to a virtual coaching session and cover letter consultation. Packages start at $79. Space is limited, so sign up already!
PIPs! Shouldn’t you be rewarded every time you make a responsible choice that benefits the earth in some way? Well, that’s exactly what PIPs does. This awesome app awards players with “positive impact points” when they make responsible choices like recycling, carpooling, or bike-sharing. Earn enough PIPs and you can use them to make purchases, donate to charities, or invest in projects.