The Upgrade: 4 Apps For Women Who Travel Solo

Solo travel is one of those journeys that can help you discover yourself and change your mindset forever. We believe that every woman should go on a solo adventure at least once, but we’d be lying if we didn’t acknowledge that it can be scary and challenging for many people. From worries over navigating foreign language barriers to safety and combating loneliness, the experience definitely tests you.

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Women and medieval art: ‘This tooth opens a window’

About 1,000 years ago, a woman in Germany died and was buried in an unmarked grave in a church cemetery. No record of her life survived, and no historian had reason to wonder who she was. But when modern scientists examined her dug-up remains, they discovered something peculiar — brilliant blue flecks in the tartar on her teeth.

And that has cast new light on the role of women and art in medieval Europe.

– The Mercury News

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Stream NPR Music’s List Of The 200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+

Last year, NPR Music issued a correction to the history of popular music with our list of the 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women. This year, we sought to capture a new canon as it’s forming with our list of The 200 Greatest Songs By 21st Century Women+. Compiled by more than 70 women and non-binary writers from inside and outside NPR, it celebrates how women and non-binary musicians are shaping the sound of music today.

You can stream our playlist on YouTube Music (click here), traditional YouTube, and Spotify. (Note: 199 of the 200 songs are available on YouTube Music, while 193 are available on Spotify. You can check out all the songs on our full list.)

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The Warhol Foundation puts $3.6 million toward art for social good

For the last 30 years, the goal of The Warhol Foundation’s grants for advancing visual arts has been to “explore new territory, take creative risks, and engage with issues relevant to our contemporary moment”. But with the world heating up, and the country shifting toward nationalistic, isolationist, and discriminatory agendas today’s creatives are becoming particularly proactive. “This work is inspiring at a time when many groups in this country feel threatened—women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, to name a few,” added Warhol president Joel Wachs in a statement about the current grants.

This year, the foundation awarded $3.6 million to 42 different organizations as part of its annual round of spring grants. That’s just part of what the organization, which operates a $300 million endowment, is slated to give out this year. Warhol awards $14 million total annually, and another $8 million in biannual grants.

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33 Best Trips And Tips For Solo Female Travel

Solo female travel just keeps getting hotter. According to the George Washington University School of Business, nearly two-thirds of today’s travelers are women. The Travel Industry Association reports that an estimated 32 million American women travel alone every year. And travel companies are seeing a big uptick in interest from solo female travelers. Hostelworld, the largest online hostel-booking platform, has seen a growth in female solo bookings of 45% between 2015 and 2017.

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Women Photograph Announces 2018 Grant Recipients

Photographer Etinosa Yvonne Osayimwen had been working with people who fled their homes because of Boko Haram.

Nigeria has been plagued with so much more violence that she decided to expand the scope of her work. She takes portraits of traumatized survivors layers them with photographs of the activities they do to cope.

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