Anniversary Edition: Best Of The Fold

It's our anniversary! Today we celebrate some of the women, words and stories that have moved us these past two years.
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Original artwork by Rosie Bowker

Original artwork by Rosie Bowker

We've been sharing stories and amplifying women's voices for two years now, and on the cusp of our anniversary we are taking a look back at a few moments and words that have resonated deeply with us and, we hope, you.

Arts & Culture
Meet Sofia Maldonado, The Puerto Rican Painter & Muralist "My main interest is in the human interaction with each piece. Can people walk around, on top or under the piece? How will this change their perception of reality or their daily routines?"

Carrie Akre On Her 10-Year Hiatus, Returning To The Rock Star Life & Becoming A Mother Of One "Like, how did I go from being a rock star and feeling badass to cleaning up after an adult man and doing dishes and just fucking being tired?"

Remarkable Women Who Impacted The Arts ""It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."

Motherhood
A Guide To Empty Nesting "Some parents breeze through the whole thing and others spend a lot of time counting the days until their kids get home for the holidays only to go through the mourning cycle all over again."

How To Embrace Change As A Family "Maybe it’s just talking about change and taking away the stigma that most kids associate with it so they can find a little fun in the unknown and more comfort in those seemingly simple chats they are no doubt listening to when you think they are not."

A Conversation With Maternal Health Advocate & Founder Of Every Mother Counts, Christy Turlington Burns "We continue to use storytelling to elevate women’s stories and amplify their voices, and we also invest in community-based led models of care that are compassionate and evidence-based."

Personal Style

Personal Style: Meet Kisha Vaughan "I am thankful to be comfortable enough with myself to not be uncomfortable in what I wear...The evolution has been in simplifying what works for me."

Single Women and Their Spaces: Erin Little "The lack of any drama from living alone is heavenly. It’s also a space that I feel I can take pride in. I am supporting this space, from the rent to the things that make it a home—it’s all from my hard work."

Politics
A Conversation On Female Power With Photojournalist Elizabeth Herman "I think that associating women and power has not been done in our historical narrative or in our conversations, and definitely hasn’t been done in our imagery."

Why I Ran For Local Office: It's Personal "This is no time to stand on the sidelines and wait for someone to save us, we need to save ourselves. Doing something is better than doing nothing."

Women Working For Our Planet: Meet Erin Ashe, Scientist, Co-Founder & Executive Director Of Ocean's Initiative "We need women’s voices in conservation and we’re creating a space to amplify those voices." 

Relationships 
A Conversation With Glynnis MacNicol, Author Of No One Tells You This "But the problem with all of this comes with who has been in charge of the storytelling for so long. This story, what a woman’s life looks like after 40, has been told primarily by men."

On Choosing Sobriety at 40 "I have more clarity than one year ago, and when I think about my body I feel proud knowing that I’ve done what I can to give us a fighting chance in life. I also feel different because I’ve had to fight for things (mentally and emotionally) that I’ve truly never had to fight for before because I always had alcohol to fall back on."

Childfreeness: Jessica Taft Langdon On Being Child-Free By Circumstance "I became aware of this sort of physical and emotional sensation that having a child was maybe not going to be within my grasp."

Wellness
Exercising The Choice Of Forgiveness "But eventually righteousness will fade. And then it’s time to ask yourself, do you want to be right or do you want to be free?"

Finding Affordable Healing Strategies At Any Age: Meet Erin Telford, Breathworker & Healer "The Universe always begins by whispering at you. If you can’t hear the whisper, it will eventually shout at you!"

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Social Justice & Climate Action: A Conversation With Ashley Engle On Why You Cannot Separate The Two and How You Can Help Combat Them Both

"My advice to anyone wanting to stand up for Unci Maka (Grandmother Earth) and our future generations: Start where you are because the frontlines are truly everywhere!"

Wellness

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Dear Aries: You thought you knew where you stood, who you were, and what made up your compass, but you somehow awoke to spinning ground beneath your feet and a spinning head to match.

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Street Photographer & Author Gulnara Samoilova On Empowering Women, Artistic Expression & The Power of Confident Work

"I want to create an inclusive community for women artists from around the globe who are pushing the boundaries of street photography in new and exciting directions. I’m interested in empowering women so that can tap into their creativity and feel confident about making work, whether they are professional or amateur photographers."

Money

Money and The Art of Receiving

"In our modern world, the connection between wealth and feminine energy has been mostly forgotten."

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Motif Founder Shanetta McDonald On Storytelling, Healing, & Connection

"By opening up about these unique experiences, women of color build esteem and lift the shame of hiding their true selves from the world. We’re able to be seen, and feel heard, and that is healing."

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Where Do We Go From Here? Join The Fold For A Conversation About The Impact of COVID-19 on Women and Mothers In The Workplace

Join us for a free virtual event featuring Angela Garbes, The Fold's Nora Gomez-Strauss and hosted by Executive Editor, Amanda Carter Gomes.

Wellness

March 2021 Tarotscopes

Dear Pisces: Striving towards your vision is very different than gazing wistfully upon someone else's. There are amazing gifts out there all around you, being offered freely and with great love, but if you don't bother to raise your head then you surely won't bother to see them.