5 Great Reads: Choose Your Office Avatar

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1. ‘Miss your office? Some companies are building virtual replicas’

Ever play The Sims growing up? You might have a leg up in the new working world, where team members stuck at home socialize in a virtual office space. File-transfer service WeTransfer opened its new virtual space on May 1, seven weeks after closing its physical offices. To answer the most pressing questions first: Yes, you get to choose an avatar. Yes, it can be a panda bear. Yes, InHerSight will continue to match women pandas to companies and jobs. The Wall Street Journal

2. ‘Air Force removes height requirement to attract more women pilots’

Barrier-breaking comes in all shapes and sizes—height, for instance. The Air Force used to require all pilot applicants under 5-foot-4 and over 6-foot-5 to submit waivers to fly. This week, they removed the waiver requirement. Although most waivers were approved anyway, it’s nice to see some needless paperwork ousted. Women have work to do! NY Times 

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3. ‘Surviving it all’

In this expertly crafted longread, writer Rebecca Traister tells the story of Marga Griesbach, a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor whose resilience and tenacity has carried her through every decade of her life. Griesbach’s tale is captivating in itself, but it’s the way she talks about dashed hopes that provides some comfort in troubling times: She wanted a normal life, but normal changes all the time. NY Magazine

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4. ‘Interracial romance, with Black women as the stars’

With recent releases such as Lovebirds, Insecure, and Love is Blind, shows and movies featuring interracial relationships, especially ones with Black women, are on the rise. In this piece for The New York Times, Salamishah Tillet explains the importance of spotlightling Black women and cross-cultural relationships that tackle issues of race head on. NY Times

5. ‘Goodnight Zoom’

This reimagining of Goodnight Moon is fun for everyone who grew up reading Margaret Wise Brown’s classic board book. The New Yorker

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‘3 essential steps to allyship in times of crisis’

With the recent killings of unarmed African-Americans Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery, it’s important that managers talk to their teams about racism, fear, and anxiety to ensure everyone feels safe and heard at work. This article has some coronavirus-specific advice, but Karen Catlin, founder of Better Allies, also provides some helpful advice on checking in and supporting your coworkers. InHerSight

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