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Lena Dunham Opens Up on the Top 10 Women Who Changed Her Life

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A Makers.com Recap of the Top 10 Women Who Changed Lena Dunham‘s Life. Lena Dunham is the creator of HBO’s Girls and author of Not That Kind of Girl. 

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1. SHERYL SANDBERG
COO of Facebook
“With Lean In, Sheryl gave women a constructive guide for pushing feminism into the work space. She also has the glossiest hair; she’s like the Connie Britton of the tech world.”

2. AUDRE LORDE, Poet and Activist
“Audre fought for equality from the sixties until her death, in 1992. Her quotes have the power to pull me up out of bed.”

3. SHIRLEY KURATA
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“It took me a long time to find the people in Hollywood who understand me. Shirley and I share a sense that clothes are about more than looking sexy: They’re about humor and cultural commentary, and color, color, color.”

4. JENNI KONNERCo-executive producer of Girls
“Jenni and I started a production company founded on our belief that there aren’t enough projects reexamining gender in interesting ways. It seem s like she’s been my best friend since kindergarten. If she doesn’t text me for an hour, I think she’s dead.”

5. CECE McDONALD, Transgender activist
“When CeCe was violently attacked for being trans, she fought back, but then she was put in prison for 19 months. CeCe turned that injustice into advocacy for thetranscommunity. Watch her on YouTube—such poise and comic timing.”

6. MEGAN ELLISON, Film producer
“Megan produces daring stories that don’t feature superheroes or dumb girlfriends. Having a dear friend who is my age, female, and owns Hollywood like she’s Don Corleone has been more life-affirming than I can say.”

7. ASHLEY FORD, Writer
“Ashley and I fell in love via social media, and then she flew from Indiana to meet me. We were both convinced we were being catfished. Now Ashley writes for BuzzFeed, and everyone can read her pieces about gender, race, and Kenny Loggins.”

8. RHEANNE WHITE, Hairstylist
“Rheanne is a close friend, an amazing mother, and treats hair like it should be treated: as self-expression and fun.”

9. SHONDA RHIMES, Producer of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy
“Shonda has taken over a full freaking day of the week with her addictive programming. She’s done it unapologetically. And Scandal has made wine and popcorn seem like a viable, even healthful, meal.”

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10. AUDREY GELMAN, JOANA AVILLEZ & ISABEL HALLEY
Political strategist, illustrator, and artist, respectively
“My three oldest friends: Audrey, who makes the workings of city government appear sexy; Joana, whose work is both whimsical and hip; and Isabel, whose ceramics are the perfect accents for a table. I’m counting them as one dame because together we are a unit.”

Photo credit: Lena Dunham poses for a portrait at Sundance for her upcoming documentary, It’s Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise

Watch Pope Francis talk about Education & Technology with Children with Disabilities and Special Needs

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On Thursday 2/5 at 4pm (CET), Pope Francis spoke to an international group children with disabilities and special needs in a live conversation from the Vatican. Participants were invited to participate through google+ hangout. The conversation was made possible through the technology on Scholas G+ page.

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Streamed live on Feb 5, 2015:

The Complete Transcript of the discussion with Pope Francis:
0:02 IN THE FIRST CHAT WE HAD POPE FRANCIS TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF BUILDING BRIDGES.
0:10 TODAY WE WANT TO TALK WITH KIDS AROUND THE WORLD WHERE EVERY DAY THEY DO JUST THAT, THEY HELP
0:19 THROUGH TECHNOLOGY, HELP THEM LEARN TO STUDY, TO PLAY, TO SHARE.
0:26 SO LET’S START THIS EXPERIENCE BY CONTACTING SPAIN WHERE ISABEL IS WAITING.
0:35 HI, ISABEL, HOW ARE YOU?
0:36 WHAT WOULD YOU TELL POPE FRANCIS?
0:38>> HELLO, MY NAME IS ISABEL, I AM 13, AND I STUDY AT THE SCHOOL.
0:47 I USE TECHNOLOGY, AND SPECIAL IN CLASSES WITH A COMPUTER WHO HAS
0:51 A SCREEN READER, AND WE ALSO USE THIS INSTRUMENT WHICH IS A
0:56 BRAILLE READER WHERE EVERYTHING THAT APPEARS ON THE SCREEN
0:59 APPEARS HERE AS BRAILLE.
1:03 >> GOOD AFTERNOON, ISABEL, HOW ARE YOU?
1:08 WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL ME?
1:16 >> HOW I USE TECHNOLOGY. WHAT I DO.
1:22 I USE MY COMPUTER WITH A SCREEN READER.
1:25 I USE BRAILLE LINE, WHAT APPEARS ON THE SCREEN APPEARS HERE, AS YOU SEE IN BRAILLE.
1:33 >> WHEN DID YOU START USING THIS COMPUTER?
1:40 >> THE COMPUTER, I STARTED ABOUT 4th OR 5th GRADE IN PRIMARY SCHOOL.
1:47 >> SO YOU’VE BEEN DOING THIS ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE YEARS?
1:50 >> YES, MORE OR LESS.
1:53 >> AND YOU LIKE THIS?
1:55 >> YES. TO BE HONEST, YES, I LIKE IT.
1:59 IT’S ANOTHER HELP AND IT’S VERY PRACTICAL.
2:05 >> I WAS TOLD THAT YOU LIKE TO RUN, THAT YOU’RE AN ATHLETE.
2:09 >> OH, YES, I LOVE SPORTS.
2:11 >> TELL ME WHAT YOU DO.
2:13 >> WELL, I PRACTICE SPORTS TWICE A WEEK IN THE SCHOOL, AND THEN ONCE A WEEK ON MY OWN.
2:26 >> WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE ME A MESSAGE THAT I CAN TRANSMIT?
2:42 >> THAT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES DON’T GIVE UP.
2:46 WITH EFFORT YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU DO AND REACH WHATEVER GOAL YOU WANT TO REACH.
2:51 >> WELL, I ASK YOU AND NOW YOU ANSWER ME.
2:56 BUT I ASK BY THE NAME OF 260 PEOPLE WHO ARE NOW LOOKING AT
3:03 YOU, WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL SOMETHING TO THESE PEOPLE WHO
3:06 ARE — WHO ALSO WANT TO BUILD BRIDGES AND TO ACHIEVE THAT KIDS
3:12 FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD CONNECT THEMSELVES TO DIFFERENT SCHOOLS,
3:15 WHAT WOULD YOU TELL ALL OF THESE PEOPLE?
3:18 >> WELL, THE TRUTH IS A WONDERFUL INITIATIVE AND THAT I HOPE IT WORKS WELL.
3:32 >> WELL, YES. WE WISH YOU THE VERY BEST.
3:42 >> THANK YOU.
3:44 >> KEEP ON RUNNING. KEEP ON WORKING WITH YOUR COMPUTER.
3:48 MAY GOD BLESS YOU. THANK YOU. BYE.
3:54 [ APPLAUSE ]
3:55 >> DO YOU HEAR THE CLAPPING FOR YOU?
4:05 THANK YOU, ISABEL. ISABEL IS A FUTURE WRITER.
4:11 WE GO NEXT TO PEDRO WHO IS IN SAU PAULO.
4:21 HELLO, PEDRO.
4:24 >> HI, POPE. I AM VERY HAPPY TO MEET YOU.
4:28 I AM PEDRO GARCIA. I AM 12 YEARS OLD, AND I STUDY AT SCHOOL.
4:35 I HOPE THAT THIS TECHNOLOGY HELPS ME TO RIDE MY BIKE THROUGH
4:39 THE PROCESSES NOW BEING ASSEMBLED.
4:43 I LIKE VIDEO GAMES.
4:45 PLAY VIDEO GAMES ONLINE AND THAT IS WHAT I LIKE THE MOST.
4:48 I USE THE MOUSE WITH THE LEFT HAND AND THE KEYBOARD WITH MY RIGHT STUMP.
4:53 MY FAVORITE SPORT IS SOCCER.
4:55 >> DO YOU LIKE SOCCER?
5:00 WHAT KIND OF POSITION DO YOU PLAY IN FOOTBALL?
5:03 WHAT NUMBER ARE YOU IN THE TEAM?
5:05 >> I LIKE TO PLAY AT THE GOAL, THE GOAL KEEPER.
5:18 >> AND YOU LIKE TO STOP THE GOALS, BUT WHEN THEY GET ONE
5:21 THROUGH, HOW DO YOU FEEL WHEN THEY GET A GOAL THROUGH.
5:25 >> I’M JUST VERY HAPPY TO BE WITH FRIENDS AND TO PRACTICE MY FAVORITE SPORT.
5:31 >> YOU ARE GIVING US A LESSON, YOU’RE TEACHING US.
5:38 WHAT MATTERS IS NOT TO WIN.
5:41 IMPORTANT THING IS TO PLAY AND TO BE WITH FRIENDS.
5:46 >> THANK YOU, PEDRO.
5:53 LET’S GO BACK TO SPAIN WHERE WE SEE ALICIA WHO WANTS TO TELL US SOMETHING.
5:59 WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL POPE FRANCIS?
6:01 TELL US.
6:02 >> WELL, THE FIRST THING, POPE FRANCIS, MY NAME IS ALICIA, I’M 16.
6:10 I STUDY AT THE GIL GAYARRE FOUNDATION.
6:15 I WOULD LIKE TO SHOW YOU THE CAMERA THAT I DO WITH MY FILM GROUP.
6:20 WE DO A LOT OF THINGS.
6:22TAKE, ESPECIALLY WITH THE TRIPOD THAT WE USE.
6:37I WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU I LIKE TO USE THE CLIPBOARD, LIVE SOUND
6:41AND ESPECIALLY WORK AS A TEAM.
6:43AND I LIKE TO SEE THE RESULTS OF THE RECORDING WE DO,
6:52THAT’S A LOT OF FUN, I’M SERIOUS.
6:54 >> AND DO YOU LIKE IT A LOT.
6:55 >> YES, I LIKE IT A LOT. SOMETIMES IT’S TIRING.
6:59 >> AND WHEN YOU’RE TIRED, WHAT DO YOU DO?
7:01 >> WELL, I CALM MYSELF DOWN, AND I THINK OF SOMETHING AND I ACT ON IT.
7:14 >> I LIKE THAT, THAT’S GOOD ADVICE.
7:16 BEFORE YOU ACT, THINK. VERY GOOD ADVICE.
7:20 THANK YOU.
7:20 THANK YOU AGAIN. MAY GOD BLESS YOU.
7:23 >> I’M SORRY, POPE FRANCIS, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK A QUESTION, PLEASE.
7:27 DO YOU LIKE TO TAKE PICTURES AND THEN UPLOAD THEM, DOWNLOAD THEM ON THE COMPUTER?
7:34 >> DO YOU WANT ME TO TELL YOU THE TRUTH?
7:36 I AM OLD FASHIONED WHEN IT COMES TO COMPUTERS.
7:41 I’M A DINOSAUR.
7:43 I DON’T KNOW HOW TO WORK A COMPUTER.
7:47 WHAT A PITY, HUH? WHAT A SHAME.
7:52 THANK YOU ALICIA. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.
7:56 THANK YOU AGAIN.
7:57 LET’S GO NOW — THEY’RE CLAPPING FOR YOU.
8:06 THAT’S FOR YOU.
8:07 AND NOW WE GO TO ELVIRA.
8:10 HI, ELVIRA, POPE FRANCIS IS HERE.
8:13 WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL HIM?
8:15 >> HELLO, POPE FRANCIS. I’M 12 YEARS OLD, I’M ELVIRA.
8:22 >> TELL ME SOMETHING.
8:23 >> I STUDY IN THE GIL GAYARRE
8:32 FOUNDATION, I ALSO ENJOY MYSELF
8:34 MAKING VIDEOS JUST LIKE ALICIA.
8:39 >> AND ARE YOU HAPPY WITH THAT?
8:40 >> YES, I LIKE TO SING. I LOVE IT.
8:49 >> OH, YOU LIKE TO SING?
8:52 YES, THAT’S VERY NICE, VERY NICE.
8:55 I HAVE TO SAY GOOD-BYE NOW.
9:04 WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG? VERY, VERY NICE.
9:13 WELL, I HOPE YOU CONTINUE SINGING WELL.
9:16 OKAY. ELVIRA, THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU WERE WONDERFUL.
9:22 AND YOU WERE ABLE TO TELL WHAT YOUR FAVORITE SONG IS, AND NOW WAITING FOR US.
9:28 >> IN NEBRASKA, HOW ARE YOU
9:37 DOING TODAY, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO
9:40 SHARE WITH POPE FRANCIS.
9:43 >> I’M TAYNOR FRANCIS.
9:51 I’M A JUNIOR AT KEARNEY HIGH SCHOOL.
9:59 I HAVE OVERCOME SEVERAL OBSTACLES IN MY MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL CAREER.
10:04 ONE OF MY MAIN STRUGGLES INVOLVES BEING ABLE TO SHARE MY
10:07 THOUGHTS IN A WAY SO THAT I CAN KEEP UP AND NOT FALL BEHIND WITH THE HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM.
10:16 I HAVE A LACK OF FINE MOTOR SKILLS THAT AFFECTS THE SPEED THAT I CAN WRITE OR TYPE.
10:21 THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY HAS HELPED ME OVERCOME THE PROBLEM OF
10:24 GETTING MY THOUGHTS OUT FAST ENOUGH AND KEEPING UP WITH CLASSES.
10:29 I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU: WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU FACE SOMETHING DIFFICULT?
10:35 >> FIRST OF ALL, NOT GET UPSET. THERE’S NO NEED TO GET UPSET.
10:48 REMAIN CALM. AFTERWARDS, FIND A WAY TO
10:57 OVERCOME IT, OF GETTING OVER IT.
11:00 AND IF I CAN’T OVERCOME IT, THEN I HAVE TO RESIST IT.
11:07 UNTIL THE POSSIBILITY COMES UP THAT I CAN OVERCOME IT.
11:16 THERE’S NO NEED TO BE AFRAID WITH DIFFICULTIES.
11:23 DON’T BE AFRAID EVER.
11:25 WE ARE CAPABLE OF OVERCOMING EVERYTHING.
11:29 ALL WE NEED IS TIME TO UNDERSTAND THEM, INTELLIGENCE TO
11:35 FIND A WAY AND COURAGE TO CONTINUE FORWARD, BUT NEVER BE AFRAID.
11:43 >> THANK YOU SO MUCH, POPE FRANCIS.
11:48 THANK YOU, ISAIAH AND TAYNOR, YOU DID A GREAT JOB.
11:54 NOW WE’RE GOING TO GO TO INDIA WHERE MANOJ IS WAITING FOR US.
12:03 POPE FRANCIS WANTS TO SHARE WITH YOU AN EXPERIENCE.
12:06 HOW ARE YOU DOING?
12:08 >> GOOD EVENING. HONORED AND EXCITED TO MEET YOU.
12:24 MY NAME IS MANOJ KUMAR AND I AM A HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENT
12:31 STUDYING IN 6th GRADE AT ASHRAY AKRUTI HIGH SCHOOL,
12:39 HYDERABAD, INDIA.
12:41 I AM 13 YEARS OLD.
12:43 AT SCHOOL THEY TEACH US KARATE, YOGA, AND COMPUTERS.
12:48 I NEVER KNEW WHAT WAS COMPUTERS UNTIL THREE YEARS AGO.
12:58 I LIKE IT VERY MUCH.
13:04 NOW WHEN I DO NOT UNDERSTAND ANYTHING WITH MY SUBJECT, I GO
13:11 TO THE INTERNET AND SEARCH PICTURES.
13:14 THEN I KNOW.
13:16 IT IS LIKE HAVING ANOTHER TEACHER.
13:22 I’M A BIG FAN OF BRUCE LEE. I SAW HIS VIDEOS ON YouTube.
13:32 GOOD WAY TO LEARN!
13:36 I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU.
13:41 HOW DO YOU THINK SCHOLAS CAN HELP US?
13:45 >> FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU SAID.
13:55 NOW TO YOUR QUESTION.
14:02 HOW DO I BELIEVE SCHOLAS CAN HELP YOU?
14:05 BUILDING BRIDGES, COMMUNICATING WITH YOU, WITH YOU ALL, BECAUSE
14:12 WHEN YOU ALL COMMUNICATE, THE BEST OF WHAT YOU HAVE INSIDE,
14:20 AND YOU RECEIVE THE BEST FROM OTHERS AND THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT.
14:23 WHEN WE DON’T COMMUNICATE, WE STAY ALONE WITH OUR LIMITATIONS
14:29 AND THAT IS BAD FOR US.
14:33 WHEN WE COMMUNICATE, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS
14:36 COMMUNICATION, GIVE AND RECEIVE, AND THAT DOES US WELL AND WE’RE NEVER ALONE.
14:44  SCHOLAS CAN HELP YOU WITH THIS IN COMMUNICATION.
14:48 >> THANK YOU, MANOJ. YOU DID A GREAT JOB.
14:5 1 THANK YOU SO MUCH.
14:53 AND NOW WE’RE GOING TO RECEIVE BAUTI IN SPAIN.
14:59 HELLO, BAUTI, HOW ARE YOU?
15:02 >> I’M OKAY.
15:03 HELLO, FRANCISCO. I’M BAUTISTA, THEY CALL MY BAUTI.
15:10 I’M 14, I AM FROM BUENOS ARES.
15:14 I GO TO SCHOOL IN MADRID,
15:16 I’M GOING TO TELL YOU HOW I USE MY COMPUTER AND TABLET.
15:19 IN MY COMPUTER I STUDY MATH AND LINGUISTICS.
15:23 WE DO NATURAL SCIENCE VIDEOS.
15:25 I LIKE TO USE THE TABLET FOR PHOTOS AND COLLAGES, LATER I CAN
15:30 SHOW MY FRIENDS WHAT I’VE DONE.
15:32 I LIKE A LOT OF GAMES THAT INVOLVE CONSTRUCTION OF BRIDGES
15:38 AND HIGHWAYS, AND THAT WAY I HAVE A LOT OF FUN.
15:42 I ALSO DRAW.
15:46 I AM VERY HAPPY AND EXCITED TO TALK TO YOU TODAY.
15:49 AND HERE IS MY HEART.
15:53 I WOULD LIKE TO VISIT YOU IN ROME ONE DAY.
15:57 THANK YOU.
16:00 >> THANK YOU. THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
16:04 >> YOU’RE WELCOME.
16:06 >> SO YOU LIKE THE TABLET? IS IT DIFFICULT?
16:12 DO YOU HAVE A TABLET?
16:14 >> NO, I DON’T HAVE ONE.
16:17 >> CAN YOU MANAGE IT WELL?
16:24 >> YES.
16:25 >> GOOD. I CONGRATULATE YOU.
16:30 THANK YOU.
16:32 [ APPLAUSE ]
16:33 BAUTI, THANK YOU A LOT. BEAUTIFUL IT WAS.
16:44 I CONGRATULATE YOU.
16:46 AND NOW YOU, POPE FRANCIS, CAN YOU GIVE US A MESSAGE FOR THE KIDS?
16:52>> ALL OF YOU — ALL OF YOU HAVE A BOX, LIKE A TREASURE CHEST
17:08 WITH A TREASURE INSIDE.
17:14 AND THE WORD FOR YOU IS TO OPEN UP THE CHEST, TAKE OUT THE
17:18 TREASURE, MAKE IT GROW AND GIVE IT TO OTHERS AND RECEIVE FROM
17:24 OTHERS THE TREASURES THAT OTHER PEOPLE HAVE.
17:27 EACH ONE OF US HAS A TREASURE INSIDE.
17:31 IF WE KEEP IT INSIDE, IT JUST STAYS THERE INSIDE.
17:37 WE SHARE IT WITH OTHERS, THE TREASURE MULTIPLIES ITSELF, FOR
17:47 THE TREASURES THAT COME FROM OTHERS.
17:50 WHAT I WANT TO SAY IS DON’T HIDE THE TREASURE THAT ALL OF YOU HAVE.
17:58 SOMETIMES YOU FIND IT RIGHT AWAY.
18:01 SOMETIMES YOU HAVE LIKE A GAME AND FIND THE TREASURE.
18:06 SOMETIMES IT’S NOT EASILY FOUND, BUT ONCE IT’S FOUND, SHARE IT.
18:11 BECAUSE BY SHARING, YOU RECEIVE FROM OTHERS AND IT MULTIPLIES.
18:15 THAT’S WHAT I WANTED TO SAY TODAY, KIDS.
18:21 WHAT YOU DO FROM THE PLACE WHERE YOU ARE HELPS ALL OF US.
18:30 HELPS US TO UNDERSTAND THAT LIFE IS A BEAUTIFUL TREASURE.
18:36 IT ONLY MAKES SENSE IF WE GIVE IT.
18:39 THANK YOU AGAIN.
18:41 [ APPLAUSE ]
18:49 THANK YOU, POPE FRANCIS, FOR YOUR WORDS.
18:52  THANK YOU TO ALL THE KIDS, ALL THE BOYS AND GIRLS WHO SHARED
18:59  TODAY, WHO SHARED A LITTLE PIECE OF THEIR LIVES TO THEM AND LET
19:02 US OPEN UP OUR TREASURE CHEST AND HELP ADULTS TOO.
19:06 THANKS TO ALL WHO ARE SEEING US, WHO ARE SEEING VIDEO CHAT.
19:11 THANK YOU, ISABEL, THANK YOU, BAUTI.
19:14 THANK YOU, ELVIRA, THANK YOU ALL OF YOU.
19:16 THANK YOU.
19:20 NOW WE’RE GOING TO SAY HELLO LIKE THIS, SHAKE YOUR HANDS FOR PEACE.
19:25 YOUR HANDS FOR PEACE.
19:27 [APPLAUSE]
19:28 NEXT, POPE FRANCIS TOGETHER WITH THE WORLD DIRECTORS OF
19:44 SCHOLARS WILL COMMUNICATE WITH MOZAMBIQUE WHERE THERE IS AN
20:01 INSTITUTION FOR SCHOLARS, THE CONNECTION NOW WITH MOZAMBIQUE
20:10 WITH THE SCHOLAS OFFICIALS.

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#GC4WSMW: GC4W 2015 Social Media Week New York Event {Final Recap}

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The Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W) hosts a Social Media Week NYC  event for the second year “Mobilizing for Social Impact: A GC4W Socializing Leadership in Millennials & Gen Y Panel.”  This sold out event took place at the NYU-SPS campus on Thursday, February 26th at 6pm on NYU Campus. 

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