Yola Mezcal

Founded by women who are fighting for fair wages for Oaxacan women

Led by three women—Yola Jimenez, Gina Correll Aglietti and Lykke Li—Yola Mezcal offers more than just a clean, balanced taste with that familiar smoky kick (akin to tequila’s more sophisticated, older cousin). It’s dedicated to traditional making methods and not only paying the workers in Mexico a fair wage, but furthermore, Yola’s bottling facility in Oaxaca employs only women—creating more opportunities for economic independence in …

Chicago Makes the Right Move in Equal Access to Bathrooms

Four months to the day since the Charlotte City Council passed the discriminatory House Bill 2 in North Carolina, Chicago has done the opposite. In a vote passed at 45 to five, Chicago’s City Council has announced that transgender people are allowed to use whichever bathroom matches their gender identity. “As other states try to erase transgender people from public life, let’s recognize that this …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Inventing transparent wood, saving a language, how emoji is changing the way we communicate and more in this week's look at the web

1. How Empowerment Became a Purchasable Product Originally used by social workers to encourage marginalized communities to rise up from poverty and oppression, the term “empowerment” has taken on completely different definitions in recent years. It’s been transformed into a mass-marketing tactic—especially when pertaining to women—flaunted by corporations (like the #StrengthHasNoGender campaign from Brawny paper towels, a company owned by Koch Brothers who have spent …