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September 2019

A Note from Melinda

“Historically, women are seen as naturally disruptive.”

Those are the words of the late Toni Morrison, the immensely talented writer and storyteller who passed away last month.

I quote them here because Toni Morrison has been on my mind lately—and also because this month on Evoke, we’re exploring the theme Disrupt

A disruption is a radical change. It’s transformative. It rejects the status quo and replaces it with something new, bigger, and bolder.

We often associate disruption with Silicon Valley—but disruptive thinking is everywhere you find people challenging old norms and offering innovative new ideas for making our world better.

That’s exactly what the people we feature this month are doing. I hope you find them as inspiring as I do.

What's Inspiring Me

"Fearless" by Jean Case

If you want to change the world, it helps to be fearless. And if you need a dose of courage, look no further than Jean Case's collection of stories, evidence, and optimism. Pick up this book for yourself or a change-maker you know.

“What Being Malala's Father Taught Me About Feminism”

"When a father begins a journey into feminism, believing in the worth of his daughters, he can change his whole family’s future." Highly recommend this beautiful piece from Malala's father, Ziauddin Yousafzai.

“108 Women’s World Cup Players on Their Jobs, Money and Sacrificing Everything”

The New York Times surveyed more than 100 women World Cup players from 17 countries about what they earn, how they live, and how they got where they are today. Check out this beautiful piece, complete with photos taken by the players.