If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a busy woman who’s bouncing from project to project during your work day, leaving little time to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the world. And even when you do find yourself with a few spare minutes between tasks, perhaps you don’t know where to start to get the most well-rounded content in the least amount of time.
An easy, underrated solution to staying informed? The email newsletter. Whether sent daily or weekly, a selection of curated articles will help direct your attention to the content you most need to know about on a variety of subjects. Here are seven of the best newsletters that should be in every smart working woman's inbox.
Billed as a way to make it easier for female millennials to live smarter, theSkimm is delivered to inboxes first thing in the morning every weekday. It breaks down the most important news of the day in an approachable, conversational way — picture your best friend explaining health care reform or foreign policy. The company has since expanded to include an app and, most recently, a podcast, but the newsletter theSkimm was founded upon remains a simple, enjoyable way to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the world.
2. Girls’ Night In
It's the newsletter for women who’d rather stay in than go out (admit it, that's all of us sometimes). The mission of Girls’ Night In is “to help women relax, recharge, and cultivate more meaningful community in an increasingly lonely and stressful world.” Delivered every Friday morning, the newsletter includes Picks of the Week (what they’re doing on a night in) and Smart Reads of the Week (news that’s group text worthy). Girls’ Night In also has its own book club that has both an online and IRL component and is expanding to more cities on a regular basis.
Obviously you’re familiar with the site that seeks to improve the workplace for women (you’re here, right?). But did you know Fairygodboss has a newsletter, too? The weekly digest sends you stories that are getting buzz from the FGB community, covering need-to-know topics like job search tips from recruiters, (alarming) hiring trends and ways to have a more productive day. When it comes to improving or enhancing your career, Fairygodboss has you covered and informed. (Plus, as a member of the FGB's free community, you can opt-in to receiving daily emails that feature trending articles, discussion posts and open jobs. You can read more about FGB's different email offerings here.)
4. The Everygirl
Created to provide both guidance and inspiration for women on subjects ranging from finances to fashion and everything in between, The Everygirl covers it all. It was founded by two women who met through blogging and had a mutual goal of giving those like them — women with “endless dreams but no idea where to begin” — a go-to online destination. The site and its accompanying newsletter provide must-reads of the week and interviews with inspirational girl bosses, as well as fashion, beauty and wellness tips. It’s your smart one-stop shop for all things lifestyle-related.
At its core, Pocket is an app and plugin that allows you to save articles, videos and other online content to read later — even without an internet connection, making it perfect for airplane-mode reading. Its accompanying newsletter, Pocket Hits, is sent out according to your preferred frequency (anywhere from daily to monthly) and provides subscribers with the buzziest stories from a number of publications. If you’re looking for a way to ensure you’re up-to-speed on the articles most likely to be discussed around the proverbial water cooler, Pocket Hits is it.
6. The New York Times Morning Newsletter
If you want to feel certain you're caught up on the newsiest bits of the day, you can't go wrong the The Times' morning roundup, delivered to your inbox daily. The layout is easy to read, and the content is distilled in a way that packs in the most information possible in the least amount of space. You'll want to carve out 30 minutes with coffee for this one, though — prepare to add to your open tabs!
7. The Broadsheet
Curated by the inimitable Kristen Bellstrom at Fortune, the Broadsheet is a must for anyone interested in gender, feminism and news that impacts women. Chock full of trending news, research, opinion pieces and features on women who are paving the way, it's billed as the "daily newsletter for and about the world's most powerful women."
Staying up to speed on what’s happening in the world doesn’t have to be arduous if you let these email newsletters do the work for you. Whether it's a daily newsletter, a weekly newsletter or a monthly newsletter, you can get your fix. Do you have a preferred e-mail newsletter? Let us know in the comments!