#WomanCrushWednesday: Midweek Motivation from Inspirational Ladies

Whether their game is fashion, science, beauty, or tech, so many women are out there killing it! I love to see other women using their voices to other girls, inspiring them to achieve great things! Here are just a few inspiring women to keep an eye on this #WomanCrushWednesday! 

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Charlotte Kuhrt is an international model, and is breaking stereotypes of what a model should like. She embraces her figure and shares her message to many women and girls about how bodies shouldn't be just one type. She inspires other women to accept and embrace their bodies, because every body is unique and beautiful! 

Connect with Charlotte on Instagram and Twitter: @beautynotsize

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Fellow woman in tech, Cassie Outsa, is one of the founders The Gadget Flow. The Gadget Flow is company where you can find any and all types of tech products suited to your needs. The website now has over 22 million visitors each month and is growing fast. 

Connect with Cassie on Instagram: @CassieOusta

Kate Unsworth is the founder of Vinaya, a company that specialises in smart wearable tech. Combining fashion and technology together; two of my favourite things! She's pushing the boundaries in the field and says that technology shouldn't just be limited to reading off a screen.

Connect with Kate on Instagram: @KateUns

I love seeing these empowering women creating platforms and inspiring other people! Who is inspiring you this #WomanCrushWednesday? 

Benefit Cosmetics' New Campaign Has Hit a Nerve

"Skip Class, Not Concealer"-- This is Benefit Cosmetics' new campaign tagline. In my opinion, their new ad is telling young women that it is more important for them to be pretty than smart. I'm not alone. People around the web are posting the hashtag #SkipBenefitNotClass in response to Benefit's campaign.

I tweeted about the ad, and actually got a reply from Benefit Cosmetics. They apologized, but made no mention of pulling this disappointing campaign. 

Here are some of the #SkipBenefitNotClass messages from around the web: 

This all started when the ad caught the attention of a teacher in Scotland, Josh Key, who worried it showed young women that they "just need to be pretty" and encouraged them to devalue their education. So far, some shops have agreed to take down the adverts, but Benefit Cosmetics has not taken any action to change their controversial campaign.

Hopefully Benefit Cosmetics realizes that brainy, beautiful girls are a force to be reckoned with. I'll take class over concealer any day. 

Snapchat's New Feature Could Be a Major Threat to User Privacy

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Innovative or invasive? Snapchat's newest feature called SnapMap is part exciting (great technology), but also part concerning. The roll out allows its millions of daily users to share their location with Friends through an opt-in function that shows your location on a map. Snapchat created this feature to help users get even more connected to their friends, but many have noticed the very real risks the SnapMap poses for user privacy and security.

When Snapchat released a video to announce Snap Map, it did not mention that if users aren’t careful, their exact location will be broadcast to all of their friends every time they open the app. User locations are updated every time they open the app, and remain on the Map for 8 hours.

One of the most concerning aspects of SnapMap is that users can see exactly where their friends are, revealing home addresses and locations to everyone on their friend list. This is particularly risky since many people may have β€œfriends” on Snapchat that they do not actually know in real-life. Snapchat has a minimum age of 13 for its users, but many young teens and children use the app to send pictures to their friends or just play around with the filters. These young users may not realize that every time they open Snapchat to play with the doggy filter, their location is broadcast to everyone they are connected to on the app. The way Snap Map currently functions provides ample opportunity for lurking, stalking, and other dangerous activities with real-life consequences.

Snapchat has responded to the concerns about their new feature, stating that user safety is a priority and reminding users of the ways to avoid having your location made public. Users have the option to let some or all of their friends have access to their location, or keep the information to themselves. 

Here's how you keep can your location private: once you enter SnapMap, go into β€œGhost Mode." While in Ghost Mode, you will be able to see others’ locations without them knowing where you are.

What do you think about the way Snapchat can access and share your exact location?