The week is finally (almost) over and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. Half term is just around the corner, the iOS update is more fun than we thought and Taylor might be making all our dreams come true.

Here’s the betty weekly round-up of everything we’ve been reading, watching and loving this week.

Happy Day of the Girl!

Tuesday 11 October was International Day of the Girl – a day where we all put our heads together and try work out how to make the world a little bit better for girls. We went along to Women of the World’s Day of the Girl Festival at the Southbank Centre where we saw some amazing speakers, including the brilliant Caitlin Moran. If you want to know more about the day, read our write-up here.

To mark the event, the Guardian made this amazing-but-incredibly-depressing video about how global inequality starts before girls are even born. Watch it, get angry and let’s try to make things for girls better by next year. Or even next week.

Laura Bates slays, as per usual

Following the outrageous footage that was released of Donald Trump making sexist and generally revolting comments about women, Laura Bates (the founder of the Everyday Sexism project and author of ‘Girl Up!‘) appeared on BBC Channel 4’s Today Programme and ended up teaching the male presenters a lesson about why what Trump said was DEFINITELY NOT, in no way ever, a compliment.

(Psst… we recently chatted with the wonderful Laura, watch this space over the next few weeks for our interview with her).

Brexit is causing more break-ups

British staples like Marmite and PG Tips were removed from Tesco’s website on Wednesday. It’s the first time consumers have been directly impacted by Brexit and the falling pound, as Tesco and Unilever are in the middle of a monumental row over pricing. Tesco has decided to stop stocking Unilever’s products until they kiss and make up, leading to panic up and down the country. It’s the supermarket equivalent of unfollowing your ex on social media, but with disastrous consequences for everyone’s afternoon tea.

Karen with the good hair 

I complain almost every time I wash my hair. It’s boring and time consuming and then I have to blow-dry it which is also boring and time consuming. But when Karen Nyberg was in space in 2013, she made a series of videos explaining her beauty regime – and it turns out there’s something weirdly mesmerising about watching someone perform vaguely mundane tasks in zero gravity. Our new obsession.

Surprise! There might be a Swift release on the way!

If you have a working internet connection, you’ve probably heard that T. Swift is rumoured to be dropping a new album some time towards the end of this month. Specifically October 23rd. Where did this date come from? Well, almost all of her albums have been released in October in order to make the most of Christmas sales. Plus, surprise albums are really in right now (Bey was bae, of course). Taylor’s also playing a concert the night before in Texas (her first since December 2015) which her fans believe she might be using to launch her new album.

Fingers crossed! Come October 23rd, we just hope there isn’t a blank space.

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iOS? More like iO-YES!

And in more best news ever, this week we discovered completely by accident that iOS 10.0.2 has a cool new feature. If you iMessage ‘Congrats!’ to someone, they’ll get an influx of confetti on their screen. Obviously we spent the next 15 minutes trying to work out what other animations we could find – so far we have ‘Happy Birthday!’ balloons and ‘Happy New Year’s Eve!’ fireworks. Let us know if you find any more!

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Now go and congratulate all your friends for being awesome and watch the confetti fly…

Happy weekend, we’ll see you on Monday!

The Women of the World Festival held an event yesterday at the Southbank Centre to celebrate the Day of the Girl, and guess who was invited?!

Us, guys. It was us.

You might have seen some bits and pieces from the day on our Instagram story @bettycollective – but just so we can all pretend we were there together, here were some of the highlights.

Some 250 girls from schools all over London attended the festival (as well as a lot of excited-looking teachers) and the day kicked off with speed mentoring on the London Eye, where politicians, journalists, athletes and our pal Florence Adepoju from MDMFlow talked to girls about what they might want to do when they leave school.

Next there was a panel of women so inspirational that I swear to god, almost made me cry. To be honest I could probably write a Russian-length novel about how much I admire these women, but my editor has advised me against that and you probably have other things to do with your day. So I’ll just give you my favourite quote from each.

Jude Kelly, founder of the Women of the World festivals and general kicker of arse:

Dream as big as you want.

Frances Morris, first female Director of the Tate Modern:

I hope you will not have to have your careers in the shadows.

Fatima Manji, Channel 4 presenter who was criticised in The Sun for presenting the news in a hijab:

I’m going to tell you a little secret… a tiny part of me thinks ‘oh my god, how am I going to do this?’ but then I remember that I can do this. I deserve to do this.

Louise Omielan, comedian and author of ‘What Would Beyonce Do?‘:

Whatever makes your heart sing – do that. There’ll be someone who says you’re not white enough or black enough or rich enough or poor enough or fat enough or skinny enough or tall enough or short enough and you say to them, ‘Oh, jog on!’

Chi Chi Nwanok, Double Bassist and Founder and Director of Chineke! Orchestra, who also won Black Business Woman of the Year #likeaboss:

There’s an expression about how when one door closes, another one opens. But I say, when a door closes, you open that door again. It’s a door, that’s what doors do.

Tayla Rae, 15 year old student and Head Prefect at Woodside High School, North London:

As a human, I want to stand up. As a young woman, I want to stand up. As a young black woman, I want to stand up.

After we all dried our eyes and applauded the panel until our hands hurt, we were split into two groups, half going to a workshop to make felt equality badges and the other half going to a workshop with gal-dem, a magazine run by 70 women of colour. The students were asked to make a collage of all the negative and sexist things they could find in gossip magazines and turn them into positive statements.

My favourite was the student who changed the headline, “Jordan sleeps with two men in one week” to “Jordan has a sex life, shut up.”

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After lunch, awesome feminist girl band The Tuts played a set to much head banging and foot-tapping in the audience.

The day was rounded off by writer and uber-Shero Caitlin Moran, who talked about the difficulties of becoming a woman:

Ten to 16 is when you change from a child into a woman. At the moment, becoming a woman isn’t a job many people want to apply for, and I can see why. But there are some really amazing things about being a woman.

She read some excerpts from her book Moranifesto and was joined on stage by June Eric-Udorie, the 18-year-old who campaigned to keep feminism on the school curriculum (hands up emoji to you June) and Zareen Roy-Macauley, a spoken word poet who literally gave me chills.

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As her parting wisdom to Zareen and June and their incredibly impressive CVs, Caitlin reminded them – and all of us:

You have to go and ask for your future, no one will give it to you.

I left the festival feelings fired up and excited about the future. Gals, it’s up to us to change the world.

Wanna give it a go?

Images: Twitter/TheTutsBand / Twitter/WOWtweetUK