Carey Albertine and Saira Rao met rushing the same sorority at the University of Virginia and have worked well together ever since. Albertine and Rao join the ranks of highly successful U.Va. alumnae Iris has interviewed. Their publishing company In This Together Media publishes “great books about real girls,” with the purpose of inspiring women and girls through reading.
As published by Jacoba Urist for Today
A few days ago, my 4-year old son posed a tricky parenting question: “Why doesn’t Wonder Woman wear any pants? The other superheroes do.” He’s right. All the major male superheroes — Batman, Spidey, Captain America — fight supervillians fully dressed, albeit in form-fitting costumes. Yet their most prominent female partner is running around in a push-up corset and high-heeled boots.
As published by Reel Girl
After Jezebel posted about Reel Girl’s Gallery of Girls Gone Missing From Children’s Movies in 2013 and the general lack of narratives for kids with strong female protagonists, I received a Tweet from In This Together Media. That’s a publishing company founded by best friends Carey Albertine and Saira Rao, with a goal to put out smart, funny Middle Grade and Young Adult books starring complex, believable, female protagonists.
Intrigued and excited, I interviewed co-founder Carey Albertine.
“I have often thought that nothing would do more extensive good at small expense than the establishment of a small circulating library in every county, to consist of a few well-chosen books, to be lent to the people of the country under regulations as would secure their safe return in due time.”
Thomas Jefferson – letter to John Wyche, 1809.
As published by Kirk Kardashian for Tuck/Darmouth
It was the winter of 2011 when Carey Albertine T’05 and her best friend from college, Saira Rao, came up with an idea for a startup. Like most new business ideas, however, it was vague and little starry-eyed: “Why don’t we try to come up with the next Dora The Explorer?” they asked themselves. Flush with enthusiasm, they began penning a pre-school animated TV show.