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Women & The World is a newsletter powered by Love; love for meaningful connection, love for progress and celebration, and love that sheds light on the beautiful things happening in our world. Combine this love with a Hope to inspire, and that's how my weekly message to you begins.
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We could all use a healthy dose of optimism, so let's see what was good in the world last week.
👏Meet the woman who raced against time to develop India's first home-grown Covid-19 testing kit: Minal Dakhave Bhosale is a virologist who led the team to create India's testing kit for coronavirus. The kit, which would have taken three to four months for completion, was developed in six weeks. Besides managing to beat the clock, Bhosale also powered through a personal battle: she had given birth to her baby only last week. (hitting pause button right here to say that this reminded me of a story from 2018 of a 24-year-old Harvard Law student who went into labor in the middle of her final exam period–and got top marks!!). She had only started working on the creation of the kits in February, at a time when complications relating to her pregnancy had just surfaced. "It was an emergency, so I took this on as a challenge. I had to serve my nation," Bhosale told BBC. She successfully presented the kit for evaluation by the National Institute of Virology on 18 March, a day before she delivered her baby. Full Story
🦛Inside Tove Jansson’s private and quirky universe, the Finnish artist best known as the creator of the internationally loved Moomins cartoons: Tove Jansson was lesbian cartoonist, writer, and creator of all sorts. In the nineteen-fifties and sixties, she was one of the most famous cartoonists in the world and lived on a remote island off the coast of Finland. Before her death, in 2001, at the age of eighty-six, Jansson produced paintings, novels, children’s books, and much more. But most of Jansson’s fans arrived by way of the Moomins, a friendly species of her invention—round white creatures that look a little like upright hippos, and were the subject of nine best-selling books and a daily comic strip that ran for twenty years. Full Story
💡How these female entrepreneurs are using technology to thrive amidst COVID-19: For female entrepreneurs, trying to stay afloat amidst this catastrophe may seem impossible. Women starting businesses already experience barriers to entry and a lack of funding compared to men, research indicates. Despite these challenges, many female entrepreneurs have developed creative online strategies to propel their businesses forward during these times of uncertainty. Three women entrepreneurs sat down with Forbes Magazine to discuss how their business is thriving despite the COVID-19 crisis. Full Story
A few opportunities and projects that caught my eye.
With everything that's unfolding and shaking up our lives recently, it’s no surprise that our relationship to our work has also changed dramatically. Some of us have been subject to hiring freezes, many have lost their jobs, and for others, it’s been difficult to even search for jobs, like knowing who is still hiring or offering freelance roles.
Sohere’s anexciting and hopefully useful change: this week I’m only sharing those jobs you can start right from the comfort of your home. And get paid.
Internet // Marketing manager at Invision - Details NGO // Events specialist at Wikimedia Foundation - Details Media // Copywriter at Smartbug - Details Recruiting // Social media at Mondo - Details Food // Customer advocate at Purple Carrot - Details Internet // Video editor at Microsoft - Details Internet // Copywriter at Athena - Details Retail // Intern at Dermalogica - Details Internet // Writer at Amazon - Details Research // Researcher at Wonder - Details Marketing // Copywriter at AMV - Details NGO // Marketing for Animal Equality - Details Wellness // Production at Calm - Details Events // Creative designer at Splash - Details Retail // Resources associate at Starbucks - Details Internet // Social media manager at Google - Details Music // Marketing rep. at Sony - Details
& for those of you wanting to do some of your own research for jobs now or in the coming months, this list of companies still hiring will help narrow down the search–and don’t forget to share the useful links and jobs with your friends and family with the links below!!
for your eyes, mind, and heart.
🎧 A new podcast series ’I Weigh’ just released its first episode this week, and it’s honestly a much needed source of body positivity while we’re all inside. On I Weigh, actress Jameela Jamil challenges society’s definition of worth through weight by asking different thought-leaders, performers, activists, influencers, and friends about how they are working through their past shames to find where their value truly lies. Make sure to give the first episode a listen, it’s worth it!!
📚Writer Margaret Atwood encourages Canada to launch a virtual book tour to promote Canada’s National Arts Center’s spring and summer titles.
🎾This 25-year-old tennis trailblazer shares her journey to becoming the first Arab woman to break into the top 50.
✈️Anne Morrow Lindbergh, wife of Charles Lindbergh (famous for making the first solo transatlantic airplane flight in 1927), was a pilot, radio operator, environmentalist, and bestselling author. History overlooked her amazing achievements, but Nat Geo historians and many others have brought the pilot’s story back to life. Here’s a quick snippet from the article, great for an entertaining otherworldly Sunday read: “Anne Morrow’s date with Charles Lindbergh was in an airplane over Long Island in 1928. Her suitor had just made the first solo, nonstop transatlantic flight and was arguably the most famous man in the world. They had met the year before in Mexico City, where her father was ambassador, while Lindbergh was passing through on a tour of Latin America. He had offered to take her family on a ride in his five-passenger plane.”
🌹In her impressive new novel, “Hurricane Season,” the Mexican writer Fernanda Melchor investigates the deep complicity between fairy tale and “femicide,” a term adopted by Mexican feminists to reckon with the systemic, accelerating and increasingly sadistic murders of women and girls in their country.
🗝At the LA Review of Books, Kelly Blewett investigates the life of May Alcott Nieriker, Louisa May Alcott’s sister and the basis for Amy March from Little Women.
🦋Black women are coming together for devastatingly gorgeous transformations for the #DontRushChallenge on social media. In the challenge, people use clever editing tricks to make it look like the women are passing objects to each other as they transform from stay-at-home comfort to full-on elegance.
👅"What does it mean to call a woman ambitious, disciplined, mature, or feisty?” Pretty Bitches is a new essay collection that explores how these words, which may sound complimentary, are loaded with sexist ideas that diminish the women they describe.
🦜Shanghai-based photographer Zhongjia Sun creates surreal sets that turn advertising on its head, often while infusing them with Chinese cultural references. Her Instagram profile is full of her beautiful photographs. I'm in love.
🧠Brain food: This week I was reminded of a book I read once of a woman and her shells. Each chapter was a different shell collected from the same beach. Their unique textures and twists told a different story, spoke a different truth to her soul and with each chapter she disclosed these discoveries. I fell in love with the book, and all that it represented; she took her time, piece by piece, with the shells. To some, maybe it seemed overstretched. How does the Atlantic bay scallop give you more of a desolate perspective on life than the moon snail? Her words reminded me of the hidden evergreen emotion that lies within each object around us; any object can become the perfect subject, and bring infinitely different stories, metaphors, memories, morals... To you all, I leave you with a challenge: in your next video chat with friends and family, ask them what 2-3 objects they feel close to spiritually: what objects speak to their souls? Sure enough, there will be discussion in comparisons, and beauty in the discussion. The scope is not the single destination of a story but rather the journey in discovery of their infinite variations.
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