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Something Informative

We could all use a healthy dose of optimism, so let's see what was good in the world last week.

🇬🇷Greece elects its first female president: A high court judge and ardent human rights advocate has been elected Greece’s first female president in a historic vote by parliament. Inaugurating a new era for one of Europe’s more traditional nations, MPs overwhelmingly endorsed the nomination of Katerina Sakellaropoulou as head of state. No woman has held the post in the nearly 200 years since Greece proclaimed independence. “Today a window to the future has opened,” said the prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, after 261 deputies in the 300-seat House voted in favour of the French-educated jurist assuming the role. “Our country enters the third decade of the 21st century with more optimism.” Full Story

🌏Google honours two incredible women in the world from Egypt and China: Google honoured the two women with a Google doodle (and probably helped educate millions of people in the process on who these women actually were...including myself). The first was Egyptian lawyer Mufidah Abdul-Rahman. Abdul-Rahman was born in Cairo in 1914, and died on Sept. 3, 2002 when she was 88. She graduated from Cairo University’s Faculty of Law and became the premiere female attorney in the country. A strong supporter of gender equality in Egypt, she regularly strove to improve women’s rights and was the first female lawyer to take cases to the Court of Cassation in Egypt and present cases before a military court. While practicing law, she co-founded the National Feminist Party, an organisation that fights for universal suffrage in Egypt. The second woman honoured with a Google doodle was Anna May Wong. Considered to be the first Chinese American movie star, Wong was born in Los Angeles in 1905 and grew up saturated by the film industry, dreaming of appearing in films. In 1922, she starred in the American silent film The Toll of the Sea, a variation on the Madama Butterfly opera that took place in China instead of Japan. However, Hollywood’s penchant for racist discrimination meant that she was mostly offered only small or stereotypical roles, but rather than stoop to that level, Wong moved to Europe to launch her career there instead. The artist who depicted her for Google, Sophie Diao, said that she wished she knew of Wong when she was a child looking for Chinese American role models in Hollywood. 

🦋Internationally celebrated beauty YouTuber came out as a transgender woman in an emotional new video: Nikkie de Jager, a Dutch YouTuber in the Netherlands, shared her transition story for the first time with her more than 12 million YouTube subscribers. She thanked her mother for being her biggest supporter and said her makeup channel started as she was completing her transition. De Jager, who became well known online for her "power of makeup" videos, has worked with celebrities like Jessie J and Lady Gaga. She said that she had been blackmailed by people who wanted to leak her story to news outlets, adding that she was coming out because the opportunity to do so on her own terms had been taken away from her. De Jager said that she knew she was a girl ever since she was a child and that she had grown her hair out and started identifying as a girl by the age of 6, and started hormones by the time she was 14. She added that she fully transitioned by age 19, after she started making YouTube videos. "I am me. I am still Nikkie. Nothing changes about that," de Jager said. "The last thing I want in my life is for you to not trust me anymore, or to look at me with different eyes, or look at me in a different manner, or think that I have changed." She added: "This feels liberating and freeing, but I, at the end of the day, am still Nikkie." Full Story

Something Practical

A few opportunities and projects that caught my eye.

NGO // Florence // Digital fundraising at OXFAM - Details  
Finance // Milan // Digital innovator at Accenture - Details 
Internet // Brescia // Social media manager at SpaceFarm - Details
Fashion // Monza // Junior digital manager at Adidas - Details 

Research // London // Team coordinator at WeWork - Details 
NGO // London // Education at RightToPlay - Details 
Media // London // Correspondent at MSNBC - Details 
Music // London // Podcast content at Spotify - Details 
Consulting // London // Healthcare research at BCG - Details
Finance // Belfast // Economic research at Financial Times - Details 

Space // Kern County // Student intern at NASA - Details 
Publishing // SF // Editorial fellow at Business Insider - Details 
NGO // NYC // Assistant at Council on Foreign Relations - Details
NGO // Culver City // Research analyst at XPrize - Details 
Marketing // Cambridge // Public affairs at MIT - Details 
Television // Washington // Intern at Disney - Details
Fintech // Los Angeles, SF // Content & community at Meemo - Details

NGO // Melbourne // Policy advisor at Save the Children - Details 
Television // Sydney // Media planner at BBC - Details 
NGO // Melbourne // Climate change advisor at OXFAM - Details 
Publishing // Sydney // Analyst at Penguin Random House - Details 
NGO // Sydney // Campaigns assistant at GetUp - Details 
NGO // Southbank // Program manager at Plan Int. - Details 

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Something Fun

for your eyes, heart, and mind. 

⚽️2020 is off to a kick-ass *literally* start for women in sports this year. Women in Sudan are breaking taboos by playing football. Only in the last year, with the election of a civilian-led government, were they allowed to form a women’s football league; since then, they’ve been successfully challenging men to accept women in the game. And speaking of a good challenge… Japan completed a fairytale run to win the women’s ice hockey title at the Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic games last week, coming from behind to beat the defending champions Sweden 4-1 in the final.  

🤟An Italian artist has created a campaign featuring the battered faces of high-profile women to highlight the issue of violence against women. The posters, which can be seen in Milan, include doctored images of former US First Lady Michelle Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Violence against women does not distinguish between "race, class or religion", the posters say.

🕊After recovering from sexual assault, this singer writes music to help herself and others heal.  

🎤The ‘Modern Masculinity’ podcast series kicks off again this year, and in the latest episode, journalist Iman Amrani speaks to men about male circumcision. A third of men around the world are thought to have been circumcised with a rate of 8% in the UK and 70% in the US. Amrani speaks to men in London and New York on either side of the circumcision debate, including the actor and comedian Tom Rosenthal, the mohel Cantor Philip Sherman, who has carried out 20,000 rites. 

⚖️More podcast news! A new podcast meets the women who brought Bill Cosby, once known as ‘America’s Dad’, to justice – and it’s not the only one. Perhaps due to the combination of power and the agency it affords to victims, podcasting appears to be attracting more #MeToo-themed tales than ever.  

💋Lipstick to learning: Canada's indigenous women using makeup businesses to end violence

🎥Sister Fa is a Senegalese rapper and anti-FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) activist on a mission to eradicate the harmful cultural practice. She herself is a survivor of the painful, dangerous practice. Nearly a quarter of women aged 15 to 49 in Senegal have experienced FGM, the cutting or removal of the external female genitalia. Worldwide, 200 million women and girls have been affected by it. Since 2007, Sister Fa has been a vocal campaigner for the rights of young girls, touring the country and setting up grassroots projects aimed at stamping out the practice entirely. 

👪A public official in Japan takes paternity leave for the first time in history.

🧠Brain food: Surround yourself with the people and experiences that help your spirit expand. The ones that make you feel infinite and not in(the)finite. No one is finite, limited. We all have the potential to grow larger than we think capable. And the first step towards this spiritual expansion? Kindness towards ourselves, "self-love." When you demonstrate greater love inwards, it is transformative and magical, and you begin to surround yourself with those people and experiences that kindle the expansion of your spirit, your inner flame.  

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