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📚The Pulitzer Prize is getting more diverse. Dana Canedy Is one reason why: When scrolling through this year’s list of Pulitzer Prize recipients, one thing immediately stands out: the sheer number of Black winners. Notable among them is Nikole Hannah-Jones, who took home the commentary prize for her contributions to The New York Times’ 1619 Project as well as a special award for the late investigative journalist and Civil Rights leader Ida B. Wells, and it’s clear that Black art is finally getting its due. It’s something to be proud of for Dana Canedy, the administrator of the Pulitzer Prize since August 2017. As the first woman, first person of colour, and youngest person to ever hold the position, the former New York Times editor has spent the past three years painstakingly working to diversify this prestigious organisation in all facets. Full Story
🕊New women-led UN initiative "Rise for All" aims to save lives and protect livelihoods: To support countries’ paths to social and economic recovery from COVID-19, the UN has called for an extraordinary scale-up of international support and political commitment to ensure that people everywhere have access to essential services and social protection. The UN Framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19: Shared responsibility, global solidarity and urgent action for people in need calls for protecting jobs, businesses and livelihoods to set in motion a safe recovery of societies and economies on a more sustainable, gender-equal, and carbon-neutral path. Full Story
🥊How a Japanese-American physics teacher helped pioneer women's boxing: In the fall of 1993, high school teacher Dee Hamaguchi saw a curious flyer in her Harlem gym. It was an application notice for the Daily News Golden Gloves, the country's premier amateur boxing tournament, which took place every April. Hamaguchi, 28, already an accomplished judo fighter, wanted to master a different combat sport. The Golden Gloves seemed like a perfect opportunity to practice sparring. But when she tried to enter, she was told women weren't allowed to compete. Undeterred, Hamaguchi engineered a workaround. Noticing that the application form had no checkbox for gender, she filled out an entry with her Japanese surname and her first initial, "D." The strategy worked. Unbeknown to organisers, she became the first woman to enter the contest in its 68-year history. Full Story
Space // Harwell // Marketing at European Space Agency - Details IR // London // Business at Embassy of Switzerland - Details Publishing // London // Analyst at The Guardian - Details Internet // London // Data analyst at Bumble - Details News // London // Arabic correspondent at Al Jazeera - Details
Retail // Turin // Lavazza HQ intern - Details Internet // Milan // Business analyst at Apple - Details Retail // Duomo // Marketing at Tiffany & Co - Details NGO // Rome // Analyst at Int. Fund for Agricultural Development - Details NGO // Rome // Product manager at Wikimedia - Details
Space // Noordwijk // Research fellowship at European Space Agency - Details
Internet // Mexico City // Content manager at Bumble - Details
Beauty // SF // Copywriter at Fenty Beauty (Rihanna is hiring!!) - Details Education // SF // Data science at Masterclass - Details Media // LA // Content producer at Dear Media - Details Education // NYC // Senior manager at Black Girls Code - Details Education // NYC // Curriculum coordinator at Black Girls Code - Details Internet // Minneapolis // Operations at DoorDash - Details Retail // Beaverton // HR at Nike - Details
Internet // Dublin // Legal policy at Twitter - Details Internet // Dublin // Safety and law at Twitter - Details
🌵Tucked away in the Coyoacán district of Mexico City, the Casa Azul is where Frida Kahlo was born, created most of her work, and later died. Now a site of pilgrimage for fans the world over, Kahlo’s brilliantly blue villa and sprawling gardens are closed for the foreseeable future – but you can now virtually explore its rooms and world-beating collection of artworks. Check out the virtual tour of Casa Azul.
🧩Women are on the front lines of the COVID - 19 crisis - in more ways than one. The Wing (a pretty damn cool community of women across the world) is hosting events free and open to the public with brilliant people called "Business as Unusual" an initiative dedicated to helping women get back on their feet and chart a path towards a new normal. So whether you're wondering how to negotiate your next rent payment, find next job, it's definitely worth checking out their free events list – I'll be attending a few though I am most excited to attend Megan Rapinoe's talk on May 19th.
🔎Here's another awesome virtual event for you: Tomorrow, Monday 18th, join the Boss Women Collective community for an opportunity to hear from 5 female founders on topics such as raising capital, how they mastered the pitch process, the not so pretty BTS of building a company and how they are pivoting their business models giving the current situation. Grab a ticket!
✨Oh, you thought we were done with events?? Nope. Here's one more, and you definitely won't want to miss this one. Over 20 Million people around the world have watched her TED talk, and millions more have read her famous book "Grit"; on May 21st Angela Duckworth is giving a *free* virtual talk on what it means to lead with perseverance and flexibility.
🐚Speaking of great TED talks: a few years ago, Dixon Chibanda, one of 12 psychiatrists in Zimbabwe, gave a talk at TEDWomen that now more than ever has become extremely relevant on the social, political, and economic importance of "storytelling." Realising that his country would never be able to scale traditional methods of treating those with mental health issues, Chibanda helped to develop a beautiful solution powered by a limitless resource: grandmothers. In this extraordinary, inspirational talk, learn more about the friendship bench program, which trains grandmothers in evidence-based talk therapy and brings care, and hope, to those in need. Now, talk therapy and storytelling has become crucial across many African countries in the prevention of COVID - 19.
💡For those of you hoping to publish anything related to gender justice/women's human rights or stay up to date more regularly on the topic (besides this newsletter, of course) be sure to check out AWID - they come highly recommended by one of our very own readers :)
🎤Listen to this awesome podcast series, The Secret Lives of Black Women, from close friends Charla Lauriston and Lauren Domino on their hunt for the ‘secrets’ that have helped black women flourish through the bullsh*t. They connect with guests over shared experiences by wading through everything from sex and self-care to rage and anxiety. Each conversation centers on creating a space for joy with some newfound besties while asking: how do the black women we admire stay incredibly phenomenal?
🏝Paddle into Papua New Guinea, bike across the Himalaya, and tag along on a trek from Mongolia to Australia: 10 books by women that will take you on epic adventures.
🧠Brain food: Have you ever felt like a book fell into your lap and life at exactly the perfect moment? A Tale for The Time Being has been my serendipitous encounter. Here's a passage I find especially relevant "now":
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