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🦁Body hair on women’s bodies has long been a taboo, but things are changing for the better or, more appropriately, the hairier: Type "When did women start..." into Google and one of the top autocomplete suggestions to pop up is, "When did women start shaving?" The answer goes back centuries. Hair removal -- or otherwise -- has long shaped gender dynamics, served as a signifier of class and defined notions of femininity and the "ideal body." However, in its most recent evolution, body hair is being embraced by a growing number of young women who are turning a source of societal shame and turning it into a sign of personal strength. The rise of gender fluidity, the body-positivity movement and the beauty sector's growing inclusiveness have all contributed to the new wave of hirsuteness. Full Story
📣 'Our role is central': more than 1 million Chilean women to march in huge protest: More than a million women in Chile are preparing to join a massive protest this Sunday to mark International Women’s Day, in a march expected to reignite the wave of social unrest that began four months ago. Anger over rising metro fares erupted in October into a series of nationwide protests against inequality, social injustice and the high cost of living. Violent clashes between protesters and police have resulted in more than 30 dead, thousands injured and 445 with eye injuries caused by police weapons – leaving 34 people blinded. After a summer lull, Sunday’s march will be the first mass demonstration since New Year’s Eve. It is expected to be the first of several protests in the run-up to a historic referendum in April, when Chileans will vote on reforming the country’s Pinochet-era constitution. Full Story
🎈Scotland is the first country to provide free pads and tampons: Scotland is poised to become the first country to end “period poverty” by providing free sanitary products to women of all ages in the country. Free menstrual products are already available to students in high schools, colleges and universities in Scotland. And a bill passed by the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday will make pads and tampons free across the board. Monica Lennon, the lawmaker who submitted the draft proposal of the bill, said she was thrilled that it had attracted support across Scotland, including from civic groups and “individuals who have had their own lived experience of period poverty and know what it is like not to have access to products when they need them.” Full Story
A few opportunities and projects that caught my eye.
Publishing // Italy // Freelance writer at Culture Trip - Details Internet // Milan // Communications specialist at Google - Details Internet // Milan // Books intern at Amazon - Details Travel // Milan // Business analyst at Airbnb - Details Entertainment // Milan // Project manager at Freeda - Details Internet // Milan // Sales manager at Talent Garden - Details Internet // Milan // Legal trainee at Google - Details Environment // Florence // Videomaker at Treedom - Details NGO // Rome // Gender consultant at WFP - Details IT // Milan // Diversity lead at Microsoft - Details
Journalism // Berlin // Investigative reporter at Buzzfeed - Details Travel // Berlin // Community organiser at Airbnb - Details Environment // Berlin // PR associate at Eviva - Details Media // Berlin // Copywriter at R/GA - Details IT // Berlin // Government affairs at Apple - Details Internet // Berlin // Creative manager at Amazon - Details Journalism // Berlin // Fellowship at The Guardian - Details
NGO // NYC // Research in mental health at UNICEF - Details Internet // SF // Policy manager at Twitter - Details Health // Lihue // Coordinator at American Cancer Society - Details Think Tank // DC // Editor at Migration Institute - Details NGO // Charlotte // Policy manager at Girls on the Run - Details Fitness // Honolulu // Content contributor at Fitt - Details NGO // DC // Fellow at UN Girl Up - Details Internet // DC // Government fellowship at Microsoft - Details Retail // Hawaii // Educator at lululemon - Details NGO // DC // Legal assistant at Ocean Conservancy - Details Internet // LA // Policy manager at SnapChat - Details Environment // Philly // Research at Nature Conservancy - Details NGO // NYC // Analyst at UN Women - Details
Publishing // Freelance // Writer at The Hustle - Details
NGO // London // Policy manager at Womankind - Details Publishing // London // Publishing assistant at Pan Macmillian - Details Internet // London // Italian content strategist at TikTok - Details NGO // London // Business and Human Rights at Amnesty Int. - Details Music // London // Podcasts at Spotify - Details Internet // London // Editor at Refinery29 - Details Publishing // Oxford // Editorial at Oxford University Press - Details NGO // London // Digital associate at Malala Fund - Details Media // London // Germany content manager at Vice - Details Finance // London // Journalist at Financial Times - Details Media // London // Editorial support at CNBC - Details Publishing // London // Manager at Penguin Random House - Details
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🎶Get in the Women's Day spirit with this awesome playlist curated by Thinx, an equally wonderful company revolutionising the retail industry with their magical period-proof clothing.
📚Rebecca Solnit, author of the international bestseller Men Explain Things to Me (if you can buy a copy to circulate in your home or office, it’s worth it!!) shares an inspiring opinion piece with The Guardian on the importance of listening to younger activists: “It’s a myth that wisdom comes only with ages. Young women and girls offer new tools to use”, she writes.
💡As many as half the girls in rural parts of Ethiopia miss school for reasons related to their periods -- and that can have a devastating effect on their education and the rest of their lives. But designer Freweini Mebrahtu has dedicated her life to keeping girls in school by designing a reusable menstrual pad and trying to end the cultural stigma around the issue.
⚽️CBC, a well-known Canadian sports network, commits to better support women and girls in sport for Women's Day by providing more gender-balanced reporting, streaming and coverage across all of their platforms.
💰Thinking about starting your own company, or know someone who could use help fundraising for theirs? Here are 9 strategies for startups, for women, by women.
🎬Family films had as many women in lead roles as men for the first time, new study finds.
🎨TIME magazine launches a project to spotlight influential women who have been overshadowed by history. To recognise these women, they embarked on a historic project: selecting a woman or group to represent each year from 1920 to 2019, and then create a TIME cover for them. Each cover will be designed by a female artist and visually emblematic of the period its subject represents. Check out the stories behind each beautiful piece of artwork.
🎀11-year-old ballerina dances into history as the 1st black lead in NYC Ballet's 'The Nutcracker.'
🧹A much needed clean-up effort is well underway in one of the most popular English dictionaries published by Oxford University Press (OUP). The publishing house has been quietly replacing hundreds of example sentences in their dictionaries that “unnecessarily perpetuate sexist stereotypes”, while also reflecting on how language is used.
👷🏽♀️Michelle Hands has been a construction engineer for over 15 years and absolutely loves her job. Around 4 years ago, she started to share her stories with the world of Youtube and Instagram to inspire the next generation of girls and help support the women who are currently struggling in the industry. For international women's day 2020 and women in construction week, she merged her passion for construction and film making to produce a beautiful short video on what it’s like to be a woman in construction, and how she fell in love with the profession.
🌏It’s been 25 years since the first World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, and for this important anniversary, UN Women released a useful report to give an overview on progress, gaps, and challenges related to the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights globally.
🧠Brain food: In honour of International Women’s Day, I wanted to share with you a poem from one of my favourite female poets, Rupi Kaur. Her poetry has journeyed with me through extremely difficult moments, inspiring me to find light and love, and reigniting my love of poetry, along the way.
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