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Efforts to Increase Menstruation Education for Girls
The NGO, Princesses Attaining Defining Stages (PADS), recently stated the importance of proper menstrual education and hygiene for female children to allow them to be proactive members of society. PADS founder Temitope Udmo urged schools and government to instigate menstrual hygiene education, especially because of cultural, religious, and traditional beliefs that could lead to restrictions that women and girls face during their period. Some countries in fact perceive menstruation as a disease—a stigma that manifests in a lack of adequate toilet facilities and the availability of clean water in public schools. Menstruation education and proper hygiene materials are needed not only to improve girls’ self-esteem, but also to prevent diseases such as reproductive tract infections.
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Google’s Sally Ann Williams: “Inclusion isn’t a ‘nice to have,’ it’s a ‘must have’ ”
Sally Ann Williams is an engineering community and outreach manager at Google Australia, advocating for diversity and inclusivity in STEM. She says that inclusion is a “must have,” especially for creative product development in STEM fields, and the only way to achieve positive change is to actively combat against “unconscious bias.” Williams goes on to discuss the measures that need to be taken to achieve parity and encourage diversity in all realms of STEM, beginning with a close examination of the uncomfortable truths surrounding the lack of inclusivity.
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Transgender Toys to Help Youth with Gender Identity
LG2, A Montreal-based design firm, has spent 2 years creating a Russian doll named Sam that aims to help educators and young students understand their gender identity. Each of the 6 dolls represents the various stages of life a transgender child may go through. The associate professor of the University of Montreal’s school of social work noted that because gender identity starts developing around two to three years old, and consolidating around seven to eight years old, children need help understanding these complex emotions. The creative director of LG2, Stuart MacMillan admits that the toy won’t be in stores anytime soon, as they don’t necessarily have an audience, but they do have a mission that will open a valuable discussion and source of support for transgender youth.
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Center for Women in Law at the University of Texas
Women now making up a majority of law students in the US. Linda Bray Chanow diligently serves as director of the University of Texas’ Center for Women in Law, a groundbreaking program widely recognized as being instrumental in encouraging more women to pursue a career in law. The center provides many mentoring and internship opportunities for interested students, and implements outreach to women of color. Chanow, a former resident of the Pittsburgh area says, “It’s progress, not perfection.”
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Co-Education to Maximize Standard of Learning in India
In the city of Pune, India, a 138-year old school is now opening its doors to girls for the first time. The school’s principal thinks that co-education is key to creating a holistic and gender-neutral atmosphere with mutual respect and healthy competition. 25 girls have enrolled so far for the next academic year, and the school is hopeful that the male students will adopt positively to the change.
Carrie Kerpen, CEO and co-founder of the content studio, Likeable Media, released her book detailing lessons and tips she learned from interviews on her podcast, “All the Social Ladies.” Tips on contract and wage negotiations, entrepreneurship, achieving success and more are collected in Work It: Secrets for Success from The Boldest Women in Business. Kerpen talks about her motivation, perspective and gives advice for women attempting to meet the challenges associated with a career in the business sector.
At seventeen years old, Lina Fernandez has used her voice to spread awareness about voting rights as well as protest anti-feminist policies in the United States. A Key West, Florida native of Cuban-American descent, she is currently a high school student in Homestead, FL. She has dedicated her time this year to spreading awareness about the 2018 midterm elections and voting rights
During this election season, many revolutionary women were elected to the House. However, these women only make up one quarter of the entire population in Congress. Researchers have speculated that establishing a quota may be the answer to resolving gender equity for female politicians in the U.S., but some are critical of this idea, believing that representation in the House is largely dependent on whoever is in charge to begin with.
In an opinion article from the Washington Post, columnist Alexandra Petri discussed the importance of having women in government because they help elevate the economic, social, and political state of other women. However, according to Petri, women such as Nancy Pelosi have done little in the fight for justice, and we need new faces who will truly change the tides for gender discourse in this country.
In the aftermath of the midterm election, newly elected congresswomen have joined forces over social media to express their own unity. Many speculate this is a tactic to show that female politicians aren’t against each other but instead support their female peers.