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The following are top picks and trending topics on gc4women.org news:

1. 9 Inspiring Podcasts Every College Student Should Listen To

“To me, there’s nothing more relaxing than putting my headphones on, going out for a walk, and turning on a podcast. I’ve been an avid listener for the past three years. What I love the most about this unwinding experience is the fact that I can learn about something interesting while clearing my head. Podcasts make me feel recharged and allow me to educate myself. They also give me the chance to obtain a fresh outlook on different ways to live my life. I routinely listen to them on the way to class and throughout the day, and it helps prepare my  brain for learning. They’ve also been an incredibly helpful tool for minimizing my anxiety. From career-centric podcasts to raw trains of thoughts to self-care and meditation, here are nine of my all time favorites that happen to be the best podcasts for college students.” Read more here.

2. How to Cut Back on Non-Essential Spending

If you’re like most normal human beings attempting to navigate life through a global pandemic, you probably can’t seem to normalize this ‘new normal’ in most aspects. For me, though, the most challenging part of 2020 has been attempting to avoid non-essential spending when I have been spending a lot more time at home and a lot more time indoors. 

Looking at the same four walls in a home can quickly help you realize things you’d like to change and update. Trying to entertain a toddler who misses hanging out with other kids their age can mean you’re buying many more colouring books and sticker packs than usual. In other words, non-essential spending has been slightly higher than expected for some. For others, it’s likely gone down. So, how can you cut back if you’re going over budget, and how can you keep these habits up when things start to get back to normal. Read more here.

3. Germany’s Historic Mandatory Boardroom Quota for Women

Germany’s coalition government will introduce a mandatory quota for the number of women working as senior management in the country’s listed companies, in a move hailed as a “historic” step towards sexual equality in German boardrooms.

In a deal agreed on Friday evening by Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and their junior partner the Social Democrats, management boards with more than three members must include at least one woman, reversing a voluntary system that critics argue has failed to achieve the required shift towards gender equality. Read more here.

4. Meet Train With Joan, the 74-Year-Old Fitness Influencer

Joan MacDonald, the 74-year-old behind Train With Joan, is always up for trying new things—“whether it’s good for me or not,” she says with a conspiratorial wink over Zoom. Still, documenting her fitness journey on Instagram was decidedly out of her comfort zone: MacDonald was in her 70s, had no idea how to use social media, and had barely set foot in a gym. “[When I was younger] married women didn’t belong to gyms, they just didn’t, until later on,” she says. Today, Macdonald has enviable biceps and nearly a million followers.

MacDonald’s platform is a challenge to our ideas of who older women are allowed to be. “Older women have a lot to offer,” she says. “There are a lot of older women out here older than I am that are really strong, amazing people. Older women have a voice and we need to be listened to. People think, Oh Grandma, what does she know? But you’d be amazed at what Grandma can do.”