The GC4W News Weekend Reads Edition 52 is a collection of top stories and trending topics.
With so much news content being published each day on gc4women.org, we have decided to start a new tradition to keep you informed and connected to the resources to improve your life and business.
The following are top picks and trending topics on gc4women.org news:
1. Melanie Perkins’ Startup Canva Gains Rapid Success
As a tech start-up entrepreneur, Melanie Perkins’ story is nothing short of remarkable.
Last July, she was reported as becoming one of the wealthiest women in Australia after her graphic design company Canva, which she co-founded with her husband Cliff Obrecht raised US$60 million in funding. This week, her company has hit an on paper valuation of $US15 billion ($19.7 billion) after securing a new round of funding from major US investment funds. Read more here.
2. 10 Countries That Are Leading the World for Women in Politics
Women make up half of the world’s population and yet they are still largely excluded from politics and decision-making power.
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), a global organization of national parliaments, released its latest annual Women in Parliament report just a few days before International Women’s Day on March 8, and it indicated that the world is not yet on track to achieve gender equality in politics by 2030.
The good news is that women are steadily taking up more space in governmental leadership around the world, with more and more of them securing seats in national parliaments, and a good number of countries implementing parliamentary quotas to ensure fair representation of women. Read more here.
3. 3 Ways Positive Self-Talk Can Improve Your Life
Relationships are a gift. They challenge us to think outside of our own perspective and expand our ideas about the world. Many would report that relationships make life more enjoyable as they share life’s important milestones and the sweet in-between moments of the everyday with those that they love. And relationships give us powerful information about who we are and whether or not we are safe. Read more here.
4. 10 Remarkable African Women Breaking Barriers in Health Care
The world of medicine truly evolved in 1847, when British physician Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to be admitted into a medical school in the US — and, two years later, when she was the first woman to receive a doctor’s degree.
In the 1800s, women faced extreme difficulties and prejudices if trying to enter the field of medicine. While there were plenty of medical colleges available for men, women were not allowed to attend. In fact, according to the University of Bristol, Blackwell herself was only admitted as a joke — and reportedly had to disguise herself as a man to attend.
Centuries later, more women are now increasingly taking up space and excelling in careers traditionally dominated by men, including science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) — and that includes medicine and health care. Read more here.