With so much news content being published each day on gc4women.org, we have decided to start a new “Weekend Reads” tradition to keep you informed and connected to the resources to improve your life and business. 

The following are top reads and trending topics on GC4W news:

1. The Best Scholarship and Application Advice for College Students

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It can be stressful to go through the college application process and figure out how to finance that education, whether you’re a high school senior student doing the applying or a parent who’s supporting the process.

Even the thought of looking for scholarships or understanding how much you can earn from work-study can be daunting. And it doesn’t help that all the news about the cost of college is depressing, from the debate brewing over student loan forgiveness to the fact that the total national student loan debt load reached $1.5 trillion at the end of 2020.

However, financing your college education can be made easier if you know where to seek scholarships and how to apply for aid from the federal government.

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2. How Feminist Character Elle Woods Shaped Fashion for 20 Years

If the color pink had a written history, Legally Blonde is entitled to a chapter. The movie premiered 20 years ago today, with the color as its visual north star—from Elle Woods’s sparkling pink bikini she wore for her Harvard “admissions essay” to her killer bubblegum dress she wore to court. “You can’t talk about pink without talking about Legally Blonde at this point. You can’t,” says the film’s costume designer Sophie de Rakoff. With the omniscience of hindsight, calling Legally Blonde a piece of fashion iconography is easy and obvious. But it wasn’t obvious two decades ago. In fact, for a moment, De Rakoff almost didn’t go with pink.

Read more here. GC4W

3. Female Muay Thai Fighters Make History in Male-Dominated Sport

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Since opening in 1956, Lumpinee Boxing Stadium has become one of the world’s most prestigious sites for Thailand’s martial art of Muay Thai. But the venue in Bangkok has traditionally forbidden women from fighting there—or even touching the ring—due to entrenched superstitions about menstruation and its potential to “pollute” the sacred space. 

Signs placed around the ring are clear: “Ladies please don’t touch the stage.”

But change arrived on Saturday evening in a bout between two Muay Thai fighters said to be the first women to vie for a championship title at Lumpinee, ending a decades-long practice and paving the way for aspiring female boxers.

Read more here. GC4W

4. Oldest National Park Service Ranger Celebrates 100th Birthday

Betty Reid Soskin has achieved amazing milestones in her life. One of them has been in her work as the oldest active ranger in the National Park Service. But if that weren’t incredible enough, she very recently celebrated a milestone birthday—she turned 100 years old! Soskin is a ranger at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, where she specializes in tours. She’s become relatively famous for her tours as and they quickly fill up with people who want to see her speak.

Read more here. GC4W