Happy New Year! 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. 14 Team USA Female Athletes To Watch at the Olympics


February 2 may be National Girls and Women in Sports Day, but these Team USA female athletes dominate their sports year round, through World Cup and World Championship podiums even outside the spotlight of the Olympics.

With competition officially kicking off at the Beijing Games on Wednesday even though the opening ceremony isn’t until Friday, it’s time to familiarize yourself with the Team USA women who are going to make headlines at the Olympics.

These are just a small fraction of the 107 incredible women who will be representing the U.S. in Beijing. The full Team USA roster can be found here.

Read more here. GC4W

2. Michigan Approves Observation of World Hijab Day

On Tuesday, women from 150 countries will celebrate and observe the 10th year of World Hijab Day held on Feb. 1 each year. The Michigan Senate passed a resolution Friday to recognize this day across the state where an estimated 300,000 Muslims live.

State Sen. Stephanie Chang introduced the resolution to the House. She worked with APIA Vote-MI’s Executive Director Rebeka Islam and community members.

World Hijab Day is a day of solidarity, Chang said in a statement.

“This is a day to recognize the millions of Muslim women around the world who choose to wear the hijab and live a life of modesty. It’s also an open invitation to women of all walks of life to wear a hijab and stand in solidarity with Muslim women,” Chang said.

Read more here. GC4W

3. Key Strategies For Developing a Confident Mind

Confidence is something that millions of professionals crave deeply but feel they are sorely lacking. Many believe that confidence is a “trait” that some have and some don’t. But research reveals that that is not an accurate characterization. Most of us don’t realize that achieving and building confidence requires dedicated commitment, energy, focus and work, like a skill we need to hone to be successful. We often mistake confidence for something else (brashness, ego, aggressiveness, etc.), which makes us resist doing the very work necessary to build true confidence.

Finally, we often mistake the physical feelings and sensations we experience when we’re about to do something very important in our lives with a lack of confidence, when in fact, it’s our body responding just the way it needs to.

Read more here.


4. How to Deal With Activism Fatigue

Advocating for a cause you believe in can be one of the most rewarding feelings of all time. But while making a difference in your community can be exciting and affirming, it can also feel draining and lead to activism fatigue, a type of burnout that involves emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion when working toward a particular goal. The intense nature of activism can lead people to feel stressed, exhausted, and overwhelmed, which can have a long-term impact on physical, emotional, and mental health. Whether you’ve been an activist for years or you’re beginning your activism journey for the first time, here are four general types of activism fatigue and tips for how to navigate each one.  

Read more here. GC4W