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. This South African Scientist Is Combating Air Pollution

South African scientist Dr Raeesa Moolla struggled to breathe as a child with asthma and allergies — now she is helping to figure out the health impacts of the things that people breathe in, particularly in the Global South.

Moolla, a researcher at the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, says she has always been interested in the effect of pollution on health.

“The main focus of my current research is looking at the health impact of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), in the transport sector,” Moolla says.

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2. The Key to Confidence, Success, And Funding

According to the latest estimate data on female entrepreneurship, more than 11.6 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 10.1 million people and generating $1.8 trillion in sales (as of 2018). But only one in five businesses with revenue of $1 million or more is women-owned, and only 4.2% of all women-owned firms have revenue of 1 million or more. 

Another statistic reveals a stark trend—women-led startups received just 2.3% of VC funding in 2020. What contributes to this inequity of funding distribution, and how can women-owned businesses achieve a far stronger share of VC funding going forward?

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3. Telecoms Group Orange Introduces First Female CEO

Orange (ORAN.PA) on Friday, January 28, named Christel Heydemann its new chief executive, making her the first woman to lead France’s biggest telecoms operator amid a revamp of its governance.

A former graduate of France’s elite engineering school Polytechnique, 47-year-old Heydemann will replace Stephane Richard from April 4 at the helm of the state-controlled group after a court convicted him of complicity of misuse of public funds.

Heydemann becomes the third woman appointed to lead a company listed on the French CAC 40 index, after Engie’s Catherine MacGregor and Estelle Brachlianoff, who is set to take the reins of utility group Veolia (VIE.PA) on July 1.

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4. The Secrets To Being A Successful Commuter

Being a commuter student, or student who lives off-campus, comes with its own set of benefits and challenges. Whether you’re attending a local college or university in your town or have an off-campus living arrangement, commuting can give you a sense of freedom and independence. Yet many commuters feel that they are missing out on the “full college experience” by not living on campus. Do not feel alone, the national center for educational statistics finds that around 87 percent of college students commute. So what measures can you take to ensure you have a successful college experience as a commuter? 

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