Women Lead the Way in Giving, Tech, Environment, Academics, Culture, and More

We have nothing but good news and noble causes to share with you today! We’re observing International Day of Happiness and World Water Day this week, and continue to honor and shine a light on women’s contributions in honor of Women’s History month, so we’ve collected stories about womengiving back, leading the way, earning awards, lifting one another up, and moving the needle on global issues.

Nydia Zhang: Aiming to Encourage More Philanthropy in Blockchain and Save the Planet, from Coin Rivet—“I believe strong demand for great talent has attracted more women to the space. Diversifying and making it more gender neutral could positively impact the space as more businesses move towards incorporating the technology.”

4 Women Innovators Who Are Using Tech to Help Others Live Better Lives, from Digital Trends—“Women tech entrepreneurs often say that their innovation ideas are sparked by specific problems humans are faced with. They may decide to build a robot to help the sick, code an app to feed the hungry, or solve a specific wardrobe challenge known only to women. They are also introducing high-tech solution to the areas not traditionally thought of technology frontiers. Here five female entrepreneurs share their career paths to success and opinions on the importance of gender diversity.”

Giving Circles Are Helping Young Women Make ‘Change, Not Charity’ in Their Communities, from Refinery29—“Giving circles (of which 70 percent of members are women, often in women-only groups) harness that generous instinct of people who may not have realized that they can afford to donate and have an impact.”

On World Water Day, Gender Equality and Empowerment Require Attention, from The Lancet—“Programs that integrate water resource management and climate change adaptation can adopt a mainstreaming approach, in which gender differences are considered in all aspects of the program. Gender mainstreaming needs to be done from the design phase, so gender differences and gender equality goals can be incorporated from the beginning. Women must be actively involved in this process.

Karen Uhlenbeck Is First Woman to Win Abel Prize for Mathematics, from The New York Times—“Dr. Uhlenbeck said she recognized that she was a role model for women who followed her in mathematics.
‘Looking back now I realize that I was very lucky,’ she said. ‘I was in the forefront of a generation of women who actually could get real jobs in academia.’
But she also noted: ‘I certainly very much felt I was a woman throughout my career. That is, I never felt like one of the guys.’
To find an influential woman, she looked to television.
‘Like many people in my generation,’ Dr. Uhlenbeck said, ‘my role model was Julia Child.’”

How Young Women Like Yara Shahidi Are Helping Barbie Stay Relevant, from Yahoo Finance—“Shahidi points out that Barbie’s significance and staying power go deeper than just a visual reflection. ‘I think Barbie as a brand has represented our evolution almost as a country,’ she says. ‘We’ve come a long way in that when you look at the history of women’s suffrage, especially as you get into the facts of when Native American women were allowed to vote or when black women are allowed to vote, you get into women's rights in the workplace and the rules that are being passed—these are all things that contribute to us having a freer space as women of this generation.’”

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