Welcome to The Ladies for July 20, 2019! It’s a list of curated articles we have enjoyed reading on women and girls around the world — sprinkled with things to do/see/read/buy. Please click here to subscribe: Subscribe to The Ladies by Email
Without these Women, Man Would Not Have Walked on the Moon
Numerous unsung women, from computer engineers and mathematicians to secretaries and seamstresses, helped put a man on the moon. Here are the stories of some of those women. Click title to read the full article.
It’s an Enemy of Women: Saudi Women Recount How an App Kept Them Down Until They Tricked It
The Absher app, which provides access to government services, has drawn international scrutiny for its role in perpetuating Saudi Arabia’s guardianship system. Click title to read the full article.
More Women are Joining Fortune 500 Boards Than Ever Before
Women are ascending to the real seat of corporate power — the Fortune 500 boardroom — at a record rate. Last year, of the 462 newly appointed Fortune 500 board members, 183 of them — or 40% — were women, according to a new report from executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles. That’s more than double the rate from a decade ago and the highest on record. Click title link to read the full article.
Visa Makes ‘Substantial Investment’ to Support Women’s Soccer
Visa announced a “substantial investment” in the future of women’s soccer, including a five-year partnership with the U.S. Soccer Federation. Eight days before the Women’s World Cup began in France, Visa revealed it would partner with both the Women’s and Men’s U.S. National Teams. However, it said the terms of the deal ensured “at least 50%” of the investment would fund the USWNT and women’s soccer programs and surrounding marketing efforts. Click title link to read the full article.
U.S. Soccer Sponsor Enters Equal Pay Fight on Women’s Side
Procter & Gamble urged the federation “to be on the right side of history,” and donated more than $500,000 to the team’s players association. Click title link to read the full article.
Why Women Are Called ‘Influences’ and Men ‘Creators’
BEING A “SOCIAL media influencer” has nothing to do with the size of your audience or the nature of your work. An influencer used to be someone with a giant, million-plus following to sell things to, but marketers have since expanded the term, piling on prefixes like macro-, micro-, and even nano-influencers, who can have audiences of just 1,000. Influencers aren’t confined to a genre anymore, either. There are still the standard-issue Instagram beauty and lifestyle influencers, but also restaurant influencers, real estate influencers, pet influencers. Really, the only way to guarantee that people will think of your online celebrity as “influence” is to be a woman. Click title link to read the full article.
21 Foods Every Woman Should Eat at Least Once a Week
Figuring out how to eat healthy for your body can be a daunting task. There’s a lot of complicated (and sometimes incorrect) information out there about food and health, and there’s really no single “best” way to eat. But there are some things you can know for sure. All women need the same basic nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, to stay healthy. These compounds can help women stay healthy while aging, help stave off breast cancer and support women through getting pregnant and, later, menopause. Click title link to read the full article.
Pear Shaped Women are Healthier than Apple Shaped Women, Study Finds
Not all fat is equal — where it sits on the body matters to your health. Higher “trunk fat” in women was associated with an increased incidence of atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries, while more leg fat predicted lower risk of this type of coronary artery disease, a new study published Monday in the European Heart Journal finds. Not only is the proverbial pear shaped woman heart healthier than her apple shaped friend, but she may even be at lower risk of cardiovascular disease than slim-waisted women who lack “thunder thighs,” the new research suggests. Click title link to read the full article.
Girl Scouts Launches 42 New Badges to Mobilize Girls to Change the World
“Girl Scouts has ignited the power and potential of girls for over a century, and we are committed to ensuring that today’s girls are the future of American leadership,” said GSUSA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “Girl Scouts is where girls can explore new subjects, discover their passions, learn to take smart risks, and become their best, most confident selves—whether they want to become a NASA astronaut, an entrepreneur, a rock climber, a coder, or a cybersecurity agent.” Click title link to read the full article.
School District Adopts Gender-Neutral Dress Code that Doesn’t Single Out Girls
The Roanoke County School Board in Virginia has approved a new and progressive policy. A school district in Roanoke, Virginia has approved a gender-neutral dress code that its proponents hope will keep girls from being singled out for their style. On Thursday, the Roanoke County School Board unanimously voted in favor of a dress code that holds boys and girls to the same standards. In many U.S. schools, dress codes tend to contain language targeting only girls’ attire, including references to bare midriffs, bra straps and skirt lengths. Click title link to read the full article.