Welcome to The Ladies for August 27, 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
The Amazon’s best hope? A female indigenous chief is on a mission to save Brazil’s forests
“If the forest is gone, people will also end,” says Ajareaty Waiapi, a female chief and grandmother working to preserve her community — and the planet’s lungs. Click here to read the full article.
On the 99th anniversary of women’s suffrage, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine doubled down on promises to put the first woman on the moon by 2024.
NASA celebrates women leaders, aims for first woman on moon by 2024
“I have an 11-year-old daughter,” Bridenstine said at an event at NASA Ames to celebrate women’s leadership. “I want her to see herself as having all the opportunities I saw myself having when I grew up.” Click here to read the full article:
Saudi Arabia allows women to travel independently
Women in Saudi Arabia can now travel abroad without a male guardian’s permission, royal decrees say. The new rule announced on Friday allows women over the age of 21 to apply for a passport without authorisation, putting them on an equal footing to men. Women are also being given the right to register births, marriage or divorce. The kingdom has recently eased other long-standing social restrictions on women, though campaigners say more remains to be done for women’s rights. Click here to read the full article:
How Women Can Escape the Likability Trap
Powerful women know how to flip feminine stereotypes to their advantage. There has been a lot of talk recently in the political arena about the likability trap for women: Women who behave in authoritative ways risk being disliked as insufferable prima donnas, pedantic schoolmarms or witchy women. What you haven’t heard about much is the way successful women overcome this form of gender bias. I have interviewed about 200 women over the years in my research on gender and the workplace, and they all employ a similar set of strategies for escaping the likability trap. Click here to read the full article:
Why a Woman’s Sex Life Declines After Menopause (Hint: Sometimes It’s Her Partner)
A revealing new analysis gives voice to the many reasons a woman’s sex life often falters with age. Click here to read the full article:
Barbie debuts Rosa Parks doll as part of series honoring iconic women
Civil Rights activist and Alabamian Rosa Parks is the latest iconic woman to garner a doll in her likeness as part of Barbie’s Inspiring Women series. Mattel announced today Parks would be one of the latest additions to the series, which launched in 2018 and features dolls based on women who have played significant roles in history, including Frida Kahlo, Amelia Earhart and Katherine Johnson. Click here to read the full article:
Social Media Hurts Girls More Than Boys
The public and experts alike have blamed social media for a long list of mental health issues, including rising rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal behavior among America’s youth. But research on the subject is conflicting. One study published this spring, for example, found that social media use likely doesn’t have a terribly large impact on teenagers’ life satisfaction, despite all those expert warnings. A new study published in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health suggests the issue is even more nuanced. Social media is associated with mental health issues, the research says—but only under certain circumstances, and only for certain people. In girls, frequent social-media use seemed to harm health when it led to either cyberbullying and/or inadequate sleep and exercise. But these factors did not seem to have the same effect on boys, and the study didn’t pick up on specific ways that social networks could be harming them. Click here to read the full article: