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Global Women's News: What We're Reading in November

Global Women's News: What We're Reading in November

November presented us with a variety of articles and reports that lifted our spirits and challenged our assumptions - always a good thing. We read about the subtle ways we teach our children to think about gender and how it has a lifelong negative impact, but we also learned about some brave sportswomen, and considered new ways of thinking about the global economy. We hope you find the articles as interesting as we did.

Macho Man, Little Princess: How Gender Norms Can Harm Kids Everywhere
National Public Radio
NPR reports on a set of studies in the Journal of Adolescent Health which concluded that between the ages of 10 and 14, children begin to fully embrace and internalize the belief that girls and boys are intrinsically different - and should act accordingly. The health consequences for both genders are huge. When boys and men are taught that girls are weak, sexual objects for the taking, adolescent girls pay a vast price - they’re at greater risk for HIV and STIs, child marriage, and at far greater risk of gender-based violence. The impact on boys is terrible, too. Take a read to learn more.


Women are Playing Today and Leading Tomorrow
The New York Times
An uplifting story on the power of sports to show others the strength of girls, but above all, to show the girls themselves their own power. Yet in so many places around the world, girls and women either don’t have access to sports or don’t have the same access as boys and men. That means a big chunk of the population lacks the benefits that go along with exercise. As one woman, profiled in the article, says: “I wanted to use the power of sport to show the power of women to people. … You learn how to be a hard worker and how, when you lose, you learn to work harder to be successful the next time. It makes you feel like you can do anything. I couldn’t have learned that without sports.”


Meet the Doughnut: The New Economic Model That Could Help End Inequality Published by the World Economic Forum
Published by Linus Unah at This is Africa
Economist and author Kate Rayworth proposes a fundamental reconsideration of our assumption about global economics and suggests a mindset and model that has led to many millions of people doing without life’s essentials - food, shelter, health, and hope, while putting unsustainable pressure on the planet. Her new book, Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist suggests ways to turn this around. In this article, she explores a portion of the book, a revolution in economic thinking about inequality.

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