Women have always been underestimated and systemically oppressed – their ability to lead and act under pressure has been questioned and their intellect and strengths ridiculed for as long as one can remember. There’s no argument that we’ve been treated as second-class citizens due to the gender politics that’s forever dominated the society.Thanks to specified gender roles, breaking the norm leads to unjustified criticism and often punishment. Women are supposed to be in the kitchen, fetching their husbands a sandwich – at least, this was their sole reality a couple of decades ago.Of course, we did witness occasions where women fought their way up into the stereotypically male-centric fields such as science, engineering, and politics. Despite the struggle, their ability to lead a country remains doubtful in the public eye. Some felt it was outrageous to even allow women into politics, thinking they can’t lead governments but they must accompany their husbands to events like the First Lady – ornament is the word, really. But this was history. We’ve moved on and are no longer interested in being a Jacqueline Kennedy. Not to undermine her strength because let’s face it, she experienced immense discrimination and objectification as well. But what we mean here is that women in the 21st century are more interested in running the office instead of running the kitchen. We have some incredible examples, living right in front of our eyes. It’s great to be alive in a time when women are not just serving their country, but also giving men a run for their money. Once you equip women with education and equal opportunities, you see how capable and intelligent they are. They have substance, ideas, and resilience to offer. If given the same treatment and respect in society, they prove to be the better half. And maybe men always knew this, which is why they’ve always tried to control the narrative. Who decided that women can’t work in corporationsWho said they don’t have valuable opinions and ideas to share? Who assumed that women can’t handle pressure? Look around and you’ll find women multi-tasking far more commonly and efficiently than men. They cook, look after their families, and work hard in the office, all while wearing heels. Can men do that?Source: Vox EUThe world witnessed women in all their glory during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. They proved to be better leaders – exhibiting pragmatism, resilience, and benevolence in times of major crises. Without restricting our discussion to Jacinda Ardern, who is obviously the most dignified leader in the world today, we’ll take other prominent female leaders into consideration:Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Taiwan, New-Zealand, and Finland are all governed by women. It’s now evident how comfortably they have been managing the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. When male leaders chose to remain in denial and be outright racist, female leaders trusted their instincts and prepared for action. They collectively showed common sense and logic without losing their beautiful smile. Source: IE Women InitiativeThey received praisewith utmost humility – something that may have miffed the male leaders who never forget to remind you of that one time they did something right. Empathy and compassion are considered to be feminine and weak traits – and it was exactly this ability in women that won them this race. In every public presentation, Jacinda Ardern reminds her people to be kind and compassionate. It’s interesting to see that the same attributes that have pushed them into the corner and into a box helped them stand out and claim success during such globally trying times. “Oh, women are too emotional!” they say. Maybe that’s exactly what we need in the world right now: emotional intelligence.Evidence has proved that countries that are led by women fought and won the war against the virus more efficiently and quickly. The death toll and overall cases of these countries were far less as compared to the countries led by men. If we open up our minds, we’ll see remarkable stories of women. It’s wonderful to see women soaring high despite facing discrimination and obstacles. Pay parity, lack of resources, gender abuse, lack of basic rights… it’s truly pathetic how far men have gone to secure their position at the top. Their entitlement and privilege reek of insecurity. They know that if everyone starts playing on the same level field, they wouldn’t stand a chance.When you view such remarkable talent and skill, it’s hard to not be angry at the system. Why do terms like glass ceiling exist? Why don’t women get promoted the same way their male counterparts do? They’re not even paid the same amount as their equals in the company!Forget corporate, let’s look at the academics sector: Only 35% of women are enrolled in programs that teach STEM. The numbers are outrageous and prove that there’s a need for action. So many courses are not even offered to women, so it’s not like they even try. There was a time when women couldn’t enroll in the army to serve their nation. With time they proved to be both mentally and physically fit, and now you see them being represented in the combat forces. However, let’s not forget that these women have had to fight their way to the top. They weren’t even given proper washrooms to change into their uniforms at first – this is how difficult their fight has been.Today we see women being represented in all fields of life, and our heart swells with pride. It’s because of the hardships of these superlative women that we get to enjoy the basic luxuries of life. They walked so that we could run and we must not let this opportunity slip because of complacency. In the movie Little Women, Jo March says something that resonates with every woman today. She said, “Women – they have minds, and they have souls, as well as just hearts. And they’ve got ambition, and they’ve got talent, as well as just beauty. I’m so sick of people saying that love is just all that a woman is fit for. I’m so sick of it.”So let’s tell the world how amazing we are and grow our legacy! Let’s prove to the world that we can lead in every domain of life.
We saw that coming…image credit: Breaking tech newsLG has confirmed that they are launching a portable air purifier which people can wear as a face mask. The PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier has a replaceable filters pair, connected with battery-powered fans that help in breathing. The company says that the gadget has embedded sensors that can detect your breaths, and moderate the fan's speed accordingly. Though LG didn't clearly mention the pandemic, it heavily indicates that the invention came in to tackle the current health situations. The company describes that the wearable air purifier mask can be worn in replace of the usual facemasks, including disposable ones that are curing running short in the market. On the first announcement of the mask development in July, LG said that they plan to donate 2,000 of these devices to a university in Seoul, hoping that it would help medical workers "amid the protecting pandemic," They were positive that it would make it easier for medical workers to wear it for several hours at one time. Most importantly, LG's press release about the launch of a device doesn't make any claims that it would halt the spread of coronavirus. It's also unclear whether it filters the air as one exhales out and inhales in. Until now, LG refused to comment on the device's abilities, stating that it's still in the testing process and they will make all the details public when it's done. However, the USA's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests against the masks' use that has vents and exhalation valves to inhibit the coronavirus spread. Since this device does not filter out "infected droplets", there is a high risk that a wearer could infect those around. LG's latest new mask device uses motorized fans that need to be powered to function. This PuriCare Air Purifier uses an 820mAh battery that offers up to eight powers of functionality. Though, the company did not announce when exactly the device will be made public or how much will it cost, but highlights that it will be available later this year at only "selective markets."
Yesterday while browsing through Instagram and swiping right from one story to another, one particular story caught my attention. Melanie Murphy, an Ireland-based writer and YouTuber used her platform to speak about dating online and the ups and downs of dating life and how that particular aspect of life has now been affected by the on-going pandemic. She was, of course, speaking from her friend’s perspective as she herself is happily married and has a child on the way. Her own story is also unique as Coronavirus interrupted her wedding function – she ended up marrying at the marriage registration office with very limited number of people in attendance. She shared her friend’s experience and said that she had just begun to actively search for a partner before the pandemic began. She added that it’s been rather challenging for her to find a partner online as she doesn’t find online dating to be effective like many others. Now this is a story that a lot of people can relate to. It’s not simply about meeting physical needs – which again have been interrupted by the uninvited Coronavirus. Melanie even joked about how people would now first be concerned about the results of Coronavirus test instead of the STD test before going forward in their relationships. Due to the pandemic, pubs and parties have been put on hold. Nobody feels safe and comfortable in socializing physically, and this has gravely impacted the chances of meeting new people. We no longer get to hang out with friends at the bar or just generally go about our businesses without thinking about the consequences. Of course, this has lowered the chances of finding love. Melanie gave her own example and wondered what would’ve happened if she had not met her partner Thomas at a party that one time. She was seemed fearful even thinking about the possibility.By sharing this experience, she led us to think about some serious needs. Nobody wants to be alone as it’s not a good feeling. It’s important to feel every bit of your emotions and validate them. Loneliness can impact your physical and mental health significantly. In normal circumstance, dealing with loneliness is hard, so one can only imagine the severity when you feel this way during a pandemic – when you’re stuck at home, craving emotional and physical intimacy. Basically, she encouraged her followers to think about their feelings and possibly talk about them to their friends and family. You can feel much lighter by sharing your frustrations and disappointments. However, by ignoring your emotions you put yourself at risk of developing a serious mental health problem. Repressing your feelings never did good to anyone. Of course, there will be people, who’d make fun of basic needs and desires. The truth is that they’re not in touch with their own emotions either. Finding love and affection is one of the most significant needs of human. There are people who’re living all by themselves during this pandemic and they’re simply craving basic human connection. Talking on dating apps and social media websites is fun for people in the beginning but even that has its own set of restrictions. Dating is hard and relationships are messy – but you know what is even more challenging during this pandemic? Being stuck with an abusive partner! No one can even imagine what these victims would be going through. Research has shown that cases of addiction and domestic violence have elevated significantly during this lockdown. Victims are completely helpless during this awful situation and to say that things are complicated, would be the most understated statement of the decade. However, it wouldn’t be fair to compare these two situations. You can’t say that people who’re feeling lonely are desperate or whinny. You don’t know what one is going through, so saying nothing is better if you don’t have any words of support. Both situations are awful!With that being aside, there are some people who’re actually embracing this period. They’re working on themselves and growing as humans. We must not forget that singlehood is also the most fun time for many of us! You meet people online, there’s some innocent flirting, there are no attachments, and you’re simply exploring and discovering yourself.There are so many people who’ve mastered the art of singledom! Of course, it’s even more fun without the pandemic because no one can deny the rush of adrenaline when you hook up with random strangers at the pub and never see them again. It’s actually quite a crazy time to be in because some people are enjoying and rediscovering themselves but for others it is an actual hell. For now, all we can do is hope that a vaccine comes out soon! Meanwhile, don't forget that sometimes you fall in love with the most unexpected person and at the most unexpected time!Till then, let’s be more empathetic and less judgmental because we truly don’t know what the future holds. Also do read Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of COVID-19 by Jennifer Haupt as no matter where you stand in your relationship or life right now, you can easily relate to it and find comfort!
Gear up for some mouth music, because The Barden Bellas are back with another track, to support a good cause!image credit: Mashable And this time, they don't need a riff off to prove they are the ultimate champions!On Monday, the divas including Barden Bellas who is known for winning the amazing international Championship of Collegiate A Cappella Finals from Pitch Perfect series reunited via webcam for a catchy cover of Beyonce's 2011 hit "Love On Top" to raise funds for the UNICEF's pandemic campaign. And as John Smith (John Micheal Higgins) says that it is like we can't even escape in quarantine from being harassed by their another musical performance. Pitch Perfect's iconic stars Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Hana Mae Lee, Hailee Steinfeld, Chrissie Fit, Alexis Knapp, Shelly Regner, and Kelley Jakle reunited in a lovely, socially distanced music video. So, if you're a Pitch Perfect fan, make sure to support them in their cause and stream the video online or download it to support children living in Lebanon and in other parts of the world who seek our support right now. Check out the video here: And if you don't know who Barden Bellas really are? Then, you better watch these movies on Amazon Prime now! Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2 & Pitch Perfect 3.
The world knows that Hermain Cain was buried just two weeks ago – but wait, the world is now concerned because he is still tweeting. Obviously, we’re all confused!Okay look, we know that it’s not exactly Cain who’s tweeting even after his death – he was hospitalized in July due to COVID-19 and he also ran for president, so who responded from his account to the news of California Sen. Kamala Harris’s selection as Vice President 2020?"Just in case you thought Biden's candidacy was going to be anything other than completely nuts, team Trump has released a new video." – The tweet said. We did some digging and discovered that the tweet was posted by a group called “The Cain Gang.” Furthermore, Dr. Melanie Cain Gallo – his daughter, has confessed that the family will be using his platform to raise their concerns on official matters. She said that we decided at Cain HQ that we will be using his platform to discuss and share ideas and information that he believed in.
Vladimir Putin has decided to take a leap of faith and register a Coronavirus vaccine. This is a vaccine that has widely received a negative response as it didn’t complete the clinical trials required to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the drug. Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone ahead and revealed that his own daughter has received the vaccine and so far not complained. The vaccine is made by the Gameleya Institute of clinical trials – an institute designed to ensure that vaccines registered are safe and promising. Putin has revealed himself that the vaccine hasn’t finished the third phase of the clinical trial. However, Russia has announced to vaccinate volunteers including medical workers, teachers along with those involved with the third phase of the trail that’s still underway.Svetlana Zavidova, who is the executive director of the Russian nonprofit Association of Clinical Trials Organizations, has openly criticized the use of this vaccine while speaking to Bloomberg News.Svetlana says that why only Russia is not following the rules when other countries are? The critical clinical trial rules are quite explicit and no one can violate them. Russia has opened up a pandora box and let's how the people who get this vaccine suffer!This vaccine currently uses a live but weak virus and injects into the genetic material from the Coronavirus into human cells. After this step, the immune system is expected to revolt and protect the human cells against this dangerous infection. The same methodology is being used by the prestigious Oxford University as well as China’s CanSino vaccine.No one can deny that literally all countries are in a rat race to bring out the first-ever Coronavirus vaccine to the world. Approximately 20 million people have been infected by this virus and 730,000 dead. However, we worry that this rushing could lead to a bigger problem. Last month in one of the congressional hearings, Anthony Fauci said that he hopes that Russians and Chinese at least test the vaccine before administering it on people As of now there are three major concerns regarding the vaccine. First, if the vaccine is unsafe, it could cause damage bigger than the virus and could cause severe side-effects. Second, if the vaccine doesn’t work then how would we survive and deal with the uncontrollable spreading of the virus And what if people begin to lose their trust for vaccines all over again? That can aggravate the problem and skyrocket public health-related concerns.“Trust in the process of developing new drugs and new medicines is fragile. We can’t put it in jeopardy.” – said Alex John London, the director of the Center for Ethics and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.It seems as Russia is solely focusing on becoming the first country to produce the vaccine and not giving much thought to the psyche of the human mind. They’re calling the vaccine “Sputnik V” and giving us flashbacks of the Cold War. Interestingly, this announcement has come right after Russian dismissal of the accusations that it is trying to hack and stop the development of a vaccine in the UK, US, and Canada.We agree that science takes time but putting your own daughter at the risk is a really bold move by Putin. Until then, US citizens can continue the usage of the Single-Use Disposable Face Mask or this really cool Headband that comes in 12 colors as a protective measure.