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YES to this: Girl Scouts Adds 23 New Badges in STEM

YES to this: Girl Scouts Adds 23 New Badges in STEM

This is pretty major. Can you tell we’re excited?

Yesterday, the Girl Scouts of the USA introduced 23 new merit badges for their members to earn.

These new badges include options like Programming Robots and Racecar Design in collaboration with tech-focused groups like Code.org, SciStarter, GoldieBlox, and others.

Girl Scouts previously announced badge offerings like Website Design and Cybersecurity, so it’s really encouraging to see the foundation expanding into additional STEM areas. Granted, Dinner Party and Simple Meal badges are still offered, but rounding out interests like this and showing young girls that these are all viable career options is what we should be focusing on.

Share the good news with the Girl Scout in your life!

Source: The Verge
Image: Girl Scouts of the USA

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Project Runway (finally) Makes It Work For All

Project Runway (finally) Makes It Work For All

“Make it work, designers!”

You’ve all probably heard Tim Gunn’s famous tagline. And now, it finally applies to women of all shapes and sizes.

Project Runway just announced that Season 16, premiering August 17 on Lifetime, will be using models of all shapes and sizes ranging from 0-22 for the competition. This is a big deal because it’s the first time the show has embraced diverse models. On previous seasons, model diversity was only represented by the “real woman challenge.” Come on, that’s obviously pandering.

But last year, Tim Gunn made headlines when he wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post claiming that the fashion industry “turned its back on plus-size women.”

Seriously, how amazing is this? Sure, it could’ve happened earlier. But it’s the progress that counts.
We’re excited to tune in to the show!

Source: USA Today
Image: Entertainment Weekly

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Atthaya Thitikul, Youngest Ever Golf Pro

Atthaya Thitikul, Youngest Ever Golf Pro

A special shoutout and congratulations goes to Atthaya Thitikul, the youngest winner of a professional golf tour event ever

At only 14 years old, she won the Ladies European Thailand Championship on Sunday. Despite this record-shattering win, Atthaya is still considered an amateur and is not eligible for the 45,000 euros prize money. Instead, this goes to the runner-up, Mexico’s Ana Menendez. 

But this is still a major accomplishment for the young teen, who told reporters that her win “makes me feel very happy and so proud of myself. This trophy, I give to Thailand and the Thai People.”

You go, Atthaya! You’re an inspiration!

Source: Time
Image: GolfNewsNet

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Can This Spoon Save The World?

Can This Spoon Save The World?

Indian scientist Narayana Peesapaty thinks it can.

He set out to create the world’s first edible spoon a decade ago, and all of his hard work is now paying off. Today, his small factory operation in India is producing tens of thousands of them in three flavors: plain, savory, & sweet.

His company, Bakeys Foods, is now producing orders requested from around the globe. So what’s Narayana’s purpose for this tasty idea? He hopes it can help shrink India’s landfills, reduce chemical intake from plastic, and change the way India grows its food.

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A Turkey Sandwich With a Side of Feminism

A Turkey Sandwich With a Side of Feminism

Artist Meaghan Elderkin has found a new way to combine traditional lunchbox napkin doodles + strong feminist leaders into a powerful lesson for her 4th grade daughter Holden.

Everyday, Meaghan sends her daughter off to school with a new feminist hero and a corresponding impactful quote to highlight women for her to look up to. This is some seriously inspiring stuff, not just for 4th grade lunch boxes, but for everyone!

Take a look at more of these napkins by clicking on the title above; you’ll hear from Malala Yousafzai, Louisa May Alcott, and more! 

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Some Good News from Yemen

Some Good News from Yemen

Saida Ahmad Baghili, a young Yemeni woman who was recently suffering from extreme malnutrition, is making an incredible recovery.

Photos of her severe condition were circulated around the world, bringing much needed attention to Yemen’s famine crisis. When Saida arrived at Al-Thawra hospital, her body couldn’t even handle the simple act of eating. Although she still cannot eat solid food, she’s on the path to recovery.

She’s even been able to smile recently. 

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Asher Nash: The Smallest Little Hero

Asher Nash: The Smallest Little Hero

You’re looking at the adorable little face of the new OshKosh B’gosh Holiday 2016 campaign.

After being turned down by a modeling agency earlier this year, his mother Meagan decided to raise awareness for kids with special needs by posting photos of him on social media. OshKosh saw the pictures and invited him to be a model for their Holiday ads, and the campaign is being received with overwhelmingly positive reviews so far.

According to CBS News, little Asher has become so popular that he’s in demand for Kids II, Oball, Ingenuity, Toys ‘R’ Us, Safety 1st, Happy Family Brand, and Num Num. How cute is this kid, and how amazing is his mother for making this happen?

We couldn’t be more excited about this. 

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Sacha Dench: Human Swan

Sacha Dench: Human Swan

This story should be getting more press.

At only 41, Sacha just became the first woman in history to cross the English Channel (a 4500 mile trek) in a motorized paraglider. She’s a conservationist who works for the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, and as part of her mission she accompanied Bewick swans during their annual ten-week migration to better understand why their population is declining. Basically, she’s a badass.

You can check out her program Flight of the Swans right here!

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Benazir Bhutto: Women to Know

Benazir Bhutto: Women to Know

On December 2, 1988 Benazir Bhutto was sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan, the first democratically-elected female leader of a Muslim country.

The daughter of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) founder and Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Bhutto took over as chairperson of the PPP in 1982. After her two terms as Prime Minister ended early amid charges of corruption, Bhutto spent eight years in exile in London.  In 2008 she returned to Pakistan with plans to participate in the 2008 general election.

After a campaign rally in Rawalpindi, a gunman fired at her car before detonating a bomb which killed himself and more than 20 bystanders. Bhutto was rushed to the hospital, but died shortly after. The loss of the country’s most popular democratic leader brought on rioting throughout the country. 

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