BBC Radio Woman’s Hour: Five Life Lessons with… Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

BBC Radio – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The most crucial advice she would give her friend

“… I think it would be to teach her daughter to reject the idea of likeability. I think we teach girls constantly to mould themselves into shapes to make themselves likeable, to think about what other people think about them. And I think it’s so dangerous… I think it’s so important to teach a child – particularly a girl – that your job is not to be likeable, your job is to be your fullest self.”

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BBC Radio Woman’s Hour: Beyonce songwriter shares her top seven tips for making it in music

As a songwriter, it doesn’t get much bigger than penning a hit with Beyonce, and more than a year after Bey’s album Lemonade came out, Carla Marie Williams is still pinching herself that her track Freedom was on it.

She’s also written for Girls Aloud, Craig David and Alesha Dixon to name a few, and is all about empowering others to follow in her footsteps, helping young women find success in the male-dominated music industry with her organisation Girls I Rate. Carla shared her top tips for making music your career with Woman’s Hour…

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BBC News: Taylor Swift sexual assault case: Why is it significant?

 

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US pop singer Taylor Swift has won a civil case against an ex-DJ who she said grabbed her bottom after putting his hand under her skirt during a pre-concert photo opportunity in 2013.

The case has grabbed headlines for the star’s bold testimony in court, and emphasis that she wanted to fight the case not just for herself but for all women who are victimised.

Here are four reasons why it’s significant.

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The Daily Mail: Boys wear off-the-shoulder tops in solidarity with their female classmates to protest their high school’s ‘ridiculous’ dress code

 

The Daily Mail

A few boys at a southern California school proved themselves to be true feminists this week when they donned a peculiar clothing item to school. This week, dozens of students at San Benito High School in Hollister wore off-the-shoulder tops to protest the school’s dress code, which bans the uber-trendy fashion piece.

Among those who took part in the protest were multiple boys, who wore the feminine tops to protest in solidarity with their female classmates.

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BBC News: Women of Innovation in pictures

For many years photographer Amelia Troubridge has been inspired by the women she has met during her career, now, working with the Innovate UK agency, she has turned her lens on those who she says are “genuine innovators”, those that “play an integral part in shaping a better world for us all”.

AMELIA TROUBRIDGE- Elena Dieckmann

“I wanted to capture the spirit of these women and contribute visually to the re-defining of who women are today,” she says “To step away from the disempowering imagery of women that dominates the mainstream that we have become accustomed to seeing.

Elena Dieckmann grew up in Nuremberg. After a brief spell in international management, in Russia and the Middle East, she returned to academia to study at the Dyson School of Design Engineering and the Royal College of Art.

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Toronto Sun: July 2017 was hottest in recorded history: NOAA

WASHINGTON — Last month earth sizzled with unprecedented heat.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday Earth sweated to its second hottest month since record keeping began in 1880. At 61.89 degrees (16.63 Celsius), last month was behind July 2016’s all-time record by .09 degrees.

But Earth’s land temperatures in July were the hottest on record at 59.96 degrees (15.5 Celsius), passing July 2016’s by one-seventh of a degree.

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