Emerging from this pandemic stronger means investing in girls now

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The founder and CEO of Girls Who Code explains how COVID-19 is exacerbating inequality—and how we can make sure we don’t lose momentum on inclusion efforts. Women are the heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. We make up the majority of healthcare workers globally . We are innovating on ways to digitally track the pandemic . We are leading nations with the best responses to the virus. Read Full Story

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Afghanistan’s all-girl robotics team is building emergency ventilators out of car parts

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The Afghan Dreamers—who became famous when they were denied a visa to come to a robotics competition in the U.S. in 2017—are now hard at work helping their country prepare for COVID-19. Even though Herat, Afghanistan, is on lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Nahid Rahimi’s days during the pandemic have started with a drive to a mechanic’s workshop. Nahid, 17, is on Afghanistan’s all-girls robotics team, named the Afghan Dreamers; her teammate Somaya Farqui’s father drives the girls, all between 14 and 17 years old, through the shuttered city to their technical adviser’s space, where they’re building ventilators from used car parts. Read Full Story

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A complete guide to coronavirus charts: Be informed, not terrified

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Charts can mislead, misinform, and cause panic. Here’s how to become conversant in the language of data visualization—and better understand the COVID-19 pandemic. We are in the middle of an information overload about the novel coronavirus, with hourly case updates and endless streams of information. How do you find the signal in the noise? What information do you need to make decisions in the face of this pandemic? Read Full Story

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6 things to help you make good decisions in bad times

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Studies show that faced with stress, our ability to make balanced decisions is compromised. Here are six factors that help you eliminate anxiety and fear. The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting every part of our lives—health and well-being, finances and job security, family, and community—in every part of the world. When we are living in a period of deep uncertainty, without context or precedent, it can be easy to make bad decisions. In fact, studies show that faced with stress, our ability to make balanced decisions is compromised. Instead, we make decisions primarily based on positive rewards, while overlooking negative consequences. Given that we make decisions all the time, how can we ensure, even during this time of crisis, that the decisions we make are good ones? Read Full Story

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How the COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we give to charity

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A new Harris Poll performed exclusively for ‘Fast Company’ found that job losses are cutting some people’s ability to give—but even those without jobs are trying to contribute to hunger relief. A cruel irony of the COVID-19 pandemic is that at a time when more Americans may need to rely on nonprofits after layoffs or furloughs, those same financial struggles may affect charitable giving across the country. But many Americans who do have a habit of giving to charity are still making donations, and in some cases, they’re giving even more. Read Full Story

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