1. KARLIE KLOSS WANTS YOU TO LEARN HOW TO CODE
Supermodel Karlie Kloss just launched a scholarship to help young women learn to code. Created in partnership with The Flatiron School in New York City, the Kode with Karlie scholarship will cover the cost of tuition for the Flatiron Pre-College Academy’s Intro to Software Engineering course. Check out the intro video here.
“I think its crucial that young women learn to code as early as possible to ensure that we have a voice and a stake in what the world looks like,” says Kloss.
There are only 20 spots available. If you know a young girl who would be a good fit, here’s how to apply.
Source: Koding with Karlie Video
2. SUGAR IS 8 TIMES MORE ADDICTIVE THAN COCAINE
Equally compelling and upsetting, the documentary Fed Up investigates the worldwide obesity epidemic and the shocking contributions of both the American food industry and government.
Source: Fed Up
Fed Up encourages, and practically insists, that all of us reassess our relationship with food, and our feelings and actions towards the policies and policy-makers that dictate its production, marketing, and access. As the first generation with a shorter estimated lifespan than our parents, we all need to do ourselves a favor and watch this documentary.
From producers Katie Couric and Laurie David, and director Stephanie Soechtig, this movie will change the way you think about eating sweets, how you approach grocery shopping, and how you exercise. Stream it now on Amazon.
3. ICELAND IS THE MOST FEMINIST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD
Iceland, birthplace of the #freethenipple movement, may be the most feminist country in the world. After analyzing many different factors, the World Economic Council found that women in Iceland face the smallest gender gap in the world.
Iceland nominated their first female president in 1980 (a cool 35 years before Hilary Clinton became a majority party nominee in the U.S.), and women received the vote in 1915, five years prior to American women. They’re a living example of what good can happen when gender equality is prioritized. It would seem we could learn a lot from the Icelandic outlook and policies.
Source: World Economic Council
4. DEVELOPING A MORAL RESUME
This week’s Sunday edition of the NYT included a particularly lovely article, unassumingly titled “The Moral Bucket List.” In it, columnist David Brooks investigates how one becomes good, rather than just accomplished.
“It occurred to me that there are two sets of virtues, the resume virtues and the eulogy virtues,” Brooks writes. “Many of us are clearer on how to build an external career than on how to build internal character.”
In the article, Brooks identifies some key characteristics of those people who are genuinely happy and internally good. These are people of substance that Brooks is analyzing, and what he finds may surprise you. Read it here.
5. NIKE FINALLY GETS IT THAT WORKING OUT CAN REALLY SUCK
And that is something we can all agree on. In their new ad, they address some of the difficulties of working out through the hilarious inner monologues of average gym-goers. While we know that we can’t all be gym-rats seemingly brainwashed into loving Pure Barre and Crossfit, it is a nice change of pace and quite refreshing to see a change of mindset coming from an industry giant.
This admission of difficulty is accentuated further with the subtle encouragement that at the end of the day, if you did in fact make it to the gym, you’re better for it. But it will still take 3-5 weeks to see any physical results. Ugh.
6. THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT HILLARY
Whether you’re a fan of Hillary Clinton or not, she’s the first female Presidential candidate for a major political party. Political analysts are already saying that she’s going to be very hard to beat. Here’s a summary of Hillary’s stances on five important issues.
7. Don’t forget sunscreen!
With summer coming up fast (but not fast enough), make sure to implement and stick to a strict skin care regimen, particularly sunscreen.
Source: Skin Cancer Foundation
While Vitamin D is key to your health, the sun’s damaging rays can cause premature aging and skin cancer, among other things. Skin cancer has no age limits, and you’ll thank yourself 20 years down the road.