When Netflix sent over a list of women characters to watch for International Women’s Day, I thought to myself: This is a great binge watch idea for March!
But, being a strong independent woman, I decided to edit said list of women I personally loved watching. Here goes:
Jean from Sex Education
Netflix’s original list includes Maeve who has bubblegum pink hair that I love. And although she has her own spunky, independent attitude, I’d love to give the crown over to Jean. Played by Gillian Anderson (yes, the awesome lady in X-Files), Jean plays a single mom and a sex therapist to protagonist Milo in the show.
Being a mother is a feat in itself, what more being a successful career woman who’s secure in her sexuality? I seriously want to be her.
Nadia from Russian Doll
This modern-day Groundhog Day series had me glued to the screen. The story revolves around Nadia, played by Natasha Lyonne, who dies on her 36th birthday — except she doesn’t. She relives the day over and over and over…
Nadia’s character draws us in because she is a survivor. Despite her quirks and tough exterior, we later find a sad back story and deep down inside, someone who cares deeply for people around her. Oh, did I mention that Nadia is also a kick-ass game designer who refuses to take crap from anyone? Yep.
Natalie from Isn’t it Romantic
Okay, full disclosure: I haven’t actually seen the movie but I’m seriously wanting to because Natalie is all of us.
This is what I mean:
Played by Rebel Wilson, Natalie is a brilliant but cynical character who ends up in a fairytale world (where you can’t even cuss 🤬) after someone tries to steal her purse. A movie that supposedly taps into our insecurities, I’m sure this will be one heck of a watch.
Allison from Umbrella Academy
She’s beautiful, famous, and part of the Umbrella Academy. Allison Hargreaves, played by Emmy Raver-Lampman, seems to have it all.
But despite all this and superpowers, Allison shows us a vulnerability that’s real. Despite all the world throws ate her (and her siblings), she still chooses to believe in the good of people. The comic book-inspired show is amazing, I finished the whole season in less than a week.
Princess Caroline from Bojack Horseman
One of my favorite characters of all time from one of my favorite shows of all time. Netflix’s original, Bojack Horseman, is a funny cartoon with deep real-life insights. It’s centered on Bojack Horseman, a sitcom has-been, and his relationships with others.
Princess Carolyn, voiced by Amy Sedaris, is Bojack’s ex-girlfriend and on again, off again manager. In the show, this feline tackles issues about careers, relationships, and even impending motherhood — topics women can certainly relate to. I honestly never thought I’d be this inspired by a pink cat.
And since women inspire not only women, I called on some reinforcements. Here’s who MJ, fellow Nextflix binge-watcher, had on his list of amazing women to watch:
Violet from Nappily Ever After
Nappily Ever After‘s protagonist Violet is an advertising executive who believes that everything has to be perfect in order to be successful and beautiful. She has her life in control, with an amazing job and a relationship with a hot doctor for two years, with long, straight, and gorgeous hair that takes so much effort to maintain.
A series of unfortunate events caused her and her life to turn into a wreck, and she realizes she’s not living the life she wanted. She took the jump and decided to find her own path, living a life that isn’t perfect. She started by shaving her hair, letting go of that one thing that holds her back.
Gina Linetti from Brooklyn Nine-Nine
The self-proclaimed human form of the 100 emoji and the Paris of people.
Gina Linetti, played by Chelsea Peretti, is Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s civilian administrator who believes that success is arbitrary and confidence is everything. If some people hated her lines during the show, it only means they can’t handle a strong, independent woman who’s proud of everything she does. She might look mean and shallow, but her confidence is something we all need to learn from.
9 gifts to enhance your kid’s multiple intelligence
There are more ways to learn!
Every kid has its own potential. As grown-ups, we excel in different fields simply because we are smart in different ways. In Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences, there are eight types of intelligence which are a big factor in how a kid learns.
Simply put, learning isn’t limited to school and there isn’t a single style of learning. The way your children play, interact and behave strongly shows how they learn differently, and what kind of field they will excel in.
Here are gift ideas for any occasion that you can get your children based on their intelligence:
For the word smart
Kids exhibiting high linguistic intelligence are typically good at reading and writing. They’re also great storytellers and showcases strong memorization skills.
Help them enhance their verbal and written skills by giving them a Kindle Unlimited subscription, offering over 1 million titles and thousands of audiobooks. These can be easily accessed using your Kindle device, or through Kindle reading apps on your tablets or smartphones.
For the number smart
Some kids are great at reasoning and critical thinking. Additionally, these are the kids that are great at logic, abstract, and numbers. In Gardner’s terms, these are the kids with logical-mathematical intelligence.
Let them polish their strategic and critical thinking by giving them an electronic chessboard, such as Square Off’s Chess Set.
For the picture smart
Visual-spatial intelligence revolves around the ability to visualize and think through images. Kids exhibiting this style of learning are highly imaginative and creative, often they set on career paths related to arts and multimedia.
Hone their creativity by giving them a LEGO set, maybe The Rexcelsior ones?
For the body smart
There are kids who have higher energy compared to his/her peers. Most of them can’t sit still and would rather move around. Their learning style is a bit different, which requires them to use their bodies or observe someone’s movement. Kids like these exhibit bodily-kinesthetic intelligence.
Gift them a badminton racket and let them play to their heart’s content.
For the music smart
If your kid recognizes sounds with ease, he/she probably exhibits strong musical intelligence. In other words, they have a good ear for music, and they can easily learn songs and melodies. Most of the time, they’re also gifted at singing, composing, and playing an instrument.
Support their talent by getting them a smart keyboard like The ONE’s Light Keyboard, which has keys that light up with sheet music, video lessons, and games when connected with The ONE Smart Piano app.
For the people smart
Nowadays, technology makes it difficult for people to connect with someone. We’ve developed a culture where everyone would rather look down on screens than interact with the people they’re with. But there are kids who enjoy talking to people, and these are kids with high interpersonal intelligence.
Highlight the importance of engaging with people real-time and how fun it could be. Gift them a board game like Scrabble.
For the self smart
Some kids are more attuned to their self and have a far better understanding than their parents do. These are kids with high intrapersonal intelligence, and they are adept in figuring themselves out and knowing what they want.
Help them explore their inner selves by giving them a journal to write their thoughts down.
For the nature smart
Kids with naturalist intelligence are natural-born explorers, who know how to enjoy and appreciate nature. They love the great outdoors and they would thrive in activities that involve discovering the wonders of nature.
For the life smart
There are highly sensitive kids who have the capacity to tackle deep questions, and in Gardner’s theory, these are the kids who have existential intelligence. They ponder about human existence and they have a lot of questions about life (and even death).
Allow your children to be curious. Give them a book that makes them think and ask questions (and possible get answers), such as Stephen Hawking’s Brief Answers to the Big Questions.
What other gift ideas do you recommend for children? Sounds off in the comments below.
These are the best cities for women entrepreneurs to thrive
Singapore ranks third in Asia Pacific, behind Sydney and Melbourne
At the 10th annual Dell Women Entrepreneur Network Summit in Singapore, Dell announced findings of the 2019 Women Entrepreneur Cities (WE Cities) Index, ranking 50 global cities on their ability to foster growth for women entrepreneurs. Dell ranks cities based on the impact of local policies, programs, and characteristics in addition to national laws and customs to help improve support for women entrepreneurs and the overall economy.
Building on 10 years of research on women entrepreneurs, Dell partnered with IHS Markit to research and rank 50 cities on five important characteristics, including access to Capital, Technology, Talent, Culture and Markets.
The San Francisco Bay Area outranked New York for the No. 1 spot this year, mostly due to the city being one of the best places for women to gain access to capital. It also moved from 6th place to 2nd place in Culture, showing that the number of role models and public dialogue around eliminating the “bro culture” is making an impact.
Lack of funding, high cost of living, low representation of women in leadership roles and the lack of government-led policies that support women entrepreneurs were among the barriers globally.
Cities in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region are improving alongside all other cities globally, but still have a long way to go. Singapore, one of the only three cities from Southeast Asia to make it to the top 50, saw the highest improvement in the Talent pillar, as it benefitted from increasing its top school and business school rankings, as well as its pool of professionals needed to help scale businesses.
APAC cities mainly fell behind in the pillars for Culture and Markets. Despite making the top 50, Singapore’s Culture score was relatively low due to fewer female role models or leaders, although it’s still more advanced than majority of its neighbors in addressing gender parity issues.
Singapore ranks only No. 47 globally for the Markets pillar, because of the high cost of living in the city despite the lack of accelerators and relatively few female board members.
The WE Cities Index serves as a diagnostic tool to advise policy-makers on how to better support women in business.
“By arming city leaders and policymakers with actionable, data-driven research on the landscape for women entrepreneurs, we can collectively accelerate the success of women-owned businesses by removing financial, cultural and political barriers,” says Karen Quintos, EVP and chief customer officer at Dell Technologies.
The same way US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg argued in her landmark cases that gender discrimination hurts men and women alike, Singapore Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Grace Fu also emphasized at the summit that it’s not only women who want a better work life balance; men also want to be able to spend more time with their families.
This is where technology comes in. Technology, as a gender-neutral enabler, helps drive progress in gender equality by creating a level playing field, says Amit Midha, President of Asia Pacific & Japan, Global Digital Cities at Dell Technologies. It’s important to empower and invest in women not just because it’s been proven time and again that women help economies grow, but also because doing so benefits men and society as a whole.
FaceApp goes viral again, raises security concerns
Taking social media by storm
FaceApp is taking social media by storm once again. The popular editing app which went viral two years ago has resurfaced after celebrities, YouTubers, and even NBA stars posted elderly versions of themselves.
Quick to jump in the bandwagon, people followed and started posting their aged version on Twitter and Instagram. Fancy seeing a glimpse of yourself in the future, as well? Here’s how you can do it.
Easy, step-by-step guide on FaceApp
Download FaceApp via Google Play Store or the App Store. Open the app and select the photo you want to edit. Pro tip: Avoid using selfies with caps, sunglasses, and other accessories on.
After choosing a photo, you can then pick from an array of filters: Beauty, gender-swap, or the old age filter that everyone is obsessing over, and many more!
Using the old age filter, you can see how you’d look like when you’re over 60 years old. If you want to see how you and your partner look when you’re old and wrinkly, just apply the filter first on your face since you can only apply it one at a time. Then, save it, and upload the saved image to apply the filter once again.
You can do this with group photos, too, except you’ll need more patience. It’s an excruciating process but isn’t it worthwhile?
Is our security compromised?
FaceApp’s sudden virality has raised major privacy concerns, just like when Zepeto went viral last year. This is almost always the case when the app in question appears to be collecting data from its unknowing users.
A report on Fast Company indicates that the Russian company behind FaceApp saves the photos uploaded by transmitting it to their servers back in Russia. While it’s all fun and magic on your end, the report supposes your security may be compromised.
Moreover, the US government poses the app as a threat to national security, prompting the FBI to investigate the Russian startup. Will this be a similar saga between the US and China trade war? Let’s hope it won’t escalate into a bigger issue.
BIG: Share if you used #FaceApp:
Because millions of Americans have used it
It’s owned by a Russia-based company
And users are required to provide full, irrevocable access to their personal photos & data pic.twitter.com/cejLLwBQcr
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 18, 2019
FaceApp has responded to these allegations claiming that images are deleted from their servers within 48 hours from the upload date.
At the end of the day, FaceApp is pretty much similar to Facebook and Google, who have taken more information from us than we realize. If you’re still afraid, the best course here is to stay away from photo editing apps and resist the urge to try senseless features for the sake of fun and likes on social media.
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