As we celebrate women’s achievements across the globe, we also stand with the women who are fighting, dissenting, and voicing their opinions on various social and political issues. Despite the restrictions and oppression, women continue to protest against Taliban rule in Afghanistan and refuse to let their rights to education and freedom get tampered with.
This week’s news celebrates global achievements and recognition of Indian women, women in leadership positions, and young girls making history. From Susanna Clark to Meghana Musunuri, women are creating their mark in every sector of life. Let’s catch up on this week’s top stories concerning women.
1. Women’s Prize for Fiction 2021: Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi wins this year’s award
Susanna Clarke, a British writer, received the renowned Women’s Prize for Fiction on Wednesday for her mind-bending fantasy novel ‘Piranesi,’ a work she feared she would never get to write due to her chronic illness. ‘Piranesi,’ set in a fantastical parallel reality, is told by a man who lives alone, save for a visitor known as the Other, in a maze, statue-filled home that houses his whole universe. The character’s knowledge of his area progressively evolves as he explores it, as does the reader‘s. Clarke, 61, received the prize for this novel which is released 16 years after her first, ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell,’ that became a global best-seller.
2. Women to be made permanent officers says Centre in Supreme Court
Following a public interest appeal filed by Kush Kalra, the Supreme Court issued an interim order allowing women applicants to appear for NDA tests this year, subject to its ultimate decision. According to the Centre’s statement in the Supreme Court, the armed forces would recruit women for permanent commission through the National Defence Academy. The court did, however, state that the “armed forces must do more to promote gender equality.”
3. Meghana Musunuri – Shortlisted For Global Teacher Prize 2021
I am truly excited and honored to be recognized in the list of the Top 50 finalists globally. I would like to thank the entire team at @VarkeyFdn #GlobalTeacherPrice2021 team for such great recognition 🙏. https://t.co/MJo4mrWnDthttps://t.co/owGnvCybfe pic.twitter.com/gIEDsz02fE
— Meghana Musunuri (Educator) (@MeghanaMusunuri) September 9, 2021
This Hyderabad-based teacher has been named to the top 50 shortlists for the $1 million Global Teacher Prize this year. She instructs students in social subjects, English, and mathematics. On September 9th, her name was announced as a finalist. She is the founder and chairwoman of Fountainhead Global School & Junior College, as well as the Hyderabad Champion for Google’s Women Businesses On The Web (WEOW), where she works to help women entrepreneurs create an online presence. This honour, according to Musunuri, is equivalent to awarding a Nobel Prize to instructors.
4. Emma Raducanu is the youngest Grand Slam finalist in 17 years
Believe it @EmmaRaducanu 😊
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 2, 2021
Emma made history by being the first qualifier to reach a Grand Slam women’s singles final. She’s also the first woman in 17 years to reach a Grand Slam final. On Thursday, she defeated Greece’s Maria Sakkari, the 17th seed, 6-1, 6-4 in the US Open semi-finals. It was her first time against a player ranked in the top 30 in the world, and she triumphed. She is 18 years old and comes from the London borough of Bromley. She made her ladies’ debut as a wildcard at the Viking Open in Nottingham in June after turning 18 in November 2020.
5. Disability Activists oppose discriminatory clause in nursing course admissions
Disability rights advocates are challenging a provision proposed by the Indian Nursing Council as discriminatory and unjust. The provision states that 5% of nursing seats are allocated for people with impairments, but only for those with a “lower limb disability” and a “40- 50% disability.” Activists and health professionals have slammed the action and asked that the clause be repealed, calling it immoral. The National Eligibility Entrance Test is used to determine eligibility for nursing programs.
6. Renate Nyborg becomes the first woman CEO Of dating app Tinder
Match appoints Renate Nyborg as the first female CEO of the dating-app giant’s leading brand, Tinder https://t.co/vwnd96gVCo
— Bloomberg (@business) September 10, 2021
Renate Nyborg, the first female CEO of the online dating app Tinder, was unveiled on September 10 by Match Group, an American internet, and technology business. She will begin working in her new role on September 27. Jim Lanzone, who will now be the CEO of Yahoo, will be replaced by Nyborg. Nyborg was named general manager of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa at Tinder last year. Nyborg exhibited genuine leadership when heading Tinder’s European company, and she is also laser-focused on driving development and “creating experiences based on what members — particularly women — want.”