Amidst the pandemic, the world is trying every possibility not to stop by. Time and tide wait for none; that said, in the same way, every industry is trying its best to counter the havoc created by the pandemic. This week’s top stories are related to women across corporate, sports, medicine, literary and entertainment industry. Here’s the list of top stories related to women.
1. UK Launches First Study Into COVID-19 Vaccine for Pregnant Women
The first COVID-19 vaccine study for pregnant women has been launched in Britain across a number of sites. The study will look into the parameters such as safety, tolerability and efficacy of Pfizer-BioNTech covid-19 jab for pregnant women. Total eleven sites are considered for study in the UK which includes locations in Edinburgh, Oxford, London, Newcastle, Gillingham, Southampton and Leeds.
2. JPMorgan Names Two Women as Potential Successor to Jamie Dimon
On 18th May 2021, JPMorgan Chase announced the promotion of two women executives who are potential successors to current chief executive Jamie Dimon. Both Marianne Lake and Jennifer Piepszak are going to serve as co-chiefs of the ‘Consumer & Community Bank business’ department of the biggest US bank. This division accounted for nearly 40% of JPMorgan’s revenues in the most recent quarter and comprises key public-facing functions and that’s why it is considered to be the crucial division of the JPMorgan bank.
3. Valeria Luiselli wins the ‘International Dublin Literary Award 2021’
🥳Congratulations to the 2021 winner of the @DublinLitAward, @ValeriaLuiselli for 'Lost Children Archive'. Have you read it yet? 🌟📚
Award proudly sponsored @DubCityCouncil @dubcilib @ILFDublin @DublinCityofLit #DubLitAward pic.twitter.com/Wl7nxyauYl
— Dublin City Council (@DubCityCouncil) May 20, 2021
Mexican author Valeria Luiselli has been awarded ‘International Dublin Literary Award 2021’ for her book “Lost Children Archive”. The official announcement was done on 20th May 2021 at the opening of the International Literature Festival Dublin. The International Dublin Literary Award is considered one of the world’s wealthiest awards for literature. The story of the novel ‘Lost Children Archive’ is around the American policy that kept children away from their parents at the Mexican-American border. Previously, she has won the Rathbones Folio Prize 2020 for the same novel. This is the third novel written by Valeria Luiselli. She was chosen as the winner from the shortlisted six fellow authors.
4. Italy’s Benedetta Pilato, Sets New 50m Breaststroke World Record
Italy’s Benedetta Pilato set a new 50m breaststroke world record in the semi-finals of the European Swimming Championship held on 22nd May 2021. The Italian swam a 29.30 seconds, shaving a significant 0.20 seconds off Lilly King’s 2017 record of 29.50. The 16-year-old Benedetta Pilato completed the event in just 29.30 seconds to set a new world record.
5. Paula Badosa Wins Maiden WTA Title in Belgrade
Spain’s Paula Badosa wins her maiden WTA Serbia Ladies Open after her Croatian opponent Ana Konjuh retires due to injury. Badosa was leading the game by 6-2, 2-0 when her opponent Konjuh was forced to quit the match. With this win, Paula Badosa marked her 13th win out of the last 15 matches held on the tour. This tournament was an unforgettable experience for her due to the first WTA title win.
6. Neena Gupta’s Autobiography to Release in June
Actor Neena Gupta’s autobiography titled “Sach Kahun Toh” will release on June 14, 2021. The announcement was made on 21st May 2021 by the publishing house ‘Penguin Random India’. The book covers all the major milestones in her life; her decision to move to Bombay in the 80s, her journey of being a single mother and her successful second inning as an actor.
7. US Teen Coco Gauff Clinches Her Second WTA Title in Parma
America’s Coco Gauff clinches her second WTA title with a strong win over China’s Wang Qiang at the Emilia Romagna Open held in Parma. The 17-year-old Gauff won the match in just 74 minutes by 6-1, 6-3. Throughout this tournament, Gauff just lost one set and with this victory in Parma, she has won 20 matches out of her last 26 matches on tour.
8. Liane Moriarty’s New Book to Come Soon
Author Liane Moriarty’s new book ‘Apples Never Fall’ will release in September this year. Even before its release, the TV rights of the novel has already been sold to David Heyman. Liane Moriarty’s earlier books ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ were also adapted for the TV series by David E. Kelley.
9. Women for Bees initiative on Account of World Bee Day
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has posed for the National Geographic magazine to raise awareness on bee conservation on account of World Bee Day, 20 May. Angelina Jolie is seen covered in hundreds of bees for the photoshoot. Calm Italian bees were used for the photoshoot and Everyone on set, except Angelina, had to be in a bee suit for protection.