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From big business to chapter books, to a woman who dedicated her life to the Navy, this week is definitely an inspiring one. With all of the unfortunate news going on, it’s truly an honor to highlight the good things every week.

Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce, believes you cannot be a decent CEO in 2018 if you’re not committed to gender equality in the workplace.

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In 2015, chief personnel officer Cindy Robbins brought to Marc Benioff’s attention that women working full time on average “still make 80 cents compared to every dollar men make” (AAUW). Benioff immediately stepped up to the plate by dedicating $6 million within the next few years to correct the discrepancy. But wait – he didn’t just throw money at the issue – Benioff created a new rule that he would not hold a meeting unless 30 percent of the participants were women. Since Benioff’s efforts, Salesforce has been awarded the number one best company to work for in 2018 by Fortune 100 (along with many other impressive awards). So what’s Benioff’s biggest piece of advice? Look at the numbers. The numbers do not lie – it is 2018 and at this rate, women will not be paid equally until 2119. There’s no excuse. Inc.

Emily Calandrelli has created Ada Lace, an eight-year-old girl with a knack for science, math, and solving mysteries with technology.

In order to feel like I did the proper amount of research on this specific story I went ahead and bought myself a copy of Ada Lace, on the case, the first adventure book in Ada Lace adventure book series. Here are my two biggest takeaways:

  1. Ada Lace is INCREDIBLY relatable. Now, granted I am not an eight-year-old girl, I found Ada and her curiosity very relatable. Honestly, she is just a regular girl who is writing in her “Field Guide”, making friends, frustrating her parents, and having a lot of fun in the process. (Plus the book totally has Rear Window-esque vibes which I am a big fan of.)
  2. There’s science and exploration in the book but it’s not in your face or boring, at all. Instead, at the end of the book, there is a little section labeled “Behind the Science” that goes further into depth about certain experiments or contraptions mentioned within in the book. This aspect really appealed to me because it made the science part fun, which Calandrelli really wanted to focus on, and I think it was executed perfectly.

Now I have one more thought… is it weird for a 24-year-old to go ahead and buy the next three books of the series? Asking for a friend, of course. Wired

On July 21, Rear Admiral Alene Duerk, the Navy’s first female admiral, passed away at 98 years old.

Photo: Naval History and Heritage Command

Alene Duerk was a trailblazer and a leader. She started her journey with the Navy in 1941 as an ensign in the Nurse Corps. When World War II ended she was released from active service, went to school to get a bachelor’s degree, and returned to the Navy in 1951 as a nursing instructor at the Naval Hospital Corps School. It wasn’t until 1972 that Duerk was appointed as the first female rear admiral by President Nixon. She held this position for three years until retiring, however, she stayed an advocate for Navy nursing for decades to follow. Today there are more than 53,000 women in the Navy, and while that number is low compared to the number of men, Duerk paved a path for the women of the Navy and her incredible work does not go unnoticed. Time

 

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