This November has included incredible accomplishments by modest men and women just like you. Paternal leave is cool now? Check. Women vote in Saudi Arabia? Check. Thanks November!
1. Marc Zuckerberg announces he will take parental leave- Marc Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla are expecting their first child in June. Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of Facebook, announced last week that he will be taking two months off when his child is born. This announcement brought a lot of attention and support for men taking parental leave when they have children. Congrats to the Zuckerberg couple, and thanks to Marc for being an exemplary husband.
2. MoSistas- As many of us women know, this month has been Movember- that month when men grow out their mustache to raise funds and awareness for men's health. Yes, we are pro raising money, no, we are not into the creepy mustaches (couldn't they have thought of mobruary??), but in any event, this year women joined the important Movember cause. MoSistas, a British offshoot of Movember, "are champions of men’s health, not only encouraging the men in their lives to grow a Mo, but actively signing up and raising funds and awareness themselves to change the face of men’s health." In other words, female observers of Movember. In case you were intrigued, they don't grow out their mustaches. They just help with the cause.
|Both images found on the UK Movember
3. Women vote in Saudi Arabia- For the first time in the history of Saudi Arabia, women will have the right to vote in this election. Studies showed that around 131,000 women signed up to vote, compared with 1.35 million men. Because of the ban on women driving and the separate gender societal norms of Saudi Arabia, women have faced some challenges registering to vote and getting to the polls. But despite it all the women are trying- they're not only voting, they're also running for office. Um Fawaz, a teacher in her 20s from Hafr al-Batin city told The Guardian: “We will vote for the women even though we don’t know anything about them. It’s enough that they are women.”
4. Turns out men aren't from Mars- A new study, which examined the brain images of over 1400 men and women, found that there are no significant differences in brain make-up for men versus women. They found instead that each brain was a unique mosaic of male and female structures. The study was headed by Daphna Joel, a behavioral neuroscientist at Tel Aviv University in Israel. In the study, the researchers analyzed whether each gender had stereotypically "male traits" or "female traits." What they found was that while the vast majority of brains had a combination of the two, only 0.1% of participants displayed only stereotypically-male or only stereotypically-female behaviors.
5. "Light Song" is launched- Three young women in Los Angeles plan on creating the first female Hanukkah video. As they wrote in their pitch on Jewcer,"The Jewish holiday videos that go viral are typically made by Jewish boy bands, like Maccabeats and Six13. While we appreciate and enjoy these videos, we are emphatic that it's time to create Jewish viral content that elevates and celebrates female voices, too" The women are creating a docu-series that will include teen and adult women and hope to send "an accessible, joyful message about Jewish inclusivity and celebration of female voices."
What other moments amazed you during November? Who else should we be celebrating this month?