We’re officially a month into social distancing—tack on a few weeks for the most diligent among us—and suddenly, at least to me, a month of staying home doesn’t seem like all that long. Call it 20/20 hindsight (gosh how many times will that pun be used by future writers on the pandemic?), but I’m stressing, feeling like I should have accomplished more. My daughter is behind in school, I have hardly exercised at all, and those home projects are unfinished (and unstarted).
At the same time, it feels like quite a long time. I am constantly thinking of my friends with retail shops who have had their incomes slashed, as well as other creative friends including photographers and others who have had most of their work canceled. And then when I think about about the daily ins and outs (rather than my overall inadequacy) of home schooling, indeed it feels like an eternity.
So I don’t know if it’s comforting or stressful that we’re facing at least one more month of sheltering in place. I’d love to year from you all: How are you feeling about the next 30 days?
As far as women and Gen Xers in the news (the actual point of this post) are concerned, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of women being able to vote. As the flu hampered the suffrage movement a century ago, the coronavirus has canceled the celebrations that had been planned for this year. Also we need PPE for women, the complicated “believe women” mantra, and what generation gets to claim Keanu Reeves are among the most interesting reads for Gen X women published recently.
Female genital mutilation outlawed in Sudan [The New York Times]
Women in India’s sex industry struggle for survival [The Guardian]
Texas frontline workers are mostly women, people of color [The Texas Tribune]
Covid’s war on women [Politico]
Should we always believe women? [Washington Monthly]
South Korea elects record number of women [Council on Foreign Relations]
States use coronavirus to ban abortion [The Guardian]
5 tips for working from home as a women in STEM [World Economic Forum]
How Spanish flu almost upended women’s suffrage [The New York Times]
What Gen Xers can do about their financial squeeze [Las Vegas Review Journal]