The Top 5 Wealthiest Women in the World Today

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In the Forbes 2021 world billionaires list, there are 328 women, indicating a 36% increase compared to last year. These women come from various industries and different parts of the world. Here are the top 5 wealthiest women in the world and their net worth.

1. Francoise Bettencourt Meyers and family
After her mother died in 2017, Francoise inherited the giant cosmetic company L’Oreal. The 67-year-old has served on the company’s board since 1997. According to https://financesonline.com/top-10-richest-women-in-the-world/, despite being the heiress to the giant skincare products company, the France citizen is also an accomplished author of Greek mythology works and literature. Bettencourt Meyers has a net worth of $73.6 billion.

2. Alice Walton
Despite losing her spot as the world’s richest woman to Meyers, the only daughter of the Walmart founder, Sam Walton, still managed to gain over $7 billion thanks to free delivery, which led to a 69% boost in online sales. In 2011, the 71-year-old opened the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Her net worth stands at $61.8 billion.

3. Mackenzie Scott
After her marriage to the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos ended in 2019, the 50-year-old donated almost $6 billion to 500 nonprofit groups across the United States by July 2020. According to https://cpp-luxury.com/top-10-richest-women-in-the-world-2021/, Scott received a 4% stake in the Amazon company as part of their divorce settlement. Mackenzie remarried Dan Jewett, a science teacher who joined her in the wealth giveaway pledge. She has a net worth of $53 billion.

4. Julia Flesher Koch and family
After the death of her husband David Koch in 2019, Julia Koch and her three children inherited 42% of the family business. Last year, Koch Industries were the largest private company in America. The 58-year-old plays an essential role in the company’s board of directors. She has a net worth of $46.4 billion.

5. Miriam Adelson
Miriam took over 56% stake of Las Vegas Sands casino operator after her husband, Sheldon Adelson, passed on in January 2021 at the age of 87. As a result of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the company recorded a net loss of $1.69 billion last year—lockdowns led to the closure of two Las Vegas casinos and resorts. The 75-year-old has a net worth of $38.2 billion.

Cruelty-Free Brands to Buy for Animal Welfare

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If you’re someone who worries a lot about the welfare of animals, you might already be on a vegan diet. Some don’t understand though how animal welfare can come into conversation when talking about non-food products. The reason for this is animal testing.

For a long time now, many companies have used animals for testing their cosmetic products, among other things. This has led many animals to be injured or even killed due to the effects of various chemicals in their system. If you’re interested in the well-being of animals, check out some of these brands that avoid animal cruelty when making their products.

Deodorants

Whether it be for the smell or to see how ingredients can affect one’s skin, companies have been using animal testing for their deodorants. Some deodorant companies have been fighting against this through their cruelty-free deodorants. One company offering this is Tom’s of Maine.

With Tom’s, customers get deodorant that is known to have never been used on animals before. In addition to not being tested on animals, Tom’s has been helping out animal ecosystems through sustainable practices. This includes the usage of beeswax through conscious beekeepers that care about the ecosystem of bees.

In addition to Tom’s, another deodorant company refusing animal testing is Schmidt’s. Schmidt’s decided to refuse animal testing not only because they found that it was vicious towards animals, but that they were able to get much more accurate feedback when testing on humans. Strongly think about what deodorant you’re using if you care how your product usage affects the welfare of animals.

Skincare

The skincare industry is an ever-evolving industry that produces many new products yearly. Unfortunately, this means that companies are using animals to rush out their products in a way that they feel is safe for humans. Some companies are creating their skincare products in a way that doesn’t require animal testing at all.

An example of one of these companies is Blissoma. They work to create products that are only tested on humans that sign-up for testing, knowing what they are getting into. The ingredients of Blissoma products are also known for being vegan, for those abiding by any animal products whatsoever. Look more into how you can change your skincare purchases to better help animals.

Activist Spotlight: Coretta Scott King

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Coretta Scott King, the wife of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was a civil rights leader and activist for decades. From her earliest work at her husband’s side to her recent activism, King proved a leading light in the fight to create a better, fairer world.

Childhood and Education

Born in Marion, Alabama, Coretta Scott followed her stellar high school career with multiple college degrees. She studied education and music at Antioch College in Ohio before moving on to the New England Conservatory of Music to study choir singing. While in Boston, she met a young theology student and quickly fell in love. In 1953, she married Martin Luther King Jr., and a year later, the young couple moved to Montgomery, Alabama.

Life with Dr. King

While her husband rose from a simple pastor to a central leader of the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement, Coretta Scott King contributed to the movement while raising their four children. She became a prolific public speaker and key organizer, arranging freedom concerts and other events. Trips to Mexico and India furthered her commitment to ending inequality, a goal she would maintain long after her husband’s tragic murder in 1968

Later Activism

Following her husband’s death, King got busy cementing his legacy and continuing his work. She founded the Martin Luther King Jr. Center For Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia, an institution that pushes for social progress and nonviolent methodologies. As President of the Center, she advocated the creation of a national holiday to commemorate her husband and his legacy of peaceful resistance.

King engaged in a number of projects as an activist, from coalition building to public speaking at rallies. While remaining active in her own country, she also turned her attention abroad. From Europe to Africa, Latin America to Asia, she contributed where she could to the causes of equality, opportunity, and freedom.

Coretta Scott King died in 2006, leaving an impressive legacy and a monumental impact on the world. She was buried beside her husband, and their graves will remain a landmark representing nonviolent resistance to oppression. Having accomplished so much in a single lifetime, there can be no denying that King deserves her place in history.            

Caring for Your Pets During Winter Months

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As wintertime approaches, many pet owners settle around the fireplace with their beloved companions. It’s a time of giving, and as such, your furry friend deserves warm care to combat the freezing temperatures.

But not all that snows is sparkling. Gather around, pet owners, and be aware of these risks that cold weather poses to your pooch.

Get a preventative care exam. Not only are animals prone to sickness during winter, but colder climates may also exacerbate certain medical conditions. Annual wellness visits are recommended for most adult pets, so if you haven’t had your pet checked out this year, then you should do so before the frosty weather arrives.

Stay indoors. Owing to their fur, dogs and cats are more able to withstand cold temperatures than humans, right? Wrong. Extreme cold renders your four-legged friend susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. While particular dog breeds thrive in cold weather, no pet should be left outdoors for extended periods of time in freezing temperatures.

Beware of heaters. Yes, there is such a thing as too close for comfort. Your pet might seek warmth from a heating source, but keep a close eye on them; they are at risk of overheating, burning themselves, and inhaling toxic chemicals. Some recommended safety precautions are baseboard radiator covers, heater timers, and, most simply, supervision.

Dress warmly. An often overlooked way of keeping your pet warm is a bit of dress-up. Dog owners have various protective clothing items, including coats, sweaters, and booties, to choose from, but be mindful of where your pet sports its gear. These clothing items should only be worn outside, as wearing such inside can lead to overheating. Also, consider the breed and size of your dog. Clothing is more appropriate for smaller dogs with short hair than it is for larger, densely coated canines.
Feed well, not willy-nilly. Although pets can benefit from an extra layer during the winter, it’s important to know what should constitute said layer. Extra hair, not extra fat, is optimal for your pet’s happiness and health. Instead of overfeeding, focus on increasing specific aspects of your pet’s diet, such as Omega 3’s and 6’s for dogs, and adequately hydrating them.        

Activist Spotlight: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

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Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, champion of labor and advocate for women’s rights, was born in August of 1890 in Concord, New Hampshire. She came from a family of activists and Irish nationalists. 

From an early age, Flynn dedicated herself to the socialist movement. She saw the Irish suffer from discriminatory practices and felt the socialist views were more in line with creating fairness and equity toward the common man. Elizabeth’s journey started when, at the age of fifteen, she gave a speech on socialism. That speech propelled her into a lifelong journey advocating for the average worker.

In 1920 Flynn took part in founding the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). By being part of the Union, she was able to assist in the legal defense of immigrants. These immigrants were on trial because of their strong support for socialism and communism. This was during the Red Scare, where communist ideology was perceived as traitorous to this country. 

Because of her support, she became the target of scrutiny and was later arrested and served two years in prison. The ACLU met and decided that Flynn’s views were controversial at best and treasonous at worst. In either case, they chose to expel her as a member; she was posthumously reinstated.

Flynn, like her mother, was a supporter of women’s rights. As World War II got in the way, Flynn sought wage equity and child care for working women. She believed in a woman’s right to use birth control and the right to vote and make changes to the laws.

Elizabeth married John Archibald Jones. He was an activist and part of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a Chicago labor union. Their relationship was unsuccessful and subsequently ended in divorce. They had two children, but one died. Although things were difficult in her personal life, Flynn immersed herself into her causes to ultimately create a strong legacy.

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn died in September of 1964. She was in Russia at the time of her death, and because of her notoriety around socialism and communism, they gave her a ceremonious burial. Flynn was a member of the ACLU, head of the Communist Party, and supporter of women’s suffrage.