Launched on March 10, 2020—a day before the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic—the group of volunteer experts has become a valuable resource for thousands of followers who turn to its website and social media channels every day for reliable COVID-19 information. The effort is especially important as women are both disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and are also often their family’s information seekers about public health issues.
For her contributions to space exploration, Katherine Johnson, who died in February 2020 at the age of 101, was selected as the 2020 recipient of the National Geographic Society Hubbard Medal, awarded for achievement in research, discovery, and exploration. Though she herself wasn’t physically exploring space, without her there might not have been any exploration at all.
Over 3.5 million poorly paid, semi-literate women serving as community health workers are India’s first line of defense against the coronavirus, relied upon by a government that praises them but has done little to protect, support, or compensate them. “If they get infected who will take responsibility for that?” asked Girish Pandey, president the Women Anganwadi Workers Union. “They too have families. They are not nameless, faceless martyrs.