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Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Mika Brzezinski, agreeing with Axios' story yesterday about the global surge in women's empowerment, sent me this note about harnessing universal female energy in the quest for true empowerment.

Her thought bubble: "This isn’t the end, we are just at the beginning of this culture shift with women. Why now? Because the current presidential administration has woken up a chorus of voices and unleashed a wave of activism and empowerment."

  • "Women of all ages and backgrounds — from Hollywood to the tech sector to Corporate America — are inspired to impact change because they just can’t stand by anymore and be silent."
  • "This change is bonding women everywhere, from recent college grads to middle managers, educators and to those who can use their influence to scale awareness, such as Meghan Twohey, Jodi Kantor, Tarana Burke, Reese Witherspoon, Cate Blanchett, Frances McDormand, Chelsea Handler and many, many more."

"Since the release of my book Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth in 2011, I’ve encouraged women to take risks and negotiate their worth from my seat on the news desk to national events."

  • "Now with knowyourvalue.com and our respective social handles, the Know Your Value community is reminded every single day to step out of their comfort zone, and use their voices to speak up and change the world."
  • "And the results have been so positive and swift, women are really getting things done. They are harnessing their collective energy to drive change together like never before. They’ve been unified by a shared sentiment: 'Damnit, if no one else is going to do it, then I guess will.'"
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Standardized testing becomes another pandemic victim

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National standardized reading and math tests have been pushed from next year to 2022, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: There’s mounting national evidence that students are suffering major setbacks this year, with a surge in the number of failing grades.

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European countries extend lockdowns

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Recent spikes in COVID-19 infections across Europe have led authorities to extend restrictions ahead of the holiday season.

Why it matters: "Relaxing too fast and too much is a risk for a third wave after Christmas," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

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Africa CDC: Vaccines likely won't be available until Q2 of 2021

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Africa may have to wait until the second quarter of 2021 to roll out vaccines, Africa CDC director John Nkengasong said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Why it matters: “I have seen how Africa is neglected when drugs are available,” Nkengasong said.