In the past, a 30-year-old woman used to be considered an adult lady and she looked it! It was easy to tell a 20-year-old woman from a woman who was 10 years older. But today, a young girl can really shock us with her passport that says “30 years old” because today, 30-year-old girls look exactly the same as 20-year-olds. Why is that?
Scientists have proven that “middle age” begins at 35, so if you’re just 30 years old, you are officially a young person. We at Bright Side decided to find out more about the mysteries of age and want to understand why modern women look so different from the women of the past.
They understand age differently.
When today’s 30-year-old girls were growing up, they constantly heard that the age of a woman’s beauty ended at 30. It was the end of entertainment and happiness. But the stereotypes have changed and now we understand that 30 years old is a great age! We don’t worry about these numbers anymore and we feel young which has a positive effect on our appearance.
They have freedom of choice.
In the past, when a woman was only 25 years old, she got rid of bright clothes, short skirts, and other fun clothing because she thought that she was too old to wear them. Now, girls at the age of 30 can still wear bright clothes, torn jeans, dye their hair in any color, have piercings and anything else they want. Such style helps them to look fresh and young.
They have a different attitude toward cosmetics.
While we were growing up (and the author of this article is 30 years old), there were no beauty bloggers, highlighters, and glitters — the choice of cosmetics was really limited. But for the past 15 years, the situation has changed dramatically and the huge amount of cosmetics has changed our attitude toward makeup: today, many women do their makeup every day even if there’s no reason to. This is why modern women look more attractive and bright.
They have a more stable financial situation.
Modern 30-year-old women know a lot about cosmetics and skin care which has a positive impact on their appearance. More than that, at this age, they already have their own stable income, stores offer a wide array of choices, there are gyms everywhere, and confidence allows women to spend money on themselves. As a result, women have a habit of doing sports and taking good care of their appearance with money the previous generations didn’t have.
They use the advanced cosmetology industry.
In the past, our mothers were not able to have cosmetic procedures done as easily. Today we can do it at any age! There are a lot of cosmetologists everywhere, and the prices for these services are not that high. And we’re not only referring to plastic surgery: there are masks, massages, and other ways to take care of yourself and your appearance.
They’ve found their style.
Shopping today is purely for pleasure. For those of us who love spending a lot of time shopping and walking around shops, there are huge malls. And for those who don’t, there are online stores with delivery services. A huge choice of products allows us to experiment and look for our style, to wear original clothes, and combine them in an interesting way. It’s hard to even imagine having clothes 40 years ago when there wasn’t much to choose from.
They have internal harmony and confidence.
Social stereotypes have a huge impact on women’s life goals and past generations could see only one goal: having a family. Few women dreamed of having a career. And there were far fewer opportunities for women in the past. Today, by the age of 30, women already have an education, a career, and more goals to reach in their lives than they used to. And all their self-confidence makes them more attractive.
They are more responsible about their health.
In the past, medicine used to be harder to get access to. Today, it’s really easy to see any doctor on any convenient day — there are a lot of private clinics that provide high-quality medical treatment.
They respect themselves and can stand their ground.
In the past, society used to tell women that it was necessary to respect all other people’s opinions, especially if they were older. So, if anyone who was older than you told you something, you’d likely be ashamed and your self-confidence would be shaken. Today, these social stereotypes are changing, and we know that not all older people are necessarily smarter than us. So we take their opinions more critically. We respect ourselves, our opinions, and our bodies more. This kind of attitude does wonders for our appearance.
They know how important it is to drink enough water.
Just several decades ago, we didn’t even know how important it was to drink pure water. We only drank tea. Now, every adult woman knows that if she didn’t have a habit of drinking water in childhood, it’s very difficult to acquire one at an older age. By the age of 30, it is really important to drink enough water — the skin becomes more hydrated and the body gains enough fluids.
Bonus: How 30-year-old women looked before and how they look now
If you want to know what 30-year-old women used to look like in the 1970s, you can look at Irina Muravyova (on the left). In 1979, during the filming of Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears, the actress was 30 years old. In the photo on the right, you can see actress Emma Stone who was born in 1988 and is now 30 years old.
Every age has its own advantages, so you shouldn’t worry about the numbers on your ID. What advantages does your current age have? Tell us in the comment section below.
Oakland teachers strike: Union calls strike for pay, smaller classes
Teacher frustration keeps spreading.
Public school teachers in Oakland, California, said they will strike on Thursday, following 18 months of tense negotiations with district officials over pay raises and classroom sizes.
“We have had it. Enough is enough, bargaining with our school district has not worked,” said Keith Brown, a middle school teacher and president of the Oakland Education Association, during a press conference on Saturday. “Our schools have been starved of resources for years.”
If they don’t reach a deal before Thursday, about 3,000 teachers won’t show up to work in one of the state’s largest school districts, which has struggled from years of budget cuts and poor student performance.
Teachers say the lack of investment in city schools is hurting student performance. The cost of living in Oakland has also skyrocketed in recent years, due to an influx of high-skilled workers unable to afford housing across the bay in San Francisco, making it impossible for teachers to live there on their current salaries, Keith said. Teachers want a pay raise, smaller class sizes, and more counselors and nurses.
The strike in Oakland would come a month after teachers in Los Angeles walked off the job with similar demands — and ended up getting a lot of what they wanted. At the time, LA officials said the same thing Oakland officials are now saying: We just don’t have the money.
Oakland schools are facing a $56 million budget deficit in the next two years, so the school board wants to cut school spending, not increase it. School officials are trying to get more money from the state, but teachers are ready to walk out. And they know they have leverage.
It’s just the latest strike in what’s becoming a national trend. More than 100,000 public school teachers in six states have walked out of class in the past year, rebelling from years of stagnant wages, crumbling infrastructure, and deep budget cuts to education. The strikes in Arizona, West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, California, and Colorado had broad public support, forcing state lawmakers to raise pay and fueling a national movement to boost investment in public education.
So far, that momentum shows no signs of slowing down.
Funding for public schools in California is a mess
Oakland teachers share a lot of the same frustrations that led LA teachers to walk out of class in January. They say school districts are spending too much money on privately run charter schools that have little public oversight. They also believe they are paid too little working in a state with much wealth.
California is among states spending the least on each student (adjusted for the cost of living), largely because of the state’s strict limits on property tax rates.
The Oakland Education Association, a labor union representing 3,000 educators, has been trying to negotiate a new contract since the last one expired in 2017. Teachers want a 12 percent pay raise over three years, smaller classes, and more support staff. One school counselor for every 600 students is not conducive to a student’s success, says Keith Brown, the group’s president.
The district has offered a 5 percent raise over three years.
Teachers rejected the offer.
“Unless there are dramatic changes to the district’s approach, including spending more money on students and for nurses and counselors, lower class size, and a living wage that will keep Oakland teachers in the classrooms, we will strike,” Brown said.
The school district has said it is willing to keep negotiating for a better deal to avert the strike, and would consider some recommendations from an independent panel, which found that low teacher pay, large class sizes, and school privatization were hurting Oakland schools. The report also acknowledges the state’s “complicated, flawed” system for funding public education.
“Despite our challenges, we are prepared with a comprehensive proposal to reach an agreement. If both sides are committed to settling the contract before a strike occurs —and we are — an agreement can certainly be reached without disrupting the educational experience for students, families and staff,” Oakland Schools Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell said in a statement Saturday.
They have three days to try and reach a deal.
Teachers are leading a national workers revolt
A record number of US workers went on strike or stopped working in 2018 because of labor disputes with employers, according to new data released last week by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. A total of 485,000 employees were involved in major work stoppages last year — the highest number since 1986, when flight attendants, garbage collectors, and steelworkers walked off the job.
Frustrated public school teachers were behind the year’s largest walkouts, but hotel housekeepers and steelworkers also organized strikes that lasted for days.
There are no signs that worker angst has subsided. So far, in 2019, teachers in two major cities have launched their own strikes. And in January, the Los Angeles teachers strike shut down the nation’s second-largest school district for more than a week.
As part of their deal with city officials, teachers agreed to a 6 percent raise and slightly fewer students in each classroom, according to Alex Caputo-Pearl, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, a labor union that represents about 34,000 public school teachers, nurses, librarians, and support staff in the city.
Last week, more than 2,000 teachers in Denver went on strike for three days. The school district ended up giving educators and extra $23 million in pay and agreed to overhaul the compensation system, which relied heavily on annual bonuses.
Now Oakland teachers are prepared to walk out, and Sacramento teachers may follow.
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Kamala Harris’s 2020 presidential campaign: news and updates
The longtime lawmaker announced her candidacy at a rally in Oakland, California, on January 27.
Kamala Harris, a California lawmaker and longtime prosecutor, is running for the Democratic nomination for president. She made her announcement during an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America on Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019.
Harris is only the second African-American woman to serve in the Senate, and her entry into the 2020 race is potentially historic: If she secures the nomination, she’d be the first African-American woman and the first Asian-American woman to become a major-party nominee.
The lawmaker has a long record of public service. She served as California attorney general and San Francisco district attorney for a combined 12 years before she was elected to the Senate in 2016, and buzz about her potential presidential run has been building ever since. She’s considered a prominent champion for racial equality, though some have questioned her past approach to criminal justice. She has backed some progressive policies within the Democratic Party, including Medicare-for-all and marijuana legalization.
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