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FGM In the U.S. Is On The Rise. Here's How We Can Stop It.

Patricia T. Morris, Ph.D. | Posted 02.05.2016 | Impact
Patricia T. Morris, Ph.D.

Treated as a right of passage, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is viewed by many parents as a prerequisite for their daughters to find suitable husbands.

How to Protect 200 Million Girls From FGM

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 02.05.2016 | Impact
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

On Saturday 6th February, the world will mark the International Day for Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Terribly late, yet all is not lost

George Srour | Posted 02.04.2016 | Impact
George Srour

Under the shade of three mango trees, the community of Somba sang and danced to the news of the opportunity to construct a Building Tomorrow Primary S...

Sixteen Reasons to Campaign for Women's Rights in 2016

Aspen New Voices Fellowship | Posted 02.04.2016 | Impact
Aspen New Voices Fellowship

Combined with important grassroots efforts, no doubt once there are more women in leadership roles, the value of a woman's life will no longer be treated as less than that of a cow. We have seen this first-hand in our work.

Why I Teach Young Women About Amy Schumer

Naomi Katz | Posted 02.03.2016 | Women
Naomi Katz

Amy Schumer's comedy is not an example of a woman finding success in a men's world. It is an example of a woman defining success, reclaiming a language of realism for women by expressing her truth.

Body Shaming. Bitches, Boys and Bad Attitudes

Katy Humphrey | Posted 02.03.2016 | Women
Katy Humphrey

I remember when I was at school, I was probably about 14/15, there was a guy in my class that I fancied the pants off. Seriously, I was crushing on hi...

Teaching My Girls To Become Tough Cookies

Amber Sabathia | Posted 02.03.2016 | Parents
Amber Sabathia

I urge any mother who is seeking a group that builds confidence, courage and character to look into Girl Scouts. They teach a girl power that shines through in leadership and caring for one another. I will forever be a part of the Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey.

Women's Empowerment Begins With Assuring Our Girls' Right to Eat

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

In many parts of India, girls in poor families are the last to eat.

Reacting to Your Celebrity Doppelganger

Jimmy Fowlie | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jimmy Fowlie

Happy National Doppelgänger Week (and yes that is a real thing). In honor of the "holiday" I present to you this short sketch. We've all been tempted by those apps that match your picture to a celebrity. Do we try it out and take a chance at being matched with someone disappointed? Enjoy!

Photo Essay: My Observations of Toilets Around the World

Jennifer James | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Jennifer James

When I stepped inside the stall in Kenya I nearly vomited. The smell was overwhelming. Since that jarring experience five years ago I have been slightly obsessed with pit latrines and toilets when I travel to low-and middle-income countries

Want Your Kid to Love What She's Doing? Try This One Thing.

Danielle Fuligni McKay | Posted 01.27.2016 | Good News
Danielle Fuligni McKay

As they learn with our help to talk through situation after situation out loud, it'll become second nature to do it independently in their head. String enough of these experiences together and she's on her way.

Little Girl Films Her First Makeup Tutorial And Things Escalated Quickly

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 01.27.2016 | Parents

A little girl named Aubrey was determined to create her own video beauty tutorial. And create one she did -- giving herself new bang...

Why We Need to Keep Talking About Feminism

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 01.26.2016 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

I'm afraid to dig the book out of my bag and plunk it on the table, but I'm also afraid not to. Because what kind of feminist does that make me if I'm not willing to meet discussion of my politics and beliefs head on? Pathetic.

Minsky Stripper Turns 100 (the Last Living Star of Burlesque)

Leslie Zemeckis | Posted 01.25.2016 | Entertainment
Leslie Zemeckis

On January 23, 1916, Betty Jane Rowland was born in Columbus, Ohio. On the day of her 100th birthday I spent the afternoon with the still flame-haired...

Learning to Treasure Time

Megan B. Baldwin | Posted 01.22.2016 | Parents
Megan B. Baldwin

Somewhere along the line, my babies who needed me for everything, from sleeping to eating to diaper changes to constant cuddles, they grew into these little people who talk to me and each other and friends and strangers, who ask for things and love school and play make-believe and try to be independent.

The Gift of Success

Melissa Curry | Posted 01.14.2016 | Style
Melissa Curry

My idea of a successful woman is not a visual one -- how she looks to the world -- but what she carries inside.

Over 4MM People Joined This Little Girl To Fight Bullying

The Huffington Post | Kimberley Richards | Posted 01.22.2016 | Parents

The Internet can be a cruel place, but when a young girl named Lexie used social media to open up about being bullied, the response prove...

From Hate to Hope: A Roadmap for 2016

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 01.05.2016 | Women
Susan M. Blaustein

The year closed in an epidemic of fear and displacement. Fear of terror, of violence, of speaking up, of being gunned down -- in church, in the street, in a park, at an office party, in one's own home. Displacement, due to barrel bombs and cluster bombs, terrorist thuggery and the very real threats on multiple continents from dictators clinging to power.

Lena Dunham's Latest Bikini Selfie Has Us Dreaming Of Vacation

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 01.04.2016 | Entertainment

We may have all just come back from winter break, but we're already dreaming of another vacation thanks to Lena Dunham.  The "Girls" star posted ...

The Meaning Of My Motherhood

Shana Swain | Posted 12.31.2015 | Parents
Shana Swain

I didn't want kids. My life was mine. The oldest of seven, I saw what my mother had been charged with, and I was not gung-ho about being a mom.

Top 5 Girl Power Role Models of 2015

Lauren Galley | Posted 12.31.2015 | Women
Lauren Galley

Although this year had its ups and downs, there were some incredible women who continued to be positive role models.

Disney's Star Wars Creates the First True Warrior Princess

Victoria Song | Posted 12.28.2015 | Entertainment
Victoria Song

I just watched Stars Wars and I am so proud of Disney for creating the first true Warrior Princess.

Little Girl Thinks Man Is Santa Claus, He Rolls With It Like A Champ

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 12.18.2015 | Good News

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The (Female) Force Awakens: An Interview with Star Wars Blogger and Super-Fan, Sarah Dempster

Hilal Isler | Posted 12.14.2015 | Entertainment
Hilal Isler

Three years ago, Disney spent $4 billion in its purchase of Star Wars from Lucasfilms. Now, with the seventh film in franchise history set to release on December 18, the Company is hoping for big numbers at the box office. Really big numbers.

Why Even the Bad Parts of Parenting Are Good

Reem Kassis | Posted 12.08.2015 | Parents
Reem Kassis

What breaks my heart is knowing how many times I've wished bath-time would come sooner. How many times I've been frustrated because my toddler was taking ages to fall asleep. Or how many nights I prayed my newborn would sleep for a longer stretch. I don't want to wish away these years.