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It Takes a Village

Jessica Markowitz | Posted 09.03.2015 | Good News
Jessica Markowitz

I will never forget brushing my fingers across my great uncle Adam's arm, where his number was tattooed permanently, and feeling his pain as I looked in his eyes. "Never again," he told me.

For Kenyan Girls, It's More Than Pens, Pencils & Backpacks

Gina Reiss-Wilchins | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Gina Reiss-Wilchins

My 9-year-old daughter goes back to school this week as a brand new fourth grader. In preparation, we were mailed a list of school supplies to bring and found the usual suspects: markers, notebooks, binders, pencils...

In Defense of Spray Tanning and Loving Yourself

Reilly Wieland | Posted 08.26.2015 | Women
Reilly Wieland

Recently, I did one thing that it seems that millennial women hate to admit: I got a spray tan. I came into this whole process with the idea that I was going to be able to laugh at myself for getting a spray tan. I really wanted to believe that I was above it.

How to Stop Policing Girls and Women

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

Unfortunately, policing of females doesn't diminish as we get older and it trickles into our social lives, our interactions with the general public and at work. Dress codes -- on paper or through verbal expectations -- are an easy way to determine if there is disparate treatment of the genders.

Let's Celebrate US Army Ranger Grads Griest And Haver

Lauren C Anderson | Posted 08.21.2015 | Women
Lauren C Anderson

Let's celebrate this great achievement of Captain Griest and Lieutenant Haver. Let's pull for the remaining third woman to complete Ranger School. And let's allow them to do their jobs, as members of a team, without the media attention. They already stand as incredible role models for young women everywhere.

A Tribute to Gashora

Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp

By Celine Estrada, WiSci STEAM Camp participant Entrance to the Gashora Girls Academy Three weeks. Three weeks without the comfort of my family a...

I Am Responsible

Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp

By Helena Tamene, WiSci STEAM Camp participant Never had I thought that the gender bias in my country is also faced in other parts of our world. Th...

WiSci 2015: Not Your Ordinary Summer Camp

Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp

When you bring 120 girls together from around the world and inspire them to learn and give them the freedom to create, there is no other word to describe it than magical.

WiSci 2015: Women in Tech

Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp

Did you know that although 74 percent of girls in middle school express an interest in STEM-related fields, only 0.3 percent end up pursuing a college degree in computer science?

Girls Aren't Good At Math

Apryl DeLancey | Posted 08.18.2015 | Technology
Apryl DeLancey

I had the idea that when I went to college, I would major in math. I did well another couple of years. However, in the 7th grade I had a dull older professor who perpetuated the "girls can't do math" myth. Once I had questions, it was decided that I couldn't "do math." I didn't "get it" immediately because I'm a girl. End of math career.

I Want It Made in New York

C. M. Rubin | Posted 08.17.2015 | New York
C. M. Rubin

"The industry generates billions of dollars to the local economy and employs 130,000 New Yorkers behind the scenes." -- Commissioner Cynthia López...

Could My Daughter Be Having Trouble Paying Attention?

Christi Bostwick | Posted 08.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Christi Bostwick

Phd4kidsvault Traditionally, hyperactivity is used as an indicator of kids not being able to pay attention. Attention problems are missed in some g...

Meet the WiSci Girls

Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp

As part of the AOL Charitable Foundation's mission to increase access and opportunity for girls around the world, we're thrilled to be a founding part...

The Importance of Retaining Girls in Sports

Edwin Moses | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Edwin Moses

By the age of 14, girls drop out of sports twice as often as boys. Social stigma, lack of access, safety and transportation issues, costs and lack of positive role models can all contribute to the reasons why girls drop out of sports in their adolescent years.

Welcome to WiSci

Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp

As part of the AOL Charitable Foundation's mission to increase access and opportunity for girls around the world, we're thrilled to be a founding part...

In Rwanda, Life Flows Like Water

Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp

The girls I have met at the WiSci STEAM camp, a three-week long intensive science and leadership program in Rwanda, speak with the strength of their country on their lips.

To The Teenage Girls At The Swimming Pool

Christine Organ | Posted 08.11.2015 | Parents
Christine Organ

You might not remember me, but we met at the public pool last week. I use the word "met" loosely, because I never actually learned your names, and you didn't learn mine.

Education, Energy, and Engagement - Celebrating Youth

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 08.11.2015 | Education
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA) and I have long known the potential power of youth.This year, International Youth Day focuses on civic engagement and ways that youth can take part in civil society, to shape their future.

Five Travel Tips To Help Stop Human Trafficking

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 08.10.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

It's not terribly surprising to learn that many trafficking victims have been exploited in a hotel. An NGO recently launched #DoesYourHotelKnow, a new awareness campaign that alerts hotels and travelers on what to do if we think it's happening (key: you don't have to be certain, that's up to the authorities to figure out).

A Program Exchange Unlike Any Other!

Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp | Posted 08.10.2015 | Impact
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp

By Jennifer Leff, WiSci STEAM Camp staff member If someone asks you if you'd like to implement a summer camp for 120 girls in the heart of Rwanda--gr...

Science: The Story of Me

Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp | Posted 08.10.2015 | Impact
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp

My journey to self discovery mirrors the art of science itself-- full of curiosity, challenge, exploration, and awareness to reach a conclusion. Growing to accept my own identity has been a journey somehow inexplicably linked to embracing science.

The One Authentic Relationship on 'UnREAL'

Lara Zarum | Posted 08.06.2015 | Entertainment
Lara Zarum

Despite the recent, dismal report on the lack of diversity in the 100 top-grossing fictional films between 2007 and 2014--among other depressing statistics, only 30 percent of speaking roles belonged to women--girl-on-girl friendship on TV is thriving.

Caitlin Moran Writes 'How To Build A Girl' to Counter '50 Shades of Grey'

Laura Goldman | Posted 08.04.2015 | Women
Laura Goldman

While Tina Fey , Amy Schumer, and Lena Dunham have made this the golden age of feminist comedy, the British Moran makes them look like blushing, virgin brides.

Ignore The Haters: Why You Should Own Being A Hot Mess

Unwritten | Posted 08.03.2015 | Women
Unwritten

I'm my mess. My life is MY mess. If someone came up to me with a metaphorical mop and offered to help straighten things up, I would (nicely) tell them to go shove it up their a**. I love my mess.

For TV's Funny Women, Younger Isn't Always Hotter

Lara Zarum | Posted 08.03.2015 | Entertainment
Lara Zarum

Young female artists hate being lumped together in the same category, as if their vaginas have the same effect on their art, like the moon tugging at ...