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The Power of Words...and Girls

Deanna Lee | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Deanna Lee

"I owe this group so much," says Alexandra Saali, a founding member from 2008 who now serves as a Young Professionals "Amplifer" for Girl Be Heard. Hearing about the plights of Congolese women and the other girls gave her "purpose, mission, and the drive that kept me on track through the crazy years of growing up.

Words of Wisdom: What 5 Women Said About Equality

Margaret Gardiner | Posted 07.28.2015 | Women
Margaret Gardiner

Feminism has become a dirty word. For many, it can alienate. For some it conjures up images of people demanding opportunities that they do not deserve. It's a complicated topic with which this generation of women struggle. Knowing they are capable, the suggestion that special treatment is required, mocks the very concept that women are trying to overcome. Judge each person on their ability.

The Problem With Pink

Ursula Burton | Posted 07.24.2015 | Women
Ursula Burton

When it comes to the pink craze for girls? Now we have a problem. As currently used in the marketing of everything from clothing to tools, pink is no longer simply a color -- it is the foundation of a constrained concept of femininity.

Maternal Health Heroes: Interview With H.E. Toyin Saraki

Jennifer James | Posted 07.27.2015 | Impact
Jennifer James

I am excited to launch the Maternal Health Hereos Summer Series with an interview with H.E. Mrs. Toyin Saraki, founder of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa.

Women in STEAM-Related Fields

Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp | Posted 07.24.2015 | Impact
Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam Camp

It is of great importance that I'll be able to share with other participants some aspects of our distinct cultures, hence improving our understandings of different cultures and giving us an unbiased view towards certain aspects.

The One Thing DC Comics Is Getting Wrong

Lauren Galley | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Lauren Galley

As a girl who loves a good superhero film, I wish more than anything that I had more female characters to look up to. Not women that are sexy and flexible, and are the love interests, but women who are strong, brave and just as tough as the male superheroes.

An Open Letter to President Obama: Please Visit Our Girls Behind Bars Too

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 07.21.2015 | Politics
Malika Saada Saar

Please Mr. President, visit our girls behind bars--connect their lives to the larger discourse on criminal justice reform, and call attention to how we must do better by our girls too--because their lives matter.

4 Hints That Your Boyfriend Might Be Gay

Jimmy Fowlie | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Fowlie

Ladies, LADIES! When your man is having sex with other men, it is a red flag that they could be gay. Its time to break out your confrontation pants and ask him, "When you're having sex with men, are you thinking about me?" If the answer is "no," it is time to move on.

The Most Important Lesson to Teach Children

Ama Yawson | Posted 07.15.2015 | Education
Ama Yawson

The world has become a very uncertain place due to rapid technological and cultural change. We are reminded of change when we remember iconic companies that each employed thousands of people such as Enron, Pan Am, MCI Worldcom and Arthur Anderson. Those companies no longer exist.

A Mother's Letter to Her Skinny Girl

Tara Cousineau, PhD | Posted 07.14.2015 | Parents
Tara Cousineau, PhD

Maybe it's a tired story. We are well aware that poor body image is an epidemic reinforced by social media, ratings and rankings, and cultural images of unnatural beauty standards. But we don't do much to teach kids how to handle the onslaught

Dress Codes: Myth versus Fact

Sarah Gordon | Posted 06.23.2015 | Teen
Sarah Gordon

Few topics are as controversial today as dress codes. As the weather gets warmer every spring, more and more girls (and boys!) around the world raise their voices against the policing of girls' bodies.

Will Development Financing Finally Level the Playing Field for Women and Girls?

Françoise Girard | Posted 07.13.2015 | World
Françoise Girard

Many governments still do not see the need to allocate or increase resources for efforts that would strengthen health systems to reduce maternal mortality, address violence against women, ensure access to sexual and reproductive health care, and end child marriage. In fact, these areas should be priorities if we are to achieve sustainable development for generations to come.

Mirror Neurons Do WHAT?

Alexia Parks | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Alexia Parks

Just like it "takes two to tango," it takes the dynamic synergy of men and women working together to make the changes Sanders calls for in his speeches.

Words of Wisdom: What Five Women Said

Margaret Gardiner | Posted 07.10.2015 | Women
Margaret Gardiner

Why are philosophical quotes so prevalent? You find them in classic ads, on social media, they start and conclude speeches. They are little bundles of truth that sum up complex situations and make us go: 'Ahh. Such words of wisdom.'

Confessions Of A Former Party Girl

Erin Reghenzani | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Erin Reghenzani

I loved who I was when I was drunk. I was witty and confident and fun. But that is me all the time... I just wasn't comfortable being me without the liquid courage. I couldn't find myself when I was sober, because I hadn't tried looking.

Defending My Son Who Wears Skirts While Fighting Victim Blaming And Sexism

Lee Lee | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Lee Lee

My son isn't hurting anyone. For whatever reason, he is choosing to wear frills and frocks on occasion. Yet the assumption is that he will be teased for dressing "like a girl," and that action should be taken to prevent this from happening.

First Daughter Malia Obama Spotted On The Set Of HBO's 'Girls'

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 07.06.2015 | Entertainment

There's a new girl in Lena Dunham's Brooklyn crew, and she just so happens to be the first daughter. Malia Obama was spotted on the set of HBO's "Gir...

Teaching My Girls To Be Tough Cookies

Amber Sabathia | Posted 07.06.2015 | Parents
Amber Sabathia

As a mother of four, I am blessed with the opportunity to raise my boys as respectful young men and to raise my girls as strong young women. Over the years, I have come across several opportunities to help my children's growth, including Girl Scouts.

The Importance of Shine Theory

Mohona Chowdhury | Posted 07.02.2015 | Women
Mohona Chowdhury

The world is a hard place for ladies and we all need a little support. No one will know your patriarchy-induced struggles better than a fellow goddess, and that support network is invaluable.

Science Can Change the World

Feike Sijbesma | Posted 07.01.2015 | Science
Feike Sijbesma

The challenges we face in the decades ahead are many (just think about inequality, or climate change or the fact that still around 800 million people go to bed hungry every day), there is every reason to be positive. Why?

Prayers For A Tween Girl

Galit Breen | Posted 07.01.2015 | Parents
Galit Breen

What I learned from watching a group of just-out-of-school tweens on a hot summer night is that right here and right now, they have the exact right idea.

Clips From 'Game Of Thrones,' 'Girls' And Other HBO Shows Provide Life Advice For College Grads

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.30.2015 | College

Life after college can be weird, and a little intimidating. You've graduated, so that's good, and maybe you even have a job. But navigating ...

Meet the Cunninghams

Wendy Doyle | Posted 06.24.2015 | Women
Wendy Doyle

It's so easy to get caught up working for long-term change that sometimes we forget to stop and look at the differences we're making today. That's why I'd like to stop and take a moment to tell you about a remarkable family of strong women leaders whose involvement in various Women's Foundation programs strengthens and perfectly exemplifies our mission.

An Open Letter to Sasha Pieterse

Lauren Galley | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Lauren Galley

I recently read an article on Ryan Seacrest's FB page and couldn't help but think about the fact that we are ALL "Under Construction." Throughout our lives we make choices that lead us on the most epic ride of

'Inside Out', a Girls Story

Simone Marean | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Simone Marean

In Inside Out, 11-year-old Riley moves from Minnesota to San Francisco, giving up her home, her friends, and her ice hockey team in the process. When the moving truck gets lost, she winds up in a sleeping bag on her floor. But the tragedy isn't what happens around her, but within her; not only does Riley stop feeling joy, she also becomes numb to her sadness.