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How Highly Gendered Toys Present an Exclusively Heterosexual Worldview to Children

Lori Day | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Lori Day

Let kids choose. What are we so afraid of? If we are fine with choice, it is time to show the toy manufacturers and marketers that their financial profiteering off the gendering of our children's toys is over.

In Defense of 'Pretty'

Wendi Nunnery | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Wendi Nunnery

There's a story going around that telling our daughters they're pretty will only ensure a lifetime of dependency on the superficial value of good looks. This story makes moms like me hesitate when we want to tell the girls we know that they're beautiful.

At the Bentonville Film Festival, Women Are Playing in the Major Leagues

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Vivian Norris

A League of Their Own's Geena Davis, is doing something extremely important this week in, of all places, Bentonville, Arkansas. The Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media has is supporting her effort to call attention to the unacceptable reality in which women, both behind and in front of the camera, find themselves in Hollywood.

Towards More Women in Technology

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

The dearth of women in technology has long been attributed to the pipeline problem of fewer girls in the STEM area of education.

Allison Williams Shares Half-On-Half-Off Makeup Selfie

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 05.04.2015 | Entertainment

Half-on. Half-off. Allison Williams shared a selfie on Instagram Friday after taking off just half of her makeup while on the set of HBO's "Girls....

Ruining Romance: The '80s Rock Power Ballad

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 06.29.2015 | Entertainment
Sheila Moeschen

The summer I was 13, Kerry Flanagan and I took turns sleeping over at each other's houses. We stayed up all night playing Rummy 500 and listening to Rock101, the local rock station. It was the late-1980s, the high holy days of hair metal, dudes in spandex, and girls in music videos.

10 Bits Of Advice For My Girl As She Grows Up In An Imperfect World

Reem Kassis | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Reem Kassis

I am confident that the world my daughter is growing up in will be even better to women than the one in which I was raised. But on those occasions where it's not ideal, I hope that my daughter can keep of some these things in mind.

This Is What Happened at a Grownup Sleepover

Rumni Saha | Posted 06.28.2015 | Women
Rumni Saha

For some time I had been wicked stressed, taking on way more than I could handle but I did it -- well disguised on the outside but a veritable mess on the inside. So finally when I was able to convince myself that I was no superwoman in spite of what I liked to believe, and that it was nothing to be ashamed of, I felt a sense of relief. However, it was now time to make up for lost time and "unhad" fun.

Post-Ebola Sierra Leone: Leadership Needed to Keep Pregnant Young Girls in School

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Not only is this a poorly cloaked assault on the right to education for these girls, it ignores the reality of what young girls in Sierra Leone face in terms of control over their bodies as well as access to reproductive health services.

Erin Whitney

Zosia Mamet Has A Very Disturbing Rape Scene In 'Bleeding Heart'

HuffingtonPost.com | Erin Whitney | Posted 04.27.2015 | Entertainment

Zosia Mamet is best known as the neurotic, speed-talking Shoshanna Shapiro on HBO's "Girls," as well as for her roles in "Parenthood" and "Mad Men." B...

An Exhibit of Remarkable Young Women

Augusta Thomson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Augusta Thomson

This is how we begin each class: A friend and I arrive to a line of shoes outside the doorway of a classroom in Tibet World, a non-profit volunteer organization in McLeod Ganj, India.

The Heartbreak of Freedom

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

As a parent, the freedom is overwhelming. It is worrisome. It is tremendous. We have a child and every moment after is spent letting them go in little bits.

Lena Dunham Writes Essay In Seventeen On Daring To Be 'Different' And Ignoring Criticism

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 04.24.2015 | Entertainment

Lena Dunham knows she was a "weirdo" and is proud of it. The "Girls" creator, writer, producer and star penned an essay in the May issue of Seventeen ...

Don't Be the 'Creepy' Dad

Phil Corless | Posted 06.21.2015 | Parents
Phil Corless

"A grown man shouldn't be calling teenage girls cute," he explained. Yes, he has a point, I guess. Men have to be careful with their adjectives.

Confessions of a Skinny Girl

Lauren Galley | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Lauren Galley

Skinny or curvy, girls should never feel pressured into feeling bad about their body's natural form. It's time to start a new revolution and mindset for young girls.

'Girls' Stars Join Lena Dunham On 'The Simpsons'

www.ew.com | Posted 04.15.2015 | Entertainment

Earlier this year, we told you that "Girls" star/creator Lena Dunham was headed to Springfield for a guest role on "The Simpsons." As it turns out, h...

#Bring Back Our Girls -- A Year Later

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Malika Saada Saar

April 15th marks one year ago that Boko Haram brutally abducted 276 schoolgirls in Nigeria, as they studied for their spring exams. Our girls who have not been brought back, who are now simply disappeared, cannot be lost to us.

#BringBackOurGirls Trends Online 1 Year After Abductions, Renews Push To Find Justice

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact

It's been one year since Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria, and the world refuses to forget about them. Topics like Chibok ...

Priscilla Frank

Heartbreaking Artwork Pays Tribute To Young Female Martyrs Around The World

HuffingtonPost.com | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts

Photo by Doug Schwab "At first, it's deceptively simple," artist Patricia Cronin explained to The Huffington Post. "But then you start to thi...

Peer, an Alternative Look at the Boko Haram Kidnapping

Madeline Cottingham | Posted 06.13.2015 | Arts
Madeline Cottingham

On April 14, 2014, nearly a year ago, the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram kidnapped 276 schoolgirls, between the ages of 16 and 18, in the town of Chibok. The Nigerian government has so far proven powerless in their pursuit of the militant organization that now controls most of northeastern Nigeria. Although the twitter campaign #BringBackOurGirls was quickly picked up by commercial media and popularized by Michelle Obama, it gathered less than 9,000 followers and did little to galvanize the world.

'Strong Is The New Pretty' For These Young Girls, And It's A Wonderful Thing

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 04.09.2015 | Parents

Messy. Loud. Athletic. Joyous. Fearless. Those are just some of the words photographer Kate Parker uses to describe her two daughters, Alice, 6, a...

The Girl Stays In The Dress

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 06.08.2015 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

"Hippy," she said. "This one's got some hips on her." She continued to pull and sigh and make small laboring noises as she worked. I sought out my mother's eyes, but she didn't seem to notice where Eugenia's remark had landed.

12 Brilliant Kids' Clothing Lines That Say No To Gender Stereotypes

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 04.09.2015 | Parents

In October 2013, Jennifer Muhm's 4-year-old daughter declared she wanted to be an astronaut for Halloween. But when the mom and daughter flipped throu...

Raising My Beti

Tina Karkera | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Tina Karkera

Anyone lucky enough to share his life with you should accept you as you are, knowing that his life will only improve with you in it. You will contribute to his happiness just as he will to yours. I am passing no burden on to him and he is doing me no favors by marrying you.

Locking Up Traumatized Girls Is No Way to Help Them

Francine Sherman | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Francine Sherman

Every day our juvenile justice system locks up girls who are victims of sexual violence, and physical and emotional abuse. In fact, we often incarcerate victimized girls in a misguided effort to provide them with services and to "protect" them.