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From Lipstick to a Movement

Victoria Oldridge | Posted 05.11.2015 | Style
Victoria Oldridge

A couple of years ago, then three years of age, my son evaluated me while I was in the midst of my morning routine and what followed was a question that surprisingly felt like a loaded one: "Mom, why are you putting on makeup?"

You Go Girl

Rumni Saha | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Rumni Saha

In honor of International Women's Day, let's celebrate womanhood. Let's live, love and laugh like there is no tomorrow!

No, Science Isn't 'A Boy Thing.' And These Genius Girls Prove It

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact

Science isn't just for one gender -- just ask the girls in Microsoft's new ad. Despite their young ages, they all have impressive scientific accom...

Adolescent Girls in Crisis

Melanne Verveer | Posted 05.10.2015 | World
Melanne Verveer

Conflict razes more than homes and cities. In these settings, girls remain acutely vulnerable to physical and psychological abuse, rape, forced marriage, unwanted pregnancy and premature death.

'Girls' Adds A Gay Twist

The Huffington Post | Lauren Duca | Posted 03.09.2015 | Entertainment

Spoiler Alert: The below post contains spoilers for anyone who has not seen "Girls" Season 4, Episode 8, “Tad & Loreen & Avi & Shanaz" (and/or has n...

Rethinking Why to Prioritize Girls' Education

Kathryn Moeller | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Kathryn Moeller

While the individuals and institutions promoting this idea genuinely care about girls, it has unintended consequences. Girls' education should be promoted because girls matter in and of themselves, rather than because of their potential value as instruments of development change.

A Boy In Her Class Called Her 'Ugly,' And Her Response Is Perfect

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.09.2015 | Good News

Four-year-old Siahj Chase has some choice words for mean people, and she's not afraid to share them. Siahj -- who goes by "Cici," her mom, Sonya, t...

Reflections on the Value of Women and Girls, in Honor of Women's History Month

Michele Hunt | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Michele Hunt

The world needs us, our children and our children's children need us. It is not only our right to tell our stories, it is our responsibility.

Safety for Women and Girls: Protection Strategies for a Healthful World

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Susan M. Blaustein

Safety is not linear; to ensure that a clinic can cope with a medical emergency such as the Ebola crisis and continue to handle routine care requires substantial strengthening of an entire health system.

A Challenge for Women: Love Yourself Even When Society Says Otherwise

Nora Turriago | Posted 05.04.2015 | Women
Nora Turriago

It must be noted that the process of confidence and self-love is exactly that: a process. It doesn't occur overnight. Rather, consider every day an opportunity to practice reminding yourself who, exactly, you are. Love yourself unconditionally.

Why I'm Not Raising A 'Good Girl'

Galit Breen | Posted 05.02.2015 | Parents
Galit Breen

In the midst of young motherhood, I believed that having well-behaved kids, ones who didn't make waves, meant that I was being a good mom. And while I think that polite words and gentle hearts make the world go round, what changes the world, what also matters, is confidence.

An Open Letter to Every Girl Who Is Being Bullied

Lauren Galley | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Lauren Galley

Don't give your bully one more second of power. Sooner, rather than later, I promise you will realize that the hateful words that once froze you in your tracks have become the very words that fuel your mindset to carry on just as you are. There is nothing wrong with you. You are important to this world and you are enough.

Career Day Re-Engineered

Be An Engineer | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Be An Engineer

As a female engineer, I can't say I'm surprised. But what she does mimic is my excitement for my job, my confidence and my devotion to the science that makes my work so important.

Coding: The Next Superpower

Amrita Venkatraman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Technology
Amrita Venkatraman

At the end of the hackathon, you don't feel as though you just did a giant research paper, but more like an artist finishing a masterpiece. There is no feeling like it.

I Had A Baby, But I Was Nobody's Mother

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 04.26.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

I kissed a girl for the first time when I was 22 years old and fell madly in love. For nine months before, she had been my constant companion, a blind little flounder that swam and bubbled under my skin. She was warm and wet and growing every day; I was terrified.

Donating to Women and Girls Just Got Easier

Jennifer James | Posted 04.26.2015 | Impact
Jennifer James

A chronic lack of resources, funds and access to capital keep women who live in low- to middle-income countries on poverty rolls.

Our Collective Global Future: Children and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

Anika Rahman | Posted 04.26.2015 | Impact
Anika Rahman

As any parent instinctively knows, our children are our future. They will inherit the world we leave for them. How they lead and shape the world depends in large part upon our actions today, upon how we invest in them.

Lauren Duca

'Girls' Finally Went There With An Abortion Storyline

HuffingtonPost.com | Lauren Duca | Posted 02.26.2015 | Women

“I can’t go for a run because I had an abortion yesterday,” announces Adam Sackler’s new girlfriend, Mimi-Rose Howard. With that statement, ...

If Our Sons Were Treated Like Our Daughters

Lori Day | Posted 04.22.2015 | Parents
Lori Day

Come with me. Let's open the door to a parallel universe. Here in this parallel world, the rules are different because gender roles are flipped. Loving parents and teachers accept this strange culture as if it's not so bad, or perhaps even good.

Demonstrating Love Through the Newest Languages Human Beings Know

Laura Wellington | Posted 04.13.2015 | Technology
Laura Wellington

"Programming" languages might seem devoid of heart when standing on their own, but put them together with the human heart and the outpouring of love that will arise is unquantifiable.

Why Girls Gossip

Lauren Galley | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Lauren Galley

The power of a face-to-face conversation, learning what drives us, and the ability to visualize body language empowers us to be tolerant, inclusive and empower each other.

How Football Taught These 12-Year-Olds What it Means to be a Girl

Mary Alice Stephenson | Posted 04.19.2015 | Style
Mary Alice Stephenson

"Give me your definition of what it means to be a girl?" That is the question photographer Kate Parker asked 13-year-old Callen Swiegart between her football game and cotillion class.

What It Means to Act "Like a Girl"

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Lorena Aguilar

The "Like a Girl" advertisement that aired on Super Bowl Sunday was inspiring. And so are the many women and girls across the globe who overcome seemingly insurmountable odds on a daily basis. Let us not forget what it means to act "like a girl" - not just athletically, but in terms of human prosperity and a more just world.

Girls in Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Why are so many girls, especially girls of color, confined in our nation's detention facilities, and what are we as a society going to do about it? We must all work tirelessly to give hope and a fair chance to these girls and all children by promoting policies, programs, and supports that help them and their families, especially those most at risk.

Letters to Hadley: Fighting

Liz Olson | Posted 04.14.2015 | Women
Liz Olson

When I was 20, I came home from college with a broken finger. The doctor couldn't quite understand how a football caused a fracture near the knuckle of my ring finger. It made sense that he couldn't make sense of it. Because I didn't break it playing football. I broke it hitting Brad.