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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

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 ...

A Girl's Guide to Surviving Study Abroad

College Tourist | Posted 07.31.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

By College Tourist; Author: Zoe Radner, Vanderbilt University A smart girl's tips for traveling abroad While traveling abroad may be an equally ent...

From New Jersey to Nepal: How Maggie Doyne Has Changed the World

Hilal Isler | Posted 08.03.2015 | Impact
Hilal Isler

When Maggie Doyne graduated from high school, she took what she thought would be a gap year; time to travel and explore before starting college. With a backpack, and no particular plans, she left her New Jersey suburb, and headed east.

Lena Dunham Gets Motivational About Running In Instagram Post

The Huffington Post | Julia Brucculieri | Posted 07.30.2015 | Entertainment

Lena Dunham isn't one to shy away from talking about her struggles with body image and anxiety, and in a recent Instagram photo, she got extra...

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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.