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Excuse Me! Excuse Me! Kids Are in the Room.

Joseph Rollins | Posted 08.27.2015 | Entertainment
Joseph Rollins

In polite circles men that behave in this manner to women are shunned. So why is this behavior okay with some women? Am I missing something? Why are women allowing Trump to define them in this way? Is this the new normal?

Our Love Affair With the Butt-Kicking Black Widow

Meredith Spidel | Posted 08.19.2015 | Parents
Meredith Spidel

I don't disagree with Target's choice to create one ginormous androgynous toy section. I actually don't care. My kids know what toys they want and will manage to find it and drain my wallet whatever shelf it's stashed on.

What Three Fictional Heroines Can Teach Future Female Leaders

Anne Loehr | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Anne Loehr

We need girls and boys to see women leaders and heroes as the norm. Although they are few, the three heroines I have in mind are powerful examples of female leadership. So who are these three fictional heroines and what what can they teach current and future female leaders?

I Don't Need Perfection (or Thank You, Taylor Swift)

Mike Reynolds | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Mike Reynolds

I used to hate Taylor Swift. And then Taylor Swift ignored what I thought of her and kept on making music, and my girls kept dancing to her songs about break-ups.

Enchanted By Taylor Swift

Ruth G. Zavitsanos | Posted 07.23.2015 | Entertainment
Ruth G. Zavitsanos

Though it's unusual in these times for a celebrity to be admired by three generations of women I wasn't surprised when my daughters gave my mother a Taylor Swift keychain. They purchased it with their 83-year-old grandmother in mind while at the pop star's recent concert.

The Unexpected Reason Caitlyn Jenner Is Suffering From Insomnia

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.24.2015 | Entertainment
Van Winkle's

Caitlyn Jenner's public transition has been one of 2015's cultural highlights, and we're excited to more fully explore her story in the new documentar...

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.

Role Modeling and Summer Drinking: How to Set the Right Example for Your Teen This Summer

Dr. Karen Soren | Posted 07.01.2015 | Parents
Dr. Karen Soren

As we all head outdoors for these sun-soaked get-togethers, be mindful that alcohol consumption is often higher during this time of year. In our role as parents, it is important to be cognizant of our own drinking, be aware of others' consumption and be prepared for questions from our teens.

Who Are the Role Models Since Helen Keller?

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Janice S. Lintz

South Africa's Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955. The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990. The United Kingdom followed five years later with the Disability Discrimination Act. Yet where are all the great leaders championing access for people with hearing loss?

7 Traits I Hope My Sons Learn From Their Father

Rebekah Bastian | Posted 06.18.2015 | Parents
Rebekah Bastian

In the nature vs. nurture debate, there's no denying the strong personalities our children are born with. But there are also plenty of opportunities for us to screw them up or inspire them along the way.

Engineering Girls' Passion for STEM

Victoria Juarez | Posted 06.18.2015 | Education
Victoria Juarez

Nobel Peace Prize winner and education activist Malala Yousafzai is quoted with saying, "Every girl deserves to take part in creating the technology that will change our world and change who runs it."

Engineer the Revolution: Top Ten Strategies to Diversify Technology

Techbridge Girls | Posted 06.10.2015 | Education
Techbridge Girls

Looking for talent to drive a new engineering design from prototype to product? She is a 5th grader in Oakland. Looking for expertise on clean tech to advise your venture capital firm? She is a junior in high school in Washington, DC. You may not have imagined these individuals as the solution to your workforce needs, but we do.

Caitlyn Jenner -- The Breakfast of Future Champions

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 06.02.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Schmock

The breakfast of future champions.

A Home Run Out of the Housing Projects: Donique Wray's First Gen Success Story

Carol J. Carter | Posted 05.28.2015 | College
Carol J. Carter

Growing up in the Jacksonville Housing Authority (JHA), Donique Wray had several strikes against her at an early age. First, her mom had run away from home at thirteen to live on the streets and she had a hard time recognizing her own brilliance or that within Donique.

3 Simple Steps to Teaching Your Child the Art of Persistence

Mehdi Toozhy | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Mehdi Toozhy

If we teach our children persistence, it will guide them when trying to succeed in school and beyond. Persistence is not something we are born with. We need to learn it. Don't worry, it is not hard.

This is the Tiger That Earl Woods Raised

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.14.2015 | Sports
Steve Siebold

Earl Woods said he made it clear his purpose was "not to raise a golfer. I wanted to raise a good person." Despite the bad reputation that follows Tiger these days, here's proof that there's still a good person living inside of him.

Aging as Glenda or Elphaba... The Choice I Made

Pamela Lutrell | Posted 05.13.2015 | Fifty
Pamela Lutrell

I really am not a fan of the phrase "Aging Gracefully." We are all aging from the moment we slide out the birth canal. However, instead of aging gracefully, I choose to "Live Joyfully" ...out loud and with contentment.

Real Models, not Role Models and Why I Needed Sally Field

Margaret Ruvoldt | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Margaret Ruvoldt

A personal hero of mine for many years has been Sally Field. I was thrilled to hear her speak at the conference and have the opportunity to meet her.

The Dangers of Teen Sexting

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 05.07.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

As a social animal, your teen learns a lot of her grownup behavior through modeling and imitating adults. A 24/7 media cycle has made celebrities not only part of our social culture, but also secondary role models for your child.

Actors of Love

Catherine Nagle | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

A few years ago, I met Carlos Espinosa, the founder of Holy Wood Acting Studio in California, and commented on one of his video blogs. I was struck by his wisdom and passion for opening an acting studio in California that is faith-based.

Why The Mayweather Victory Doesn't Matter

Jio F. Deslate | Posted 05.04.2015 | Sports
Jio F. Deslate

Fans of boxing deserve champions not only inside the ring, but also outside of it. Mayweather may have won this fight but it doesn't really matter. He could defeat 10 more Manny Pacquiao's but he will never be remembered the way Pacman will be -- as a true fighter. "Money" stands for nothing. He may be undefeated, but he is not a champion.

What's So Super About Minimizing Black Girls?

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

Little girls like mine need and desire to see characters who look like them and are the stars of the show. My girls have often expressed their joy when they see a character of color, exclaiming, "Mom! She's brown like me!" Their excitement is saddening, because it's a rarity.

Why Women Over 50 Need To Declare Pride In Their Bodies

Carol Parker Walsh | Posted 06.23.2015 | Fifty
Carol Parker Walsh

Women in their 50s are in a precarious position of not being old enough to be seniors but too old to be considered youthful. In many ways we're invisible. We are constantly in search of role models that represent these "tweener" years. When you add curviness to the mix, the representation becomes even smaller and less flattering.

Don't Fear Girls Having Male Role Models

Kate Van Dellen | Posted 06.21.2015 | Women
Kate Van Dellen

It blows my mind that someone would fret over the gender of volunteers. Isn't the reason why we organize events for girls to show them that gender isn't a barrier? We shouldn't criticize men for their gender when they want to help us with our goals.

Unflattery

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.20.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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