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What's So Super About Minimizing Black Girls?

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 04.24.2015 | 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 04.23.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Upgrade Your Daughter's Celebrity Role Models

Common Sense Media | Posted 04.16.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

These conversations also are great opportunities to introduce your daughter to other cool role models -- who might share attributes of the women she already admires.

Profound Proxies Got Me Here: Gratitude Is A Gift Best Given Forward

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Lulu Salavegsen

I don't presume to know much, but through the challenges and obstacles of life, I have learned that gratitude begets more -- everything.

3 Powerful Lessons I Learned From my Mom

Barb Abramson | Posted 03.24.2015 | Women
Barb Abramson

Although she was not a risk-taker and often saw the negative aspects of a situation first, I could not have had a better role model than my mom.

What It Really Takes To Combat Childhood Obesity

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living

It goes without saying that the United States' childhood obesity rates are beyond problematic -- approximately 17 percent of kids and adolescents in ...

The Inspiring Professor Who Changed My Life

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.09.2015 | Education
Lev Raphael

Today is International Women's Day and I have to pay tribute to the amazing woman who changed my life, setting me on the road to success as a writer.

What Yeezy Taught Me: 5 Lessons We Can Learn From Kanye West

Brianna Susnak | Posted 03.05.2015 | College
Brianna Susnak

While Kanye West might not be the hero our generation wants, he is without a doubt the hero our generation needs. Along with how to artfully toe the line between confident and cocky, here are five other lessons that we can all learn from Mr. West.

Paul and Ringo Are Good Role Models for Aging Boomers

Candy Leonard | Posted 03.02.2015 | Fifty
Candy Leonard

The Beatles were always changing and evolving, which is why growing up with them was such a rich experience. They were always doing something new. As George Martin said recently, "They would always want to look beyond the horizon, not just at it."

Compassion Is In the Details

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 04.25.2015 | Impact
Kelly Suellentrop

The real question is how often do I show compassion at all those tiny little moments that make up a lifetime, not just for myself, but for the people with whom I interact?

Leading Entrepreneurs-in-the-making to Better Futures

John Hope Bryant | Posted 04.22.2015 | Black Voices
John Hope Bryant

In places like Ferguson, young entrepreneurs usually materialize as drug dealers. In places like Ferguson, gang leaders are frustrated union organizers -- same talents for leadership; same aspirations; no hope.

#HealthyBellySelfie Awareness Takes Off

Emily Nolan Joseph | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily Nolan Joseph

We Don't Need Photoshop To Look Healthy I think about the 15-year-old me often. Like I'm trying to go back in time to fix something but I can't, rea...

13 Celebrities Who Won't Wreck Your Kid or Teen's Body Image

Common Sense Media | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Whether we like it or not, kids and teens look to celebrities for inspiration on how to look, act, speak, and more. Their inspiring stories, personal triumphs, self-acceptance, and decisions to speak out against the industry's standard of beauty and size has us sitting up and taking notice -- and we hope this is a trend we see more of.

Why Marshawn Lynch is a Great Role Model for America's Youth and a Scandal-Ridden NFL

H. A. Goodman | Posted 04.06.2015 | Sports
H. A. Goodman

If anything, there should be a movement to commend people like Marshawn Lynch, not detract from his reluctance to abide by the media's thirst for controversy. Our nation has enough self-absorbed athletes and celebrities, do we need more?

Bee Successful: How One Young Woman Excels at Archery

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 04.05.2015 | Women
Brandi Megan Granett

Emily Bee -- a rising young archer with roots in NASP and bowhunting -- is now an internationally ranked competitor. Although she's been shooting just a few years, Ms. Bee has many impressive credentials in her quiver.

Why Emma Watson Is Every Woman's Girl Crush

Shinjini Das | Posted 04.04.2015 | Women
Shinjini Das

As a classy, humble, well-educated, and eloquent woman, she has carved a niche for herself that will only continue to grow and gain momentum in the years to come. Congratulations, Emma Watson. You are undoubtedly the girl crush of women around the world. Continue trailblazing the path to gender equality!

7 Ways The Beatles Changed Boomer Childhoods Overnight

Candy Leonard | Posted 03.28.2015 | Fifty
Candy Leonard

Screaming teenage girls got a lot of attention in 1964 and they're the ones immortalized in the black and white footage, but the largest number of first-generation Beatle fans were actually boys and girls between five and 10 years old -- boomers born in the mid-to-late 1950s.

Why Teachers Are Real Life Superheroes

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 03.22.2015 | Education
Nicholas Ferroni

In my completely unbiased opinion, teachers are the last bastion of hope for most children in America; they have such a profound impact on the future of the world, and are in a position to influence many children.

The Importance Of Women As Mentors In A Man's Life

Stanley Ely | Posted 03.18.2015 | Fifty
Stanley Ely

Years ago a friend of my sister asked her about our family. 'Who runs your family?' she inquired. No hesitation. 'Mother,' my sister said. Fathers went out to earn the money in those days; most women stayed home.

Looking for a School for Your Child? How Do You Find the Right One?

Tara Chklovski | Posted 03.18.2015 | Education
Tara Chklovski

We just began a search for a school for our 5 year old daughter and it has been interesting to view schools from a parent's point of view (rather than from a collaborating partner's point of view).

Want to Change the Face of Technology? Look to Our Girls

Techbridge Girls | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Techbridge Girls

I live in Oakland, the most diverse city in America. Unfortunately, the tech workforce here does not reflect this richness of talent. The girls in my community can be part of the solution to expand and diversify the tech workforce.

Yagana Shah

6 Women Over 50 Who Inspired Us In 2014

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 12.19.2014 | Fifty

There's no doubt 2014 has been a wonderful, whirlwind year, particularly for women. Women's rights and children's rights advocate, Malala Yousafzai be...

Help Me Find The Heroes Our Kids Can Believe In

Allison Tate | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Allison Tate

I feel like I need to find people to hold up for my children and say: This is the kind of person I hope you are, the kind of men and women I hope you will grow up to be. Right now, that seems like a tall order.