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Feeling Sexy After Motherhood: It's Easier Than You Think

Michelle Dempsey | Posted 10.04.2016 | Women
Michelle Dempsey

Two really strange things happened to me after I had a baby. First, I left behind a life of obsessive compulsive dieting and exercise that I so fiercely maintained for 20+ years. Second, I found no desire to kill myself over the last ten pounds my body decided it was going to hold on to (this normally would have put me over the edge).

Ladies Of Lore -- A Feminist Poetry Project

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.28.2016 | Arts
Christine Stoddard

I saw women on the street or in books and I imagined even more of them, from their bodies to their minds to their animal urges. I considered their origins, their dreams, and their failures. And, woman by woman, my cast of characters was born.

Nelly Custis Lewis's Tomato Soup And Life As A Plantation Matron

Christine Stoddard | Posted 07.28.2016 | Taste
Christine Stoddard

To honor Nelly's work and capture her position in life, I have created one graphic of her beloved tomato soup recipe, as well as a poetry graphic about her destiny as a plantation matron. Similar Quaker and slave graphics tied to Woodlawn's food history are forthcoming.

Why Hitting Rock Bottom is the Best Thing That Will Ever Happen to You

Michelle Dempsey | Posted 07.06.2016 | Women
Michelle Dempsey

I look back on the last four years and I am amazed at all I have accomplished. Not because they were impossible feats, but because they were life events I never felt worth enough of achieving. Marriage. Motherhood. Business Success. A healthy relationship with my family. A badass relationship with myself.

A Letter To My Divorcing Self

Shelley Hopper | Posted 06.28.2016 | Divorce
Shelley Hopper

On the brink of 30, you will thank yourself for remembering to always find the beauty in breakdowns and see the glass half full. Immersing yourself in a life filled with vivacity, vigor, humbleness and adventures will keep you mentally healthy and happy. You are living a life full of self-love and creativity that you so deserve, and have always yearned for.

Like A Girl

Zoha Qamar | Posted 06.06.2016 | Women
Zoha Qamar

The deep brown shade that glazed the wood was almost heavier than the door. It melted the light that snuck in via the stained glass of glittering gold and grassy green into hues and shadows that crashed by the waves of my shivering feet.

In My Marriage, Sometimes I Have To Leave So I Can Stay

Meg Conley | Posted 05.09.2016 | Weddings
Meg Conley

We're very understanding of one another - mostly. Admittedly, our mostly doesn't always work. When "doesn't always work" is doing its work, I shove my laptop into my backpack and head to a coffee shop to write.

Menstruate and Self-Hate: Fasting, Praying, Twelve-Years-Old

Zoha Qamar | Posted 06.06.2016 | Women
Zoha Qamar

My femininity is filthy, and I hate it. I hate my femininity. I hate my filth. But my femininity- that is me. I hate me. I hate my filth. I am the filth I hate.

33 Life Lessons I've Learned In My 30s

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead | Posted 05.03.2016 | Women
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

Stop chasing perfection. No one expects you to be perfect anyway (and if they do, kick 'em to the curb!).

Pursue Biblical Womanhood

Kelly Ladd Bishop | Posted 04.21.2016 | Religion
Kelly Ladd Bishop

I heard that good Christian women should focus on pursuing Biblical womanhood. So I turned to the Bible to see what a Biblical woman looks like. I sa...

Mom Guilt Starts in the Womb

Anneliese Lawton | Posted 03.25.2016 | Parents
Anneliese Lawton

Momma's, I encourage you to embrace your faults and celebrate your perfections. I encourage you to embrace the mother in you and the woman in you. Feel sexy, feel accomplished, feel proud of the sometimes difficult yet wonderful job you are doing.

Why Being More Than a Mom Is Important

BreAnna Hackworth | Posted 03.02.2016 | Parents
BreAnna Hackworth

I am a stay-at-home mom so my days generally encompasses taking care of everyone else. Being a mom and taking care of my family is my absolute number one priority over anything. My children and Mr will always come first, no questions asked. BUT, I am more than that.

The Mean Girls Club: Does It Truly Exist Among Women?

Charmaine Carraway | Posted 02.08.2017 | Women
Charmaine Carraway

The better question is, how do we break this cycle of feminine destruction among women? We begin with the embrace of our own insecurities, and the allowance of those insecurities to become our strengths.

Why Fight Like A Man When You Can Talk Like A Woman

Anthony Conwright | Posted 01.10.2017 | Women
Anthony Conwright

This post was originally published on Son, You have not been born or conceived. As of now, you are still an idea that exists some...

The Day My Daughter Became a Woman

Beverly Willett | Posted 01.05.2017 | Parents
Beverly Willett

I had an actual "aha" moment with my youngest. It had nothing to do with her having reached a physical milestone. But at the moment it occurred I suddenly felt certain that I'd just witnessed her crossing over into womanhood.

The Woman Factor

20 Beautiful Women | Posted 12.21.2016 | Women
20 Beautiful Women

Have you ever been in mid-conversation with a group of women and one says, "Oh, I've never had many female friends..."? Most times a few other ladies in the group would agree with her. But then there are some whose mouth drops open in surprise! How can you be a woman without women friends? Oh, wait... I was once THAT girl!

'Dear Estrogen, We Need To Talk': My Journey Through Womanhood

Uzma Yunus | Posted 12.17.2016 | Women
Uzma Yunus

A relationship decided and sealed at birth, my X chromosome, a tiny strand of DNA, picked my destiny. A daughter, a sister, a woman, a wife, a mother, all these roles woven sequentially in the microscopic double helical protein within my cells.

5 Things Every Woman Should Definitely Have to Help Her Conquer

Aleichia Williams | Posted 12.10.2016 | Women
Aleichia Williams

I was laying in bed when I thought to myself. "You know, Aleichia, there are just some things every woman should have." Call it our inalienable rights but I truly believe that we women are powerful and magnificent and we should have these tools to help us impact the world or even get through a rainy day!

Womanhood Blossoming From Girlhood

Kathleen Shumate | Posted 12.01.2016 | Women
Kathleen Shumate

There is a purity in her girlhood: she has not learned to despise her femininity or distrust her good desires. She does not know there are people who scoff at her simple love and shun her pleasure in loveliness. And so, her girlhood shines like a beacon into my own heart.

A Meditation On Aging At 25

Emily Tess Katz | Posted 11.20.2016 | Women
Emily Tess Katz

How can I be confident that I'm navigating this unstructured free-for-all period correctly when I've been on this earth for less time than the movie Hoosiers? And where can I find some sort of validation for how I'm living that doesn't include Instagram likes?

What I Learned About Privilege The Night I First Passed

The Establishment | Posted 11.09.2016 | Queer Voices
The Establishment

The night of my "passing," I realized I'd achieved in six months what some never achieve their entire lives. And in that moment, I recognized that I had a very specific type of privilege; a type that carries with it painful implications.

Am I a Woman?

Bianca Hayes | Posted 10.21.2016 | College
Bianca Hayes

I am a pretty happy individual, but I am fatigued when facing the reality that although I am comfortable with myself, my womanhood will always be defined in relation to men.

6 Rules Of Being A 'Lady' I Break All The Time

Ravishly | Posted 09.18.2016 | Women

I choose to define myself by how I interact with the world and how I treat people. The rest is window dressing, and it's one I don't want to wear anymore.

Visions of a Female Paraplegic

Giselle Noelle Morgan | Posted 09.11.2016 | Women
Giselle Noelle Morgan

At 17, my high school friend Taylor broke her back. Without authorization she became a paraplegic poster child, reiterating her story to friends and entitled strangers alike again and again. Four years later, Taylor has a more intricate perspective of the female disabled experience.

My Indian Sister

Peggy Payne | Posted 08.28.2016 | Women
Peggy Payne

One morning 24 years ago, I stepped out onto the second floor balcony of a flat on Kabir Nagar in Varanasi, India. A woman doing a household chore on the next balcony caught my eye. She said: Come to my house!