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Things Aren't Always Glittery

Emily Ballard | Posted 03.04.2015 | Women
Emily Ballard

It's that I need to do all of these things and -- because they're the things I need to do -- I keep waiting for one of them to fill me up all the way. Sometimes some of them fill me up a little bit and then I find myself depleted by something else.

Why I Miss And Don't Miss My 20s

Angela J. Kim | Posted 02.23.2015 | Women
Angela J. Kim

We were untamed, raw and daring. We used words like f*ck and sh*t proudly and loudly at stupid boys and into thin air. We didn't worry about what others thought about us, because we were happy with who we are.

A Girlfriend's Guide to Lasting Friendships

Angela J. Kim | Posted 02.05.2015 | Women
Angela J. Kim

Women need women in their lives. And to attract and maintain lasting friendships, here are some things to bear in mind.

Overcoming My Cool Kids Complex

Dr. F. Emelia Sam | Posted 03.29.2015 | Women
Dr. F. Emelia Sam

My cool kids complex is nothing but a story I've told myself about myself. It's simply the vestiges of adolescence that I unconsciously continued to build upon. It's way past time for the complex to be disassembled.

The Importance of Loving Your Self

Osi Mizrahi | Posted 01.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Osi Mizrahi

Treat your self with kindness and love, and you will find that same kindness and love surrounding you. You will eventually notice the negative behavior occurring around you and choose to remove yourself from harmful relationships.

Soy Latina, También

Bianca Betancourt | Posted 12.17.2014 | Latino Voices
Bianca Betancourt

"[They think] Sofia Vergara. They think Eva Mendes. They think JLo. They think, you know, all these girls that are very, very light, basically look white and have an accent. And a lot of times [others] and I get dismissed as Latina because we're not immediately identifiable."

At What Point Did You Stop Thinking of Yourself as a Girl and Consider Yourself a Woman?

Quora | Posted 08.26.2014 | Women

I still treasure those delicious memories of my mother, but my definition of what a woman is has metamorphosed from pearls and heels and No. 5 to something much more complex and real.

Three Generations Of Women Don The Same Outfit In A Perfect Portrait Of Womanhood

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 06.27.2014 | Arts

German Photographer Nina Röder has imagined a beautiful way to pay homage to the strong matriarchal bonds in her family. The concept is simpl...

The Violence of Abortion Barbie, Wendy Davis

Molly Rosner | Posted 08.09.2014 | Women
Molly Rosner

Affiliating Wendy Davis with Barbie attempts to transform a political leader into a vapid and empty-headed doll famous for her over-sexualized body. The pink Barbie-like frame of the poster plays up girlhood and downplays womanhood.

The Grown Woman Series: Defining Womanhood

Dr. F. Emelia Sam | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Dr. F. Emelia Sam

The only reason we perpetuate these restrictions is to bring some sense of order to our own worlds. We enjoy the comfort of categorizing people. Grown women make decisions for themselves -- not for other women nor based on other women.

14 Totally Overrated Things We Couldn't Wait To Do As Little Girls

The Huffington Post | Amanda Duberman | Posted 04.25.2014 | Women

Womanhood, oh how far you've fallen. As furry-legged, bare-faced and slightly frisky pre-teens, we coveted your promise of power suits, black pumps an...

9 Facts That Prove Traditional Definitions Of Gender Roles Are Bullsh*t

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.29.2014 | Women

Remember the good old days when men wore high heels?

Are you a SINK? The Manifesto for The-Single-Income-No-Kids Female

Christine Deakers | Posted 05.21.2014 | Women
Christine Deakers

What's the function of a woman who's married, yet childless? Better yet, what's the function of a woman who is single by volition, financially independent, and has no kids?

Why I'll Throw a Party When My Daughter Becomes a Woman

Rachael Clarke | Posted 03.10.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

Some people say you become a woman when you become a mom. That is true, I think, but I became a woman much sooner than that.

Do Boys or Girls Have it Easier?

Inga Batur | Posted 03.08.2014 | Parents
Inga Batur

If my girls are to Iearn anything, it is not to stay clear of men, but to know and accept their own limitations and ask for help.

30 Lessons You Learn After 20

Katelyn Klug | Posted 01.24.2014 | Women
Katelyn Klug

11. When you're at a crossroads, sometimes it helps to ask yourself, "What would Oprah do?" Assume Oprah will always say yes to French fries, pizza, and ice cream. Oh, and red wine.

An Improbable Nanny

Dana Clark | Posted 11.30.2013 | Comedy
Dana Clark

Being a professional nanny is a kind of ridiculous satire for a girl raised by a single dad.

Miley Cyrus: Butterfly Waiting to Be Born

Alice Grist | Posted 11.17.2013 | Media
Alice Grist

Miley may think she is a bursting out of chrysalis right about now. But I think she is wrapping herself up in silk as I type. Forming a cocoon of lies and falsehoods of youthfulness and indiscretion. And you know what, this is so cool. More power to her.

3 Smokin' Hot Clarifiers

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

It's more obvious to me than ever after hearing from readers that this problem of a demeaning culture in the church is real; and until we are honest about that, change will not happen.

The Journey of Sacred Motherhood

Monique Ruffin | Posted 04.28.2013 | Parents
Monique Ruffin

For me, the sacred journey of motherhood took a sharp turn after twenty weeks of pregnancy, when the geneticist informed me that my son would have Down syndrome. In that moment, I felt the self I knew simply crack in two; my life as I had known it before was over in one instant.

LOOK: The Atlantic's Guide To Womanhood

Slate | Posted 06.27.2012 | Women

This week, the Atlantic explained to working women what they'd been doing wrong all these years and how to fix it. But Anne Marie Slaughter's "Why Wom...

Do These 'Girls' Have 'First World Problems'?

Salon | Posted 04.10.2012 | Women

There's a scene in an early episode of Lena Dunham's "Girls" where Dunham's character, Hannah, openly fantasizes about testing positive for HIV. That ...

Wanting to Have a Baby in My Twenties

Kate Fridkis | Posted 06.06.2012 | Women
Kate Fridkis

In our society, motherhood and success are seen as distinct. We try to pretend we value everything equally while publishing op-eds about whether or not the sexual revolution was a good idea.

Unnatural Women: Childless in America

Melanie Notkin | Posted 02.26.2012 | Women
Melanie Notkin

Childlessness is the state into which a girl is born. But once she reaches her mid thirties, that natural state is suddenly deemed unnatural.

Womanhood is a Work in Progress

Erin Joy Henry | Posted 12.13.2011 | Women
Erin Joy Henry

The feminine part of me laid dormant for so many years because it was a side I associated with weakness.