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Adolescent Girls

Our Outrage Must Be a Call to Action

Catherine Russell | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Catherine Russell

For all of the Nigerian girls, and for all of the women and girls around the world who have experienced violence simply because they dared to dream, let's get to work.

Truth In Advertising and Misleading a Generation

Maryam Zar | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Maryam Zar

"Every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican d...

Get in Touch With Your Inner Bossiness

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 06.02.2014 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Recently, Sheryl Sandberg launched the "Ban Bossy" campaign to help girls and women develop their leadership skills by ridding themselves of the B-word mental shackles.

Hairy Legs

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 03.22.2014 | Women
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

The upside of this hormonal landmark was that my breasts grew infinitesimally. The downside was that Daddy had my stepmother tell me I couldn't wear a padded bra. "Bad girls wear those," she said.

Dress Codes and Other Sorry Excuses for Policing Identity

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Marianne Mollmann

Dress codes facilitate abuse, first by enforcing the notion that there is a "right" and a "wrong" way to dress, and that transgressers can and should be punished, and secondly by normalizing the punishment. There is no legitimate reason for this.

The High Price of Childhood Pregnancy

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Adolescent pregnancy diminishes the life opportunities of girls everywhere, but the cost goes beyond the burden borne by the girls themselves. And that is why it is our collective responsibility to address this problem.

What's At The Core Of My Strong Compulsion To Be Liked?

Robin Hoffman | Posted 12.22.2013 | Fifty
Robin Hoffman

I remember my mom saying that I treated my friends better than my family. Immediately, I knew it was true. My family was stuck with me, warts and all, or so I thought back then.

Put Young Girls At The­ Center Of Development

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

It's time to make a radical shift, to start seeing girls not as vulnerable or as a liability, but as potential leaders. It's time to see girls for who they are: the driving force of their generation, one poised to bring real social change.

Adolescent Girls: ‘The Key to All Solutions'

Sarah Degnan Kambou | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
Sarah Degnan Kambou

They are great in number, these girls; they belong to an exploding population of youth worldwide -- the largest in history. And these girls are bubbling with untapped potential that will continue to be squashed unless we put them at the center of global development efforts in the coming decade.

Migrant Girls Can Accelerate Global Development

Kathy Bushkin Calvin | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Kathy Bushkin Calvin

When a girl pursues a higher level of education, it can increase her wages and her ability to delay an early marriage. Migration can also expose girls to new ideas and norms and provide autonomy that would otherwise be inaccessible.

NYC Girls Challenge Weiner Campaign: Stop Slut-Shaming

Lauren Hersh | Posted 08.02.2013 | Impact
Lauren Hersh

You see, we've always dreamed that one day, when we left our high school hallways, we'd be free of certain painful things like standardized tests, Chaucer, and...slut-shaming. You brought us back to a heartbreaking, frustrating reality.

'I Have Seen My Friends Die': Why We Need to Talk Frankly About Girls' Reproductive Health

Purnima Mane | Posted 09.08.2013 | Impact
Purnima Mane

In virtually every country in the world, there are disproportionate barriers for young people -- particularly young women -- when they seek contraception or access to information and commodities to practice safer sex. And this must stop.

Girls Are the Key to Solving Poverty

Maria Eitel | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
Maria Eitel

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgWe cannot leave girls out of the equation. Why? Because adolescent girls are uniquely disadvantaged, yet they have the most potential to make the greatest change.

Moving Beyond Words: The Case for a Global Implementation Plan to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Yasmeen Hassan | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Yasmeen Hassan

Standards are in place to end violence and discrimination against women and girls. Governments must not be allowed to backtrack on their pledges.

4 Breathtaking Photos That Will Change How You Think About Womanhood

Posted 01.22.2013 | OWN

By Laura Birek Rebecca Greenfield's "Coming of Age" photo series spotlights girls on the brink of womanhood. In the Arizona desert, the sun ...

On Teenage Girls, Stories And Stones

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 12.22.2012 | Religion
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

How we guide our children as they become adults -- as they navigate the rules of the adult world by questioning stories and carrying stones -- can be a matter of life and death.

What Parents Need to Hear About the HPV Vaccine

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 12.18.2012 | Parents
Marianne Mollmann

A large proportion of parents in the United States are more afraid of their kids having sex than they are of their kids getting cancer.

Is 7 the New 10? Why Do Some Girls Start Puberty So Early?

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 10.27.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Puberty typically isn't a favorite memory for any of us. During that angst-ridden ride between childhood and adulthood, nearly everyone's best goal is simply to fit in. That's even tougher when you're only in second grade.

Sex and the Single Teen: Internet Porn and Body Image

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 10.20.2012 | Parents
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

Talk to them -- yes, both girls and boys -- about the enhanced images and videos that they will be exposed to. Tell them that pornography is like false advertising, the goal being to sell and market products, not necessarily to convey truth and honesty.

Growing Up in Tennessee With Manic Street Preachers

Kayley Kravitz | Posted 10.08.2012 | Home
Kayley Kravitz

For many, middle school is a horrific experience. I was a scrawny kid with bad hair, bad skin and a big nose. My classmates teased me mercilessly. I found solace in music.

Exercise Not As Beneficial For Black Girls As Whites, Study Says

Posted 06.05.2012 | Black Voices

While diet and exercise have long been considered the magic bullet in helping curb the obesity epidemic among adolescents, new research shows that the...

The Rights of Adolescent Girls in the Real World: My Experience

Dora Alonzo Quijivix | Posted 05.07.2012 | Impact
Dora Alonzo Quijivix

In order to protect the rights of girls and young women, we must find new ways of holding our government accountable to the wellbeing of children and adolescents in Guatemala.

Life Lessons From the Radio

D. Yvette Shirey | Posted 02.08.2012 | Parents
D. Yvette Shirey

Before you pop in the CD or turn on your media players, stop and listen to the radio and talk with your kids. I learn a lot every day.

How Not To Address Teen Pregnancy

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics
Marianne Mollmann

The United States has a long way to go to ensure access to age-appropriate, comprehensive sex education and modern contraception.

International Women's Day: A Time to Focus on Adolescent Girls

Ann M. Veneman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ann M. Veneman

Millions of adolescent girls live in poverty, experience gender discrimination, and are subject to abuse. The result is not only the suffering of girls themselves, but a continuing cycle of oppression and abuse.