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Female Empowerment

Straw-Man Feminism: What Beyoncé and Miley Have in Common

Rose Courteau | Posted 04.16.2014 | Celebrity
Rose Courteau

After centuries of being objectified, our chief feminist demand, as reflected by the stars we've elevated to celebrity status, is the right to be sexy. This is, to put it bluntly, farcically sad.

10 Ways Women Can Make Each Other Feel Wonderful

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 04.03.2014 | Women
Barbara Greenberg

As a clinical psychologist, woman, mother, colleague and friend, I often wonder why we fall short as women and fail to support each other in all kinds...

Girls Who Dream Become Women With Vision

Queen Rania of Jordan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Queen Rania of Jordan

What unites them is their strength, resilience and resourcefulness. They're all role models. They are blazing trails. I couldn't be prouder of them. So, the "baton" that I pass to all of you is their stories, their example.

My College Dreams Are Finally Coming True (and I Graduated Two Decades Ago)

Valerie Alexander | Posted 03.23.2014 | College
Valerie Alexander

If a young person in your life is college-bound, make a big deal of it! Have an acceptance dinner, throw a college shower to give her everything she needs. Pair that teenage matriculant with an older, college-grad family member to be a mentor, confidant and friend.

Video Art Piece Asks 'How Does Freedom Dress?'

Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion

A veil is just a piece of cloth, but it often takes on enormous political and social implications that can fail to take the agency of the wearer into ...

What Lupita Nyong'o Speech Can Teach Young Girls

Catherine Okafor | Posted 03.03.2014 | Women
Catherine Okafor

Lupita Nyong'o has been making her rounds on-screen at award shows and in the magazines, detailing her effortless fashion style. However, the moment that I felt a sense of connection with Lupita was during her speech on beauty standards and self-image.

This Is The Real Problem With Male 'Strength'

Posted 02.20.2014 | Women

Girls need to be beautiful, boys need to be strong. Girls need to be delicate, boys need to be athletic. These are the messages hammered into the ...

Female Entrepreneurs Who Inspire Women With Their Brands

Abby Draper | Posted 04.14.2014 | Women
Abby Draper

For today's young professional woman, we are incredibly lucky to have so many other females to learn from, aspire to, and model after. Some of the best are the women who have created something that makes other women feel confident, strong and happy.

Beyoncé Giving Us Goddess

Monique Ruffin | Posted 03.31.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

In shedding my ideas about why sexually empowered women are somehow bad or dirty, I started feeling more comfortable with my own sexual nature. Not judging myself has been the first step truly appreciating and exploring female sexuality.

Women Entrepreneurs Are Pretty Happy -- Here's Why

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 03.29.2014 | Women
Colleen DeBaise

The rigid corporate model doesn't accommodate the needs of women, who remain by far the biggest caretakers of children and the elderly.

How a Female VP of Operations Gets It Done

Vivy Chao | Posted 03.29.2014 | Business
Vivy Chao

Parents can't force their children to have certain interests. Instead, parents should spend quality time with their children and understand what their natural talents are and encourage them to play, which in turn can increase creativity.

What Sexism Tastes Like in Istanbul

Janis Powers | Posted 03.15.2014 | Travel
Janis Powers

During the taxi ride back to my hotel, I realize that my lunch was not lamb or chicken or almond soup. I was served a big fat plate of sexual discrimination.

Donna Rockwell, PsyD: On Women and Mindfulness

Donna Rockwell, PsyD | Posted 11.07.2013 | Women
Donna Rockwell, PsyD

Developing a healthy sense of self takes quite some time, if not a lifetime to accomplish. Rather than waiting for it to strike, though, isn't it better to cultivate genuine self-regard and compassion toward oneself instead of waiting for it to materialize from the outer world?

Putting the i Back in iOS: An Election Day Wish List for Politicians From Female Startup Entrepreneurs

Penina Rybak | Posted 11.05.2013 | Business
Penina Rybak

We need to put the "i" back in the "operating system" of politicians' policies and platforms. How?

Iranian-American Women Lean In, One Hashtag at a Time

Davar Iran Ardalan | Posted 12.25.2013 | Impact
Davar Iran Ardalan

The late Daniel Schorr once compared the conversational system found on Twitter to an ancient Greek agora -- a marketplace, where individual conversat...

An Ugly Index

Maria Rodale | Posted 12.11.2013 | Women
Maria Rodale

I thought I had reached my limit when I saw (and ignored) ads in my Facebook feed promoting "sexy eyebrows." But then I read this: a headline for an article promising insight into what my belly button said about me. That may have actually pushed me to the edge.

Girls Like Me Get It: Equality Can Happen

Ritu Sharma | Posted 12.14.2013 | Impact
Ritu Sharma

Too many girls are stifled by hunger, poverty, violence, a lack of education, and inequality. This year, Women Thrive Worldwide is putting a stake in the ground and saying enough is enough.

Why It's Important to Have Female Friends

Literally, Darling | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

"Girls are too much drama." "I'm not like most girls." These are seemingly silly, offhand comments that I never took much to heart until recently. Then, I sat and thought about what these women were actually saying.

When Girls Lead, Nations Follow

Victoria Dunning | Posted 12.10.2013 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

Bold, brave, smart, sporty and she speaks out against injustice (including unfair bedtimes). That's my nine-year-old daughter. On International Day of the Girl Child, our hope is that all girls will have the freedom to speak out.

Carolyn Buck Luce: Women and Power: Finding the Leader Within

Carolyn Buck Luce | Posted 11.25.2013 | Women
Carolyn Buck Luce

Sheryl Sandberg and Ann-Marie Slaughter are 100% half right. Talented women stalled in their career suffer not because they don't lean in enough. It's because leaning in is not enough. I also believe you can have it all; you just can't do it all.

Peace and Female Empowerment

Fiona Childs | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Fiona Childs

We are living in times where women have more opportunities to bring about change and utilizing this knowledge can help create more peace for ourselves, our families and our communities. Now ladies, I must ask, are you feeling empowered yet?

You Can't Do It All, So Figure Out What's Important

Tammy Kahn Fennell | Posted 11.19.2013 | Business
Tammy Kahn Fennell

Life moves pretty fast, it's inevitable that we will miss somethings, but it's up to us to decide how we want to live it, and what we truly want to achieve.

Where Do The Children Play: Remembering Malala's Cause

Aanya Niaz | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Aanya Niaz

What dreary lives are we leading where our mothers, daughters and sisters are being shot in the head? They point their guns and the target is shunned. What remains is the voice behind, but if we falter in raising that, we'll lose the battle completely.

A Women's Court, a Peace Villa, a Website and a Garden: 4 Successful Initiatives Empowering Women in the Global South

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Transforming the lives of the urban poor can only happen through women's empowerment -- not only because gender equality is a human right, but mainly because it is fundamental to bringing an entire community out of poverty.

The Reality of Gender Equality

Lydia Loizides | Posted 08.26.2013 | Women
Lydia Loizides

When we wrote about a topic that is usually whispered about in the hallowed halls of the workplace, I fell prey to my own assumptions, believing I knew what the response would be. Thankfully, I was wrong.