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GoldieBlox Video Tells Parents To Encourage Daughters To Take Risks, Not Fear Failure

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents

GoldieBlox, the construction toy company that aims to inspire future female engineers, has included empowering music for girls in their past commercia...

Slut Shaming is Still a Thing: How Women Are Shifting the Conversation Through the Arts

Monique Svazlian, CPCC | Posted 12.10.2014 | Arts
Monique Svazlian, CPCC

n response to this growing epidemic, Katie Cappiello and Meg McInerney, founders of The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company, decided to take on this complex and multi-layered issue facing women and girls today, namely slut culture, slut shaming and the culture of sexual violence.

I Am A Feminist

Crystal Ung | Posted 12.05.2014 | Women
Crystal Ung

Yikes, I didn't realize my ambition, admiration of Hillary Clinton and advocacy of women's issues could be seen as mutually exclusive to my maternal instincts and desire to have a family and kids. I like Excel spreadsheets as much as I like baking, is that a problem?

'Don't Settle'

Crystal Ung | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Crystal Ung

Fortunately, you can make the choice to not settle for a mediocre relationship. Don't get me wrong, it's not about selecting self-serving relationships but rather it's about choosing honest, genuine ones with people who value you as much as you do him/her.

The Hook-Up Culture and Alcohol: Recent Grads Share Their Wisdom with Freshmen Girls

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 11.03.2014 | College
Kathleen Buckstaff

This fall I interviewed women who recently graduated from Arizona State, Cal, Dartmouth, Stanford, Tufts, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. Each woman offered practical wisdom and heartfelt advice.

No One Will Tell You This: A Letter To My Daughter

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Kathleen Buckstaff

You would put your hand on my belly to feel the baby kicking. You loved the new life that was stirring inside of me. Sometimes I would let you rub an ice cube on my belly to awaken your brother, and we would laugh when we saw a tiny foot or elbow move across my stretched skin.

Bullies, Thieves and Boundaries: A Letter To My Daughter

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Kathleen Buckstaff

I want you to always remember the girl with braces and braids who stood up for herself. You are worth protecting.

She Is Beautiful: Are You?

Kyrié Sue Carpenter | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Kyrié Sue Carpenter

Make no mistake, this is no ego-fluffing, 'finishing means you are a winner' type affair, it is about doing and being your best.

Stop Single-Shaming Women

Kate Van Dellen | Posted 11.12.2014 | Women
Kate Van Dellen

end the message that you deserve to venture after your dreams and goals, and if you happen to have a partner who supports that, then go on the venture together. If you stumble into some controlling moments, be aware and stand up for yourself. You are the root of your happiness.

Ladies, You Must 'Doubt Your Doubts'

Crystal Ung | Posted 09.21.2014 | Women
Crystal Ung

The next time you're faced with a tough decision think critically, but also consider what your gut is saying. As you get older and acquire more life experience, you begin to realize the importance of the broader picture. How will the decisions you make affect your mind, body and spirit?

Women Need To Stop Blaming Other Women

Geraldine Estevez | Posted 09.17.2014 | Women
Geraldine Estevez

The perception men have of women is skewed, but the perception women have of each other, I dare say, is even worse.

Aspiring Female Entrepreneur: 7 Lessons I (Re)Learned From Business School

Crystal Ung | Posted 08.31.2014 | Women
Crystal Ung

The way you treat and love yourself is how others will treat and love you. This is true in your professional and personal endeavors. If you command respect, you will get it. So go be amazing, and love yourself while doing so!

The Ask

Kristen Noel | Posted 08.12.2014 | Women
Kristen Noel

I'd like to call attention to the nurturing of our creative and professional selves, an aspect not always so well attended to. We always hear about the proverbial "boy's club" in business, politics, and the professional arena -- can we do a sound check on our "sisterhood" -- can we say the same?

Minnie Driver, I Love You, But You Blew It

Anastasia Basil | Posted 07.22.2014 | Women
Anastasia Basil

Let's find something else to chat about -- like the starving babies in Haiti and what we can do about it. The media beast has tricked us into focusing too much on how we look, rather than who we are and what we contribute to the world.

Enough With the Sex Tapes; Let's Make a Success Tape!

Kelly Smith Beaty | Posted 07.12.2014 | Women
Kelly Smith Beaty

Let's make movies about how empowered, driven and accomplished we are. Let's produce peep shows into our everyday professional lives. Let's tape the tricks, stunts and mesmerizing moves we make to keep the office running, the family functioning and the whole world spinning.

The Life Skill Every Teen Should Learn

Paige McKenzie | Posted 06.13.2014 | Teen
Paige McKenzie

Let's teach confidence with our compassion. Bravery, resilience and pluck are good too. Let's show kids examples of their heroes who stood tall regardless of their circumstances. Let's point out people that took adversity and turned it into blessings.

After the Fall: How a Little Trip Put My Life Back on Track

Rachel Chang | Posted 05.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachel Chang

It's easier to go down the rabbit hole than it is to pull yourself out of it. And on the way up, you may stumble (literally). It took a helpless fall for me to take control of my own life -- and to speak up and fight for myself instead of sitting back and letting the drama floating around get the best of me.

Radically Peaceful: Humanizing Oakland's Youth

Lila Igram | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Lila Igram

Young men and women all over the world should be in charge of telling their own stories.

Inspired to Be Bossy

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 05.12.2014 | Women
Denise Vivaldo

Growing up, I was always called bossy. I thought it meant I would grow up to be a boss. Why not? I thought bossy was feminine for boss, and to be honest, I like the word bossy.

What Kids Actually Think About Sheryl Sandberg, Leaning In, and 'Ban Bossy'

Dr. Harold Koplewicz | Posted 05.10.2014 | Parents
Dr. Harold Koplewicz

Everyone agreed: "bossy" isn't a great word, and it is used more often to refer to girls. The girls disliked the word bossy more than the boys did, sure. But here's what's interesting: when we asked the first graders about the word "leader," they were more positive but not overwhelmingly so.

Why I've Never Felt More Beautiful

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 05.10.2014 | Women
Jenny G. Perry

To say a woman is ugly based on her appearance means you haven't really looked at her. It's ignorance. Beauty is more than meets the eye. It goes deeper than that. There are layers of beauty. Beauty is body, mind, heart, and soul.

The New Power Generation

Ann Shoket | Posted 05.05.2014 | Teen
Ann Shoket

The girls you see superglued to their phones aren't just distracted or self-involved, as teenagers are often dismissed as being. Those girls are creating their personal brands on Twitter, launching fashion careers on Tumblr and starting their own businesses on Etsy.

How to Be 'That' Girl

Alexis Jones | Posted 04.27.2014 | Teen
Alexis Jones

It's easy to be the girl who holds grudges, gathers ammunition for not trusting others and an endless list of excuses for why she took her heart off her sleeve. However, I'm asking you not to. I know, it's a huge ask.

Being Beautiful Is Not a Profession

Sue Shanahan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Women
Sue Shanahan

I learned very young that a woman's power came from her looks. Specifically, my beauty, or lack there of, was how my worth was measured.

Are You Too Old to Be Hot?

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 03.31.2014 | Women
Jenny G. Perry

As you get older, who you are shows through. Your personality is seen on your face. It has nothing to do with anyone else or any magic potion.