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Girl Power

Bullies, Thieves and Boundaries: A Letter To My Daughter

Kathleen Buckstaff | Posted 10.13.2014 | 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 10.10.2014 | 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 09.12.2014 | 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.

How Did Beyonce Go From Tina Turner to 'Anna Mae'?

Frances Cudjoe Waters | Posted 02.15.2014 | Black Voices
Frances Cudjoe Waters

We are witnessing a sad development in the body of work of this icon. She sold millions as a class act. Why go down this road? Let's hope that at some point the self-respecting, empowered and empowering Beyonce will rise again.

To My Darling Daughters and All the Girls of the World.

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 02.09.2014 | Women
Jenny G. Perry

Don't apologize for your edge or your curves, your sharpness or your softness, your sass or your sweetness. You came here to write your own rules, not the ones your mother passed down to you.

Nothing to Prove

Rachael Berkey | Posted 09.23.2013 | Women
Rachael Berkey

As a woman interested in things like science fiction and comic books, I run up against naysayers almost daily.

The Fathers of Women

Lilia Luciano | Posted 08.15.2013 | Impact
Lilia Luciano

Issues affecting women and girls impact everyone. When half the population of a country, and half of a potential workforce, isn't entitled to an education, the effects are monumental.

A Mentor Is a Girl's Best Friend

Alexandra Monir | Posted 07.22.2013 | Books
Alexandra Monir

A couple months ago, I had the surreal experience of walking into a Manhattan Barnes & Noble and finding my second novel, Timekeeper, on the Teen New Releases shelf along with Kirsten Smith's second book, Trinkets.

LOOK: Is This The Most Awesome Depiction Of Girl Power You've Ever Seen?

The Huffington Post | Christina Huffington | Posted 04.12.2013 | Women

Before comic book companies tell us that we need to be saved -- and long before we ever hear the term 'gender wage gap' -- girls are tough. Don't b...