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Why I Won't Be Buying an American Girl Doll This Year

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 11.26.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

I would have given anything to have intercepted that damn catalog before my over-zealous, eager-to-fit-in second grader got her greedy little hands on it.

Letters to Hadley: Looks

Liz Olson | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
Liz Olson

The world has a habit of judging people on their looks. I wish it were different, but it's not. You'll quickly learn that everyone has an opinion on what's pretty and it's virtually unavoidable to not feel the weight of those expectations.

5 Ways We're Making Progress In Curbing Violence Against Women

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact

While the work is far from over, the world has made some strides in prioritizing women's rights and safety this year. International Day for the El...

African Youth Launch New Alliance Against Gender Violence

Randal Mason | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Randal Mason

There were eight of them from Botswana, the DRC, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. Changu had worked in a women's shelter. Brian used sports to teach alternatives to violence.

The Origins of My Mission to Change the Way Our Daughters See Themselves

Stephanie Giese | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Giese

The shorts in my original posts are just a symptom of the problem. With this documentary we want to find out how this happened, how it became acceptable to dress our children and market to them as if they are adults, so that maybe we can find a real way to solve it.

Anita Diamant's The Boston Girl: An Immigrant's Tale, Hanging Onto the Old Ways

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 11.21.2014 | Books
Dora Levy Mossanen

From the opening of Anita Diamant's heartwarming novel, The Boston Girl, when Addie Bauman, an 85-year-old grandmother recounts her life story to her granddaughter, I was struck by the similarities between the Jewish cultural beliefs and mores in Boston in 1915, when Addie's story starts, and in Iran, where I grew up in the 1960s and '70s.

6 Tips for Raising Daughters

Kemi Nekvapil | Posted 11.20.2014 | Women
Kemi Nekvapil

Our daughters will learn from us how to value themselves. Whether we like it or not, we are responsible for what they are exposed to and what they hold up as values while they are young.

The Cost of Saying Nothing to Our Daughters

Anastasia Basil | Posted 11.20.2014 | Parents
Anastasia Basil

This "awareness" of the perfect female body never left me. How could it? The female gender is heavily marketed. If you are born with a vagina your identity has been prepackaged for you. All you need to do is follow the instructions on the box.

Menstruation Matters: How Periods Are Keeping Girls Out of School in Nepal

Loren Hyatt | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Loren Hyatt

For millions of women and girls around the world, menstruation can lead not only to cramps, bloating, and mood swings, but it also can lead to days of missed school and lower future economic earnings.

I Need a Boyfriend! A Teen Girl's Recipe for Validation

Lauren Galley | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Lauren Galley

I have a crazy idea, so just work with me on this one... What if the real problem is us? What is we are disrespecting ourselves and allowing this behavior to happen? The more experiences I have and the older I get, it seems as though us girls LOVE to blame the boys for everything that goes wrong in a relationship.

Letters to Hadley: Risks

Liz Olson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women
Liz Olson

Physical risks are good to take because they'll remind you that your body is capable and incredible. But emotional risk are even better. Because they'll remind you how many feelings your capable body can hold.

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Lisa Mirza Grotts

The Bar Mitzvah is to the Jews as Confirmation is to several Christian denominations. It occurs when a Jewish boy turns thirteen, and it takes place on the first Saturday after that birthday.

It Has to Stop: Warehousing Women and Children is Inhumane

Archi Pyati | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact
Archi Pyati

These are not family facilities. They are not shelters or temporary transit facilities. These are jails behind barbed wire, heavy security doors, metal detectors and other hallmarks of prison. Women and children locked up inside have been languishing for months. They could be there indefinitely.

Ebola Could Cause Girls In Liberia To Fall 'Way, Way Back' In School

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact

The implications of Ebola go far beyond West Africans' physical health -- the outbreak has made it increasingly difficult to keep young people in scho...

The Problem With the New Goldieblox Ad

Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

I want to live in a world where wearing lip gloss and understanding quantum physics is not mutually exclusive. I want it to be normal for baking and welding to coexist on a hobby list. I want women to feel like they can leave the house without makeup, but if they choose to wear stilettos, they aren't lowering their IQs.

My 2-Year-Old Daughter Was Pressured About Body Image And Marriage

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

I will educate my daughter as best as I can. I will raise her to be strong, to fight back, to be herself and be proud of who she is. I will raise her to realize how ignorant a 50-ish man with salt-and-pepper hair can be. Who's with me?

What It's Like To Be A Personal Assistant To A Kindergartner

Meredith Franco Meyers | Posted 11.10.2014 | Parents
Meredith Franco Meyers

I realized today that I am the personal assistant to a diva celebrity, without any of the implied benefits.

The Problem and the Solution

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

People throughout the U.S. have such a bad opinion of politicians that in their early years they prepare for other occupations and vocations, never giving serious thought to becoming a politician.

Why I Was Disappointed When I Went Clothes Shopping With My Daughters

Audrey van Petegem | Posted 11.07.2014 | Parents
Audrey van Petegem

I never want to discourage my daughters from exploring their own sense of style but I felt strongly that there was no way they would be wearing those clothes! After all, it is my credit card that pays for them!

Everything Wrong With Princesses In One Easy Image!

David Trumble | Posted 11.07.2014 | Women
David Trumble

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Watch The Hilarious First Trailer For 'Girls' Season 4

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 11.07.2014 | Entertainment

The official trailer for Season 4 of "Girls" has arrived. The series will officially return on Jan. 11, 2015. According to the new teaser, Hannah j...

Lena Dunham Is Not Actually a Sexual Predator

Molly Fosco | Posted 11.06.2014 | Women
Molly Fosco

It's disappointing that this story got so much attention when the purpose was more about attacking and demeaning an individual than attempting to help a victim of abuse. I hope that Lena is strong enough to move past this and come out a stronger person.

'Girls' Season 4 Finally Has A Premiere Date

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 11.06.2014 | Entertainment

It's been a while since the girls of "Girls" last spent time at Grumpy's and networked at funerals, but the wait is nearly over. HBO announced that...

From Marilyn Monroe to Scarlett Johansson: What's Changed?

Sarah Collins | Posted 11.04.2014 | Entertainment
Sarah Collins

For every progressive film or TV show made, there are at least a dozen more undoing its positive influence. One can watch an early '60s flick like Lover Come Back and find almost the same character attributes to females in a movie like The Other Woman, released this past April.

The Sexist Case For Vaccinating My Daughter

Jeff Bogle | Posted 11.04.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

My silence was deafening, to me at least. Do my girls have a dad who won't stand up to crap like that from archaic people who still believe a girl's chief purpose in life is to make themselves "cute" for boys?