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Pursuit for the Suit: Checking "Self-Conscious" at the Door

Unwritten | Posted 04.18.2014 | Style
Unwritten

Take a seat, a deep breath and maybe a shot of hard liquor: Bathing suit season is just around the corner.

Seraj ul-Haq Fazl: "Educated Afghans will prevent a repetition of the past"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.18.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Seraj ul-Haq Fazl is a judicial adviser to Afghanistan's Interior Ministry. He studied at the Islamic Azad University in Iran and obtained a BA from t...

Guess Who's Back Together In 'Girls' Season 4

insidetv.ew.com | Posted 04.17.2014 | TV

Maybe Hannah and Adam aren’t consciously uncoupling after all. The third season of HBO’s "Girls" ended with another breakup for Lena Dunham’s Ha...

Masters Of Sex, Girls & 'Boogie Train': Conversations with Michael Penn and Foghat's Roger Earl

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.17.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

For me, the collaboration is sort of akin to working with a lyricist. There's no lyrics in the score, so you're basically working with the scenes as lyric and trying to find a way to emotionally support what's going on with that.

Sayed Ishaq Gailani: 'Our Only Demand Is Attention to Education'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I worry about the outcome of the 2014 elections. I fear that we might witness a completely flawed election, wracked with rigging and fraud."

Sarvar Hosseini: 'Renovating the Education System Is a Great Achievement'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"One of the demands is social and political participation by women. Women want to actively and effectively participate in all fields and deem it as their right to do so. Women also seek their civil rights, for example, the right to choose their spouse, the right to education and the right to property."

Fakhera Mousavi: 'The Afghan Woman Rests in the Coma of her Predecessors'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Educated women demand justice and equality at all levels of society. They demand a justice-based approach to the basic laws in force in Afghanistan. Above all, the new generation of women demand gender justice and the eradication of discrimination at all levels of society."

The Universal Truths Of Motherhood

Devi Ramachandran Thomas | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Devi Ramachandran Thomas

Describing motherhood properly is like trying to describe Persephone's emergence from Hades and feeling the warmth of the sun's rays for the first time. Motherhood has warmed my heart and tickled my soul in ways I hadn't even imagined, in ways I am still too tongue-tied to describe.

Why I Try To Feel Thankful For The Mean Girls

Michelle Cove | Posted 04.11.2014 | Parents
Michelle Cove

I'm glad that my daughter is learning how to deal with them early, while living at home where I can offer hugs, suggestions and listening ears.

A Yeast Infection Feels Like a VD, But It's Not a VD

Emily Bracken | Posted 04.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Emily Bracken

At 14, I'd never heard of a yeast infection, but I was aware of another acronym: VD. (For the uninitiated, that's a venereal disease. If you don't kno...

Mohammad Afsar Rahbin: 'Drugs Threaten the Entire Nation-building Process'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My two daughters are studying medicine and they wish to write poetry. My wish is that they achieve what they aspire for and will be able to treat the sick people in our country."

Nilab Mobarez: 'Women Are Often Deprived of Their Rights Because the Men in Their Family Do Not Feel Secure'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Rather than trying to establish security, the men restrict women. The insecurity they feel might not even be real, but it creates some kind of psychological insecurity in women nonetheless."

¡PODER!: A Storytelling Revolution

Lisa Russell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Lisa Russell

Stories are powerful. We define ourselves by the stories we tell. When they are positive, they can empower us. When they are desolate, they can make us feel insecure or question ourselves.

What It's REALLY Like to Date in N.Y.C. Spoiler: It's Terrible

Teresa Lee | Posted 04.09.2014 | New York
Teresa Lee

He gets up to go to the bathroom....and never returns, and you never hear from him ever again. Guess he fell into the toilet bowl and drowned to death?

Mir Ahmad Jouyanda: 'They Shaved His Head Because He Danced and Was Happy at His Own Wedding'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My greatest fear is that the international community may leave us. We saw what happened when the Russians left. Whenever the international community leaves us, women's rights, the freedom of the media, and human rights are endangered."

Tourialay Ghiassi: 'In Afghanistan, the Fear That Transitional Democracy Might Fall to Dictatorship Prevails'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"There is a pervasive societal ethic, culture, and attitude that rejects the presence of women who work and are active in civil society."

The Extinction of the Blind Date

Hannah Barbakoff | Posted 04.07.2014 | Women
Hannah Barbakoff

I recently turned 24 years old. According to my brother, I'm officially in my mid-twenties. And now that I'm no longer "just out of college," I've rea...

How My Third-Grade Daughter Feels About Standardized Tests

David Valdes Greenwood | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
David Valdes Greenwood

As long as my daughter is in school in a town and state and nation where this is the law, I suppose she'll have to comply. But we're never going to pretend that we think this is a valuable tool.

Kazemiya Mohaqeq: 'We Cannot Even Begin to List Our Demands If We Do Not Shake Off the Straitjacket of Illiteracy'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The women's movement needs to evolve beyond its current membership of elite women. It must extend to all pockets of society; we need to establish some kind of unity among women."

How Starbucks Just Lost To A Local Coffee Shop

Posted 04.16.2014 | Small Business

A popular local coffee shop is set to replace one of the Starbucks in New York's Grand Central Terminal. Cafe Grumpy -- of "Girls" fame -- will re...

Everything I Need to Know I Learned From Female Show Runners

Bizzy Emerson | Posted 04.11.2014 | Teen
Bizzy Emerson

While growing up isn't always fun or easy, it sets a precedent for how you're going to live the rest of your life. Thanks to some of these funny women, I feel fully equipped to take on whatever comes next.

Nader Nadery: "These Freedoms Are the Most Precious Gifts to the People of Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The civil and political freedoms we currently enjoy are without precedent in Afghanistan. These freedoms are the most precious gifts to the people of Afghanistan in the past 12 years and so far, we have managed to hold onto them."

Why Every Girl Should (Literally) Count

Tiffany Taylor | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact
Tiffany Taylor

Millions of girls across the world today are being fundamentally overlooked in their communities because they are denied the opportunity to be registered at birth.

Somaya Ramesh: 'Things Will Get Worse If the Government Sacrifices Human Rights for Political Interests'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"I visited a friend of mine a few days ago and noticed that she was quite tired and depressed. I asked her what was wrong. She told me that her family will not allow her to continue studying. These situations arise too frequently for women in Afghanistan."

Daoud Naji: 'Afghanistan Is Plagued With Repeated Cultural Rupture'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The high rates of illiteracy amongst women have devastating impacts for women's participation. A large proportion of Afghan women are illiterate because of the historical oppression they have endured. The traditional mentality is another barrier to their participation."