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Media Cleanse: Results Guaranteed

Lauren Del Turco | Posted 07.31.2014 | Women
Lauren Del Turco

When girls grow up believing we are our appearance, and when the media glorifies -- and bombards us with -- an appearance that is so unrealistic, we are set up for dissatisfaction, low self-esteem and a less-fulfilled life.

Inspiring Girls to Be Tech Entrepreneurs

Colleen DeBaise | Posted 07.29.2014 | Technology
Colleen DeBaise

Inside a conference room on the 36th floor of Rockefeller Center, a group of 17 high school girls are animatedly talking about their startup plans.

Women In STEM Begins With Girls In STEM: 7 Ways to Support A Generation Of Scientific Young Women

Lexi Herrick | Posted 07.30.2014 | Women
Lexi Herrick

Representing women in technology and science begins with raising girls to become a part of those fields.

Preparing Tomorrow's Global Education Teachers

Ed Gragert | Posted 07.28.2014 | Education
Ed Gragert

Part of global competence is an awareness of the issues facing individuals around the world in order to better interact with these individuals with understanding and empathy, creating a global culture of peace, economic prosperity and security.

Finally, A Ninja To Inspire My Little Girls

Cort Ruddy | Posted 07.24.2014 | Parents
Cort Ruddy

The world has many flaws, even more than I realized before I became a dad of daughters. But there are also a million things that are great, and awesome, and inspiring about it. This is one.

Portraits From Women In Zimbabwe

Patrick Hayes for Kiva | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact
Patrick Hayes for Kiva

I push the button and the black steel door slides across its tracks, revealing morning traffic and fallen rusty flowers.

Nigeria: Is Religion Used as an Excuse to Rape?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

One hundred days ago, Boko Haram, a diffuse Islamic sect, abducted 243 girls from a school in Chibok, Borno State, in northeast Nigeria They carted them off to unknown forest locations where they are still being held. Some who escaped told of gang rapes. So much for religion.

Maude Apatow Will Make TV Debut On 'Girls'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Goodman | Posted 07.25.2014 | Entertainment

Maude Apatow was seen dancing with Lena Dunham on the set of "Girls" Season 4, and now HBO confirmed to HuffPost Entertainment that she'll have a gues...

Why Not Wanting to Camp Doesn't Make You a Princess

Sara Starkman | Posted 07.22.2014 | Comedy
Sara Starkman

I mean, who doesn't want to try new things? The question is, however, do I want to do all of them again? The true merit lies in the willingness to try barbecued chicken testicles, not the eating of them every night. That's just weird.

Why I Encourage Failure in STEM: One Teacher's Experience in Finding Female Leaders in STEM

Julie Rohl | Posted 07.21.2014 | Education
Julie Rohl

Ah! The wonderful sound of clanging medals, young voices cheering, and the slapping of high fives -- it's the sound of students being rewarded for collaborating and utilizing their STEM skills. This sound does not come without a price -- it is the sound that can come after as many successes as failures.

The Words That Made This Teen Finally Embrace Her 'Crazy-Curly' Hair

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 07.18.2014 | Teen

Avery felt like she didn't fit in at school, until her friend Emma told her something that changed everything. "The first time I saw you in a room...

The 7 Completely Baffling Personalities of Tween Girls

Scary Mommy | Posted 07.18.2014 | Parents
Scary Mommy

I have a tween. A girl -- the most savage of all tweenkind. My goal is to survive. Not win, just survive.

Girl Power!

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 07.18.2014 | Education
Ann V. Klotz

As the Head of a school that encourages girls to Dream, Dare, Do; that promotes growth mindset and risk-taking; that knows how girls learn, think and feel; that uses research to inform best practice, I struggle with how not to insist that men and women with the same qualifications be paid equally for the same work.

Working Hard to Get the World We Want: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights After 2015

Katja Iversen | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Katja Iversen

Imagine a world where no woman dies giving life, where unwanted pregnancies are a thing of the past, where every girl is able to attend school and receive a quality education, and where everybody -- including girls and women -- can exercise their rights and have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.

#AOLBUILD Meets Founder Reshma Saujani @GirlsWhoCode

AOL BUILD | Posted 07.28.2014 | Technology
AOL BUILD

Saujani is a self-proclaimed "Feminist with a capital F" and while she asks "Where are the women?," she definitely knows where they should be: EVERYWHERE.

#LikeAGirl Campaign Is a Game Changer in Feminist Movement

Dr. Bernice Ledbetter | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women
Dr. Bernice Ledbetter

Where this feminist movement fought for inclusion and equality, the current movement that Always is helping to further is focused on developing self awareness around our language. Phrases get so embedded and entrenched in our culture, often putting a particular group of people at a disadvantage.

Pink Is the New Red

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 07.11.2014 | Science
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

The girl who'd thrust her hand high in the air when the red planet was offered up to the group claimed Mars. "Why did you want to be Mars?" I asked her afterwards. I was not prepared for her unabashed reply: "I like pink. It was closest to pink."

Using Soccer to Reverse Violence Against Women

Ann DeMarle | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Ann DeMarle

Just beyond the pitch, the international sport of soccer is being used to reverse the epidemic of inequality and violence against women and girls.

Can We All Just Relax About Casual Sexism?

Sarah Watts | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Sarah Watts

Sexism is real. It's subtle and it's damaging. And I do agree with the (poorly-conveyed) message of this video: If we treat our daughters like they're adorable morons, persistently and insistently, they'll probably grow up thinking exactly that. But people, I am so sick of fear-based parenting.

Vulnerable Young Women Already Have Grit--They Need the Chance to Lead

Courtney Macavinta | Posted 06.30.2014 | Education
Courtney Macavinta

Some people say youth today need more grit or gumption. Some do. But the truth for those of us like me who've survived being traumatized by violence...

The Pursuit of a Dream

Damali Elliott | Posted 06.27.2014 | Impact
Damali Elliott

In 2009, I had what I like to call a "crisis of purpose" and began a search to find my unique talent and life passion. Although the decision was ard...

At What Point Did You Stop Thinking of Yourself as a Girl and Consider Yourself a Woman?

Quora | Posted 06.26.2014 | Women
Quora

I still treasure those delicious memories of my mother, but my definition of what a woman is has metamorphosed from pearls and heels and No. 5 to something much more complex and real.

Are There Gender Rules for Children?

Luckymothersofboys | Posted 06.25.2014 | Parents
Luckymothersofboys

There is a sort of unwritten code when raising children; a list of gender rules which we are all aware of that make us wonder (and sometimes worry) if they will be true for our kids.

These Quotes Nail Everything That's Wrong With School Dress Codes

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.02.2014 | Teen

"I understand that girls shouldn't be coming to school with their butts or chests hanging out, but there has to be a happy medium."

What Is a Girl Worth?

Tedi Ware | Posted 06.20.2014 | Impact
Tedi Ware

Many parents and community leaders cling fiercely to the traditional belief that it's a waste of money to pay school fees for a daughter since her destiny is to marry, bear multiple children, and manage the home.