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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 07.17.2014 | 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 07.15.2014 | 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.

I'm Just a Girl

Linda Roy | Posted 06.18.2014 | Women
Linda Roy

Why do some women undermine themselves and others? Why do they vote against the female candidate and insist that women shouldn't be part of the military? What are they afraid of? Are they threatened in some way?

Boys (and Girls) in Chairs: What's Love Gotta Do With It?

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 06.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about love. I am what I like to refer to as a hopeless bromantic (just a guy looking for another guy looking for ...

Empowering Youth around the World: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

In our practice of daily giving this week, our team funded several projects that are focused on empowering school aged children across the globe. The...

HBO Fought 'Girls' Over That Controversial 'Money Shot'

The Huffington Post | Lauren Duca | Posted 06.17.2014 | Entertainment

Remember that time Adam Driver ejaculated on Shiri Appleby on "Girls"? It was a controversial scene, which left some to to ask whether it was the firs...

It Was Maria von Trapp All Along

Erica Ford | Posted 06.12.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

My daughter and I spent a lovely couple of years playing with trucks, books, instruments and blocks. Then she turned two. Every single gift she received was Disney Princess folderol. I watched with dismay as she received crowns, magic wands, dolls and rash-inducing synthetic nightgowns. 

A Dress Code of Her Own: Teaching Our Girls Body Confidence

Lisa Sadikman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Parents
Lisa Sadikman

More than telling our girls what is and isn't appropriate to wear, we need to teach them how to love and respect their bodies and really own them

45 Things That Are Better Than Having A Boyfriend

Lexi Herrick | Posted 06.09.2014 | Women
Lexi Herrick

What is the greatest part about not having a boyfriend? It's understanding that you do not require one to be complete.

Do I Look Like a Princess?

Melissa DeCastro | Posted 06.06.2014 | Women
Melissa DeCastro

The word "princess" has evolved in the past few years. Characters are now depicted as capable and kind. There is a relatable, qualitative substance. They are less ethereal and more capable. The princesses of today are depicted with a breath of vibrant life as well as a happy ending.

Birth Registration: The Missing Link of Child Protection

Celia Buckman | Posted 06.05.2014 | Teen
Celia Buckman

It's really a simple concept. Every child, no matter where they live or what their circumstances, should be acknowledged by their governments of their existence.