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Using Soccer to Reverse Violence Against Women

Ann DeMarle | Posted 08.31.2014 | 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 08.31.2014 | 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 08.30.2014 | 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 08.27.2014 | 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 08.26.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.20.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 08.10.2014 | 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 08.12.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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 08.05.2014 | 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.

From a Fatherless Daughter: Dads, You're Doing it Right

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 08.05.2014 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

If we weren't so distracted by the "outstanding" as some kind of bizarre yardstick of self-worth measurement, we would appreciate and relish the real, the small and the imperfect.

What Women Want... the Big R

Lauren Galley | Posted 08.04.2014 | Women
Lauren Galley

In today's society women are more independent whether it be having a career, being a single parent or obtaining a higher education. The shift towards equality allows women to take charge of their life decisions as they pave their way towards the future.

Don't Blame Girls for Their Own Sexualization

Paulina Pinsky | Posted 08.03.2014 | Women
Paulina Pinsky

The problem is not only women copying the standard, but the media itself. The media doesn't create these standards from thin air, but perpetuates them by sensationalizing them in the same way they do with celebrities or news story.

How to (Really) Get Girls Into Coding

Lydia Loizides | Posted 08.03.2014 | Technology
Lydia Loizides

No matter how hard we try, we have yet to overcome the realities of what computer science, and STEM in general, means to the majority of young girls in their everyday lives: nothing.

28 Things I Want Girls to Know...

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 08.02.2014 | Education
Ann V. Klotz

I want all girls to know that knowing how to restore themselves, how to take the time to do things that bring joy, solace -- reading for pleasure, yoga, knitting, baking, running, taking a bubble bath -- is time well spent.

Democratizing Muslim Girls' Education

Nushin Arbabzadah | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Nushin Arbabzadah

Boko Haram's kidnapping of Muslim school girls in Nigeria has turned the education of Muslim girls into an internationally debated question. I come from Afghanistan, the first country where Muslim girls' education was turned into a global cause célèbre in 2001.

6 Things Every Young Woman Should Know

Alexandra Harra | Posted 07.29.2014 | Women
Alexandra Harra

Not every transition into womanhood should be as tumultuous as mine. There are six lessons every woman-to-be must learn in order to bypass those accidents of adolescents and truly step into her own glorious self.

End the Stigma: Why Menstruation Matters to Women's Rights

Kriti Sharma | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Kriti Sharma

A basic human function like menstruation should no longer be a justification for denying women and girls with disabilities their basic human rights. It should no longer be a barrier to education, to independent reproductive choices and bodily integrity, or to freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment.