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Building Our Future: Top Toys That Empower Young Girls

Laurie Schacht | Posted 05.20.2014 | Parents
Laurie Schacht

Toys help kids discover who they are and introduce the choices they can make at a young age. This year, girl empowerment is a big trend. While I thought there were a lot of toy companies making it happen for girls, there's really just a handful -- but it's a handful that will make a difference.

Suraya Popal: 'They Stole His Sister, Not His Car'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The underground mines that have been discovered in Afghanistan bring hope to all Afghans for a prosperous future. I hope that those mines will be operated effectively in accordance with international law in order to guarantee the economic future of the people of Afghanistan."

Abdul Qayyum Sajjadi: 'It Is Difficult to Leave the Tribal, Misogynist and Monopolist Approach Behind'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Like most other Afghans, I am afraid of a return to the past, to that tension-fueled political, social and religious environment. For now, the positive cooperation between Afghanistan and the international community is keeping that at bay. But if this cooperation ends, we cannot rule out the possibility of returning to the dark days of the past."

How HBO's Girls Glamorized Unemployment

Samantha Shokin | Posted 05.19.2014 | Entertainment
Samantha Shokin

How would Hannah fare in the real world, where landing a paid editorial gig with virtually no desk experience is the stuff of lore?

When Your Girl Doesn't Like What She Sees In The Mirror

Merri Petrovits | Posted 05.19.2014 | Parents
Merri Petrovits

I remember looking in the mirror with the same quiet discontentment, like I didn't measure up. Girls who look at themselves that way tend to limit themselves. I didn't want any girl of mine growing up with a poor self-image.

The Last Word on the Ban Bossy Campaign

Ann Cinzar | Posted 05.18.2014 | Parents
Ann Cinzar

Ban Bossy is not about the idea that girls are shamed for being bossy and boys are admired for it. The fact is we don't call boys bossy; we call them a number of other names. Yet none of the names we call boys carry the underlying implication that there is something to be ashamed of.

Why Allison Williams Is In No Rush To Plan Her Wedding

Posted 03.18.2014 | Weddings

Sometimes brides-to-be get so caught up in wedding planning that they forget to have fun being engaged. That's not the case for "Girls" star Allis...

Sahraa Karimi: 'The Taste of Freedom Is a Powerful Antidote to Oppression'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.18.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The youth give me hope. They refuse to bow their heads and submit like the generations before them did."

Banning Bossy Is Bossy

Karen Dolan | Posted 05.17.2014 | Women
Karen Dolan

I'm not saying bossy's a good word. It can be used to paint girls as shrill. But it isn't the same thing as leadership. It tries to make others bend to your will.

'He Might Have Passed Out During An Orgasm And Fell Into The Hudson.'

Posted 03.17.2014 | TV

We were all taken aback by this season when Hannah's ebook editor, David, suddenly dropped dead in "Girls." But nobody was as shocked as John Cameron ...

Radically Peaceful: Humanizing Oakland's Youth

Lila Igram | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Lila Igram

Young men and women all over the world should be in charge of telling their own stories.

Leigh Weingus

Hannah Gets Fired And Everyone Else Wins On 'Girls'

HuffingtonPost.com | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.17.2014 | TV

Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Episode 11 of "Girls" Season 3, titled "I Saw You." With just one episode left of "Girls," things a...

The Story Behind Girl Rising, the Most Powerful Film You'll See This Year

Christine Horansky | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Christine Horansky

"To me the common thread for the girls in the film, was that they each believed (against all evidence) that they deserved more. They just had a deep sense of their own power and potential."

Dr. Ramazan Bashardost: 'Our Leaders Push Their People Over the Cliff'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Our people are immobilized: I have seen people barely flinch while someone is beheaded in front of them. The Afghan people have had their willpower stolen from them; the society has become numb."

5 Perfect Quotes From 'Girls,' Episode 11

Posted 03.16.2014 | Women

Here at HuffPost Women, one of the things we love most about Lena Dunham's HBO show, "Girls," is the incisive, witty and hilarious dialogue that Dunha...

How to Really Encourage Your Daughter's Leadership Abilities

Ana Homayoun | Posted 05.14.2014 | Parents
Ana Homayoun

As parents and educators, one of the most powerful things we can do is give our girls the opportunity to start asking questions around personal purpose, leadership and values earlier in life.

Visit the New York Filming Locations of HBO's Girls

Hopper.com | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment
Hopper.com

What is it like to wander those exact streets and see the bars and the parties and the workplaces IRL, 3D, off the technicolor tube? Is it possible to hang out where our favorite characters hang out? Well, read on and you might find out.

Lena Dunham Has One Word For The Rumor That She'll Quit Acting

Posted 03.14.2014 | TV

Earlier this week, Lena Dunham set off a wave of rumors that she may quit this whole acting thing. "I don't know if I'm going to want to act anymor...

Dr Alema: 'We Need a National Campaign Against Illiteracy'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"Schools are still being closed to girls today. They throw acid on girls, poison the water containers in girls' schools, and distribute clandestine newsletters mobilizing against families of the students and teachers. These are all indirect ways of closing the schools to girls."

And The Most Common Form Of Fan Mail 'Girls' Cast Members Receive Is...

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 03.14.2014 | TV

Plenty of actors receive mail from adoring fans as thank-yous for their engaging work. Some fans even send flowers, maybe chocolates or other small gi...

Wahid Ghassemi: 'I Belong to the Land Called Afghanistan'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"The terrible events that women suffer every day in Afghanistan demonstrate that women do not enjoy their human rights in this society."

I Am Not Bossy But I Am a Boss Lady

Fatima Scipio | Posted 05.13.2014 | Women
Fatima Scipio

We can campaign to ban the word bossy but the most important thing we need to do is to teach girls to be a Boss. We have to teach them to walk in their God given talents, skills and abilities. By doing this we are essentially highlighting skills that will make them productive citizens in our society.

10 TV Shows That Are Giving Us The Serious Munchies

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 03.13.2014 | TV

What could be better than spending an evening sitting on the couch, watching television and snacking? Okay, maybe that's not how everyone kicks bac...

World Premiere of PODER! Ignites Girls-Focused Film, Poetry and Workshop Initiative

Lisa Russell | Posted 05.12.2014 | Impact
Lisa Russell

While most of my global health films on women and girls are used as tools to advocate for increased awareness of an issue, increased funding or better legislation, I will be using PODER! as a tool to advocate for more leadership training to ensure girls can advocate for their own causes, their own funding and impact legislation in their own communities.

We Need Universal Access to Education for All Girls

Kiana Knolland | Posted 05.12.2014 | College
Kiana Knolland

Education is the key for young girls all over the world to grow up and do great things. In the words of Alice Walker, "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking that they don't have any."