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The Modern Woman as Flawless

Tayler Wiley | Posted 08.06.2014 | Women
Tayler Wiley

It is not to say that there aren't many demanding and also harmful expectations equally projected upon men. Stereotypes hurt everyone, but men have not had to face quite the same inequality as their female counterparts.

This Is The Real Problem With Male 'Strength'

Posted 02.20.2014 | Women

Girls need to be beautiful, boys need to be strong. Girls need to be delicate, boys need to be athletic. These are the messages hammered into the ...

Girls Deserve to Be the Narrators of Their Own Stories

Christine Horansky | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Christine Horansky

Girls deserve to be the narrators of their own stories. While obstacles remain, a new generation of activists are using media to create innovative, interactive experiences that teach, inspire and give voice to girls -- and the women they will grow up to be.

Being Beautiful Is Not a Profession

Sue Shanahan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Women
Sue Shanahan

I learned very young that a woman's power came from her looks. Specifically, my beauty, or lack there of, was how my worth was measured.

Proof The Media Failed Women This Year

Posted 12.10.2013 | Women

It's been quite the year for women in the media. Some things, like the popularity of "Orange Is The New Black" and Sweden's new film rating system...

How Society's Expectations May Be Harming Boys

The Huffington Post | Emma Mustich | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents

Say "The Mask You Live In" quickly and it sounds a little bit like "masculine." That's a link filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom is hoping people make w...

WATCH: Introducing 'Raising Ms. President'

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 06.04.2013 | Women

How can we get more women elected to public office? Raising Ms. President, an upcoming documentary, explores why girls and women aren't putting the...

How Corporations Dropped the Ball on the #FBrape Campaign

Jennifer Siebel Newsom | Posted 07.31.2013 | Business
Jennifer Siebel Newsom

While we should applaud Facebook's decision to publicly stand up to violence against women, one has to wonder: why did it take them so long to recognize this problem?

WATCH: The Girls Who Will Actually Run The World

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 05.13.2013 | Women

The jury is still out on whether the "end of men" is here but there's no denying that women are making huge strides in the professional, educational a...

WATCH: What If Ads Depicted Men This Way

The Huffington Post | Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 05.13.2013 | Women

Media and advertising are often unkind to women, but you get the best sense of how unkind when someone compiles several demeaning ads in one place. ...

Muffin Tops and a Movie Screening: Miss Representation

Wendy Widom | Posted 06.17.2013 | Women
Wendy Widom

I am more than a 39-year-old woman who is grossly underrepresented or pathetically caricatured in movies, magazines and on television. Someday, I will finally do something to help change an industry that objectifies women just to make a buck.

LOOK: Guess What The Girl's Version Of This T-Shirt Says?

The Huffington Post | Christina Huffington | Posted 04.16.2013 | Women

Sexist apparel and toys for children are sadly nothing new, but it's even sadder that manufacturers continue to produce them. Marvel, the comic book p...

The Problem With Victoria's Secret's Marketing

Jennifer Siebel Newsom | Posted 06.05.2013 | Business
Jennifer Siebel Newsom

It's not that thongs meant for young women emblazoned with phrases like "Call Me" and "Feeling Lucky?" are entirely shocking coming from Victoria's Secret, but more that they insisted on comparing our young daughters to objects and things in order to sell them this lingerie.

Let's Move the Lean In Debate Forward

Jennifer Siebel Newsom | Posted 06.03.2013 | Women
Jennifer Siebel Newsom

The systemic gender inequality in America isn't just holding women back -- it's holding us all back from experiencing a more inclusive, prosperous and peaceful way of life.

The App That Could Put An End To Sexist Ads

Nina Bahadur | Posted 03.21.2013 | Women

When it comes to portraying women fairly and accurately, advertising doesn't have a great reputation. We've written about many of the worst offenders ...

Hollywood Pipeline: Still a Pipe Dream for Women?

Jennifer Siebel Newsom | Posted 04.24.2013 | Entertainment
Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Once again this year the nominees for many of the most coveted behind-the-scenes Oscars (best director, original screenplay, editor, and cinematographer) are exclusively male.

American Football Culture and Sexual Violence

Jennifer Siebel Newsom | Posted 04.14.2013 | Sports
Jennifer Siebel Newsom

As we look back on the event for glorifying this most "manly" of sports in America -- the Super Bowl -- it's time to step back and take a look at what our national football obsession could be doing to our collective psyche.

6 Critical Reasons to Rethink Football and Kids

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 04.13.2013 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

The physical risks to football players should be taken with the utmost seriousness, but the more important questions are about what lessons kids are learning about how to define themselves and to relate to one another.

The Athena Film Festival or Who Gets to Be A Leader?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 03.25.2013 | Media
Soraya Chemaly

When you think of what a leader looks like, what comes to mind? A man, probably white. How about weak people, needing protection? Do images of women pop into your head unbidden? Our media continue to do a good job making sure that these images aren't changing much.

LOOK: The 9 Worst Ads Of 2012

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 12.27.2012 | Women

"With all the progress we made in 2012... you might think advertisers would have stopped objectifying women and girls, right?" We'd like to answer ...

Women Matter: Vision 2020's Third Annual Congress

Eva Shang | Posted 01.26.2013 | Teen
Eva Shang

From Sojourner Truth to Alice Paul to the amazing Delegates of Vision 2020, the girls of today stand on the shoulders of giants.

Tropes vs. Women

Posted 06.14.2012 | Arts

Imagine a world where female video game characters could save the world instead of waiting to get saved. Think about it: if the ladies were doing the ...

Dear Southwest Airlines, Our Children Are Paying Attention

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 08.13.2012 | Parents
Homa Sabet Tavangar

More and more people are recognizing the exploitation of women's images in the media and the impact it can have on our daughters -- and our sons.

Marianne Williamson: Inspiring Women to Action

Elizabeth Debold | Posted 06.16.2012 | Fifty
Elizabeth Debold

Spirituality should force us into a deeper confrontation with life, in its agony and ecstasy, rather than swaddle us against its sharp edges.

Where Are the Leaders for Women, Not Just Women Leaders?

Pat Mitchell | Posted 05.22.2012 | Women
Pat Mitchell

As the decades of my own advocacy on behalf of women pile up, I'm ever more convinced that women lead differently if given the chance to express our genuine styles, passions, and priorities.