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Role Models for Girls

Can We All Stop Talking About Miley Cyrus's Shockingly Predictable Performance (As Soon As I'm Done Talking About It)?

Christina Pesoli | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Christina Pesoli

As a parent, don't get hung up on whether all of this uproar was exactly what Cyrus and the masterminds behind the VMAs had hoped to engineer in the first place. (Of course it was.)

Where Have All The Role Models For Girls Gone?

Shelley Emling | Posted 05.04.2013 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

Celebrities in the United States typically include singers and film stars and sports heroes. They also usually include people like Kim Kardashian who are simply famous for being famous. But -- once upon a time -- scientists used to be celebrities as well.

Could My Daughter Be the Next Tina Fey?

Liz Kozak | Posted 04.03.2013 | Parents
Liz Kozak

Last night, millions of viewers bid farewell to one of television's most beloved characters of all time: Liz Lemon. For so many of us awkward, nerdy, trying-to-make-it-in-this-crazy-world gals, she was an icon. For me, specifically, the Other Liz was a hero.

Imagine That

Charyn Harris | Posted 03.11.2013 | Women
Charyn Harris

I am always thinking about the messaging that we are sending our young girls. As an educator and a parent, I have a huge amount of concern about the images that our girls are being exposed to.

An Open Letter to Gabby Douglas

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 10.08.2012 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

Parents across America are pulling for you. You've won the gold medal. Now you're REALLY carrying the torch. Your chance to shine is just beginning.

A Parent's Guide To 'Brave'

Kristen Howerton | Posted 08.21.2012 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

I'm thrilled that Disney has given us a princess with two engaged parents and a lot of spunk. She's a fantastic role model for young girls.

Who Should Be Famous? Poet Toni Blackman Weighs In

] | Posted 06.21.2012 | Black Voices

Is the role model, as a role, played out? It's a term rap lyricist, actress and writer Toni Blackman says she often debates with her peers. And while ...

Female Role Models: The Absent Conversation

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 07.14.2012 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

The great post-feminist irony is that in an age of hard-won female opportunity, media is channeling that opportunity to a place of hyper-sexualized stupidity. It's not who you are -- it's how hot you are.

Mae Jemison: Insights from a Barrier-Breaking Astronaut

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

Dr. Mae C. Jemison is a dynamo with a great sense of humor and a long list of creds, including first African-American female astronaut to travel in ...