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My STEM Story: Lessons in Denial

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 10.21.2014 | Technology
Deborah J. Levine

It's not surprising that many women steer away from STEM degrees or STEM careers. Or that many women who start STEM degrees drop out. Or that numbers for career women in technology industry are dismal. A good start in addressing the invisible STEM women might be to reject the explanation of lacking confidence.

Sexualized Culture Is Creating Mental Health Issues in Our Youth

Darryl Roberts | Posted 10.20.2014 | Women
Darryl Roberts

Combating the status quo and demanding more from the media we consume is only one part of addressing the mental health crisis engendered by the over-sexualization of young girls. The other part is to hold ourselves, and the people we know, accountable to make visible changes in the world around us.

Why Thinking You're Ugly Is Bad for You And Everyone

Hope Freedman | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Hope Freedman

With decades of gender equality initiatives and the widespread groundswell for women's empowerment, is this what we really want for our next generation of women?

Don't Knock the Knockers

Beth Markley | Posted 10.15.2014 | Women
Beth Markley

When it comes to breasts, there are perky ones, ones that are droopy, lumpy, springy, teensy, full or pointy. The best thing I can say about mine is that they can clear a room.

You See Yourself as a Caricature and Don't Even Realize It

Simone Collins | Posted 10.13.2014 | Style
Simone Collins

Our self-images are becoming increasingly skewed. But that is OK. If we acknowledge we are buying into a personal fantasy, we can develop a fantasy persona so compelling that even others become caught up in it.

This Is Where You Left Me

Audrey Hayworth | Posted 10.10.2014 | Women
Audrey Hayworth

The words 'broken' and 'damaged' are thrown around frequently to describe people like me. Shattered, and unable to form the ashes into something, anything at all, would be how I would describe the state of mind I lived with for a very long time.

10 Things I Learned From Mary Lambert's, Body Love

Lisa Goich-Andreadis | Posted 08.25.2014 | Women
Lisa Goich-Andreadis

Her spoken word masterpiece, Body Love, left me speechless when she was finished. Every word resonated with me.

A Seasoned Woman's Secret for Finding True Love

Joy Weston | Posted 10.18.2014 | Women
Joy Weston

This amazing woman, who gave me life, shared her secret for being one of the happiest and most beautiful women in the world; absolute self-confidence derived from being madly in love with you!

An Instagram Worth a Thousand Likes: What Our Photos Are Really Saying About Us

Valerie Lee | Posted 10.08.2014 | College
Valerie Lee

Within the flurry of social medias, it's unsurprising that Instagram has steadily gained clout over other popular platforms. How else could the phrase "selfie" blossom? Underneath who-knows-how-many layers of Lo-Fi and Valencia filters, the answer -- quite literally -- is staring us in the face.

Never Again Just You: Becoming 'Mama'

Megan B. Baldwin | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Megan B. Baldwin

From the moment I heard Emma's shrill, loud cry as she emerged into the world, I knew that I would never again feel content unless I knew she was OK. When Charlotte arrived one minute later, floppy and quiet for a moment, that feeling doubled.

Light Up Every Room You Enter

Joy Weston | Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Joy Weston

Own Your Magnificence! Not long ago the amazing Dr. Maya Angelo passed away, leaving a legacy of words and actions that continue to inspire us ...

What Signal Are You Sending Out?

Linda Ford | Posted 09.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Linda Ford

I often tell my clients that they are not so unlike a radio transmitter that is sending out a signal into the world picking up other similar signals. It's based on the law of attraction theory, that like attracts like.

My Best Day As A Mom, So Far

Kristen Hewitt | Posted 09.27.2014 | Parents
Kristen Hewitt

My best day as a mom came about six months after my worst day as a mom.

How To Use Photoshop For Good Rather Than Evil

Karen Cordano | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
Karen Cordano

Looking at photoshopped images of models is bad enough for our collective self-esteem. What will photoshopping our kids to look like they stepped out of a J. Crew kids catalogue lead to?

4 Things We Must Change to Stop Self-Sabotaging

Lisa Firestone | Posted 09.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Firestone

The more fully we live and love, the more sadness we are bound to experience. Our inner critic tries to shield us from feeling the joys and pains of existence. It keeps us in a chronic state of numbness or dissatisfaction. In order to face our fears, we must consciously identify and actively ignore this coaching.

Why I Love My Knees

Sally McGraw | Posted 09.15.2014 | Women
Sally McGraw

They would not WORK if they were wrinkle-free. There would be very little bending possible in a knee covered in tight, taut skin. And unless you have a very specific set of genetics and proportions, there will be a saggy little bit of bonus leg perched atop your kneecap.

I Like You. Do You Like You?

Rebecca Gallagher | Posted 09.14.2014 | Women
Rebecca Gallagher

I hope more young girls start liking their freckles, their curly hair, their moles and skinny legs their big lips. Like Colbie says, you don't have to try so hard. Start liking you. You might be surprised.

Self-Acceptance and Self-Respect

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 09.13.2014 | Good News
Dr. Hyder Zahed

In order to fulfill our potential, develop healthy relationships, and gain respect of everyone around us, we have to consciously develop a strong sense of self-acceptance.

Beautiful

Tami Shaikh | Posted 09.13.2014 | Women
Tami Shaikh

We should consider the people who know how to love deeply or are positive influences or even people who are warriors of peace more beautiful than the stick skinny starved models we see on the runways.

Every Woman's Nightmare: The Photo Shoot

Holly Robinson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Women
Holly Robinson

I am not getting wrinkles. I'm gaining character in my face. Those laugh lines were meant to be there. So were the furrows between my eyebrows.

I May Have Stretch Marks, But I'm Still A Sexpot

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 08.29.2014 | Women
Jenny G. Perry

Don't apologize for your wrinkles, your opinion, your thighs, your voice, your cellulite, or your past. Just shut up about, you sexy thang, and celebrate by living.

Insecurity at the Borderline

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.26.2014 | College
Wray Herbert

Psychological scientist wondered if the language we use to label ourselves also reflects how secure, or insecure, we feel about our status.

Thando Hopa: Choosing Pretty

Antonia Opiah | Posted 08.17.2014 | Black Voices
Antonia Opiah

At only 25-years-old, Thando Hopa, a public prosecutor and part-time model, already demonstrates a precocious collectedness and understanding of people and a thorough understanding of herself.

Everyone Has Bad Hair Days

Sally McGraw | Posted 08.11.2014 | Style
Sally McGraw

It is not reasonable to expect my own hair to look exactly the same every day because hair is living, because weather changes, because sometimes I sleep really weird or because I run late.

If I Could Talk to My High School Self About Running

Audra Rundle | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Audra Rundle

I am nothing like the runner I once was. I don't have a coach telling me what to run and how to improve. I have to figure that out for myself, and I have a great time mapping out new routes and reading and researching new gear to try out on my long runs.