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Cindy Abel


Hidden History Helped End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Cindy Abel | July 23, 2014 | Gay Voices
Who knows how many stories like this one have gone untold; how many lives were wrecked by policies rooted in pure prejudice, whether they were discharged or in hiding; and how many closeted servicemembers worked from the inside to dismantle, brick by brick, the DADT wall?
Evelyn Leopold


Nigeria: Is Religion Used as an Excuse to Rape?

Evelyn Leopold | July 23, 2014 | World
One hundred days ago, Boko Haram, a diffuse Islamic sect, abducted 243 girls from a school in Chibok, Borno State, in northeast Nigeria They carted them off to unknown forest locations where they are still being held. Some who escaped told of gang rapes. So much for religion.
Gordon Brown


The World Will Not Forget These Girls. Not for One Day. Not for 100 Days.

Gordon Brown | July 23, 2014 | World
The Safe Schools Initiative, a fund set up to pilot 500 safe schools in northern Nigeria and led by Nduka Obaigbena, brings the Nigerian government and Nigerian business leaders together with the international community to ensure that all children are secure when learning. The fund total currently stands at $23 million. Ultimately, young people will demonstrate because they see the connection between abductions in Nigeria, the rapes and murders of young girls in India, the so-called "honor killings" of Pakistani girls who marry against family wishes, the genital mutilation of girls in preparation for child marriages across Africa and the ever-present reality that 7 million school-aged girls are working full time, often in slave labour conditions, many of them trafficked out of their home country when they should be at school.
Brian Hanley


12 Secret Reasons Why People Like Your Posts on Social Media

Brian Hanley | July 23, 2014 | Technology
After all, the two of you haven't spoken in months. Why emerge from the woodwork now? Did she really like Game of Thrones, or was it rather your attention that she sought, and succeeded, to garner?
Claudia Spahr


Why the World Needs Childfree Women

Claudia Spahr | July 23, 2014 | UK Lifestyle
The western woman has power, education and compassion. She creates, connects and integrates... Childfree ladies can transform their lives radically overnight and act on impulse... Motherhood shouldn't define being a woman and we shouldn't let the 'mother-tick-yes-or-no-box' divide us.
Soraya Chemaly


Stop Minimizing the Costs of Teaching Girls to 'Stay Safe'

Soraya Chemaly | July 23, 2014 | Women
We are socialized to think that sexual assault, and having to bear the costs of avoiding it, is "normal." Children and women are socialized to fear it and we adapt our behavior to avoid or, if exercised by loved ones or friends, to tolerate it.
Lisa Daniels


Don't Cry for Me, Sheryl Sandberg

Lisa Daniels | July 23, 2014 | Women
Sheryl Sandberg would not be happy with me. Instead of Leaning In, I have leaned so far out, I'm practically horizontal. My career -- gone. Heart beat -- one big flat line.
Courtney McKinney


The F-Word

Courtney McKinney | July 23, 2014 | Women
If you don't like feminism, don't call yourself a feminist. But I have a hunch that when your brilliant little girl grows up and voices her desire to be president you are not going to tell her she should instead look for a man to open her jars -- you may even encourage her to call herself a feminist.
Melissa Schenker


Can A Narcissist Love Me?

Melissa Schenker | July 23, 2014 | Women
A narcissist can seem to love you. A narcissist can make it look like love. A narcissist can say the words of love. A narcissist can think it's love. Unfortunately, when involved with a narcissist, you are enmeshed but not in love. You can be enmeshed and mistake that for love. But enmeshment and love are not the same thing.
Susie Moore

5 Rules for Professional Chic On a Budget!

Susie Moore | July 23, 2014 | Style
There is no reason to ever have credit card debit for clothes. Ever. Living in New York, I was astounded at people who shop with money they don't have for expensive fashion items they don't need. In your blazer, heels, pearls and stilettos, you will look effortlessly chic.
Coming of Faith

'The Bachelorette: Ramadan Edition'

Coming of Faith | July 23, 2014 | Religion
When Ramadan first started, I was excited to do it on my own: now my siblings wouldn't hog the leftover lentil soup that I so coveted during suhoor, nor would they jabber so much during suhoor that my dad would shush us all.
Arianna Huffington


Here's What Happens When You Type 'Why Am' Into Google in New York

Arianna Huffington | July 23, 2014 | Healthy Living
Do you know what happens when you live in New York and you type the words "why am" into Google? Before you can type the next word, Google's Autocomplete function helpfully offers to complete your thought. The first suggestion: "why am I so tired?" The second: "why am I always tired?" The Zeitgeist perfectly captured by Google. As the Belgian philosopher Pascal Chabot has put it, burnout is "civilization's disease." The thought of so many people hunched over their laptops or iPhones, asking Google, "Why am I so tired?" or "Why am I always tired?" is really sad. And the answer is not going to be given to us by an algorithm. But we can start by shutting off our devices and getting some sleep.
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Roth vs. Traditional 401(k) -- Which Is Better?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | July 23, 2014 | Money
The sheer number of retirement accounts can make anyone's head spin. Once you've opened a specific type of account -- for instance a traditional 401(k) -- it's tempting to just figure you're set. But with more and more employers now offering a Roth 401(k) as well, it's smart to take a step back and consider the potential benefits of each.
Shira Lazar


Cards Against Harassment For All Those Sexist Jerks Out There!

Shira Lazar | July 23, 2014 | Women
The Cards Against Harassment YouTube channel has figured out a creative new way to put loudmouth guys in their place. What would YOUR card say?

7 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score | July 23, 2014 | Money
A poor credit score can hurt your chances of success, whether you're looking for private student loans or shopping for your next set of wheels. But if your credit score is already in the 600's or below, there's good news: you can fix bad credit.
Debra Rogers


9 Things I Learned About Summer Love

Debra Rogers | July 23, 2014 | Women
When it comes to romance, I've had summer flings and summer flops. Some were short-lived and others became loving, lasting relationships. But I treasure every one of them because I learned something valuable from each experience.
Christa Dowling


The Golden Rules of Manners, Now and for the Future

Christa Dowling | July 23, 2014 | Women
It's all about manners! Not the old-fashioned kind, white gloves and all, but the kind of behavior that will assist you in your daily endeavors through communicating ideas, electronically and otherwise.
Carly Steyer

Why Facebook Is Not For Me

Carly Steyer | July 23, 2014 | Teen
The way I see it, Facebook perpetuates the absolute importance of physical appearance to an unhealthy extent. Think about it: when was the last time you saw a comment on a picture that praised someone for something other than a physicality?
Madeline Wahl


I Don't Want Your Apology. I Want You to Think Before You Tweet.

Madeline Wahl | July 23, 2014 | Entertainment
Why make the statement at all? Why feel the need to tweet something immediately instead of sleeping on it, or even waiting five minutes and actually considering whether it's something that should be sent out into the world?
Marina Illich, Ph.D.


How Mindfulness Makes You Powerful

Marina Illich, Ph.D. | July 23, 2014 | Business
If you find yourself seeking power so you can have more influence or a better advantage, or feel more in control, consider this: Power doesn't come from doing more, better or faster. Power comes from a state of presence. And mindfulness brings you there.
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