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Madeleine M. Kunin

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Why Girls Should Create Video Games

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted July 8, 2012

Why are video games so violent? The ones I've seen remind me of the 4th of July, with everything exploding, buildings, cars, airplanes, men and women. Kill, kill, and kill for sport and entertainment.

Video games seem to be mostly a boy thing -- viewed by young boys and created...

Wynn Walent

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Haitian Mothers and the Meaning of Rain

Wynn Walent | Posted July 8, 2012

My mother loves the rain. Some of my earliest memories are of her excitedly preparing my sisters and I to venture outside to splash in gutters, jump in puddles, and carelessly kick around as children so naturally do. She'd laugh, she'd skip, and she'd sing, as if teaching us to...

Shabana Azmi

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Tribute to Motherhood

Shabana Azmi | Posted July 8, 2012

No matter where she is from, a mother's happiness will depend on her child's wellbeing. This similarity cuts through all other differences that may exist between mothers living on opposite sides of the world. It means a mother with a healthy child can empathise with another mother's pain at watching...

Signe Whitson

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The Three Best Things My Mother Ever Taught Me

Signe Whitson | Posted July 8, 2012

Mothers are known for giving advice -- both the asked for and the unsolicited kind. This year, in honor of Mother's Day, I celebrate all of the wisdom that my own mom passed on to me through her words and, more importantly, in her actions over the years:

Michele Willens

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Face It: The Incredibly Shrinking Don Draper

Michele Willens | Posted July 8, 2012

Jon Hamm doesn't even seem to fit in his clothes anymore.

I am trying valiantly to figure out what Matthew Weiner is doing on this weird season of Mad Men. As a longtime devotee of the AMC series, I am always willing to give him the benefit...

Women Leaders Still Face Challenges

Pamela Trotman Reid | Posted July 8, 2012

Education is a critical aspect in preparing young women for the challenges of the world. This was particularly clear to me when I attended the Women in Public Service Colloquium hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last December in Washington, DC. The participants included former Secretary of State Madeline...

Jerry Lanson

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Who Says Our Mothers Don't Shape Our Lives and Values?

Jerry Lanson | Posted July 8, 2012

My Mom had opinions on just about everything. And she wasn't shy about sharing them either.

Ethel Lanson was a teacher -- first biology and then, when I was growing up on Long Island in the '50s and '60s, a high school guidance counselor. And if her two sons sometimes...

Melissa Carter

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A 'Thank You' to Pat Summitt

Melissa Carter | Posted July 8, 2012

"Confidence is what happens when you've done the hard work that entitles you to succeed."
--Pat Summitt

Any player adorning a University of Tennessee Lady Volunteer jersey had every reason to walk around Knoxville with confidence. The fact that Pat Summitt was their leader inspired the rest of us...

Shannon Galpin

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Cyclofemme: A Global Day of Women's Cycling

Shannon Galpin | Posted July 8, 2012

This Mother's Day, Girl Bike Love presents 'CycloFemme,' the first Global day of women's cycling. Its goal? "To Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, and Empower the Future of women in cycling."

Cyclists around the world are invited to create rides, or take part in local...

Shereen Hall

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12 Influential Pakistani Women Leaders You Should Know

Shereen Hall | Posted July 8, 2012

As the weather warms and tourists descend on the nation's capital, 12 Pakistani women will be among the thousands of visitors in D.C. this week. But they aren't here to see the cherry blossoms or tour the White House. They're here to meet with US policymakers to propose solutions for...

Jane Shure

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Remembering a Mother-in-Law Who Embodied Resilience & Leadership

Jane Shure | Posted July 8, 2012

It is only fitting that as this Mother's Day rolls around, I stop to remember the person who raised and nurtured my husband to be the loving, humanitarian man that he is.

My mother-in-law was ahead of her time. If she had grown up in my generation, she would...

Nell Merlino

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On Being Your Own CEO

Nell Merlino | Posted July 8, 2012

Fantastic news from The Wall Street Journal: More companies are grooming more women for the CEO's chair. Finally!

According to a recent study they conducted with McKinsey & Company, nearly 73 percent of Fortune 500 companies have at least one female executive officer....

Carol DeChant

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Dear Cardinal Dolan: Is the Pope Catholic?

Carol DeChant | Posted July 8, 2012

Dear Cardinal Dolan,

Because "60 Minutes" names you Our Man in Rome (as the most likely to become the first American Pope), I'm writing to ask about the Vatican's investigation of American nuns -- presumably for not being "Catholic enough." Can you find out: What is the Pope thinking?...

Patrice Bendig

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My Tribute to My Grandfather Is My Writing, Which Was His Gift to Me

Patrice Bendig | Posted July 8, 2012

My grandfather would have been 83 years old today. If he were alive right now, I would probably be putting the final touches on his birthday cake and trying to rush around to find the last-minute perfect gift. Most likely, it would have been something for his kitchen, since 90...

Ekaterina Walter

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Everything We Know About Gender Communication Is Wrong

Ekaterina Walter | Posted July 8, 2012

In my conversations with women and men of all walks of life, ages and backgrounds, I notice that people are divided into two camps when it comes to gender communication: One believes that men and women inherently communicate differently and hence need to be treated differently, and the other believes...

Bree Maresca-Kramer

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7 Things Men Look for in a Woman

Bree Maresca-Kramer | Posted July 8, 2012

Believe it or not, men are just as much a mystery to women as women are to men. I'm asked quite frequently by women, "What do men really want?" They react to celebrity splits like Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore's with shock and dismay, stating, "She is so beautiful and...

Barbara Greenberg

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A Treatise on Being Called 'Cute'

Barbara Greenberg | Posted July 8, 2012

I am an adult woman. Yes, at the risk of saying something socially inappropriate, I will say it anyway. On some days, I do feel attractive. And guess what -- despite having gone through childbirth, I am still pleased with my body. I am delighted when I get complimented on...

Samira Asemanfar

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How Barbra Streisand's Manicure Made an Impact on My Life

Samira Asemanfar | Posted July 8, 2012

Every day after school, my mom would always have a meal ready for me as we watched Oprah together. I vividly remember an interview Oprah had with Barbra Streisand. I was 9. You would think as an elementary-grade little girl, I wouldn't care to watch an interview with anyone I...

Women & Co

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How to Share Vacation Expenses with Friends

Women & Co | Posted July 8, 2012

By Lauren Coulston, Integration Manager, Women & Co.

What's your ideal vacation? Is it a road trip? Yoga retreat? A much-needed vacation with a friend sounds like a great idea, but it can get tricky once you get into the planning. When you have dinner out with friends...

Anushay Hossain

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The Pinterest Gap: Is Pinning Only for Women?

Anushay Hossain | Posted July 8, 2012

As a mother to an 8-month-old, you would think the main reason I am not getting enough sleep would be the new baby in our home. But really I stay up late into the night while my husband and daughter sleep because, with iPhone tightly in the palm, I am...

Dr. Peggy Drexler

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Hey, Moms Are People Too!

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted July 8, 2012

What's so hard about mothering? Aside from being everything to everyone -- including the eternal fountain of love, connectedness, support, and protection -- moms function as personal shoppers, cooks, janitors, bankers, and repairmen. We're responsible for scheduling appointments, social events, and homework. What's more, we're supposed to love every second...

Melissa Gerstein

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Are You in a Sex Rut?

Melissa Gerstein | Posted July 8, 2012

Feeling sexy and being sexual has always been very important to me. I am the type of woman who embraces her sexuality and enjoys flirting, seduction and orgasm. Before I had children, flirting and foreplay was significant in my everyday life.

Yet, after three children, those flirtatious acts and spontaneity...

Megan Smolenyak

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Martha Stewart's Family Tree

Megan Smolenyak | Posted July 8, 2012

  • Martha Helen (Kostyra) Stewart was named after her mother (Martha, though she was originally named Jadwiga) and paternal grandmother (Helena).
  • All four of her grandparents were Ellis Island era immigrants from the southeastern portion of Poland with her paternal grandparents -- Helena Krukar and Franciszek Kostyra -- coming first...
Bryce Longton

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Shop Main Street From Your Street

Bryce Longton | Posted July 8, 2012

That jacket right there. That's the one you wore right out of the store in Tuscany. And those funky sunglasses? Bought from a street vendor in Seoul. The rugged go-with-everything boots, yeah those came from London. Your closet is a wearable passport to all the places you've been. Up until...

Peter J. Donaldson

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A Mother's Day Gift

Peter J. Donaldson | Posted July 8, 2012

More than 360,000 women will give birth this Mother's Day -- 90 percent of them in developing countries. One thousand of these women will die while becoming mothers. Nearly 300 of them didn't plan or want to be pregnant, yet they will lose their lives. In early April, Melinda Gates...

Janice Harper

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A Mother's Day Memory of Never-Ending Chocolates

Janice Harper | Posted July 8, 2012

My mother loved her chocolates. A box of Russell Stover was her favorite, though she'd never turn down a Whitman's Sampler. Anything better was just too good to be eaten and only meant to be admired and sniffed, like the cap from her Chanel No. 5. But her Russell Stover...

Emma Gray

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Make-Up Sex Is Like Cocaine Addiction, Says Clinical Psychologist

Emma Gray | Posted July 8, 2012

Make-up sex is just like cocaine? So wrote clinical psychologist Seth Meyers (not the one on SNL) in a recent blog for Psychology Today titled "Make-Up Sex Hurts: Why and How to Avoid It."

Meyers argued:

In a healthy relationship, two people...

Margaret Heffernan

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Why We Don't Celebrate Mother's Day in our Home

Margaret Heffernan | Posted July 8, 2012

Everywhere I look, there are ads marking Mother's Day. Mostly they conform to stereotype: flowers, jewelry, perfume. Not a lot of books. Not many computers. Few tools. Little that's useful.

We don't go in for this nonsense in our household. Why? Because one day to celebrate mothers is ludicrously...

Shanae Hall

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Coming to Grips With Not Being in Love With Your Spouse Anymore

Shanae Hall | Posted July 8, 2012

Whoever thought the time would come when you are no longer in love with the person that you said "I do" to? What happened to "'til death do us part?" The cuddling on the sofa while watching your favorite sitcom together? How did it just disappear into thin air? For...

Erica Abeel

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Hick: A Ground-Breaking Film About a Teen Girl as You've Never Seen Her

Erica Abeel | Posted July 8, 2012

Hick, the acclaimed novel by Andrea Portes, features one of the freshest, catchiest voices in recent fiction. The voice belongs to Luli, the 13-year-old daughter of a pair of lushes in Nowhere Nebraska, and it's funny, trashy, snarky, outrageous -- a great yawp from the heartland that rings heart-breakingly true....

Marcia Reynolds

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What Ambition in Women Looks Like

Marcia Reynolds | Posted July 8, 2012

The first time I heard Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, say that women lack ambition, I thought, "She's an executive, not a researcher. This idea will be disproved." Yet she continues to be given a platform to tell this story. People continue to listen. This is another low...

Debra L. Ness

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On Mother's Day: Expecting Better for All Mothers and Working Families

Debra L. Ness | Posted July 8, 2012

On Sunday, millions of mothers will be celebrated and honored -- some for the first time, and others as part of a fun family ritual. But when the family fun and gift giving ends, we should all take a moment to think about the kind of help and support that...

Eric Segall

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Our Daughters' Future

Eric Segall | Posted July 8, 2012

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's recent statement likening Planned Parenthood to a terrorist organization could be easily dismissed as a rhetorical rant designed to win a court case if it were not part of a disturbing, on-going assault on the rights of women. Between us, we are the...

Claire Fordham

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S#*! My Mom Says

Claire Fordham | Posted July 8, 2012

If Oscar Wilde was right and all women become like their mothers, you can forgive me for feeling a little anxious after my parents' last trip to Los Angeles, where my sister and I live.

Not that they are losing their marbles. Far from it, but they have been known...

Hussain Abdul-Hussain

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From One Arab Man to Mona Eltahawy: Thank You!

Hussain Abdul-Hussain | Posted July 8, 2012

It is intriguing that the sharpest responses to Mona Eltahawy's Why Do They Hate Us came from two Arab men, while the reaction of the majority of Arab women varied between the lame "both men and women are oppressed in Arab countries" and the redundant "women are oppressed...

K. Sujata

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Mommy Needs a Job

K. Sujata | Posted July 8, 2012

We are all fast-approaching that very special day in May when we take time to honor the women who have brought us into this life. As we prepare for Mother's Day this year, busy with our brunch reservations and floral orders, I'd like to take a moment to discuss what...

Ora Nadrich

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Saying Yes to Love After Heartache

Ora Nadrich | Posted July 8, 2012

I recently watched Piers Morgan interview the talented tennis champion Serena Williams. Much of the interview covered her extraordinary career, which was almost cut short recently by a life-threatening health scare. But what really made me sit up and take notice was when he cut to the chase...

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

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Are Black Women Obese Because We Want to Be?

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted July 8, 2012

There are few stories that cause me to sprint to Facebook and Twitter, but a widely read New York Times opinion editorial by Alice Randall arguing that black women are the most obese group in America because "we want to be" caused me to do just that. Curious...

Adam Wolfberg, M.D.

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A New (Old) Prevention for Preterm Birth

Adam Wolfberg, M.D. | Posted July 8, 2012

The preterm birth crowd has been abuzz about progesterone because this very old drug has been proven to prevent preterm birth. First, weekly injections of 17-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17-P) were shown to prevent a repeat preterm delivery, and more recently, vaginal progesterone was shown to prevent preterm delivery in women with...

Dina Bakst

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This Mother's Day, Stand Up for Expecting Moms

Dina Bakst | Posted July 8, 2012

True or False:

1) A pregnant woman can be fired for carrying a water bottle on the job to stay hydrated and prevent bladder infections.

2) A pregnant activity director at a nursing home can be terminated because she requires help with...

Hayley Krischer

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Why Is Vogue Ahead of Seventeen In The War On Eating Disorders?

Hayley Krischer | Posted July 8, 2012

Just as Vogue announced a ban of under-aged and thinspo-leaning models from its pages -- a "triumph" according to Slate's Libby Copeland -- Seventeen magazine shut down 14-year-old Julia Bluhm, a ballet dancer who attempted to convince...

Jill Di Donato

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Mother's Day 2012: My Mom Always Took Care Of Me -- Until Our Roles Reversed

Jill Di Donato | Posted July 8, 2012

You might think that having a fulfilling relationship with your mother gets easier with age. This seems intuitive to women these days as we have more templates to choose from when forming intimate bonds with people in our lives. Having a fulfilling adult relationship with your mother offers profound life...

Stephanie Penn

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Retirement Realities for Women

Stephanie Penn | Posted July 8, 2012

During the day I work for a collections agency and I come in contact with a number of people who have been negatively affected by our countries unemployment rate, foreclosure of homes and healthcare system. I try not to pry too much so the circumstances that led to their financial...

Alec Gewirtz

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Party Politics

Alec Gewirtz | Posted July 8, 2012

While most of this publication's readers are obsessing over national party politics, the youth of America are worrying about a very different sort of party: prom. The exhalation after exams, the prom dance is a unique reversion to bygone formal dating habits -- bouquet-assisted proposals, chariot pick-ups and slow-dance comedowns....

Mia Farrow

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Making Mother's Day More Meaningful

Mia Farrow | Posted July 8, 2012

Mother's Day is our chance to honor the women who bind families together and raise children from babies to adulthood.

Raising good kids is one of the most challenging, and also the most meaningful, things I've ever done. I tried to teach them to respect their fellow human beings.

I,...