09/06/2013 10:54 am ET Updated Nov 06, 2013

Girls Tweeting (Not Twerking) Their Way to Power


If one were to take cues from pop culture alone, the state of young women today might seem rather grim. Miley Cyrus's highly controversial, bizarre and hypersexualized dance moves at the recent MTV Video Music Awards was only the latest in a long list of incidents in which teenage girls are portrayed as more concerned with getting attention than with being genuinely powerful.

But the disproportionate amount of ink and pixels spilled on famous and -- let's face it -- confused girls like Cyrus distracts from the more interesting work of so-called ordinary girls -- like 22-year-old Carmen Rios.

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