Relationship Abuse

By: Joanne C.

Relationship abuse is wrong partly because it harms another person, the same way assaults and violence are wrong. Relationship abuse, though, not only causes physical harm, but has emotional and psychological repercussions for the victim that can stay with the victim a long time after the bruises heal.

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Bearing Torches

By: Nikki W.

Our friends at Fem2.0 tweeted a great quote from Marlo Thomas about the need for women to help one another succeed. Writing for the Huffington Post last month, Thomas said:

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Girls Prosper in China, If They're Born

By: Nikki W.

Interesting article on how girls in China are reaping the benefits of the one-child policy that is often the source of so much (deserved) criticism: “One-child policy a surprising boon for China girls,” Alexa Oleson, Associated Press, 8/14/11

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Girls Dropping Out

By: Mira F

Girls who drop out, especially teen mothers, may never overcome discrimination.  This situation is particularly unfair to females of color, who must deal with dual pressures of sex/gender and race. They are marginalized on two fronts, the one that favors whites and the one that favors males. Females lose out financially because jobs typical for low-income or poorly-educated women do not pay nearly as much as men’s low-income or low-education jobs. You may have noticed that construction workers are almost always all males, and that nannies are almost always female. Though this is just one example, if you start to notice the pattern you will see that the construction workers are paid far more and have greater benefits than the nannies. This is sometimes excused by the sexist and outdated assertion that men are paid more because “they have families to care for.” But women have families to care for too, and millions are single parents, what about that? Women are locked out, pulled in opposite directions, to either stand up to stereotyping or to play the game. Whichever they choose is going to be a very hard road to walk.

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Educate girls…change the world!

By: Shannon S.

Denying girls an education is a human rights violation that highlights how girls are valued less than boys.

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Making Maternal Health Matter in Uganda

By: Nikki W.

I’d hope it wasn’t true, but all indications are that even now, sometimes the difference between life and death is merely money.This New York Times story about maternal deaths in Uganda makes a point that is often lost as so many around the world rush to aid countries where women–and, very often, girls–are dying during pregnancy and childbirth: it’s an issue of priorities.

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Limited Work Opportunities for Women

By: Joanne C.

Gender inequity and disparity is clearly evident in America’s work society. If there are so few women at the top, do girls have enough role models to inspire them to be CEOs or lawmakers? If girls don’t think they can succeed in a certain field, they surely won’t find it interesting or start dreaming about it. They won’t decide to run for Congress or to study biochemistry. Then this cycle will keep going, preventing girls from getting involved and earning respect and a place in society.

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BWB Seeks Justice

By: Nikki W.

I am outraged on so many levels here. As a girl, as a BRILLIANT girl, as a person who appreciates academic achievement, heck…I’m outrages AS A PERSON.

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Day of the Girl and the National Council of Women’s Organizations

By: Nikki W.

“We want girls to make their voices heard.” Joanne Conelley and Wendy Lesko at the National Council of Women’s Organizations’ 2011 National Meeting

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One Girl’s Opinion: Negative Media Images of Girls

By: Anika M.

Negative media images of girls affect everyone. Day after day, girls are taught early on to be sexy, flawless and unrealistically skinny, and they resort to drastic and unhealthy measures to achieve the unachievable. One example that comes to mind is the show “Toddlers in Tiaras,” about 3-year-old beauty pageant stars. The consequence: too many girls feel disgusted with themselves when they can’t succeed.

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