The Smart Girls story is an amazing one: Upon graduating high school, Emily Raleigh (now a rising junior at Fordham University) wrote a guide to help her younger sister succeed in high school. But instead of stopping there, Emily decided that she wanted to help other girls too. Check it out @ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katy-ma-/smart-girls-conference-20_b_5597306.html?utm_hp_ref=teen
by Elizabeth Plank
When reality television star and fashion blogger Lauren Conrad was asked what her “favorite position” was on a live radio program a while back, the women listening held their breath. Read the whole piece…
When a transgender female teen was removed from 78 days in solitary confinement in an adult prison in Connecticut on June 24 her supporters celebrated a break in a case that had received widespread media attention.
But on July 12 the case took a turn that activists say further shows the mistreatment of young trans people in both juvenile detention centers and prison.
The Latina transgender teen, being called Jane Doe, was sent to a boys’ facility, the Connecticut Juvenile Training Facility, after being accused of assault at a psychiatric center to which she had been released. Read more here
When people write about Saved by the Bell today, they focus on the big cell phone, the eye-assaulting wardrobe, and a certain someone’s breakdown after a brief fling with caffeine pills. No matter how silly this show was, there’s no doubt of its popularity—to take this subject matter seriously is to take our consumption of culture seriously. This swirl of messages about gender and race in the show are confusing, but in my case, and perhaps for many others, I left the show behind in search of better characters with more relatable experiences. And yet no matter what I’ve found, I know that the show will always be around, airing weekday mornings as a nostalgic recitation of what a bunch of old male writers thought of young high school women.
From "Nostalgia Does Not Make Saved by the Bell Grow Sweeter" by Emily Hashimoto.
Julie Zeilinger has some tips for on surviving college in her new book “College 101: A Girl’s Guide to Freshman Year.”http://womensenews.org/story/education/140719/3-steps-young-women-maximize-college
Fifteen of the 20 countries with the highest rates of child marriage are in Africa, and 39 percent of the continent’s girls are married before the age of 18.
Child marriage is a tradition that is practiced to preserve a girl’s chastity, to strengthen ties between families and to cope, as a response to poverty. In many African countries, parents receive a bride price from the groom’s family when their daughter marries, and are relieved of the burden of providing for her. Check out this story.
On Monday, when Towson University graduate Kacy Catanzaro took on the finals course in Dallas for competition sports show “American Ninja Warrior,” she not only made it to the final round of the U.S. contest, she also made history.
The 5-foot, 100-pound gymnast became the first female contestant to qualify for the competition’s final round. With her win Monday, she’ll next head to Las Vegas where she’ll go to head-to-head with dozens of finalists from around the country who all conquered each of the physically strenuous stages.- Via Huffington Post
“Most of my makeup is heavily influenced by music. I love to be able to create and see what I am hearing and feeling. I simply see it in my mind’s eye, and my hands do the rest.”- Stephanie Fernandez on her inspiration. Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/08/stephanie-fernandez-makeup-artist-_n_5567442.html?utm_hp_ref=teen
“I never imagined my wedding day; I was completely devoted to study. I wanted to become a doctor. I was very good in school. When we left Syria, I tried to bring my textbooks. I thought I might go back again, and I could use the time in Iraq to study.”
Like many girls facing poverty or conflict, Dilda was married to an older man to help make ends meet. “She had a nice dress, but no songs, no party,” says her father Abdul. “It would be very improper to have a party while our brothers and sisters are suffering and being killed in Syria.”
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