I Lost Weight for All the Wrong Reasons

I Lost Weight for All the Wrong Reasons

Like so many women who decide to lose weight, my journey started with a marriage proposal. Within 48 hours of saying “yes” in 2006, I signed up for a meal plan that eventually helped me lose 70 pounds from my 208-pound self in six short months.  I hit the gym every morning.  Daily weigh-ins were routine.  I’d even take my […]

Filling a Need and Empowering Women

Filling a Need and Empowering Women

Take a look at this great video about a young woman who turned a college project into a career that empowers women. The assignment called for students to create something innovative that filled a real need. Veronika’s first thought was to create a new design for coats for the homeless. But she soon found out that what was really needed […]

Why Are We All Talking About Penises?

Why Are We All Talking About Penises?

You can’t swing a stick without hitting a penis these days. Metaphorically, I mean. Think about it: everywhere you look on the Internet it’s Best Celebrity Bulges this and Top Dick Pics that. And of course, there’s poor Jon Hamm and his much-photographed “Little Hamm.” We should probably leave those two alone for a while.

Blubber Girl

Blubber Girl

In third grade one of my schoolmates, who I’ll call Nancy, used to call me Blubber Girl. And I believed her. I felt massive, like a whale, a huge blubbery whale. Eventually, the teacher intervened. “How do you think Jenny feels when you say that, Nancy?” “I dunno.” “Jenny, how do you feel?” I want to die. Send me off to […]

Still from "Gett."

Movie Review: ‘Gett, The Trial of Viviane Amsalem’

Watching this film was excruciating, but I mean that in a good way. “Gett” is distressing by design, as it brings us along on the journey of an Israeli woman, Viviane, while she tries over the course of five harrowing years to obtain her husband’s permission to divorce him.


Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs for Feminism

Potty-Mouthed Princesses Drop F-Bombs for Feminism

In this clever video from FCKH8, some sassy young girls dressed in pretty, pink princess outfits drop repeated f-bombs to make a point about gender equality. The question posed is – what do viewers find more shocking, the language, or the dismal statistics about women in the workplace and society that the video presents? The video also features an awesome, […]

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Beyond #GamerGate and #CelebGate, Online Harassment is a Very Real Problem

Beyond #GamerGate and #CelebGate, Online Harassment is a Very Real Problem

We recently found this infographic to help explain online harassment, especially sexual harassment of women. The problems extend beyond celebrities and prominent figures being hacked or harassed online, but those are the stories that make the news and initiate conversation. It’s all too easy to dismiss stories about celebrities being hacked and their private photos stolen because we tend to […]

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Kids React To Realistic Barbie

Kids React To Realistic Barbie

The Lammily Doll has been coined the “realistic Barbie.” Take a look at this video, where adults at one school ask a class of second graders for their thoughts on Lammily. The children are asked how Lammily is different from Barbie, what they think the doll would do for a living, and whether they would rather receive Lammily or Barbie […]

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Recent Articles

Catholic Bishops Vote to Revise Rules for Health Care Partnerships

Photo courtesy of "Jim, The Photographer"

by Nina Martin ProPublica Update, Nov. 12: On Tuesday, the bishops conference overwhelmingly voted to pursue a revision of the directives pertaining to mergers and partnerships. The vote was 213 to 2 with one abstention. “The medical field is advancing so rapidly, it’s very important for us to address these issues as well [as] for the sake of our people,” […]

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Bruce Willis Said WHAT? My Night At The Glamour Women of The Year Awards

Awardees Lupita Nyong'o and Chelsea Clinton. Photo via Huffington Post.

At the risk of offending women’s magazine publishers, one doesn’t expect an awards show hosted by Glamour Magazine to be substantive or hard-hitting. Most people are more likely to envision awards given for make-up artistry and fashion photography rather than international diplomacy and environmental conservation. However, the Glamour Women of the Year Awards are just that: a celebration of meaningful, […]

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I Was Sexually Harassed. Here’s How I Responded

I Was Sexually Harassed. Here’s How I Responded

This post originally appeared on LinkedIn. A few weeks ago I was so sick I needed to go to Urgent Care, where I was prescribed antibiotics to be filled at a local CVS. While in line at the pharmacy counter, I was “approached” by a man. He spoke softly, so just a few of us could hear—me, and possibly the […]

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There’s No Such Thing as Work-Life Balance: Real Survival Tips for Working Moms

There’s No Such Thing as Work-Life Balance: Real Survival Tips for Working Moms

Picture the scene: I was living in Switzerland with my husband and two young sons, 8 months and 2-and-a-half years old at the time, when both kids came down with a vicious stomach virus. They got ill on a night I was preparing for a big meeting at work the next day. Both boys had high fevers and vomiting, and […]

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How Pole Dancing is Helping Me Recover from Bulimia

How Pole Dancing is Helping Me Recover from Bulimia

For five years, I felt like my body was the enemy. It was too big, all wrong, an ungainly mistake. It took up too much space and all I really wanted was to disappear. I hoped to fade quietly, to make myself as small as possible to keep myself safe. In other words, I was bulimic. Eventually—and just in time—I […]

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The Vaginal Orgasm–Is It All In Your Head?

The Vaginal Orgasm–Is It All In Your Head?

I was a 23-year-old graduate student, studying Counseling Psychology and seeing clients professionally, before I realised that my clitoris was outside my vagina. Please don’t mock! I grew up Catholic, in Ireland, and we weren’t too comfortable talking about sex and sex organs, to put it mildly. This isn’t unique to Irish Catholics (though we may be a special case). […]

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Burda Media’s DLD Hosts Luncheon In Silicon Valley

Burda Media’s DLD Hosts Luncheon In Silicon Valley

One of my favorite quiet little luncheons happens in  Palo Alto’s MacArthur Park restaurant every fall thrown by Germany’s Hubert Burda Media. The brainchild of Burda’s annual digital conference DLD (Digital, Life, Design) is Steffi Czerny co-founder of the conference and head schmoozer.  Keeping close to the heart of innovation in Silicon Valley has helped DLD tap into the pulse of […]

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Obama’s Push for Affordable Preschool/Day Care Is NOT an Assault on Stay-At-Home Moms

Photo courtesy of Phil Scoville

Over the weekend, my Facebook and Twitter news feeds were full of stories about President Obama and his seeming disdain for stay-at-home moms. Dozens of stories were posted across a multitude of websites, and most of them were vitriolic, filled with dramatic accounts of the President’s apparent derision for moms who didn’t work, along with passionate declarations of support for […]

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This State’s All-Female Delegation in Congress is About to End

This State’s All-Female Delegation in Congress is About to End

The first all-female congressional delegation will soon be no more. New Hampshire in 2012 made history by sending only women to Washington, D.C., to represent it in Congress. And a female governor to boot. 

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Shopping While Fat—Lessons in Life and Fashion From a Formerly Plus-Size Woman

Shopping While Fat—Lessons in Life and Fashion From a Formerly Plus-Size Woman

As I stood naked in the fluorescent glare of the dressing room, all 200-plus pounds staring back at me in the mirror, I wondered if today might finally be the day I’d find the outfit that would change my life. By life-changing, I meant an outfit that would not only hide my fat, but also make my bleak outlook on […]

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In A Democracy, NOT Voting Is Never The Answer—Seven Women Candidates to Turn Out Your Vote November 4th

In A Democracy, NOT Voting Is Never The Answer—Seven Women Candidates to Turn Out Your Vote November 4th

Iowa GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst only lives about 30 miles away from me, but we’re light years apart ideologically. However, the Tea Party favorite stands a good chance of becoming the first woman that Iowa will ever elect to Congress. Iowa shares the dubious distinction of never having sent a woman to DC with three other states —Delaware, Mississippi […]

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Renée Zellweger, Plastic Surgery & Loving My Aging Skin

Renée Zellweger, Plastic Surgery & Loving My Aging Skin

Forget Ebola, the lava flow that’s approaching residential areas of Hawaii, and the Canadian Parliament attacks. The recent transformation of Renée Zellweger’s face has people in a tizzy, thrown off by a look that’s very different from her “You had me at ‘hello’” days. As I read the harsh reactions, my own 40-year-old face smothered in extra virgin coconut oil […]

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Matt Bai on Sex Scandals, Gary Hart and Journalism in the Modern Age

Matt Bai on Sex Scandals, Gary Hart and Journalism in the Modern Age

Election Day is November 4, and it seems like we should know the candidates pretty well by now. Modern media and its tools for content creation and distribution are ever-present. The potential for rapidity and authenticity in political reporting is greater than ever. So why doesn’t it seem like we know much that matters about the candidates this campaign season? […]

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