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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

Let’s Talk About Sex (With Our Kids)

Let’s Talk About Sex (With Our Kids)

“How do two girls make a baby when there’s no penis?” asked my 9-year-old son. “To make a baby, you need a man’s sperm and a woman’s egg. So a doctor put a man’s sperm in one of the mom’s eggs.” The occasion for this blunt conversation was the arrival of twins born to our lesbian neighbors. When my kids […]


Beyoncé’s Powerful New Film

Beyoncé’s Powerful New Film

Beyoncé recently released a new short film on YouTube called Yours and Mine. In it, she explores many of the personal and poignant experiences she has had, as well as the wisdom she has gained from them. She touches on feminism, fame, marriage, motherhood, appreciation for one’s body, and more. The film, shot in black and white, offers an intriguing glimpse […]

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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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Men Try Sex Toys (NSFW)

Men Try Sex Toys (NSFW)

Buzzfeed has made a series of these sort of videos, but this is particularly awesome. A bunch of regular guys trying sex toys for the first time. It’s hilarious, but also pretty interesting.

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School Segregation, The Continuing Tragedy Of Ferguson

School Segregation, The Continuing Tragedy Of Ferguson

ON AUGUST 1, FIVE BLACK STUDENTS in satiny green and red robes and mortar boards waited inside an elementary school classroom, listening for their names to be called as graduates of Normandy High School. The ceremony was held months after the school’s main graduation for students who had been short of credits or had opted not to participate earlier. One of […]

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She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

The new documentary She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry explores the important contributions of those involved in the women’s rights movement between 1966 and 1971. Through archival footage, recent interviews, and more, it takes a look at the ways in which those women paved the way for the current day women’s movement. Check out the powerful trailer.

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How to Tell if You’re Feminist (Hint: You Probably Are)

How to Tell if You’re Feminist (Hint: You Probably Are)

Feminism has a branding problem. Not the basic concepts or the definition of feminism, which according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary  is, “The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.” That’s all that feminism means and you’ll find few people who object to that simple idea. Unfortunately, the word itself has been associated with the most extreme […]

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Deadly Force, In Black and White

Deadly Force, In Black and White

by Ryan Gabrielson, Ryann Grochowski Jones and Eric Sagara ProPublica, Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater i, according to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings. The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured […]

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5 Tips For Etiquette Challenged Leaders During The Holiday Season

5 Tips For Etiquette Challenged Leaders During The Holiday Season

The small, overcrowded room feels cramped, maybe even a little uncomfortable.  You’re not sure you want to be attending another corporate holiday party but with so many opportunities to connect and network  how can you say no?   So, you have a drink to ease the tension and make the night pass quicker, (who can say no to an open bar?). […]

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Who’s In Your Boardroom?

Photo courtesy of Joel Barbarán via Flickr

  As the year winds down there’s some reason for optimism about the rise of women in top corporate positions and holding board seats. In their 10th annual study, UC Davis researchers found women hold 11.5% of the board director and highest paid executive positions at the 400 largest public companies (measured by market cap) headquartered in California. That’s the […]

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School Lunch Standards: Unpacking the Facts

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In recent weeks, students across the country have been posting pictures of their school lunches on every available form of social media, complaining about everything from the taste of the food to the lack of variety, or in some cases, the lack of food in general. This piece from CNN is one of many showcasing student concerns. While many blame […]

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Why You Should NEVER Ask Your Friends If They’ve Lost Weight

Why You Should NEVER Ask Your Friends If They’ve Lost Weight

“Have you lost weight?” If I had a slice of cheesecake for every time someone asked me that—well, let’s just say they wouldn’t be asking it for long, because I’d have a lot of freaking cheesecake. I think when people say that they mean it as a compliment, but that’s not how I take it. You see, the question implies […]

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Plenty of Goldfish Crackers in the Sea, A Single Mom’s Adventures in Dating

Plenty of Goldfish Crackers in the Sea, A Single Mom’s Adventures in Dating

I sat across the table from him and stared incredulously. He listed from side to side like a boat that was about to sink. His eyes were glassy and his pupils dilated. We had been having a delightful conversation, before he excused himself to the restroom and came back high as a kite. I was surprised not only by the […]

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“Alluringly Anorexic” T-Shirts Send Deadly Message to Women Struggling With Body Image

“Alluringly Anorexic” T-Shirts Send Deadly Message to Women Struggling With Body Image

Usually when people lose weight, they’re thrilled. When I lost 70 pounds I was definitely happy about it, but the feeling was fleeting. For me, losing the weight was fairly easy. The paralyzing fear of gaining it back—even five pounds of it—was not. The thought of returning to the era of rude comments, personal insecurities and difficulty climbing stairs terrified […]

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Let’s Discuss Workplace Alternatives To Putting Women’s Eggs On Ice, Shall We?

Let’s Discuss Workplace Alternatives To Putting Women’s Eggs On Ice, Shall We?

The recent announcement made by Facebook and Apple to fund human oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) for their employees is a powerful reminder of how complicated our world has become. The implications of women ‘electively’ delaying reproduction for reasons well beyond the medical community’s current recommendations are almost unfathomable. My head hurts just thinking about it. No doubt, the choice “to […]

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Here’s Some Frequently-Used Political Jargon–And How It May Change With More Women in Congress

Here’s Some Frequently-Used Political Jargon–And How It May Change With More Women in Congress

When the new Congress takes office in early January 2015 it will include a record number of women lawmakers. More than 100 female members out of 535 will serve – the precise number is unclear, since a few House races are still too close to call, and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) faces a December runoff to hold her seat. While […]

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I’m a White Mom with Chinese Kids. I Call BS on Being “Colorblind”

I’m a White Mom with Chinese Kids. I Call BS on Being “Colorblind”

We’re a multi-racial family. My husband, my daughter and I are white, and my two boys are Chinese. Our family was formed through adoption. Although adopting our boys was very deliberate, my husband and I didn’t give much real consideration to what parenting children of a different ethnicity would be like day-to-day. We thought we were well-prepared. Our pre-adoption education […]

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