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“My Hero, Sonia Warshawski”… The Heartfelt Essay That Won This 5th Grader An Award

June 22, 2017 by

When Olivia Tavernaro was in the 5th grade, she was asked to write an essay about her personal hero. She chose a local Kansas City woman she knew whose life has been nothing short of triumphant, against the most unthinkable circumstances and the greatest odds. Olivia recited her essay dressed as her hero, ... [Read More]

“Because I Moved 5 Shirts”… Portrait Of An Unexpected Twitter Storm

June 15, 2017 by

By Katie Hinde - Woooo buddy, it’s been quite the 34 hours. Sunday night I was looking for super hero t-shirts in the “girls” section at a Big Box Store, not finding them, and then unwittingly jumped down a rabbit hole. From the home, to the classroom, to the store, our culture reinforces limitations on children due to their sex/gender. As a scientist who works on inclusivity in academia and ... [Read More]

The Mythology Behind Wonder Woman’s Bracelets

June 14, 2017 by

In Wonder Woman, shortly after our super heroine, the amazing Gal Gadot, rescues Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), the first man she has ever met in her life, she gets a glimpse of his World War I style wristwatch. When he explains, “It tells the time. It tells you when to sleep, to eat…” She replies, “You let that tiny thing tell you what to do?” No wonder she is bewildered by the little timepiece’s supposed ... [Read More]

Pregnancy Drugs Are The New Weight-Loss Fad. Are You Sh*tting Me?

June 13, 2017 by

By Marci Warhaft I've said it before and I'll say it again: We live in an image-obsessed, fat-phobic, one-size-fits all, thin-is-in, skinny-jean-wearing, thigh-gap-measuring, body-fat-freezing, belly-button challenging, rather-be-dead-than-eat-bread warped society where women are starving to be smaller, men are injecting poison into themselves to be bigger ... [Read More]

College Sophomore Pens Emotional “Thank You” To The Holocaust Survivor Who Inspired Her To Launch Youth-Run Nonprofit

June 7, 2017 by

Five years ago, when Caroline Kennedy was in the 8th grade, a guest speaker visited her Kansas City area school to share her extraordinary story. She could have never predicted the big impact this woman would have on ... [Read More]

I’m A Woman In Tech, Here’s How I Think We Can Recruit More

May 24, 2017 by

By Danielle Merfeld - I get a kick out of the instant reactions some people have when I tell them what I do. It’s not exactly revolutionary that women can be technologists but often people betray a flicker of disbelief, an automatic response they can’t completely hide. I’m guilty too: I remember a hint of surprise when a man I was talking to told me he was a nurse. ... [Read More]

Dear Microsoft: Absolutely Not.

May 9, 2017 by

And it has nothing to do with your software. It has to do with your new ad campaign, which I happened to see while I was at the gym last week. Here’s the gist: brilliant young girls express their ambitions to cure cancer and explore outer space and play with the latest in virtual reality tech. Then—gotcha!—they’re shown a statistic that only 6.7% of women graduate with ... [Read More]

The Disturbing Reason Teens Are Playing ‘13 Reasons Why’ on Snapchat

May 9, 2017 by

For several weeks, I’ve been planning to write a piece about “13 Reasons Why“, the viral Netflix series that has swept the country’s teens. The riveting series is based on the book 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, and it tells the tragic story of Hannah Baker, a teenage girl who commits suicide and posthumously sends cassette tapes to 13 people whom she holds accountable for her decision to end her life. The ... [Read More]

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