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WOMEN YOU SHOULD KNOW is an editorial site and community all about dynamic women… our drive and passion, our interesting stories and professional talents, what we care about, what we consume and how we live.

We’re here to shine a spotlight on women who are making things happen in their world. They have outperformed, innovated, discovered, defied and soared. And they may just inspire you to change the course of your own life.

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JCPenney Shows Body Diversity With Mannequins Inspired By “Real People”

July 24, 2014 by

Last year a Swedish department store made the bold move to showcase “fuller-figured” mannequins in their store. The company’s commitment to greater body representation was extremely well received, and images of the mannequins were viewed all over the world. Thanks to those efforts, we are slowly beginning to see ... [Read More]

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At 108, Our Nation’s Oldest Woman Veteran Makes Dream Fulfilling Honor Flight

July 23, 2014 by

Meet Lucy Coffey! At 108 years old she is our nation's oldest woman veteran, having served at the rank of sergeant in the procurement office of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps during World War II. Lucy was working at a local A&P supermarket when she decided to enlist in 1943, and subsequently landed in Japan. ... [Read More]

If Men Were Women [VIDEO]

If Men Were Women [VIDEO]

July 23, 2014 by

What if men were women? That's what this latest, comedic BuzzFeedVideo aims to show by flipping the female/male roles in a range of typical (one could argue stereotypical) every day scenarios from looking at magazine covers and picking what to watch on Netflix, to getting "cat called" on the street. In one scene, a woman says to a male stand-up comedian who has just finished his set, "You're so funny. I ... [Read More]

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These Images Have Women Fading Into The Background

July 23, 2014 by

Trina Merry, a New York body-painting artist, has created these surreal images by painting nearly nude models to seamlessly blend into the backgrounds of New York City landmarks, including Coney Island, The Freedom Tower, Brooklyn Bridge and Central Park. The California native, with a B.A. in film, worked in art departments in Hollywood on films and television before finding her current medium of ... [Read More]

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Meet The Women Of “Women Against Feminism” Through Their Selfies

July 22, 2014 by

While we were off celebrating the Mangina Award that a Men’s Rights Activist (or MRA) lavished on our guest contributor, John Marcotte, for being a proud feminist dad and supporter of women (GASP!), there was another anti-feminist storm brewing in social media land… but this one is estrogen fueled. Simply named “Women Against Feminism,” the movement’s mission ... [Read More]

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Snarky Greeting Cards Reveal Sweet Sentiments

July 22, 2014 by

When a generic greeting card just won’t do the trick, check out designer Heather Abbott’s FINCH+HARE collection, which cleverly combines snarky with sweet messages that are sure to get a second look, or a stink eye. Using bold typography and folding techniques, the cards present offensive messages such as You are Awful, Santa Hates You, Your life is over, Quitter, etc., which when opened, reveal a much ... [Read More]

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Emma Lazarus: The Woman Who Gave The Statue Of Liberty Her Powerful Voice

July 22, 2014 by

165 years ago today, on July 22, in 1849, famed American poet Emma Lazarus was born in New York City to a wealthy sugar refining family of Portuguese Sephardic Jewish descent. A writer from an early age, she went on to become part of the late nineteenth century New York literary elite, and at age 34 penned the inspiring sonnet that would give the Statue of ... [Read More]

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The Everyday Sexism Project, Because Sexism Still Exists

July 21, 2014 by

Every day, women all over the world encounter sexism. It’s not always a big moment. Sometimes it’s a minor one, a brief encounter that gets pushed aside and ignored; uncomfortable moments that have grown to become a part of our daily lives. It was after experiencing a series of sexist incidents that Laura Bates had finally had enough and ... [Read More]