Mindy Kaling in the Comedy “Trenches”

Mindy Kaling is a force of nature — on her TV show, on Twitter, on stage. Kaling isn’t afraid to speak her mind no matter what the venue. When it comes to the state of comedy today, she wants to change what we see of funny women by getting beyond the “girly” and approaching things [...]

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The Tweets of a Girl who Murdered her BFF

Two Morgantown, West Virginia high school girls Rachel Shoaf and Shelia Eddy murdered their best friend and classmate Skylar Neese on the night of July 5, 2012. They stabbed her to death in a remote area of Pennsylvania. The murdered her, they said, because they didn’t want to be friends with her anymore. During the [...]

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#HillaryClintonBookTitles: Hillary Hashtag Shows Conservatives’ Fear

Hillary Clinton can become a trending topic on Twitter without doing much. On Wednesday, #HillaryClintonBookTitles was trending on the social media site after Hillary joked about her possible book title during a speech to the Association of American Publishers. In turn, thousands of people were tweeting funny, feminist and, sadly, insulting comments about the former [...]

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Global Girls’ Education: It’s Not a Given

My daughter is lucky.  In a few months, she will graduate from eighth grade and will attend high school at an amazing place that has as one of its missions the fostering of girls’ leadership abilities. I’m not writing this to get into that whole “ban bossy” campaign. I wanted to write this because even [...]

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Move Over, Hillary. Here Comes Selina!

If Hillary Clinton is really thinking of making a bid for the White House in 2016, she’d better watch out.  There’s another woman who’s got her eye on that prize.  Not Elizabeth Warren.  Not Kirsten Gillibrand. It’s Selina Meyer.  Yeah, we think she could take Hillary and make it a fair fight! Image via HBO/VEEP

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Don’t Feel Sorry for Maysoon Zayid

Women in entertainment face a lot of obstacles, but many women comics over the years have turned those challenges on their heads to become successful. We don’t know if Maysoon Zayid has read Pretty/Funny yet, but we have a feeling that this irreverent woman, who doesn’t see her cerebral palsy as something to hold her [...]

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To Fight Poverty, Does It Have to Have a Cheery Face?

When Congress recently slashed SNAP funding, more commonly known as money for the federal food stamp program, one thing became clear  — we are a country that’s in denial about the true state of poverty in America. Books like Nickel and Dimed have laid out stark details about how virtually impossible it is to get [...]

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To Ban “Bossy” or Not?

Better that 500 bossy girls go free, than that one leader girl be discouraged. Or something like that. Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook who urged us to “lean in,” is now teaming up with others asking us not to call girls “bossy” in her “Ban Bossy” campaign. To a certain extent, the sentiment makes [...]

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Can Obamacare Reverse America’s Maternal Death Rate?

Pregnant women have always had great health care in America, right? Think again. Many mothers-to-be didn’t have access to prenatal care and screenings before the Affordable Care Act. Christy Turlington Burns, the founder of Every Mother Counts, says the maternal death rate in the United States has actually increased in recent years, but that can [...]

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No Job For a Woman: Women War Correspondents in WWII

Would you risk your safety and your life to bring war stories to the world? Women reporters in dangerous places aren’t so surprising today. Think Christiane Amanpour in Iran and Iraq, Lara Logan in Egypt, Ashleigh Banfield in Pakistan. Those are names you’re probably a little familiar with. But how about Ruth Cowan, Dickey Chapelle [...]

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What Would Gloria Do? #WWGD

The first MAKERS CONFERENCE was held in February, including a celebration of the life and work of Gloria Steinem. In honor of her eightieth birthday, it featured a video with touching and funny statements from Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Katie Couric, and others about Steinem’s life’s work that, as Marlo Thomas summarized, “connected [...]

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15 and Pregnant: A Cautionary Tale with Hope

Last month I read a piece in the New York Times that put the spotlight on the MTV show 16 and Pregnant which was not so much an article about the sensationalistic view of having children while still in your teens so much as it was a way to view mothers and their (very similar) problems [...]

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Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar Speech: More Focused in God or Ticket Sales?

It’s no surprise to see Fox and Breitbart throwing together approving articles on Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar acceptance speech. But despite the fact that it sounded rambling, here’s why I think Matthew McConaughey was actually giving a very calculated speech that went beyond praising God. First, I have no doubt that his speech was sincere, that he meant to say [...]

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Recovery, The Road is Long…

The thing about the eating disordered is we are crafty, tricky and resourceful. We can be charming and say the right things, gaining just the right amount of weight for us to be believed and released. Time and again. Catch and release. Catch and release. My high over my measurements faded fast as I was [...]

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