Sheryl Sandberg’s Authenticity Gap

If women are supposed to help other women, what is one powerful woman to do when another powerful woman does something anti-women? Such is Sheryl Sandberg’s dilemma. And so far, Sandberg has opted to stand with her equals rather than speak out for her base. As you must know by now, Sandberg is the author […]

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Broad Pic of the Week: As Seen in New York City!

Who are these “broads?” We really don’t know, but they were seen in New York City last fall, and they seemed like a friendly pair! Do you have any good pics of some interesting “broads?” If so, send them to us at thebroadsidedanielle (at) gmail (dot) com and we’ll try to feature them for all […]

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After Steubenville: Teaching Empathy

Cross-posted with permission from jedmorey.com In the wake of the Steubenville rape, questions undoubtedly arise about how we can, as a people, prevent such a vicious tragedy from happening again. Blogs have abounded to confront such subjects as the media coverage, the focus on the victimhood of the perpetrators and the lack of empathy for […]

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Adoption, Belonging and Finding Family

I am fiercely passionate about what happens in my home and the family life we make. My mothering, my marriage, the relationship we have with our children, how they feel our love, and the connection we share. I am not aiming for perfection, and it has nothing to do with my daughter Zoe’s special needs […]

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“Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher Dies at 87

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has passed away at the age of 87. I’ve never known exactly how I should feel about Thatcher — I was pleased that England had a woman leader who wasn’t afraid of what was necessary to actually lead. But she wasn’t exactly cut from the political cloth I tend […]

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Make Little Girls’ Voices Carry

So I was an advocate for my daughter the other day. And how I acted made a difference in her experience of being heard, I believe. About a month ago, my nearly four-year-old daughter came home from preschool telling me about a boy, who touched her on the nose and kissed her hand. She didn’t […]

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Equal Pay — Only 45 Years to Go!

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, but women are still way behind men in earnings. April 9 is the date when American working women finally catch up to the amount men earned by last December 31. That’s because the gender pay gap between women and […]

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The Case for Normalizing Part-Time Schedules

As a country, we have spent the last six weeks arguing and debating and, sadly, name-calling over how women who happen to be mothers should be working. But what if we looked at the issue from a broader perspective? Would we be able to stop the judgment game and, instead, think about how to make […]

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Street Harassment: Why You Should Chalk Your Walk

Cyclist Peter Sagan thought it would be funny if he pinched a nearby bottom.  So, while sitting at a podium at a cycling event, he reached out and cheekily, no pun intended, did exactly that.  Lots of laughs and great photos ensued. All in good fun, right? I mean, the underlying idea that he was […]

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The True Power of Apology

As I read the article on National Public Radio’s website entitled, “Why Not Apologizing Makes You Feel Better,” I was struck by how deeply I disagreed with the premise. According to researcher Tyler G. Okimoto: “We … find that apologies do make apologizers feel better, but the interesting thing is that refusals to apologize also […]

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Ryan Gosling *Hearts* Dairy Cows, but Needs a Biology Lesson

Ryan Gosling joined a long list of controversial celebrities this week.  Securing his position among the likes of Alicia Silverstone, Perez Hilton, and Dennis Rodman, the actor, who is best known not for his acting talent but the “Hey Girl,” internet meme, issued a letter to the National Milk Producers Federation on behalf of his […]

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Is Political Like-Mindedness Tearing Us Apart?

A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I moved from rural Southwest Virginia to Portland, Oregon. During the flight out, a cat safely stowed beneath the seat in front of me, I read Amanda Quraishi’s recent The Broad Side piece, “Being Blue in a Red State: Hope for Democrats?” I confess to feeling a […]

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6 Things You Need To Know Right Now: We’re Going Nuclear

Suri Cruise is the almost-seven-year-old daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Suri Cruise now has bangs. Suri Cruise’s recent acquisition of bangs was a headline featured by various news outlets, including ABC News and The Huffington Post (the latter noting that the elementary-schooler has blazed her own “sartorial trail”). I am more than seven years old, and […]

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Kamala Harris & the Minefields of Political Attractiveness

It’s time to make a pact. From now on, if you are in a professional setting and you’re thinking in your head, “Now that is one attractive man/woman/person/employee/colleague/business associate, etc.” this is what you must do from this day forward – Keep. It. To. Yourself. This is especially important if you are the president of […]

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Dr. Ben Carson: Not Right for 2016

The day I became aware of Dr. Benjamin Carson’s National Prayer Breakfast speech in the February, I was dumbfounded. As the President of the United States sat two chairs away, instead of delivering a speech that was billed as his account of how Jesus Christ was his ultimate role model, Carson launched into a 25-minute […]

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