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5 powerful stories by girls whose lives were forever changed by child marriage

For most of us, a wedding day is something to look forward to. To plan and prepare. Or something to look back with fond memories of a choice once made. For millions of young girls and boys around the world, however, marriage is not a choice. It interrupts their childhood, forcing them into perilous cycles …

Aly Raisman's 'Sports Illustrated' shoot is all about empowering women

Sports Illustrated’s 2018 Swimsuit Edition is here and the magazine ditched the swimsuits to focus on empowerment. As part of an project called “In Her Own Words,” Sports Illustrated invited models and inspirational women like Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman to express themselves by having impactful words that resonated with them personally painted on their bodies. …

Women are taking charge in Senegal's growing tech industry

On a balmy evening in Dakar, seven young women were gathered in the basement of a local university, not far from the city’s Monument of African Renaissance statue. Lit by the white glow of a projector screen, they tapped eagerly at laptops as the speakers covered everything from how to market your business on Instagram, …

7 women in science who will inspire you to get serious about STEM

Women have long contributed to and transformed scientific knowledge, but they aren’t always widely recognized for their hard, brilliant work.  Now that the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (#WomenInScience) is upon us, take a moment to meet some young women just starting out in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and women …

Tumblr has a game plan for 2018: Keep handing the mic to activists

Tumblr is beloved by users who leverage the site’s visual and practical features to confront taboo topics and politics. The blogging platform is also frequently derided by those who mock its progressive activists as “social justice warriors.”     Yet no measure of contempt seems to deter Tumblr from fully embracing advocacy and activism. The site …

South Korea is slowly moving toward LGBTQ acceptance — and the Olympics can help

When LGBTQ Olympians traveled to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Games, they stepped into a battle none of them particularly wanted to fight. A year prior, Russian President Vladimir Putin had signed the country’s first anti-gay propaganda law. The government was in the middle of a brutal crackdown against the LGBTQ population, and queer Olympians …