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SOULful Fashion & Business

It’s a Monday afternoon and girls fly into a room on the fourth floor of Girls Prep Lower East Side Middle School, a charter school on the Lower East Side of New York City, to begin S.O.U.L. Sisters. Laughter, chatter and excitement fill the room as we begin. “Where’s the talking stick?” one girl asks. “I want to talk about my feelings first!” says another girl in the room. The girls know the routine and they are ready to take over the world, beginning with understanding themselves and the power that can come from supporting each other and organizing together.

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Texas Vs. Women’s Reproductive Rights

What happens in Texas may not stay in Texas — a good reason for women across the United States to be concerned. The Supreme Court has been asked to review a June 2015 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which upheld a law that would bolt the doors to […]

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On Being Mindfully White…

After the non indictment of Timothy Lehmann, the police officer who shot and killed 12- year old Tamir Rice, a discussion on race was prompted by a friend of mine on Facebook. My friend is an African-American mother, and in her status on Facebook, she expressed her rage and anguish towards systemic racism.  In sum, […]

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What Every (Progressive) Boy and Man Should Know

A couple of years ago, the Pew Research Forum surveyed Americans under 30-years old, asking them questions about abortion and, specifically, Roe v Wade. The survey revealed the following: 41% thought Roe v Wade involved the death penalty or the environment, or they could not name the subject matter. 16% thought Roe v Wade was […]

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Take the 2016 #ChoreChallenge

Chances are, if you are like most people in the world, you live in a family where chores are done along gender lines and women and girls are spending an average of two hours more on chores per week.  Many boys and men feel strongly, anecdotally, that this can’t be right. However, while men are doing more house […]

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Colorado Springs and What It Means for The #WarOnWomen

  The term “Black Friday” means something different for the residents of Colorado Springs, Colo. after what transpired in their Planned Parenthood the day after Thanksgiving this year. Robert Dear entered the Planned Parenthood building, and after a five hour long event and police standoff, surrendered to police after hospitalizing nine, and killing a police […]

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I Am the Unicorn: A Young Woman of Color Prepares to Enter the Computer Science Workforce

During Najla’s time in computer science, she has seen that gender-based assumptions are alive and well. She is aware that some people think that women aren’t interested in computing because of “the assumption that when you go into computer science, you’re going to be sitting at a cubicle the whole time and coding. But really there are so many aspects of it — some that involve coding, but also involve other things.”

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Support Healing Space for Survivors of Rape and Abuse: Give to the Monument Quilt Tour

The public reaction to survivors of rape and abuse publicly disclosing their experiences is often messy and problematic.  From high school students to news anchors, the American public struggles with how to support survivors of sexual violence. We live in a country where it is safer to commit an act of rape that to publicly […]

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You Can Help Create the Next Generation of Strong Women

    Who are the women that helped make you make you the person you are? Who has left an impression and impacted you during your growth? Most of us have memories of a professor, a coach, a pastor or a family friend who, though we may not have known it at the time, provided […]

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The Value of Young Women’s Participation at the United Nations

On March 10, the 58th Session on the Commission on the Status of Women launched into official meetings at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. As a young woman serving as a YWCA delegate, I came to the UN with three goals: to advocate for women’s rights on a global platform; to become a stronger ambassador for […]

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