What “A Day Without a Woman” Reveals About Childcare in the U.S.

“Domestic work makes all other work possible.” This statement from the United Nations’ “Progress of the World’s Women” released last year has a lot of truth to it. If there’s no one to watch the children—whether it’s a parent or another caregiver—no one can go out into the world and be productive. But if we … Continued

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Women Don’t Need to Be “Brawny” to Earn Praise

Parents raising daughters in the age of “grrl power” face a lot of questions. Having never experienced any inkling of discrimination themselves—in fact, hearing only explicit cheerleading about all that girls can accomplished, often laced with the implication that they are more capable than their brothers and male peers—young women are surprised to learn that … Continued

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The Problem with the P-Word

Well folks, that’s it. It’s all over—the election, the inauguration, the women’s march. Even the women’s march clean-up is over. The litter and glitter are gone, and the discarded banners and signs have found their home in the garbage (or, bizarrely, in museums). This week, trash trucks across America will be full of fifty shades … Continued

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Why The Women’s March on Washington Isn’t Inclusive

The day after Donald Trump is inaugurated President, tens of thousands of women—maybe more—are expected to arrive in Washington for an event called “The Women’s March on Washington.” Their mission statement is one that Americans of all political stripes could rally around: “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection … Continued

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Are These Women Really Heroes?

“I’m shooting in a very heroic light,” Chris Crisman explained to Upworthy. “Whether it’s in the lighting, the composition, how people sit in the frame . . . that’s kind of how I’ve always done portraiture. I’m trying to depict them in a way that is strong.” Working women are Crisman’s current passion, but don’t … Continued

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Who’s to Blame for Women’s Binge Drinking?

“Things are different today,’ I hear ev’ry mother say Cooking fresh food for a husband’s just a drag So she buys an instant cake and she burns her frozen steak And goes running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper And two help her on her way, get her through her busy day.” —Mother’s … Continued

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Young Women Need Less “Body Positivity,” More Modesty

Ariel Winter could not be more dissimilar from her character on Modern Family, Alex Dunphy. On the show, Alex is a mild-mannered bookish nerd whose sole priority is academic success, while in real life Winter’s focus is more aesthetic: being fashionable and finding clothing that she believes highlights her “body positivity.” In this case, body … Continued

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Fifty Lashes for the Vice-Presidential Debate Moderator

Tuesday’s vice-presidential debate was mesmerizing, not because of the candidates’ positions or demeanor, but because of the extraordinary balancing act performed by the moderator. For ninety minutes, the nation watched, entranced, as Elaine Quijano managed to remain upright despite the weight of false eyelashes that, had the laws of gravity held, should have caused her … Continued

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Why Ivanka Trump’s Comments on Motherhood are Driving the Left Crazy

Acknowledging the important work done by moms sounds like about as uncontroversial a move as a politician could make. Yet when the pro-mom statement is uttered by the daughter of the Republican candidate for President, it can set off internet fireworks. In a recent thirty-second campaign ad, Ivanka Trump introduces herself as a wife, mother, … Continued

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