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Intimate portraits explore the challenges of being born female in 17 countries

Mark Tuschman’s photographs find truth and beauty in the resilience exercised daily by millions of women and girls facing violence and oppression. See here. 

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Soldiers in uniform pose for photo to ‘normalize breastfeeding’

“I thought it was be nice to offer some photographs as an additional show of support,” she said. “Seeing a picture like that helps mothers understand they can be an active soldier and provide support to their children.” Read more. 

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A look at the women pictured in 6 world-famous photographs

These gripping images have helped shape history, but what about the women seen in them? Learn their stories here. 

LARKIPUR , KASHMIR, INDIA - AUGUST 12: Kashmiri Muslim women shout anti Indian and pro Kashmir freedom slogans as they mourn during the funeral of Bilal Ahmad Bhat, 23, a civilian who was allegedly shot dead by Indian paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) on August 12, 2015 in Larkipur,  35 km (21 miles) south of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir, India. Hundreds of Kashmiris participated in the funeral of Bhat who was killed by the Indian paramilitary BSF after they allegedly  opened fire on the protestors who were protesting against the killing of two Lashkar-e-Taiba (Army of the Righteous), one of the largest and most active militant organization operating in Indian administered Kashmir, militants in an gun battle in Rakh-e-Lajura village of south Kashmir district on 11 August 2015.  (Photo by Yawar Nazir/ Getty Images)


60 Stunning Photos Of Women Protesting Around The World

Never underestimate the power of a woman — or 100. See more. 

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This teacher used a game show win to surprise every student in her school. Big time.

But instead of spoiling herself in a shoe store (because all women love shoes, amiright? #justkidding #stereotypesareboring), Dredge wanted to buy boots for a couple hundred people who she knew could use them more than she could. See more. 

Love Beyond Borders: Mom and Daughter Wait Nine Years for a Hug

Mother and daughter finally had the opportunity to embrace for a few precious moments when the U.S. Border Patrol opened the border’s steel fence for the third time in its history.

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Video of girl’s jaw-dropping softball trick takes the Internet by storm

The six-second clip has now been featured on ESPN, but the 16-year-old player in it said she almost didn’t post it to social media because she “didn’t think that it was that good”. Read more. 

The World’s Toughest Job

Unlimited hours. No breaks. The most important job is also the world’s toughest job.

COX'S BAZAR, BANGLADESH - APRIL 15:  12 year old Shobhemeheraj surfs April 15, 2014 in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. A group of 10-12 year old female beach vendors, most of whom have dropped out of school to help support their families, have been learning to surf for the past three months in preparation for the annual Cox's Bazar surf competition. 24 year old surfer, lifeguard and beach worker Rashed Alam, has been teaching and mentoring the girls for 3 months. Like the girls, Alam dropped out of school and started working on the beach to help support his family at a young age. He started surfing when he was 16. He says that his way of giving back is by ensuring that girls get a good future through surfing. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

11 stories of female athlete who made their own rules

Across the globe this year, women and girls have proven they’re fierce competitors in of some of the world’s most challenging and extreme sports. Read more. 

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Photos show Afghan women who are boxing, rapping, and breaking all manner of tradition

Determined and irreverant women are dreaming big, and entering fields once reserved only for men. See more. 

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Creating Waves of Social Change with Brown Girl Surf

After discovering the stories of girl surfers making strides in parts of the world not traditionally acclaimed for surfing such as India and the Gaza Strip, she [Farhana Huq] formed a team to help bring these surfers’ stories to light in order to create awareness and incite social change in their communities. Thus, Brown Girl Surf was born. Read more. 

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For $2, this 11-year-old girl will create you a virtually uncrackable password.

Now, she does all the legwork for people who want a strong password but don’t have the time, including rolling the dice herself to create a custom password for each customer. Read more. 

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Girl, 12, has higher IQ than Einstein, Stephen Hawking

A 12-year-old girl who lives in a traveling caravan in the U.K. has aced an IQ test with a score of 162 — two points higher than the IQs of world-renowned geniuses Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking are believed to be. Read more. 

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A 5th-grader made a discovery about stuffed animals and germs. It landed her in a medical journal.

But because of Gaby’s research, kids can now bring their stuffed animals into the O.R., too, without bringing germs along with them and risking their health. Read more. 

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Meet Maggie Doyne: 29 years old and a loving mother to 51 Nepalese children

After a decade spent helping children thrive, in an orphanage she built from the ground in rural Nepal, the New Jersey native has been named CNN’s 2015 Hero of the Year. Read more. 

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This Muslim Woman Donates $1 For Every Hate Tweet She Receives

“I felt I should be actively generating good in the world for every ugly verbal bullet sent my way. And so the idea of donating $1 to UNICEF for every hate-filled tweet I received came to me.” Read more. 

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Mom Adopts All 4 Of Her Best Friend’s Daughters After She Died Of Brain Cancer

When Elizabeth Diamond was diagnosed with stage-four brain cancer in August 2014, she was worried about what might happen if she died. Her best friend Laura Ruffino, whom she had known since 5th grade, promised to adopt the girls if anything were to happen – and when Diamond, a single mother, passed away in April 2015, Ruffino fulfilled her promise. Read more.

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These Kids In Canada Tied Coats To Street Poles To Help Homeless Prepare For Winter

Worried about what the homeless would do during the coming winter, Tara Smith-Atkins, her eight-year-old daughter, and seven of her friends gathered winter coats and tied them to street poles throughout the city of Halifax for the homeless to claim. Read more.

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97-Year-Old Cries Tears Of Joy After She Finally Gets Her High School Diploma

“I had to quit school to take over the family. It was hard, you have no idea how hard that was.” Read more. 

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Determined New Mom Finishes Psychology Exam While In Labor

Collins had her eyes on her laptop when her contractions were just three minutes apart. Read more. 

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District 25 offers fired lunch lady her job back

Bowden was fired last week after she gave a free lunch to a 12-year-old girl who didn’t have any money. Read more. 

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103-Year-Old Celebrates Birthday By Dressing Up As Wonder Woman And Volunteering At Senior Center

The 103-year-old recently celebrated her birthday at the Montclair Senior Center, California, where she’s been volunteering for the last 25 years. Read more. 

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Mom Makes Disney Princess Wigs For Kids With Cancer

Holly Christensen, a mother of three and former oncology nurse in Alaska, crochets flowing wigs out of soft yarn for children who’ve lost their hair to chemotherapy in their battle with cancer. Read more.

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Meet America’s Oldest Active Park Ranger, Betty Reid Soskin

At 93, she’s the oldest ranger on active duty in the entire U.S. National Park Service. Read more. 

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Woman Paralyzed In Car Accident Creates Jeans For People In Wheelchairs

“Being adaptive and functional is what sells to those in wheelchairs so that is the main focus … cute is not a priority. I want to give people in wheelchairs options so we can look good and feel good too.” Read more. 

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15 Christian Women Get Real About The Role Of Women In The Church

These leading ladies share their thoughts on what feminism means in a religious context. Read more. 

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Son With No Arms Spoon-Feeds His Paralyzed Mom Using His Teeth

In 2014, the Chongqing, south-west China, resident began to take care of his 91-year-old mother full time, even feeding her with a spoon between his teeth. Read more.


Concentration Camp Survivor

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This 8-Year-Old Was Bullied For 2 Years While Growing His Hair Long To Make Wigs For Kids With Cancer

He was teased at school and often mistaken for a girl, but he never changed his mind because he had a very special goal – to donate 10-inch-long locks of his hair to make wigs for children being treated for cancer. Read more. 

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Anna and Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen” are Inspiring Girls to Learn How to Code

According to Forbes, in the tutorial, with Anna and Elsa’s help, users create snowflakes, ice fractals and skating sequences using Blocky — a visual editor that lets kids drag and drop blocks of code together to create commands. Read more. 

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Dad Gets Tattoo So His 6-Year-Old Daughter Wouldn’t Feel Different

“[I did it for] my love for her, really. Hey, my hair can grow back,” Campbell told the New Zealand Herald. Read more. 

Men stand up for girl in danger

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Dad Went ‘Catch a Predator’ to Catch the Man Molesting His Daughter

Cops said it could take months to build a case against Brandon Moore’s friend for sexually abusing his daughter. The retired Marine took the law into his own hands. Read more.

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The Toy Designed by a 6 Year Old That Was Launched into History


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Rabeca Monjane, the First Female Tuk-Tuk Driver in Mozambique

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin: A hilarious celebration of lifelong female friendship

“I don’t even know what I would do without my women friends,” Fonda says. “I exist because I have my women friends.”

The Male Emotional Suppression Cycle in 30 Seconds

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Lots of people say they’re sorry when it’s not necessary in many circumstances, and that’s what led illustrator Yao Xiao to create a comic about it. Read more. 

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6 Reasons It’s Good Some People Don’t Like You

When someone condemns our work, comments unkindly on our appearance, judges our parenting style or disapproves of any of our actions, it is a pure and total reflection of them, not us. Take relief and comfort that a critic’s words often have nothing to do with you at all. Read more. 

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A journey that could kill the racist in us…