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What a Tampon Ad Has to Do With Leadership

A new, surprisingly hilarious tampon ad called Camp Gyno sheds light on the cultural roots of the stubbornly persistent leadership gap.

'I Am Not a Victim': Leaning Into a Tragedy

Debra Fine was shot five times in the mass shooting at Santa Monica College. What the experience taught her about strength, womanhood, and herself.

Girl Power Advice from America's Soccer Pioneers

We sat down with soccer greats Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy & Brandi Chastain to talk women, sports and how the two are intertwined to make great leaders.

Lean In Circles Number 7,000+

Five months after Lean In urged women to form empowerment circles, some 7,000 of those circles have been formed — in all 50 states and at least 50 countries. The Associated Press reports on the growth.

Quietly Leaning In: An Introvert's Guide to Leadership

Jennifer Kahnweiler, author of The Introverted Leader, offers advice for how introverted women can tap their strengths to lean in.

Smith President to Female Freshmen: Don’t Lean Back

The world is not gender-equal but college is strong preparation for making it so, writes Smith College President Kathleen McCartney.

Today is Women's Equality Day

On the 93rd anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment--which granted women the right to vote--we honor the women who came before us. Follow along on Tumblr.

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Finding My #Sisterhood

“Women, we run the Internet...We use it more to communicate. Yet it is men who are in the back end designing our own access.”

thedailybeast.com

First Female NFL Referee?

Sarah Thomas looks to break barriers and become the NFL's first full-time female referee.

nfl.com

India’s Pink-Sari Vigiliantes

A gang of fearless women in India have taken it upon themselves to protect the poor and call out the country’s most corrupt officials.

thedailybeast.com

Should a Girl Do Soccer, Dance, or Chess?

Breaking down femininity: how parents pick the sports their daughters play.

theatlantic.com

Meet Mars Explorer Barbie

NASA teams up with Mattel in honor of the one-year anniversary of the Curiosity rover landing on Mars.

thegloss.com

Ethiopian Women Get into Construction

Except for the heaviest lifting, Mekedes Getachew says, the laborers "all do the same work and we don't really say this is a man's job, but when it comes to salary there's a difference."

npr.org

MAKERS: Kathleen Hanna

Musician and feminist Kathleen Hanna channeled her early feminist leaning into her music career, which gave her a platform to help spark and perpetuate the underground feminist punk rock movement, Riot Grrrl.

makers.com

Lean In Stories

My life did not begin under perfect circumstances, but I had a family who believed I could persevere. I am blessed to know I can be that positive voice and source of support for others.

Read Ty-Licia’s Story

I’m a firm believer that action can solve so many worries, and just powering through, no matter what, can give you the confidence you need when you feel like you’ve got nothing to offer.

Read Reese’s Story

If there is a single trait that all Afghan women share, it’s determination. Put another way, we lean in.

Read Shireen’s Story

Training beside me was a huge shock for many of these young alpha males. Here was a 37-year-old mother of two doing as well or better than almost all of them.

Read Major Jaster’s Story