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Back-to-School Wisdom from Chicago's Chancellor

There are no short cuts in life, writes Cheryl Hyman, the chancellor of Chicago’s community colleges. Her advice: set your goals high, work hard and don’t look back.

'I Leaned In to Freshman Year': A Student's Advice for Overcoming High School Fears

The first day of high school was nerve-racking, writes 15-year-old Emily Spangler. Here's how she leaned into freshman year.

'Girl Power Is the Strongest Power of All'

Richard Barth, the CEO of the KIPP charter-school network, on three lessons for academic (and life) success.

Why I Leaned Into a Job at 'The Southern Review'

The new coeditor of the storied literary journal on taking a job at a historically-male publication -- and what it means for women.

Meet the Woman Behind NYC's 'I'm a Girl' Project

A new citywide campaign is the first of its kind to tackle body image and girls' self-esteem. The campaign's creator speaks about her inspiration.

Stuff Mom Never Told You: Negotiate Like a Woman

In the first of a special four-part series on leaning in, the gals of Stuff Mom Never Told You -- the weekly podcast from HowStuffWorks -- take on negotiation.

The Women Take Over: 'Smart Girl' Meredith Walker

Every so often, Lean In will collaborate with 'The Women Take Over' to highlight an inspirational woman making a difference in the world.

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First Female NFL Referee?

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

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.

Should a Girl Do Soccer, Dance, or Chess?

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

Meet Mars Explorer Barbie

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

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."

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