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‘Like a Girl’ Lies, Truth and Power in Three Simple Words

Recently someone I know made a ‘like a girl’ comment, referring to a boy “acting like a girl, being passive, you know, just sitting around.” I felt a familiar sting; a moment of personal shame and anger that cut to the core of who I am. Finish a sentence with ‘like a girl’ and the insult is implied. Translation:  uncoordinated, weak, vulnerable, overly emotional, passive.

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Why is Ben Roethlisberger Still Playing for the NFL? And Why it Matters

In August 2014 the NFL announced a new, tougher policy on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; a quick public relations response to the video-tape that went viral of Ray Rice assaulting his then fiancé Janay Palmer. As part of the NFL’s new commitment to address violence off the field, Commissioner Roger Goodell said “even one case of domestic or sexual violence is unacceptable.”

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Gender Equality: What in the World is Going On?

March 8th is International Women’s Day. The United Nations theme for 2016 is Planet 50/50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality; equal pay for equal work, safety for women and children, women treated with dignity and respect. International Women’s Day has been given voice and vision to these ideals for over 100 years.[i] How close are we to closing the gender gap in 2016 and can we get there by 2030?

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When Justice Fails — Turn Anger into Action

Brock Turner, convicted rapist, receives only six months in county jail. Sentencing guidelines say he should receive 2 – 14 years in prison. This miscarriage of justice has caught fire in social media and now there is a recall campaign against Aaron Persky, the Santa Clara judge who identifies so closely with the perpetrator that he justifies the light sentence saying that going to prison would “have a severe impact on him” and blames the victim because she was drunk at the time of the attack.[i]

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