Girls

Keep Gender Stereotypes Out of Raising Kids

Jenn Neilson | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jenn Neilson

With kids growing up surrounded by advertising, movies and TV, toys, books, and clothes that tell them that some things are for girls, and others are for boys, we're already fighting an uphill battle if our goal is to raise girls who know that they can solve tough, real world problems, and boys who are interested in collaboration, not just competition.

As a Disabled Person, Maya Angelou Taught Me To Feel 'Phenomenal'

Amber Rehman | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Living
Amber Rehman

Those words secretly worked magic on me. As a disabled person, I had an extra swing in my waist that never bothered me. The joy in my feet was something far more powerful than anyone could understand. The flash in my teeth, were vicious to those that fed me negativity,  and the same flash was a brilliant smile that won the hearts of those that I cared about.

The Unlikely Feminism of Mindy Kaling

Neha Chandrachud | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living
Neha Chandrachud

It's exciting to be living in an era of television where we see more and more clever women gracing our TV screens -- especially ones who look and act like us. But at the same time, there seems to be a growing attack on femininity in the name of progress. And that's why Mindy Kaling's brand of feminism is becoming increasingly important.

Pray for the Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada
Debbie Wolfe

With every day that passes, the Nigerian schoolgirls could be moving further into dangerous territory of all kinds. Exploitation like the kinds they may be facing can have intensely disturbing effects on a child's social, emotional cognitive and spiritual well-being -- as well as their long-term development.

Where Are All the Role Models For Girls?

Amira Elghawaby | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Amira Elghawaby

If young women and girls can't find role models within the pages of typical teen magazines, or in most mainstream books and film, then where can they find them? The answer should be: within their communities.

It's Finally Cool For Girls to Geek Out

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Back when I was a kid, it wasn't cool to be uncool. To be called a "nerd" was to elicit scorn and its accompanying exclusion. How the tables have turned and the tides have shifted. There is a new trend towards teaching kids -- girls in particular -- coding skills in a growing number of cities.

Indigenous Women: Harper Is on the Wrong Side of History

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

Although the unanimous vote in the House of Commons to create the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women (the "Committee") was an excellent beginning, the report it tabled last Friday was a complete betrayal of the memory of those we have lost, the grieving family and friends left behind and those Indigenous women and girls who continue to be victimized by violence. The Prime Minister is on the wrong side of history.

G Day: A Modern Rite of Passage for Girls

Madeleine Shaw and Suzanne Siemens | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Madeleine Shaw and Suzanne Siemens

As an adolescent girl, I was awed by the notion of becoming an adult woman. Like Margaret in Judy Blume's classic coming of age novel, "Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret," I was obsessed with all the details, particularly menstruation, and on a semi-conscious level hoped that there would be some sort of fanfare when the momentous time came.

Lena Dunham Slams Hollywood Sexism

HuffPost Canada Music | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada TV

"Girls" creator Lena Dunham returned to SXSW in Austin, Texas a few years after winning the interactive, film and music festival's narrative film priz...

Lupita Breaks the Mold at 'Fairytale' Oscars

Fat in the City | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada
Fat in the City

The 86th Academy Awards finished with a bang as 12 Years a Slave won best picture -- the unsurpassed, highest accolade of the night. The film, dir...

A Loud Message from Girls for Malala -- and the World

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

Over the past nine months, I learned first hand the truth of one well-worn cliché -- a picture really is worth a thousand words. In this case, it's a select group of photos of young girls from around the world that forcefully convey their struggles for basic human rights.

We Need More Women in Aerospace

Doina Oncel | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada
Doina Oncel

There is no doubt that raising awareness on issues such as STEM, particularly Engineering and Aerospace fields in Canada is a valuable experience to o...

Teaching My Son Not to Say "Girly"

Vicki Murphy | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

What you're saying to your son when you say "that's girly" is: Stop acting like a girl, because being a girl is bad. You're also saying: You're a boy, and boys are supposed to act a certain way. (That's a whole other can of worms.)

When it Comes to Gendered Toys, the Pink Aisle Is Still Alive and Well

Sara M. Grimes | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Living
Sara M. Grimes

Toys and gender have been a pretty hot topic lately, with various movements to de-gender segregate the toy aisle gaining momentum on both sides of the Atlantic. Enter GoldieBlox. The toy's creator has been very vocal about the fact that GoldieBlox was designed to "disrupt the pink aisle." Instead, it does anything but.

WATCH: Good News For 'Girls' Fans

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada TV

If you're wondering when you can finally watch the newest season of "Girls", mark Jan. 12, 2014 on your calendars. On Friday morning, HBO released ...

We're Raising Girls Who Hate Their Bodies

Sandra Hawken Diaz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Hawken Diaz

Every day, our daughters are bombarded with lies. Ask any parent what they want most for their kids. The fallout from these lies is all around us. We are raising a generation of girls who hate their bodies and therefore hate themselves. Chances are, they'll say "For them to be healthy and happy." A girl who hates her body is neither.

The Gender Gap Exists Online, Too

r/ally | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
r/ally

A report released by the UN Broadband Commission Working Group on Broadband and Gender revealed that there are 200-million fewer women online than men. This technology gap does not end on the Internet. It is found in mobile communication devices as well.

10 Lessons We Can All Learn From Malala Yousafzai

Shane Feldman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Shane Feldman

I think the perfect girl to focus on today is Malala Yousafzai. Malala is 16 years old. She's a girl from Pakistan who has always loved to read, write, and learn. Malala is an education and women's rights advocate, and she has been for much of quite a while.

Ranking Emmy Nominees Theme Songs From Best To Worst

HuffPost Canada Music | Anne T. Donahue | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada Music

The 65th Emmys nearly are upon us , and we'd be an embarrassment to our DVD collections and "Breaking Bad" analyses if we didn't pay homage to the awa...

Why I Choose Not to Judge My Former Teenaged Self

Lori Gard | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I just finished reading two blog posts on the matter of being a teenaged girl, and all that this entails. Matters concerning image and reputation and ...

The Other Side of Pinkification

Kerry Sauriol | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Kerry Sauriol

My daughter Tara is 4 and in full-on princess mode. She loves to dress up like one and she loves to play with her princess dolls, Barbies included. Caity, her older sister, is now 9 and totally over princesses. Kaput. I hate the pinkwashing and sexualization that is going on when it comes to the marketing to our daughters these days.

My Girlfriends Are Making A World of Difference

G(irls)20 | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png My girlfriends are engineers -- compassionate, beautiful, well-educated and yes...smart women who are out there making a difference. My friends are designing implants to deliver pain medicine for those with chronic pain. But what if my girlfriends never received an education?

Could Orphan Black Have Been a Game-Changer?

D.K. Latta | Posted 08.24.2013 | Canada
D.K. Latta

Orphan Black is about clones and conspiracies. Part of the series' appeal is doubtless its gimmick. The twinning process -- wherein an actor plays opposite himself -- has been around for decades, but Orphan Black does it better than almost anything before. Even when the clones hand each other glasses you forget special effects are involved!

Technology's Missing Growth Driver: Women

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png With the dramatic growth of mobile phones and the Internet, opportunities for professionals and entrepreneurs in the computing field have outpaced most other sectors. Yet, around the world, women remain a small minority.

The World's Highest Potential Resource is Not What You Think

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada
G(irls)20

2013-06-12-blog_girls_20_summit_v01A.png When we talk about natural resources that can drive economic benefit the conversation usually turns to gas and minerals, or sun and wind. What if I were to tell you that the world's most underutilized and highest potential resource is all around us? She may be standing next to you, she may be in a village far away, she may even be you.