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Empowering Girls: Miley's Photo

I'm conflicted about this. Wasn't the media just lying in wait for the girl to screw up and cross the very fine line between contemporary and provocative? "Vanity Fair wants to sell magazines," one newswoman says. "Exactly right," another…
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Empowering Girls: Lunchables

Throughout the school year Ainsley has harassed me nearly every day for a Lunchable or a tray. For most of the year she got a whole wheat ham sandwich, a fruit or vegetable and a juice box. I find my daughter is one of the very few kids who…

Empowering Girls: Danica Breaks Barriers & Open Doors

Every time a woman breaks a barrier it opens doors for all girls. Congratulations Danica Patrick!
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Empowering Girls: Teen Sex Opera Pop Up

This is Gossip Girl's new ad campaign. The only action I took was to open my email - And I am confronted with images of undressed teenagers in sexual positions. The pop up was strategically placed over my check mail buttons so I had no choice…
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Empowering Girls: Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood Summit

Because I was unable to attend the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood's Sixth Annual Summit in Boston I have invited a guest poster to fill us in. Lisa Ray, founder of Parents for Ethical Marketing and author of Corporate Babysitter…

Empowering Girls: Neighbor a "Don't Know"

by Tracee Sioux Mom, what were you and Olivia's mom talking about on the phone. What did she say? She said, did your mom tell you abut the neighbor? I said, I don't know. But that's all. You know the new neighbors? Yeah. The man…

Empowering Girls: Sex Offender Next Door

by Tracee SiouxHey Tracee, my neighbor said over the phone. Hey, how's it going? I asked.What's your address? 706 Walnut Grove.That's what I thought. My friend just called me and said she said there is a a sex offender living at 708 Walnut Grove.The…

Empowering Girls: I AM - A New Earth Small Community

I am not my roles: I am not a writer, that's something I do. Though it is the purpose of my working life, an advocate for girls is not the essence of who I am. I am not my house, my car or my family. I am not mother, daughter, sister or wife…

Empowering Girls: Ainsley's A Perfect Student

The other day I was volunteering at Ainsley's school for the book fair. The music teacher came out of his classroom just to speak to me. "Ainsley is such a leader. She always listens and follows directions. She remembers the words to songs…

Empowering Girls: Daughter Have a Uterus?

Perhaps you noticed that your daughter has both a vagina and a uterus when she was born? Oddly, this causes discomfort in some parents. I admit to some discomfort in myself when I deal with rashes, itchy or irritation in the general area.…
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Empowering Girls: Girl is a 4 Letter Word

I write the word Girl a lot on this blog. Tragically, Google and Amazon's robots interpret the word "girl" to be synonymous with "porn". I've stopped using various advertising programs from both companies because of ads for buying a Mexican…