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    Culture Shift: Dealing with Toxic Masculinity

    The world bombards us with destructive and confusing messages about how we should behave, what we should look like, and what emotions we are allowed to have. More often than not, these stereotypes are based on gender: those identifying as male are seem as being strong, aggressive, and unemotional while those identifying as female typified […]

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    Understanding Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    Recently, a day doesn’t go by without learning about another high-profile case of sexual harassment. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has defined sexual harassment in its guidelines as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. It can also include offensive remarks about a person’s sex, […]

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    Teens and Media: The Research Continues

    This week I had the opportunity to speak to a class taught by board member Preston Daniels. Discrimination and Diversity is a popular course at Des Moines Area Community College, and it was refreshing to see the nods of recognition of the pervasive gender stereotypes presented in the media. We realize that rigid gender roles […]

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    Cyberbullying: A Gender Issue

    We all remember the campaign speech last fall, when future First Lady Melania Trump announced she would adopt a key issue after the election: combatting cyber-bullying.  Although the speech was met with a hearty measure of skepticism (particularly in the current online climate including her husband’s tweets), her message was important.  “It is never okay,” […]

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  • NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 9: Hundreds of tourists take photos of 'The Fearless Girl' statue as it stands across from the Wall Street's famous Charging Bull to draw attention to the gender equality and lack of female managers on March 09, 2017 in New York City, US. Third largest asset manager worldwide State Street Global Advisors installed the statue on March 08, 2017. (Photo by William Volcov/Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images)

    Who knew that a small girl could face down Wall Street…and win?

    “Refusing to quit” is the term used by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to describe the statue’s symbolism as he explained his decision to leave the “Fearless Girl” statue in place well beyond the artist’s initial plan. “In her sort time here, the Fearless Girl has fueled powerful conversations about women in leadership and […]

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    When Marketing is Detrimental to Women and Girls

    Most marketing is detrimental to women and girls, but there is some hope.

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  • Pornography is a Public Health Crisis

    It is estimated that internet pornography sites get over 450 million unique visitors every month – more than Amazon, Twitter, and Netflix combined. Pornography, objectification, and hypersexualization are all damaging to girls and women, and our work is to prevent this.

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