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5 Reasons Why My Girlfriend Thinks She's Not Beautiful Enough, No Matter What Anyone Tells Her

These are the kinds of facts that remind me how strong the confident women in my life are, and how unfairly difficult that has been for some of them to achieve, given how many parts of society seem to be determined to make them feel awful about themselves all the time. Let's be real — we're fighting an uphill battle against all the things on this graphic.

Fact-checking notes: The average American woman weighs 166 now (not 140). And the final stat about 10 million women having eating disorders seems to be even higher now for both men and women. Yikes.

For some people, every day is Independence Day. For Janis Shinwari, this will be his first 4th of July as an American citizen. And boy, he earned it.

"If I was in Afghanistan—if I didn't come here, I wouldn't be alive now. I would be dead." Shinwari told CNN Heroes in 2018. Shinwari risked his life for nine years serving as a translator for U.S. forces in his native country of Afghanistan. He risked his life everyday knowing that should he be caught by the Taliban, the consequences would be severe. "If the Taliban catch you, they will torture you in front of your kids and families and make a film of you." Shinwari said. "Then [they'll] send it to other translators as a warning message to stop working with the American forces."

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