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I See A Bag Of Apples. But This Teenage Girl Sees Something Totally Different. Pretty Impressive.

Girls can do absolutely anything — as long as we give them to education and tools to do it.

Today's girls are tomorrow's engineers: creative, inquisitive, analytical, and smart. They can see solutions to everyday problems in random items like bags of apples and pencils. It's pretty amazing. And boy, do we need them.

Here are three facts you probably didn't know about women and engineering.


1. Women make up 48% of the U.S. workforce but are only 10% of U.S. engineers.

That's right. In the 21st century, women — who we know are just as smart and talented as men (we can agree on that right?) — are still sorely underrepresented in one of the professions that is central to the future.

2. Only 1 out of every 10 STEM professionals is a woman of color.

So even within the really bad statistics about women in engineering are hidden even worse stats that display another layer to the lack of diversity in STEM. How much brilliance is being wasted because young girls of color aren't being given the confidence, education, tools, and opportunities they need to pursue their wildest dreams?

3. Female engineers have already made our lives a lot better.

Women + engineering may seem like a new concept, but it's totally not. Women have been kicking butt and innovating for hundreds of years.

Emily Roebling stepped in as the first female field engineer and technical leader of the Brooklyn Bridge when her husband became paralyzed.

Mary Anderson invented the windshield wiper after a winter trip to New York in 1903 where she observed a driver leaving his front window open to clear falling sleet from the windshield.

And the machine to fold and glue the square bottom of a brown paper bag was invented and engineered by Margaret E. Knight in 1868.

Who knew?

Women have so much to add to the world of engineering. So how can we change those dismal STEM stats and dispel the myth that women can't be engineers?

Be engineers.

We must give girls the space, support, and education they need to follow their dreams in every area of engineering — material, chemistry, aerospace, technology, etc. — and build dope things for the rest of us.

Check out the super-inspiring video below that drives home that point with a combination of really smart/adorable girls and successful/kickass women engineers.

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A child’s mental health concerns shouldn’t be publicized no matter who their parents are

Even politicians' children deserve privacy during a mental health crisis.

A child's mental health concerns shouldn't be publicized.

Editor's Note: If you are having thoughts about taking your own life, or know of anyone who is in need of help, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of over 200+ crisis centers that provides 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline with the number 9-8-8. It is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.


It's an unspoken rule that children of politicians should be off limits when it comes to public figure status. Kids deserve the ability to simply be kids without the media picking them apart. We saw this during Obama's presidency when people from both ends of the political spectrum come out to defend Malia and Sasha Obama's privacy and again when a reporter made a remark about Barron Trump.

This is even more important when we are talking about a child's mental health, so seeing detailed reports about Ted Cruz's 14-year-old child's private mental health crisis was offputting, to say it kindly. It feels icky for me to even put the senator's name in this article because it feels like adding to this child's exposure.

When a child is struggling with mental health concerns, the instinct should be to cocoon them in safety, not to highlight the details or speculate on the cause. Ever since the news broke about this child's mental health, social media has been abuzz, mostly attacking the parents and speculating if the child is a member of the LGBTQ community.

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Famous writers shared their book signing woes with a disheartened new author.

Putting creative work out into the world to be evaluated and judged is nerve-wracking enough as it is. Having to market your work, especially if you're not particularly extroverted or sales-minded, is even worse.

So when you're a newly published author holding a book signing and only two of the dozens of people who RSVP'd show up, it's disheartening if not devastating. No matter how much you tell yourself "people are just busy," it feels like a rejection of you and your work.

Debut novelist Chelsea Banning recently experienced this scenario firsthand, and her sharing it led to an amazing deluge of support and solidarity—not only from other aspiring authors, but from some of the top names in the writing business.

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This article originally appeared on 04.15.19


On May 28, 2014, 13-year-old Athena Orchard of Leicester, England, died of bone cancer. The disease began as a tumor in her head and eventually spread to her spine and left shoulder. After her passing, Athena's parents and six siblings were completely devastated. In the days following her death, her father, Dean, had the difficult task of going through her belongings. But the spirits of the entire Orchard family got a huge boost when he uncovered a secret message written by Athena on the backside of a full-length mirror.

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This article originally appeared on 01.22.19


The legality of abortion is one of the most polarized debates in America—but it doesn't have to be.

People have big feelings about abortion, which is understandable. On one hand, you have people who feel that abortion is a fundamental women's rights issue, that our bodily autonomy is not something you can legislate, and that those who oppose abortion rights are trying to control women through oppressive legislation. On the other, you have folks who believe that a fetus is a human individual first and foremost, that no one has the right to terminate a human life, and that those who support abortion rights are heartless murderers.

Then there are those of us in the messy middle. Those who believe that life begins at conception, that abortion isn't something we'd choose—and we'd hope others wouldn't choose—under most circumstances, yet who choose to vote to keep abortion legal.

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