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What Kim Kardashian did versus what Angelina Jolie did in 2014 (and more)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ... and maybe some days it felt like the end of times.

What Kim Kardashian did versus what Angelina Jolie did in 2014 (and more)

Ho. Ly. Cow.

So much can happen in a year! And yet, so little can seem to have changed!


When it comes to the steady march forward (it's moving forward, right?!) of progress for women, it's been one step Jolie, then two steps Kardashian. Then four steps forward and one step back.

I mean, on the one hand, a girl who isn't even 18 yet won the Nobel Peace Prize for advocating women's rights. On the other hand, an extremist group kidnapped hundreds of girls. Terrifying.

The roller coaster of highs and lows are truly enough to give a person motion sickness. But Phoebe Greenwood's four-minute year-in-review won't. In spite of some you-can't-not-mention-them downers, her video is funny, informative, and galvanizing.

Here's looking forward to a 2015 with more equality, opportunity, and humanity for all.

Feeling itchy for some links to follow up? It's Fact Check Time!

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.