BY Olivia Harrison
on Jul 28, 2015
Thanks to one woman, the British retailer Topshop will no longer use its unrealistically thin mannequins.
When images of the new Topshop mannequins surfaced last October, many people were quick to point out that at taller than 6’0” and absurdly thin, the mannequins were unrealistic and ridiculous. Last week, after seeing the figures in a store in Bristol, a customer-service representative named Laura Berry posted a comment on Topshop’s Facebook page criticizing the negative effects the mannequins could have on female body image. Read More
BY Alice Lawton
on Jun 30, 2015
LEGO has been one of the most popular toys for nearly one hundred years now. It has remained popular for so long because not only do you get to play with LEGOs, you get to build them. LEGO has gotten cooler as they’ve added more and more female characters, including many women involved in STEM.
There continues to be a large gender gap in many STEM programs. Though there may be greater equality in fields such as biology and chemistry, men still vastly outweigh women in computer science and engineering fields. Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Feb 11, 2014
Having a new baby cousin in my family has re-introduced to me the intense and disturbing gender-stereotyping of children from infancy onward. Toys, books, and clothing are becoming seemingly more and more gendered as I grow older - toys that were previously gender neutral are not becoming gender specific (i.e Lego and Duplo), split into a comfortable and often unchallenged gendered binary that has girls playing house and boys playing heroes. Read More
That is the big question that New York City is raising through a new campaign called the NYC Girls Project, which aims to help promote self-esteem in tweens. In the newest “public education campaign geared towards girls ages 7-12,” new ads will appear on buses, subways, and phone kiosks. Read More
BY Amy LaCount
on Jun 27, 2013
Meet Riley Elle, the dazzling star of the best hair tutorial video that I’ve ever laid eyes on. Brace yourself for the cute:
She’s just three years old and sports a ridiculously radiant smile, bursting with sunny confidence. The best part? Her mother is the talented Houston-based photographer Christin of ChristinShootsPeople, which means that adorable shots of Riley are all over the Internet for us to gush over.
Riley posed as the first Black Congresswoman, Shirley Chisolm.
Riley being her adorable Riley Elle self. Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Nov 13, 2012
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor stopped by Sesame Street to dish out some career advice to the adorably oblivious, princess-obsessed Muppet Abby Cadabby.
“Pretending to be a princess is fun, but it is definitely not a career,” says Sotomayor. "A career is a job you train for and prepare for and plan on doing for a long time."
Though it is technically possible to make a career out of being a princess—and young Ms. Read More