January 20, 2018

‘Bossy’ should be least of our worries


By Julie Samrick When a girl takes the lead she’s often called bossy, yet when a boy’s bossy he’s seen as a leader, so say influential American women such as Facebook COO Sharon Sandberg, Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Marie Chavez and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In a recent piece to discuss the… Read more

Teen’s flashlight invention to change the world?

Ann Makosinski

Ann Makosinski was just 16 when she won a local science fair with her invention, a flashlight powered solely by hand heat. One Google science fair later, she’s on her way to changing the world. Two years ago, Makosinski was inspired by a friend in the Philippines who didn’t have electricity – the girl told Ann… Read more

Why SnapChat is Dangerous

SnapChat is dangerous

I’ve been engaged in various forms of social media since AOL chat rooms in 1994. And I’ve never seen a more dangerous application targeting teenagers, specifically girls, than SnapChat. The premise of SnapChat is simple. You take a picture, send it to a friend, and they can only see it for up to 10 seconds… Read more

Boys more likely than girls to be born early

Boys are slightly more likely to be born premature than girls, and they tend to fare worse, too, says a new report on the health of the world’s newborns. Read more

Sexy teen Halloween costumes: What to do?

sexy teen costumes

If it’s Halloween, it’s time for kids to dress up and indulge in make believe. But along with costumes for ghosts, goblins and the latest pop culture icons (Duck Dynasty, anyone?) parents are often taken aback by the sexy outfits marketed to teen and preteen girls. Read more

Ariel Castro Knew 3 Missing Teens

Ariel Castro

Ariel Castro, one of the three men arrested for holding three teens (now women) captivity for 10 years, helped search for the girls after their disappearance and was a well-known member of the tight-knit Ohio community where the girls lived. Read more

5 Year Old New Delhi Girl Raped, Left for Dead

A second suspect was arrested Monday in the rape of a 5-year-old girl who New Delhi police say was left for dead in a locked room, a case that has brought a new wave of protests against how Indian authorities handle sex crimes. The attack came four months after the fatal gang rape of a… Read more

Girls, Let the Guy Pay!

let the guy pay

By Julie Samrick As my husband and I were on a date recently, I couldn’t help but notice the cute young couple waiting along with us in the restaurant’s lobby.  Their hands clasped together, they looked tenderly into each other’s eyes. Most likely they were students attending the college in the town we were in…. Read more

Child Brides the World Over in 2013

child brides

In the West African nation of Niger, 75% of girls under 18 are married. In Bangladesh the figure is 66% and in the Central African Republic of Chade it is 68%.Read more

Pakistani Teen Shot in Head Has Long Road Ahead

Malala Yousufzai

Malala Yousufzai, 14, and two of her classmates were shot at close range by Taliban members last week on their way home from school.  Malala’s crime?  She is a fervent supporter of giving girls in her homeland an education. Though Malala has brought much of the country together in her defense, T. Kumar, director of International… Read more