Positive Social Networks + More

Don’t Underestimate the Power of the Girls’ Club

As gentrification threatens the cultural centers of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, an essential club continues to empower young girls of color to be leaders.  Managing directors of the Lower Eastside Girls’ Club Erikka James Ebonie Simpson explain the importance of having a foundation early on that supports young girls’ self-esteem. The club aims to expose the girls to different industries and routes to success, as well as provide good role models

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Women Creating their Own Social Networks

With all of the scandal Facebook has been enmeshed in, not to mention the frequent online harassment women face, new social networks are becoming more attractive.  One of them, named ‘Maverick,’ recently launched. Its mission? To empower tween girls through new “challenges” and positive affirmation that avoids the trap of competition and comparison.  New business models of other women's networks are keeping away trolls that women deal with on other sites, while Maverick calls attention to the new ways women are connecting and finding community outside of the mainstream.

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How Charlize Theron’s New Film Tully Tackles Raw Motherhood

Charlize Theron’s new film, Tully, addresses mental and physical health issues surrounding motherhood. The film depicts the realities of parenting and speaks to the obligation to discuss such issues that are oftentimes ignored by society. Its authenticity has been commended, garnering support from new mothers who say the film is all too real; however, by creating a film dedicated solely to these issues, Tully embodies the importance for recognition of women’s mental health.

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How the #MeToo Era Has Affected Women's Mental Health

“Female agency,” a term originally coined in the 1970s, advocates for the independence of women on the platform of “your life is yours.” Women have struggled to define this term in modern society when so much is dictated by the male perspective, which has ultimately taken a toll on their mental health. With the birth of the #MeToo era, women have reclaimed this term and have redefined what it means to live for yourself.

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Not What Love Looks Like- Ending Dating Violence

Though the amount of women who are abused by a partner in their lives—1 in 4— is sobering, important action is being taken to teach friends and victims how to recognize abuse.  The One Love Foundation, founded by Sharon Love after her daughter Yeardley Love was killed by her ex-boyfriend, aims to support survivors and educate the public about the problem. CEO Katie Hood talked to Business Insider about the signs of relationship violence, and what friends can do to help. The signs of an abusive or unhealthy relationship are there— now it’s up to us to educate and empower everyone to stop the abuse in its tracks.

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Why We Need to Talk About Postnatal Depression

Hannah, a 32-year-old mother, talks about her battle with postnatal depression after giving birth to her first child. Because postnatal depression is so often ignored, Hannah was unaware of what route she could take to combat her severe depression. After realizing that many other women don’t know their options regarding postnatal depression, Hannah started a couch to 5k program for mothers suffering from mental health issues.