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IT'S NOT TOO LATE FOR SUMMER READING

MINDThe summer’s not over yet, which means there’s still time to squeeze in some last-minute summer reading. But with so many killer new releases and old standbys to choose among, where’s a girl to start? Look no further. Below are three book recommendations to cram into your last month of summer, and they satisfy a wide range of interests, from a chef’s memoir to a TK beach read to heavier but endlessly important non-fiction about the history of women’s health.  READ MORE

ARE YOU USING SUNSCREEN CORRECTLY?

BODYIn this day and age, most people know, generally, that they need to apply sunscreen when they go outside, but there are a lot of subtle mistakes that people make when applying sunscreen that can be the difference between burning up in 20 minutes and being able to sit on the beach for 5 hours safely. Here’s a list of all the things you should be doing to stay safe in the sun:  READ MORE

NAVIGATING BATHING SUIT SEASON

BODYSummer means: backyard barbecues, July 4th celebrations, no school, free time, reuniting with camp friends, and so many other joyful, carefree occasions. But summer can also mean: pool parties, beach days, and feeling uncomfortable in a bathing suit. READ MORE

THE PINK TAX

BODYDespite that the average American woman still makes 80% of the salary that her male coworkers make, our cost of living is not 80% of a man’s. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: U.S News and World Report says that women are spending 48% more on toiletries than men are. READ MORE

A NEW WAVE OF EQUITABLE ACCESS TO PERIOD PRODUCTS

LIFEIn January, New York State governor Andrew Cuomo made a big announcement: all public schools in the state would have access to free pads and tampons for girls in grades 6 – 12. On a nation scale, it’s a pretty progressive move: New York is one of the only states in country to enact such a law, behind only California and Illinois. READ MORE

ENDING PERIOD POVERTY IN SCOTLAND

LIFEOn May 29, 2018, the Scottish government decided to offer free period products to low-income women nationwide. The move is part of an expanded pilot that had been tested in just one city, Aberdeen, over the last year.  READ MORE

A SMART GIRLS GUIDE TO SHAVING

BODYHow do I shave? Where do I shave? When do I start shaving? Once I start, can I ever stop? Do I have to shave? These are just a few of the many questions that might come to mind when you start noticing that you have body hair, or that your friends did and now they don’t. Shaving is one of those topics that, despite a lot of people doing it, no one really talks about. And it can be hard to ask your family or friends about it, whether that’s because it feels awkward to or because you don’t want to make it obvious that you feel out of the loop about something that everyone else seems to magically know everything about. READ MORE

PADS VS. TAMPONS: WHICH IS BETTER?

BODYShould you use pads or tampons? Whether you’re new to having a period or a veteran, the perennial question still stands. Ask most women and they’ll have an opinion on the matter.  READ MORE

HOW TO STOP DATING SOMEONE

LOVESo you’ve been dating someone, but you’re not into it anymore—how do you end it? A lot of words have been spent giving advice to people who like someone and aren’t sure how to make it happen, but it can be just as hard to navigate the art of walking away. Sometimes it’s hard because you don’t know someone that well and you’re not sure if you owe them any kind of explanation, sometimes it’s hard because you were never really “together” so it feels weird to officially call it quits, and sometimes it’s hard because you’re someone who likes to avoid conflict like the plague.  READ MORE

ON KOREAN DIVERS AND FEMINIST CHEESE

LIFEWhat does the future of work look like for women? For centuries, what’s classified as “women’s work” has been up for debate, changed definitions, and caused controversy and it doesn’t seem like that has any chance of slowing down in this decade. From working on farms, to working in factories, to working in the home, to filling in on “men’s jobs” during World War II when many men were at war, women have really done it all. READ MORE