• Designer creates reversible wedding dresses to give brides options on their big day
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    Designer creates reversible wedding dresses to give brides options on their big day

    Why choose just one wedding dress when you can have two?

  • This is why women still need Equal Pay Day
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    This is why women still need Equal Pay Day

    If you are a woman, today should be your last working day of the year as this is when you stop getting paid.While many will claim that the gender pay gap is not a real thing, according to the World Economic Forum, there is no country in the world where women make as much as men for doing the same work.

  • Mum says ‘invisible load of motherhood' is killing her in moving Reddit post
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    Mum says ‘invisible load of motherhood' is killing her in moving Reddit post

    “If you are a mum and don’t immediately recognise the expression 'invisible load,' I can guarantee you are more familiar with it than you believe.”

  • World Kindness Day: Why 2019 is the year compassion became cool
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    World Kindness Day: Why 2019 is the year compassion became cool

    Kindness has gone from "a word which got a yawn at a dinner party" to a cultural buzzword.

  • Singles’ Day: Three women explain why they’re happily self-partnered
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    Singles’ Day: Three women explain why they’re happily self-partnered

    These women have been single for years – and they're happier than ever.

  • Why Jane Fonda's iconic red coat is the last item of clothing she will buy
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    Why Jane Fonda's iconic red coat is the last item of clothing she will buy

    The 81-year-old actress is making a statement against fast fashion.

  • Woman wears sequin dress for NASA talk so girls can see a ‘sparkly scientist'
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    Woman wears sequin dress for NASA talk so girls can see a ‘sparkly scientist'

    Because why shouldn't scientists wear sparkles?

  • Selma Blair talks embracing her ‘salt and pepper hair’ following chemotherapy
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    Selma Blair talks embracing her ‘salt and pepper hair’ following chemotherapy

    Selma Blair is embracing her new hair following regrowth after chemotherapy [Photo: Getty] Selma Blair is embracing her new salt and pepper hair as it grows back following chemotherapy. For those not aware about her health battle, Blair revealed she was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis in October last year, via a candid Instagram post, after being diagnosed in August 2018. Multiple sclerosis, often shortened to MS, is a lifelong autoimmune condition which can cause a range of debilitating symptoms including fatigue, trouble with speech and walking, blurred vision and problems with bladder control. READ MORE: What is multiple sclerosis?

  • Emma Watson says she’s not single but ‘self-partnered’
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    Emma Watson says she’s not single but ‘self-partnered’

    Ahead of turning 30 next year, the actor and activist has tackled societal expectations surrounding relationship status.

  • Demi Lovato says she's embracing body acceptance, not positivity, in rare interview: 'I don't have to lie to myself'
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    Demi Lovato says she's embracing body acceptance, not positivity, in rare interview: 'I don't have to lie to myself'

    The pop star got candid in her first official interview since an apparent overdose in July 2018.

  • 12 of November's best book releases to add to your Christmas wish list
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    12 of November's best book releases to add to your Christmas wish list

    Pens at the ready, your Christmas list is about to feature some absolute crackers.

  • Olivia Wilde Calls Out Airlines Censoring Booksmart Scene Where Two Women Kiss
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    Olivia Wilde Calls Out Airlines Censoring Booksmart Scene Where Two Women Kiss

    Director Olivia Wilde is calling out airlines for censoring key moments of “female sexuality” from her hit high school comedy Booksmart. Booksmart, which came out to rave reviews in May, tells the story of seniors Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) who vow to spend their last night of high school making up for all the fun they didn’t have over the last four years. Amy is a lesbian, and during the film, she hooks up with Hope (Diana Silvers), another girl in her graduating class.

  • Razor brand releases Movember campaign: 'Women have moustaches too'
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    Razor brand releases Movember campaign: 'Women have moustaches too'

    The campaign hopes to go some way to tackle the taboo around women’s facial hair.

  • Women Helping Women Is Good Business — Here’s How To Make It Work For You
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    Women Helping Women Is Good Business — Here’s How To Make It Work For You

    All of this got me thinking: I do believe that women supporting each other in business is at an all-time high, but given the publication of the Forbes list, it’s clear that we could be doing more and, as it’s Women’s Small Business Month, why not now?

  • Hillary & Chelsea Clinton On Gutsy Women, Greta Thunberg & (Sigh) Tulsi Gabbard
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    Hillary & Chelsea Clinton On Gutsy Women, Greta Thunberg & (Sigh) Tulsi Gabbard

    The conversation about Hillary and Chelsea Clinton’s new book The Book of Gutsy Women started over three decades ago, when Chelsea was a little girl. Driven by the fact that Secretary Clinton didn’t know any women in positions of power — or even who worked outside the home — when she herself was growing up, she made sure that these women were front and centre in her daughter’s upbringing. Watching the Olympics together in Little Rock and in the White House, the mother-and-daughter duo paid particular attention to the female athletes, like Michelle Kwan.

  • I Went On A Babymoon, But Didn’t Have A Baby
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    I Went On A Babymoon, But Didn’t Have A Baby

    When we got the call from a nurse the day after Christmas telling us that none of my frozen eggs had turned into viable embryos, I felt like I’d been punched. Weeks of crying on our couch turned into months and finally we were ready to try again, this time with IVF.

  • Michelle Obama, Lawyer & Former First Lady
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    Michelle Obama, Lawyer & Former First Lady

    Michelle Obama grew up in the South Side of Chicago with her parents and older brother. From an early age, her family instilled in her the value of education, which led her to graduate cum laude from Princeton University, where she studied sociology and African American studies, before attending Harvard Law School. Her passion of helping others in neighborhoods similar to the one from which she came became her chief priority. Eventually, she quit her job at Chicago's Sidley & Austin law firm where she met her future husband, Barack Obama, in order to take on careers in which she could lift people up and serve her community. By 1996, four years after their wedding, Obama became the Associate Dean of Student Services for the University of Chicago and Vice President of Community and External Affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she developed the college's first community service program and helped volunteerism increase. In 2008, her husband, Senator Barack Obama, was elected the 44th President of the United States of America, making her the first African American First Lady. As the First Lady, Obama made sure to prioritize her role as a mother to her two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Aside from being a hands-on mother, she continued her work of helping others by launching various initiatives to help the world's youth. In 2010, following her mission to address the challenge of childhood obesity with Let’s Move!, Obama launched Reach Higher, a movement in 2014 to encourage young Americans to fulfill their highest educational goals. Obama, alongside her husband, launched the Let Girls Learn initiative to help keep girls around the world gain access to education.

  • Serena Williams, Championship Tennis Player
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    Serena Williams, Championship Tennis Player

    Why She’s a MAKER :The sports icon has been serving up inspiration ever since she stepped on the court as a teen. By age 17, she claimed her major win at the U.S. Open and by 2017 she set the record for earning the most Grand Slam titles—man or woman—in the Open era. In 2015, she was named Sports Illustrated ’s Sportsperson of the Year, the first female to receive the award in nearly 20 years. “It was not just a win for me but for all women,” she says. “A man doesn’t have to have that award every year.” The Women's Club :""When you’re breaking down barriers, there’s going to be moments where you’re not comfortable. It takes a team. It takes a village.” Legends like Billie Jean King and Chris Evert went “above and beyond” to help her. “They encouraged me to do better than them.Not to be on an equal level as them, but to go even higher.” Power & Perseverance : When she first started playing on the court, “believe it or not I didn’t have any power. But I never gave up.” That resolve came from her father. “He wanted to make sure that we would be tough enough to handle lots of different situations that we may face in our lives.” The Bigger Picture : In 2010, she developed blood clots bilaterally in her lungs, which reshaped her outlook on life. “There’s so much more to life than a sport. There’s family and there’s God and there’s a bigger picture.” Fully recovered, she returned to tennis in 2011 and just two years later, she reclaimed the No. 1 ranking in tennis. “I felt that I had been given a second chance.” Love All : Off the court, Williams—who gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, Jr. in September, 2017—advocates for education around the world and also opened the Yetunde Price Resource Center to benefit those affected by community violence in Compton, Calif., where she grew up. “I’ve won grand slams and I’ve won tournaments but some of my best memories [involve] doing something that gave back.”

  • Neelam Gill, supermodel and activist | MAKERS
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    Neelam Gill, supermodel and activist | MAKERS

    Described by esteemed fashion designer Christopher Bailey as “the future of British beauty”, Neelam Gill is one of British modelling’s brightest stars. But she’s more than just a pretty face. Using her fame (and her YouTube channel), she is a firm and outspoken advocate for diversity and inclusion in the fashion industry, a cause that remains close to her heart and crucial to her work. She also speaks openly on social media about her struggles with online bullying and depression. As the first British Indian model to make her name in international catwalk modelling, Neelam was named the face of L’Oreal Paris early last year, becoming one of the company’s global ambassadors. She was also chosen to walk amongst a host of other supermodels in Naomi Campbell’s already iconic Fashion for Relief Charity Fashion Show. Neelam has worked with iconic photographers such as Steven Klein, featuring in publications including British Vogue, ELLE UK and Stella: The Sunday Telegraph Magazine. She also features regularly in The Guardian for her campaigning towards a more inclusive fashion industry. “Colourism is a huge part of our culture,” she said in an interview with The Guardian in 2018. “I talk about it a lot, because I think if I feel this way, there must be so many other people who feel this way, but who are too ashamed to talk about it.” Brought to you by Barbie div#mrt-node-Col2-2-Channels {display:none;}

  • Glenn Close, Actress
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    Glenn Close, Actress

    Glenn Close has been a Hollywood star for many decades and is best known for her many Oscar-nominated roles. More recently, she is also known for her Emmy award winning role on FX's Damages and her Golden Globe-winning role in The Wife . Close was born on March 19, 1947, in Greenwich, Connecticut. She studied acting at the College of William and Mary and made her New York stage debut in 1974. Her debut in The World According to Garp lead to an Oscar nomination. Later on, she would receive five more Oscar nominations, for The Big Chill , "" The Natural , Fatal Attraction , Dangerous Liaisons and Albert Nobbs . Close has also found success on the stage and is the winner of three Tony Awards with The Real Thing , Death and the Maiden and Sunset Blvd .

  • Jameela Jamil, Actor, Activist & Founder of "I Weigh"
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    Jameela Jamil, Actor, Activist & Founder of "I Weigh"

    Why She’s a MAKER : After years struggling with an eating disorder, Jamil, who grew up in the U.K, learned to gain confidence in herself and her body becoming a successful Hollywood actress. Her first ""I Weigh"" Instagram post was a selfie with this inspiring message: ""I weigh: Lovely relationship. Great friends. I laugh every day. I love my job. I make an honest living. I'm financially independent. I speak out for women's rights. I like my bingo wings. I like myself in spite of EVERYTHING I've been taught by the media to hate myself about."" Body of Evidence : Since the age of 14, Jamil, one of the few South Asians at her predominantly white all-girls high school, struggled with anorexia — until she was in a car accident that left her immobile. As Jamil taught herself to walk again, she began to gain confidence in herself and her body. Once back on her own two feet, she hit the ground running, breaking barriers for women in British media as the first female host of The Official Chart Show on BBC 1 Radio. Learning how to walk, she says, ""reestablished my relationship with my body and made me realize that I'd really abused it and taken it for granted for a very long time.” The F*ck-It List : After a doctor discovered a lump in Jamil’s breast, she wrote a “F*ck-It List” while waiting to hear the results of her biopsy. “In that week, I decided to make a bucket list— or a fuck it list, as I like to call it — of everything I would do if it turned out not to be cancer.” When the test results came back benign, the British personality took a leap of faith and moved to Los Angeles, in spite of the naysayers. “I was told by — I'd say, nearly everyone — that I was too old, too fat, and too ethnic to try and start a career again in the United States.” Weighing Her Options : After landing her first Hollywood role in the critically-acclaimed TV show, The Good Place, Jamil became infuriated with the sexist judgment of women’s bodies rather than the celebration of their accomplishments. “We're world leaders. We're leading scientists. And yet, we are still being undermined and measured on a scale,"" she says. The actress turned her anger into activism, starting her “I Weigh” movement to tip the scales in favor of women. “I would like to weigh myself in what matters. And that was my financial independence, my activism, my relationship, my amazing friends, the things that I am grateful for. That's what I weigh.” Not a Moment — a Movement : Now Jamil has used her platform to encourage women to join “I Weigh” and the anti-shame revolution. She has gained thousands of followers, encouraging them to post photos of themselves with the weight that really matters. ”I'm done with standing back and watching women be hurt. And, really, we've seen with #MeToo and TIME'S UP, you just have to get loud. And so the revolution is not only coming. It is here.” div#mrt-node-Col2-2-Channels {display:none;}

  • Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul & Philanthropist
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    Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul & Philanthropist

    Oprah began her broadcasting career at WVOL radio in Nashville while still in high school. At the age of 19, she became the youngest person and the first African American woman to anchor the news at Nashville's WTVF-TV. She then relocated to Baltimore's WJZ-TV to co-anchor the Six O’Clock News and later went on to become co-host of its local talk show, People Are Talking . In 1984, Oprah moved to Chicago to host WLS-TV's morning talk show, AM Chicago , which became the number one local talk show, surpassing ratings for Donahue, just one month after she began. In less than a year, the show expanded to one hour and was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show . It entered national syndication in 1986, becoming the highest-rated talk show in television history. In 1988, she established Harpo Studios, making her the third woman in the American entertainment industry (after Mary Pickford and Lucille Ball) to own her own studio. The Oprah Winfrey Show remained the number one talk show for 24 consecutive seasons. Produced by her own production company, the show reached more than 40 million viewers a week in the United States and was licensed to 150 countries internationally. In 2008, Oprah and Discovery Communications announced plans to create OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, a multi-platform media venture designed to entertain, inform and inspire people to live their best lives. OWN debuted on January 1, 2011, in 67 percent of homes in the United States and 80 percent of cable homes. Effective Fall 2011, Oprah assumed the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creative Officer for the network. In April 2000, Oprah and Hearst Magazines introduced O, The Oprah Magazine , a monthly magazine that has become one of today's leading women's lifestyle publications. It is credited as being the most successful magazine launch in recent history and currently has a circulation of 2.35 million readers each month. In April 2002, Oprah launched the first international edition of O, The Oprah Magazine in South Africa, extending her live your best life message to another broad audience. Through her company's film division, Harpo Films, she has produced projects based on classic and contemporary literature that have garnered the highest industry honors for quality acting and production. Telefilms under the ""Oprah Winfrey Presents"" banner have included the award-winning Tuesdays With Morrie , based on the best-selling novel by Mitch Albom and starring Academy Award-winner Jack Lemmon and Emmy Award-winner Hank Azaria; Their Eyes Were Watching God , based on the Zora Neale Hurston novel and starring Academy Award-winner Halle Berry; and Mitch Albom's For One More Day , based on his best-selling novel and starring Emmy Award-winner Michael Imperioli and Academy Award-winner Ellen Burstyn. In December 2008, Harpo Films announced an exclusive deal with HBO to produce scripted television programming. In 1998, Harpo Films produced the critically acclaimed Beloved , a Touchstone Pictures feature film based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Toni Morrison, which co-starred Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover and was directed by Jonathan Demme. On Christmas Day 2007, co-producers Harpo Films and The Weinstein Company released The Great Debaters , which was directed by Academy Award®-winner Denzel Washington who also stars in the film with Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker. The Great Debaters received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Motion Picture. In fall 2009, Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry supported Lionsgate's distribution of Precious , based on the novel by Sapphire. Oprah made her acting debut in 1985 as ""Sofia"" in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple , for which she received both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. She also has been lauded for her performances in the made-for-television movies Before Women Had Wings (1997), There Are No Children Here (1993), and The Women of Brewster Place (1989). She also has lent her voice to animated feature films, including Charlotte's Web (2006), Bee Movie (2007) and The Princess and the Frog (2009). Oprah.com is a premier lifestyle website, offering advice on everything from the mind, body and spirit to food, home and relationships. It provides comprehensive resources related to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Oprah Winfrey Show , O, The Oprah Magazine and Oprah Radio. In addition, the website has unique original content, including Oprah's Book Club, which offers free in-depth reading guides for each book selection, online discussion groups and Q&A sessions with literary experts. Oprah's Book Club quickly became the largest book club in the world, presently attracting approximately 2 million members. In March 2008, Oprah.com launched the first international interactive webinar series in conjunction with the Book Club selection A New Earth. The groundbreaking live multimedia sessions taught by Oprah and author Eckhart Tolle, have been downloaded or streamed more than 35 million times. For each chapter, Oprah.com users could capture their thoughts and new perspectives within their own personal online workbook. Oprah.com averages 87 million page views and more than 7 million unique users per month and has 2.8 million newsletter subscribers. Oprah has long believed that education is the door to freedom, offering a chance at a brighter future. Through her private charity, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, she has awarded hundreds of grants to organizations that support the education and empowerment of women, children and families in the United States and around the world. Amongst her various philanthropic contributions, she has donated millions of dollars toward providing a better education for students who have merit but no means. She also created ""The Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program,"" which gives scholarships to students determined to use their education to give back to their communities in the United States and abroad. In December 2002, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation expanded its global humanitarian efforts with her ""Christmas Kindness South Africa 2002"" initiative that included visits to orphanages and rural schools in South Africa where 50,000 children received gifts of food, clothing, athletic shoes, school supplies, books and toys. Sixty-three schools received libraries and teacher education. During a December 2000 visit with Nelson Mandela, Oprah pledged to build a school in South Africa. As that commitment broadened, she established The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, to which she has contributed more than $40 million toward the creation of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls—South Africa, which opened in January 2007 and now serves grades 7 through 12. Located in a 28-building campus in Henley-on-Klip, the Leadership Academy is a state-of-the-art independent school that engenders high standards of academic achievement and service leadership for girls from all nine South African provinces who show outstanding promise despite their impoverished backgrounds and social circumstances. Her vision is that the Leadership Academy will help develop the future women leaders of South Africa. In a 1997 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show , Oprah encouraged viewers to use their lives to make a difference in the lives of others, which led to the creation of the public charity Oprah's Angel Network in 1998. Oprah's Angel Network has raised more than $80 million, with 100 percent of the donations funding charitable projects and grants across the globe. Oprah's Angel Network has helped establish 60 schools in 13 countries, create scholarships, support women's shelters, and build youth centers and homes—changing the future for people all over the world. The Angel Network distributed its final grants, six $1 million donations to U.S. charter schools, in September 2010. Oprah's commitment to children also led her to initiate the National Child Protection Act in 1991, when she testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to establish a national database of convicted child abusers. On Dec. 20, 1993, President Clinton signed the national ""Oprah Bill"" into law. With a track record of hits including The Oprah Winfrey Show , Dr. Phil , Rachael Ray , The Dr. Oz Show and The Nate Berkus Show , Oprah owns the most successful production company in daytime talk and is also the CEO of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. From Harpo Studios, her company also creates, develops and produces original programming for network, syndication, cable and digital platforms. Past primetime specials include Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball (2006), the Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special (2007), Building A Dream: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy (2007), Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special (2009) and The Oprah Winfrey Oscar® Special (2010). Cable series include Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes (2011) and Oprah Presents Master Class (2011), as well as The Rosie Show (2011), Oprah's Lifeclass (2011), Oprah's Next Chapter (2012) and Oprah and the Legendary Cast of Roots 35 Years Later (2012). Through a joint venture, Oprah launched ""Oprah & Friends"" satellite radio channel in September 2006, which was renamed ""Oprah Radio"" in 2009. Oprah Radio, which airs on SIRIUS XM Radio, features a broad range of original daily programming from Harpo Radio, Inc., including regular segments hosted by popular personalities from The Oprah Winfrey Show and O, The Oprah Magazine and her exclusive radio program, Oprah's Soul Series . Twenty years after she made her movie debut as “Sofia” in The Color Purple , Oprah made her Broadway debut as a producer for the Tony Award-winning hit musical The Color Purple , which opened on Dec. 1, 2005, at the Broadway Theatre in New York City. The show continues to tour throughout the United States.

  • Melinda Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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    Melinda Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

    As co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates helps to shape and approve strategies, setting the overall direction for the foundation. In developing countries, the Foundation harnesses science and technology to save lives while empowering the world’s poorest people to lift themselves out of hunger and poverty. In the U.S., it works to improve U.S. high school and post-secondary education. Over the years, Melinda has become a champion for women and girls’ rights and health around the world. In 2012, she spearheaded the London Summit on Family Planning, aiming to deliver contraceptives to 120 million women in developing countries by 2020. And on her storytelling platform Better by Half, she shares stories about individuals and organizations doing work to empower women and girls. In 2014, Gates began her partnership with Hillary and Chelsea Clinton on No Ceilings, a project to collect and analyze data on global gender equality in the 21st century.