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A Female Senator Explains Why Uptalk is Part of Women’s ‘Nature’

Even before Cher Horowitz of Clueless shopped her way into the world in 1995, cultural commentators spent a lot of energy fretting about uptalk. You know, uptalk? That oft-mocked conversational style, usually attributed to the “Valley Girl”? The one that implies a question mark at the end of otherwise perfectly declarative statements?

As a linguistic stereotype, uptalk has been debunked—boys and girls both use it, and it doesn’t just signal docility or uncertainty, as is often assumed. But the phrase “uptalk” is still used to symbolize a broader set of social tendencies that are particularly prevalent among young women: body language and intonations that make girls seem less confident about themselves.

When Senator Kirsten Gillibrand took the stage at The Atlantic’s Shriver Report summit on women and poverty on Wednesday, she mostly focused on policy: universal pre-K, affordable daycare, paid family leave, etc. But one of the men in the audience stood up and posed a question that hinted at the stickier social stigmas at work in gender inequality: What about the women who hold themselves back with the way they present themselves to others?

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Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls #GalentinesDay Hang Out, 2/13 at 2pm EST on YouTube!

Does the thought of Valentines Day get you down? Why is that? Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves to “be in love” this one silly day a year? Well, tomorrow’s LIVE Galentines day hangout is going to be a big positivity mush fest especially for the ladies, brought to you by Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. Let’s hang out and focus on ways to be positive and inspire each other this time of year! You’re part of the conversation, so use the #GalentinesDay hashtag to tweet in your comments or questions, or just comment right on YouTube! More info and RSVP here. Or just tune in at youtube.com/smartgirls

ps. kinda fangirling because Azie’s going to be in tomorrow’s hang out.. This will be our official first time “meeting” gah!

Every time we are about to tell a boy to “stop playing like a girl” or “stop acting like a girl,” we need to ask ourselves: “What am I teaching him about girls?” Instead, let’s teach boys that it’s okay not to dominate. Teach them it’s okay to have feelings an emotions. It’s okay to promote equality. It’s okay to have women who are just friends, no more.
—  Tony Porter, “A Call to Men:  Ending Men’s Violence Against Women," The Shriver Report:  A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink
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Let’s face it. Valentine’s Day is pretty awkward for about 80% of the population. What with its over-commercialization and dependency upon strict gender roles for both women and men, it’s easy for it to let it get you down and convince you that something is “wrong with you.” Enter Galentine’s Day–a day where we can highlight achievements by women, celebrate friendships, and encourage creativity! 

This Thursday, February 13, 2014, join Amy Poehler’s Smart Girlsand our fab panel of Smart Girls to discuss how we can use‪#‎GalentinesDay‬ as an opportunity to learn, laugh, and have fun!

Hosted by Smart Girl Meredith Walker, our panel includes contributors from The Shriver Report, NY Times Bestselling YA Author Megan McCafferty, creator of the Ask a Slave: The Web Series Azie Mira Dungey, and vlogger/actor/writer Chescaleigh

Would you like to be a part of the Hangout? Be sure to RSVP and post your questions on the Hangout page! 

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We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more—commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.

Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. So why are we viewed as less than equal? These old attitudes are drilled into us from the very beginning. We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.

We have a lot of work to do, but we can get there if we work together. Women are more than 50 percent of the population and more than 50 percent of voters. We must demand that we all receive 100 percent of the opportunities.

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By Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, “The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink”

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Not roses, candy, or cars. Engage in the conversation to learn #WhatWomenNeed to understand real issues facing our nation today.

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“The Shriver Report provides an overview of the most pressing concerns for struggling American women and children today. These women’s issues must be central to our national conversations and policy development in all areas, because societies are stronger when women are personally, politically, and economically empowered. This report’s thorough data analysis, personal testimonials, and pragmatic solutions will be invaluable to those who, like Maria Shriver, seek to further that cause.” - Madeline Albright, Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group & Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC

“Maria Shriver never does anything halfway. The first two Reports were very detailed, very intense. She lays it out in such a way that you will learn something that you didn’t know before. So January, here we come! Maria, bravo!” - Gayle King, Co-anchor of CBS This Morning and Editor-at-large for O Magazine

“Nearly fifty years after Sargent Shriver led the War on Poverty, it is important that we return attention to Americans struggling financially. Women are increasingly heading American households, and they need to be a focus during our economic recovery. The Shriver Report sheds light on endemic causes of economic inequality that are too serious to ignore.” - Mark DeSaulnier, California State Senator

“More than almost any other publication, The Shriver Report can teach readers about the world’s changing relationship with its female population. The Report helps us reconsider how to support women in an ever changing economy and celebrate that women are emerging as leaders and visionaries in all areas of society.  I am excited to be a part of spreading the word of The Shriver Report and to advocate its continued success.” - Kelly Coffey, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, JP Morgan Chase Bank

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Gender Equality Is a Myth!

By Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

“We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more—commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.”

We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more—commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.

IF WOMEN RECEIVED PAY EQUAL TO THEIR MALE COUNTERPARTS, THE U.S. ECONOMY WOULD PRODUCE $447.6 BILLION IN ADDITIONAL INCOME.
A WOMAN’S NATION PUSHES BACK FROM THE BRINK
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Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. So why are we viewed as less than equal? These old attitudes are drilled into us from the very beginning. We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.

We have a lot of work to do, but we can get there if we work together. Women are more than 50 percent of the population and more than 50 percent of voters. We must demand that we all receive 100 percent of the opportunities.

—  Beyone - The Shriver Report
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand lists the benefits of providing paid medical leave for big businesses and small alike.