First Afghan Female Cabdriver Blazes Trail for Other Women

Afghan women face discrimination on a daily basis, especially when it involves driving, but one woman is determined to change that.Sara Bahayi is one woman who has never been quiet about her opinions and she has made it her mission to challenge the patriarchal system that has ruled and continues to rule Afghanistan. At first glance, Bahayi may seem like any other Afghan women, except for her profession: driving a cab....more

Tattoos Give Burn Victims New Lease on Life

Tattoos have been used as a way of expressing beauty for years. Whether a person has tattooed a part of the body or most of it, there's no denying that it attracts attention. Tattoos elicit various reactions, from one extreme to the next, but recent use of tattoos may change viewers' reactions....more

The Doctor Can See You Now...Virtually

Seeing a doctor may be easier than it has been, especially when you're sick and can't get an appointment for weeks, until now.With the help of a new smartphone application called "Doctor On Demand", patients can be treated by a doctor without having to leave their homes. Using this app, patients can fill in their medical information and questions on a form and get connected with various types of doctors, from pediatricians, psychologists and primary care physicians, for consultation via videochat....more

Reporting Abuse via ATM-like Machines

Using an ATM is universally known as dispensing currency at any given time, but in India, ATM-like machines are being used to literally save lives.In India, women and girls are constantly subject to abuse, either physical, mental, or both. Women who are involved in these circumstances try to take matters into their own hands by reporting abuse to the police, but often, their complaints go unnoticed or ignored, until now....more

THINX Underwear Reduces Stigma About Menstruation

The word "menstruation" evokes various sentiments depending on who's doing the talking and who's doing the listening. For most women, the menstrual cycle consists of back pains, cramps and all-encompassing uncomfortability. Products ranging from tampons to pads try to alleviate the stress & pain that women go through to survive this monthly ordeal. Interestingly, the variety of products and the immeasurable number of them seem endless, from Super Tampons to Pads with Wings....more

The Dress Code Dilemma

As different parts of the country began their school year this past week & the weather has maintained its summer climate, students have had to face an on-going battle when it comes to dress code.In a recent article from NPR, school administrators face daily battles with students who push the bounds of appropriate clothing and accessories. Every school has its own version of "appropriate" dress, but the mindset associated with dress codes differ as it relates to students in question....more

Are Teens Still Drawn To Malls?

As summer winds down for most of the country, an interesting trend seems to be emerging: teens rarely hang out in malls.An article from NPR has cited two malls in Atlanta where teen presence is noticeably lacking. One may think that it could be economically driven, or something as challenging as reducing teen presence deliberately, but interestingly enough, it could also be due to technology and social media....more

Afghan Girl Pursues Art Despite Death Threats From Taliban

For most children, making art is a hobby or part of playtime, but for a 6 year-old Afghan girl, it's become a path to freedom, even when faced with death threats.For Shah Bibi Tarakhail, art was not something she was exposed to until she lost her right eye and most of her right arm after mistakenly picking up a grenade in her village in Afghanistan. That horrific tragedy might have been enough to push any adult or child into depression, or prevent them from creating anything, but not Shah Bibi....more

A (Social) Circus Unlike Any Other

When you think of the circus, most people would think of Barnum & Bailey or Cirque du Soleil. Circus acts are usually comprised of acrobats, clowns, animals and death-defying acts. Most people go to the circus to be wowed and entertained, but what if a circus gave back to the performers as well as the audience?...more

Thinking of the 200+ Nigerian Girls on Mother's Day

This Mother's Day, millions of families will be celebrating their mothers and I will not be exempt from it. As mothers are lauded on this day for all that they do selflessly, every hour of every day, I think of the 200+ Nigerian girls who are still missing....more