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Women’s Well-Being



Our gender expression can be an important and valued part of our identity, touching on every aspect of our well-being, whether physical, emotional, spiritual, or even financial. But social pressure and cultural messaging focused on our gender—and how well we can live up to or “perform” to those expectations—can have a great impact on our feelings of self-worth and can make us struggle with self-acceptance. However, we can also gain great personal satisfaction in living up to those expectations. Our unique and shared experiences as women create a tapestry of community that we can rely on to help us grow more fully into ourselves. Every one of us has the right to live a vibrant life in our full identity, and our struggle for well-being can find support from those who understand and validate the complexities, nuance, pain, and joy of our community’s lived experiences.

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Being Childfree By Choice: Five Women on Why They Decided Not to Have Kids

As part of the Guardian’s Childfree series, five women discuss why having children isn’t for them—and how others perceive them as a result. ‘There’s no wrong way to be a woman,’ says Sabrina, 25.

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Indios

Filled with powerful imagery, this poem relates the tragic story of Indios, a native woman falsely accused of the death of her children.

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25 Things Every Woman Needs to Know

1) Life is a steep, uphill battle but it’s fierce and it’s beautiful and you’ll be sad to see it go if you live it right.

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FindCenterWhy are angry women so threatening to others? If we are guilty, depressed, or self-doubting, we stay in place. We do not take action except against our own selves and we are unlikely to be agents of personal and social change. In contrast, angry women may change and challenge the lives of us all.

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Miss Representation

Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman.

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Roxane Gay: Confessions of a Bad Feminist

When writer Roxane Gay dubbed herself a “bad feminist,” she was making a joke, acknowledging that she couldn’t possibly live up to the demands for perfection of the feminist movement. But she’s realized that the joke rang hollow.

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A Woman’s Worth

With A Woman’s Worth, Marianne Williamson turns her charismatic voice—and the same empowering, spiritually enlightening wisdom that energized her landmark work, A Return to Love—to exploring the crucial role of women in the world today.

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FindCenterTo call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man’s superior.

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Is It Self-Care, or Is It Capitalism?

So many of the little rituals I have each day—like my makeup or skincare routine—do help soothe and/or rejuvenate me. For me, any type of solo practiced routine is good. But I’ve learned that self-care does not, and cannot, sustain me. And I believe that this may be the case for many of you.

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Audre Lorde Reads Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power

Audre Lorde reads the essay “Uses of the Erotic: the Erotic as Power.” There are some ad-libs, but this reading is pretty faithful to the final text, which can be found in Lorde’s essay collection Sister Outsider, among other anthologies. One of the most important essays of the 20th century.

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