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Domestic Abuse Costs Women in the U.S. $4.9 Billion Every Year | Women's Health

“More than 39 million women—nearly one-third of the US female population—have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner, from slapping to beating,” the study says.<p>Based on estimates of intimate partner violence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers determined …

Meet the 24-Year-Old Who Could Become the Youngest Woman in Congress | Women's Health

Photograph courtesy of Erin Schrode<p><b>Sign up for Women's Health's new newsletter, So This Happened, to get the day’s trending stories and health studies.</b><p>Now, after a decade of honing her public speaking, organizing, and lobbying skills, Schrode hopes to take her advocacy to the next level: She …

If The Earth Were A Village Of 100 People

There are more than 7 billion of us on the planet now. We comprise a wildly diverse set of ages, nationalities, religious groups, incomes and technological capacities. Given the magnitude of our numbers, it can be hard to really grasp how that diversity plays out. How many of us have cell phones? …

Earth

Why I Love Riding On The Women-Only Car On Delhi's Metro

Last week, Germany announced that it will introduce train cars for women and children only to provide a secure space for female passengers.<p>That's an idea that other countries have tried. And it's not always a popular plan. An essay in Quartz published in 2014 argued that the women's car confines …

Sexual Harassment

Ban homework: It doesn’t help little kids learn—and it ruins their love of school

We have elementary education all wrong. It is time to ease up on our kids, an expert tells Salon<p>If you are hoping to raise a child who always shares, who follows all the rules, and doesn’t act angry once in a while, you will want to skip the books by Heather Shumaker. A speaker and authority on …

Parenting

Video Shows Sensory Overload From A Boy With Autism’s Perspective

Powerful video shows what sensory overload feels like to a person with autism<p>Yesterday was World Autism Awareness Day and in order to spread …

Autism

Apple's intensely moving film about a teen with autism

Technically Incorrect: Dillan Barmache is 16 and lives in California. He describes his life as "hell" and "lonely."<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>He was "that kid."<p>That's how Dillan Barmache's therapist and communication partner Deborah …

Autism

Testing Firm Finds That Some Workers With Autism Excel at Spotting Software Bugs

New York-based Ultra Testing has grown to 32 people, 75 percent of whom are on the autism spectrum.<p>People with autism face a variety of obstacles in getting jobs, a factor that puts their rate of unemployment upward of 80 percent.<p>But it turns out that some of the qualities that make it hard for …

Autism

Joanna Connors: 'Why I tracked down my attacker after 20 years'

It was Monday July 9, 1984, in Cleveland, Ohio. Joanna Connors’s day had begun ordinarily enough. She’d showered, had breakfast, then driven downtown with her husband to the newsroom of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland’s daily paper where they both worked as journalists, she as the theatre critic and he …

Sociology

Where Are All The Autistic Women And Girls?

One in 100 people are diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum, but there's a perception that it's a predominantly "male" condition.<p>“I am quite eloquent, I can chat to people – my job is all about communication and meeting new people every day,” says Emily Swiatek, 29, who was diagnosed with …

Autism: When to push and when to stop

My son, TJ, is 15 years old. He has autism.<p>When TJ was in elementary school, we worked tirelessly on so many issues. Sitting up for the entire circle time. Sitting through the entire lunch time without a meltdown. Taking turns and sharing. Accepting disappointment when something didn’t meet his …

Autism

New Understanding and Hope for Children on the Autism Spectrum: Based in Brain and Movement Sciences

<b>Part 1: Three Things You Can Do to Help Your Child with ASD</b><p>A new government survey of parents (November 2015) suggests that 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The official government estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and …

Autism

Sorry, but you can’t blame your children’s genes

From intelligence to mental health, nurture is the crucial influence on human development<p>Are poor people poor because of inferior genes? This notion is especially popular with members of the ruling elite, who like to think their position is the result of genetic superiority rather than the fact …

Mental Health

32 Online Stores With Free Shipping And No Minimum

*totally ready to drop $200 on some new swag* *sees $8 shipping charge* NOPE. The products in this post were updated in January 2018.<p><b>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are</b> …

Tennessee Will Not Uphold Law That Criminalizes Giving Birth to Drug-Dependent Babies

On Wednesday, the Tennessee legislature decided not to uphold a law that penalized mothers of babies who test positive for drugs. The law, which was …

Pregnancy

What’s Really Behind India’s Rape Crisis

India and China both have a surplus of males, but only one country has an out-of-control rape epidemic.<p>On Feb. 23, 2016, an Indian woman, within …

Teens

The woman who electrified a village and took on a mafia

<b>Kalawati Devi Rawat is known as the woman who brought electricity to her remote village in the hills of the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, writes BBC Hindi's Salman Ravi.</b><p>It was the early 1980s and she had just been married and moved to Bacher village to live with her husband.<p>The village had …

India

Trying to scare women away from traveling alone won’t keep them safe

When I went off to college, I was followed by a long series of emails from my parents, warning me of the dangers the world possessed. They were the same urban-legend emails that all the other girls in my dorm were getting from their parents. We had to look out for men who would lie down under our …

Feminism

The Secret War Crime: How Do You Ask Women to Relive Their Worst Nightmares

Ayak poses while nine months pregnant at a safe house in Uganda, Dec. 8, 2015.She lost her entire family to a rebel atta<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Lynsey …

College & University

A 15-Year-Old Girl Who Was Raped and Set on Fire in India Is Fighting for Her Life | VICE News

A 15-year-old girl is in critical condition with burns on 95 percent of her body after she was raped, beaten, and set alight on the rooftop terrace of her family's home, not far from New Delhi.<p>The incident serves as a horrific reminder that sexual violence against women remains a persistent and …

Crime

Psychologist probes possible link between prodigy, autism

Autism

Raw Photo Series Asks People To Take Off Their Clothes And Discuss Self-Love

<b>Warning: This post contains nudity and may not be suitable for work environments.</b><p>Photographer Anastasia Kuba grew up feeling beautiful. She had light eyes, blond hair and big breasts, attributes conventionally defined as such. From a young age, she was showered with attention. But Kuba still …

Mind

How dating other sexual assault survivors taught me that we aren’t "broken" - Vox

I don't know how I expected a rape victim to act, but I didn't expect her to be so funny. Or to be punk, in this kind of sexy, bleached blonde, but too lazy to care sort of way. Or to be so upfront.<p>"I may be a lesbian because of what happened to me; I don't know. It doesn't really matter at this …

Black Lives Matter

This Designer Is Making Brand-Name Fashion Friendlier To Kids With Disabilities

Mindy Scheier saw firsthand how underserved kids with disabilities are when it comes to clothing. Now, she’s working to change that.<p>For many people, getting dressed offers a way to express who they are to the world: patterns, colors, silhouettes, and even technology.<p>For people with disabilities, …

Tommy Hilfiger

Healing Women In Uganda Suffering From Devastating Childbirth Injuries

When Pooja Parameshwar went to Uganda as a volunteer with the American non-profit Medicine For Humanity (MFH), she had vaguely heard of fistula, but had no idea of its seriousness or extent until she saw the women's suffering for herself.<p>"What struck me most," said Parameshwar, "was how chronic and …

Pregnancy