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The ELU is a safe space and a platform to talk about your experiences. Devoting time to critical thinking and interaction empowers us to sharpen our speaking skills and define the source of our feelings as well as reminds us we have voices that deserve to be heard.

Voices as Power

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Confession: I Compromised My Feminist Values

Feeling the pressure to come up with a gift guide right before Black Friday since “everyone else is doing it” and it was an opportunity to earn a little extra money from affiliate links. Trust me, I had good intentions when I created the feminist gift guide, but I got hella lost on WHY I created it and, more important, what it reflected of my personal and professional brand.

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Some realizations of a strained mother-daughter relationship

Parent-child relationships heavily influence a person’s life. Ideally, parents are meant to guide and protect us, and be role-models for their children. Unfortunately for some parents, it just isn't in their nature. In my experience, it's fair to say it wasn't my mother’s fault.

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The Power of Witnessing and Being Witnessed

Recently Hank and I started attending couples therapy. There’s a lot of love between us but there are things we need help navigating. Hank did NOT want to go. In fact, due to a traumatic experience in his childhood he was convinced that all therapists were bad. Time and again we circled back around to the same issues and he finally agreed to go with me.

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Gender Wage Gap Lessons When You’re The Boss

While the current political climate is less than desirable, conditions for women at work seem to be improving (if we ignore #MeToo for a moment), for instance, did you know that women with graduate and undergraduate degrees represent about 50% of the workforce?

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Friends for Reasons and Seasons - Female Friendships Review

At 29, moving back to the US proved harder than my arrival in Chile six years earlier, where I knew no one. I was older and people were more established in their lives. My very first DC friend was a woman named Adelaide*. This is the story of our friendship. 

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On the anniversary of Roe v Wade I’m reminded of my own abortion story

When I was 23 I got pregnant in a country where abortion is illegal. I had been in Chile, teaching English, for about 5 months and had known the man for even less time. Naively, I took a pregnancy test during the 15 minute passing period between classes. When the ‘+’ appeared it felt like my stomach had fallen out of my body. It’s still the only time in my life I’ve ever felt faint.

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