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End-of-Life Advocacy: Brittany Maynard Fights For Death With Dignity

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Do you believe in assisted suicide? The right to die with dignity?

A 29-year-old Oregon woman, Brittany Maynard, is bringing this controversial topic to the forefront.

Maynard, 29, has terminal brain cancer and has made plans to end her own life with the sedative Secobarbitol on November 1.

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“After months of research, my family and I reached a heartbreaking conclusion: There is no treatment that would save my life,” she wrote on her website, created to support the Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act.

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Celebrating Diversity: Gap Ad Embraces Children With Disabilities

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Bridging the gap, indeed!

To promote their new fall line, Gap recently posted an ad on Facebook including a group young students posing for their class photo.

At first glance, it’s a lineup of ridiculously good looking children in stylish duds. It takes a minute to notice the girl in the second row, who is seated in a wheelchair.

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Suddenly, the photo went from cute to awesome.

This is certainly a far cry from this class photo that broke a mother’s heart!

While Gap titled the photo, “A lesson in style,” I’d like to rename it, “A lesson in inclusion.”

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Child Bride: Norway’s First Child ‘Wedding’ Sparks Online Outrage

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In a disturbing and powerful blog post, a 12-year-old Norwegian girl writes,”Hey! My name is Thea and I’m 12 years old. I am getting married in one month!”

Over the weekend, Norway held its first child ‘wedding’ on Saturday (October 11) between Thea and her 37-year-old fiancé Geir.

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As one can imagine, Thea’s blog – which became Norway’s most read site in the course of one day – caused online outrage.

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Malala Yousafzai, 17, Wins Nobel Peace Prize

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In honor of Malala Yousafzai – who has won the Nobel Peace Prize for her courageous, and near fatal, campaign to secure education for girls – we are re-posting an article on the crouageous young woman.

At 17, Malala is the youngest recipient since Nobel prizes were first awarded in 1901.

Continue reading how she left Jon Stewart speechless during her appearance on The Daily Show

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The Sexualization Of Girls At Halloween

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Halloween is the time of year we love to dress up in spook-tacular costumes. But unfortunately, some outfits are a bit too boo-tiful.

To me, what is truly terrifying is not the blood, gore and guts of the Halloween season. It’s the overly sexualized costumes that young girls – and no, I’m not talking frat college girls – tend to wear.

Everything from skimpy superhero costumes, to sexy witches, to shorter than short dresses and skirts, to sassy princesses, to suggestive takes on everyday uniforms, I am one mom who is SICK of girls being sexualized at Halloween.

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And as it turns out, I’m not the only one upset about this fashion trend. A children’s advocate agrees it can even be harmful.

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Sarah Silverman Promotes Equal Payback Project

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Here’s another reason to love Sarah Silverman!

Although there’s nothing funny about the gender wage gap, the outspoken comedienne, 43, has managed to humorously address the topic while promoting the Equal Payback Project.

In the funny, yet thought provoking video, Silverman proves she’ll stop at nothing to ensure she’s paid the same amount as her male counterparts — even if she has to surgically remove some of her own parts.

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