When Women Are Able To Decide *When* To Have Kids, Look How The World Can Change

Thinking about how to help bring the world’s poorest people out of poverty can feel overwhelming. So overwhelming that for a lot of people, it’s more appealing to move on to less challenging problems with easier solutions. But here’s a basic solution we might want to consider, and it gets bonus points for being empowering, too.

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At 5 P.M., A Girl Got Sick. By 7 P.M., She Was Dead. Her Killer Is Now Being Cleaned Up.

There are certain things all human beings deserve in life, and what this community is fighting for is certainly something you’d hope all of us had. It made me smile at 4:20 when one guy sums up what they’re doing to make real, kinda amazing change in the world. The inspirational music is a bonus.

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A New Way Of Teaching Is Coming To Our Schools. Maybe We Should Check It Out.

There’s this thing that K-12 schools around the United States are starting to do, and it’s called the Common Core State Standards. Have you heard of it? Is it OK, or not OK?

We’re gonna be honest with you: We don’t really know the answer. But we do know we want to hear from you. Check out this backgrounder and tell us what you think (or don’t really think) below, pretty please?

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Hugh Jackman Gives Us A Much-Needed History Lesson And A Wake-Up Call

In just over a minute, Hugh Jackman will make you laugh — and then think — about some of the assumptions we make with regard to disease.

Even though the concert he mentions is long past, the fight to end this threat to kids wages on.

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If You Think Talking About Sex Can Feel Taboo, See What These Pregnant Ladies Go Through

In the African nation of Malawi, expectant mothers are afraid that if they speak up about their pregnancies, someone might put a spell on their unborn children. So how do they learn about what’s going on with their bodies?

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One Of The Biggest Hell-Yeah Moments In Modern History, Told In 4 Minutes

A poetic production starring Piper Paquin of Pittsburgh and her pronounced proclivity for parsing pieces of a pictograph into a powerful pattern will pique a passion in persons whose prerogative it is to promote peace by doing their part. And if that makes no sense to you at all, watch the video. Pretty please.

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Meet A Daughter Who's Making Sure What Happened To Her Mom Doesn't Happen To Others

True story: $671 million are spent on Mother’s Day cards every year, and billions are spent on flowers, dinner, etc. And hey! That’s thoughtful, important, and probably even delicious. But what if those cards could do more by making sure women have safe births and actually get to be mothers? These can.

What an impactful way to honor your mom! If you want, you can join in right here.

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A 1-Minute Live Birth That Makes A Powerful Point About Preventable Deaths

Every year, 1 million mothers lose their babies within the first day of giving birth. And many of these tragic deaths could be prevented by the woman (and others like her) in this smart ad. The difference between 0:11 and 0:44 is everything.

Warning: This video includes live birth footage with graphic images.

For more information on the newborn crisis and the solutions to fixing it (in a less intense way), check out my other midwives post.

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The Colorful Poster That Should Hang In The Mind Of Every Girl Who's Felt Insignificant

Girls make up half of the planet (I’m one of them!), but 250 million of them live in poverty. With so much untapped potential, the world might as well be screaming. Girls and women are kind of a big deal; it’s time to recognize.

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What Is Obstetric Fistula And Why Are So Many Women Suffering From It Worldwide?

A lot can go wrong when delivering a baby. And in less fortunate parts of the world, it often does. It’s tragic and unfair, and it’s what’s next that makes this doctor such a ray of hope.

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