Women in America More Likely to be Talked Over Than Men, 22-yr-old Student Fights Back

Philly college student Samera Paz is only 22. But that’s more than enough life experience to realize that women in America still have to struggle to be heard. Instead of waiting for society to get their act together she got her hands dirty and created spaces where young women can come together and—wait for it—speak without being cut off, talked over or shut down. And she called it, fittingly, Girl Power Meetups. The meetups, in D.C. and Baltimore so far, are spots where self-identifying girls—cis, trans, and queer alike—can have candid conversations. Girls share ideas, artwork and creative expressions. They…

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After a decade as leader of America’s deadliest neo-nazi gang Chicago Area Skinheads (CASH), Christian Picciolini found peace. Today, he’s 20 years into running Life After Hate (LAH) – a non-profit dedicated to shining a light on basic human goodness. Isolated and lonely, Christian fell in with CASH early in life. They gave him the attention he craved and the family…

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