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Do You Throw “Like a Girl?"

The Washington Post presented an article based on a Procter & Gamble ad about a documentary that displays the difference in reaction between adults and prepubescent children when asked to run or throw “like a girl.” The adults tended to perform an arm-waving, shrilling, pitiful little toss, while the kids gave it their best, and most natural attempt.

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Fairfax Considers Altering School Schedules So Students Can Sleep More

The Fairfax County School Board is examining four proposals concerning school schedules that would allow teens to get more sleep. According to The Washington Post, the school board has agreed to a plan that includes eliminating half-day Mondays and adding 11 school days to the calendar to accommodate for inclement weather for elementary school students.

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The White-House Summit Addresses Working Families

On June 23, at The White House Summit on Working Families, politicians and corporate professionals came together to discuss work-life balance and work flexibility in America’s families.

There, our nations most powerful individuals, including President Obama, First Lady Michelle and Vice President Joe Biden, addressed timely issues affecting U.S. working families.

According to The Work-Life Balance And The Economics Of Workplace Flexibility report, women comprise nearly one-half of the labor force, and in more than 60 percent of households with children, all adults are working.

Obama informed the audience that the United States is the “only one developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave.”  He encouraged employers to accommodate pregnant workers, to increase safety and efficiency.

While a heap of the summit’s issues pertained to women, Obama assured the crowd it was not all about them. “This is about you too, men... Anything that makes life harder for women, makes life harder for families, and makes life harder for children,” Obama noted.

President Obama spoke strongly about paid family leave and affordable childcare, saying the two are not “frills,” but they are “basics needs.”

Vice President Biden assured the audience that he, too, recognizes the hardships of work-life balance. He shared a heartfelt story of his 5-year widow period, after the death of his first wife and daughter, and through it all “had to find a way to be there for my boys.”

Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden said having an employer who accommodates your schedule shouldn’t feel like winning the “boss lottery.” She hopes companies become more sympathetic in times when an employee has to miss a meeting for a child’s graduation or birthday.

The First Lady called the summit a new movement, and encouraged workers to not feel hopeless if their employers are slow to jump on board with work-place flexibility.

 
 
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Technology Perpetuates Cyber-Bullying

The pervasiveness of technology opens the door for a number of opportunities, good and bad. While the latest forms of communication – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, to name a few – allow people to connect and network in ways that were once unimaginable, some unfortunate consequences have surfaced as well, such as bullying.

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Boehner Says Obama Abused His Power, Plans to Sue

At a press conference on Wednesday, Speaker of the House John Boehner, announced that he would soon file a lawsuit against President Obama, for alleged abuse of executive power.

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Boomerang Kids: Number of Recent Grads Moving in with Parents Higher than Ever

Almost 60 percent of young adults are receiving financial aid from their parents and one in five are still living at home, reports The New York Times. This trend has become increasingly popular over the last few years, giving this particular generation of recent graduates the nickname “The Boomerang Kids,” as they leave for college and return home upon graduation.


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Science Uncovers How to be a Better Decision Maker

Working in a professional or academic setting can be overwhelming and stressful all on its own. From tests to deadlines to projects, work can be a real nightmare sometimes, not to mention, when relationship problems, financial issues, family drama or crisis come into play as well.

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Putting an End to LGBT Discrimination

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community is fully emerged in an ongoing battle to be treated as legally and socially equal to those who identify with heterosexuality. Despite the massive strides that this country has taken with regard to discrimination, there are many people that find it hard to fathom that idea. The country has a deeply imbedded history of being resistant to things that are outside of the “norm,” so for those who are unsupportive of LGBT concerns, that kind of thinking may just be the product of environmental influence.

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Starbucks Offers Paid Tuition to Employees

Starbucks recently announced its partnership with Arizona State University to offer a paid college education to its 135,000 United States employees.

The company is offering full reimbursement in ASU online courses for employees with two years of college credit and partial reimbursement for employees with less credit. The only thing the company requires to be eligible for the program is that the employee works at least 20 hours per week and maintains decent grades, according to the New York Times.

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Transportation Department Takes on Navigation Apps

We all know that texting while driving is not only extremely dangerous, but also illegal in almost every state. But what happens when you are using a navigation app? What category does this distraction fall into, and should it be treated the same way as texting while driving? The New York Times delves deeper into the issue and the impact that the proposed transportation bill will have on the issue.

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