Global Gender Gap Report, released by the World Economic Forum this week. Iceland tops the list of 136 countries ranked in terms of gender equality for the fifth year in a row — followed by fellow Nordic countries Finland, Norway, and Sweden — and a big part of the reason is the attainable work-life balance that exists there. Unlike in the United States, which came in at No. 23.
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“These [Nordic] economies have made it possible for parents to combine work and family, resulting in high female employment, more shared participation in childcare, more equitable distribution of labor at home, better work-life balance for both women and men and in some cases a boost to declining fertility rates,” the near-400-page report notes. “Policies in some of these countries include mandatory
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Global Gender Gap Report, released by the World Economic Forum this week. Iceland tops the list of 136 countries ranked in terms of gender equality for the fifth year in a row — followed by fellow Nordic countries Finland, Norway, and Sweden — and a big part of the reason is the attainable work-life balance that exists there. Unlike in the United States, which came in at No. 23.While the United States endlessly debates the notion of women having it all, Iceland has simply made it a reality. That’s the conclusion, at least, of the annual Read More »from World's Best Place to Be a Woman
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Oct 24, 2013 4:57 PM EDT
pediatrician checkup. “I spent three weeks with a baby that was not my daughter, but I gave her all my love and knew that the other mom would do the same,” Lorena Gerbeno, a lawyer, told Argentine broadcaster C5N.File this under Mother’s Worst Nightmare Comes True: Two babies were switched at birth in Argentina last month and reunited with their moms on Monday only after a chance meeting at a Read More »from Argentine Babies Switched at Birth — Could It Happen Here?
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Gerbeno and Veronica Tejada both gave birth to baby girls on Sept. 30 at the Sanatorio Argentina clinic in San Juan. Gerbeno realized something was off when staffers gave her conflicting information about the weight of her newborn. When she pressed, she adds, she was not given any answers. The clinic, meanwhile, has admitted that it made a “mistake” and is cooperating with an investigation.
Luckily, the ordeal ended happily. But how could it have even happened? And do expectant moms need to fret about it
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Oct 23, 2013 8:22 PM EDT
red meat have been "demonized" when it comes to heart health. At least that's the controversial claim of one British cardiologist, whose article published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal challenges much of what we've been taught to believe about saturated fat.Good news for indulgent diners: Turns out that foods like cheese, cream, and Read More »from Does Butter Still Deserve a Bad Rap? Controversial Doc Says No
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"Let's bust the myth of its role in heart disease," writes Aseem Malhotra of Croydon University Hospital in London. Saturated fats, along with cholesterol, occur naturally in foods such as meats and dairy products. And they've generally been labeled as big no-no's for anyone at risk of heart disease. But Malhotra — contrary to more conventional dietary guidelines, and to the opinions of some nutrition experts who spoke with Yahoo Shine — believes we've been led astray.
"The mantra that saturated fat must be removed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease has dominated dietary advice and
Some brave hospitalized kids are getting to show off their fierceness to the world this week, lip-synching to the Katy Perry song “Roar” in a video that will make you misty, hopeful, and humbled all at once. Created at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and posted to YouTube on Monday, its viewership has grown to nearly 70,000 in just the first day.
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“It was a very serendipitous kind of project,” producer Chris Cammock tells Yahoo Shine. The Vermont-based graphic designer and creative director had recently been working with the hospital, where her brother is employed, doing some pro bono branding projects for its half-marathon fundraiser (which took place Sunday). And ever since hearing Katy Perry sing “Roar” at the MTV Video Music Awards in August, she says her mind had been cranking with a way to use the empowering pop song to support the kids of CHaD.Read More »from Kids' 'Roar' Redux Will Make Your Day
“I’ve always loved lip-synching because I
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Oct 22, 2013 3:09 PM EDT
heroism, she tells Yahoo Shine.A Texas woman who survived a gruesome auto accident in January because a trio of soldiers stopped to help her was thrilled at the chance to personally thank them for their Read More »from Woman Thanks Guardian-Angel Soldiers Who Saved Her Life
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“It meant the world to be able to do that,” Linda Hartman, 37, says. “If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be here. My kids wouldn’t have a mom. My husband wouldn’t have a wife. My parents wouldn’t have a daughter. My siblings wouldn’t have a sister. I think about that every day.”
The soldiers who stopped to help just happened to have military medical training, and one in particular, Sgt. Mike Black, was able to apply a tourniquet to stop life-threatening bleeding. Now he’s on track to receive the distinctive Soldier’s Medal, one of the highest military honors given for bravery in a civilian setting.
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On that winter morning, Hartman
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 5:51 PM EDT
Matt Walsh stirred up some major mommy-war muck when he passionately defended his wife, a stay-at-home mom, to “condescending” working mothers. Now another male voice has joined him: that of Dr. Aric Sigman, a UK psychologist, biologist and author, who recently encouraged full-time moms to rise up against their critics.Earlier this month, daddy blogger Read More »from Male Defender of Stay-at-Home Moms Warns of 'Motherism'
“You should take on ‘motherism’—the prejudice against stay-at-home mothers, a prejudice that expresses itself in derogatory clichés like, 'You gain a baby and lose a brain’…” Sigman told a crowd of moms in London at the Mothers at Home Matter annual conference last week, according to the Telegraph. “I have heard how full-time mothers are described. The tone seems to be that they are not as interesting, that they have taken a step down both socially and intellectually but also in terms of esteem. If you applied any other kind of minority group tag to that, there would be an outcry.”
Clarifying his comments for Yahoo Shine, Sigman—well
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 5:05 PM EDT
World War II as a fighter pilot—and what she was left with was a brand-new 1941 Ford Super Deluxe convertible, which she had picked out as a stylish parting gift. She drove her $1,100 baby-blue car for nearly a decade before having to sell it for something more practical.Helen Wall of Massachusetts was in her 20s when her husband Wally was shipped off to Read More »from 100-Year-Old's Birthday Gift: A Spin in Her ’41 Ford
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But on Monday, just a couple of months shy of her 100th birthday, Wall received a nostalgic present: one last, long-awaited ride in the car, with the autumn wind in her now snow-white hair.
“It was wonderful,” Wall, 99, tells Yahoo Shine from her West Bridgewater nursing home. “It was only a short ride, but it was wonderful.”
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Wall recalls that she and her husband, who died 21 years ago, sold the car in the 1950s for a couple thousand dollars in order to buy a Volkswagen bus, which they
- rape case has been growing louder by the day. And while some of it has been hopeful — the reopening of the case, the second victim coming forward, vigilante group Anonymous mobilizing online support — much of it, predictably, has come from slut-shaming victim blamers.The din over the Maryville, Missouri,
“Nobody forced her to drink,” chided a slick-haired criminal defense attorney during a guest stint on Fox News Thursday. “What did she expect to happen at 1 a.m. in the morning, after sneaking out?”
But on Friday, a single voice rang out strong and clear enough to silence all the noise, at least momentarily: that of alleged victim Daisy Coleman, 15, who shared an astonishingly brave first-person essay about her ordeal with online magazine xoJane:
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“Since this happened, I've been in hospitals too many times to count. I've found it impossible to love at times. I've gained and lost friends. I no longer dance or compete in pageants. I'm different now, and I can't ever go back to the person
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 2:53 PM EDT
grandmother of eight (and great-grandmother of two), going back to school has been more like a life-affirming dream.For some adults, the idea of suddenly being back in a classroom, with facts to retain and tests to take, is the stuff of recurring nightmares. But for one 82-year-old Kansas
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Since enrolling in classes at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, this year as a way to refocus her life after the death of her husband of 59 years, Frances Wood has become something of a campus celebrity. She’s struck up friendships with people more than six decades her junior and was just named honorary homecoming queen by her fellow students. "That was fun!" she told Yahoo Shine. And she’s been learning plenty about finance and history along the way.
Wood says she broke the ice with classmates early by handing out business cards with her contact info — and the name “Granny Franny.”Read More »from Why 'Granny Franny' Is the Most Popular Gal on Campus
“My grandson calls me that, and I
Today came the sad but perhaps inevitable news that “Glee” would end after Season 6, which made me, for one, want to grab my hair, jump onto my desk and launch into yet another over-the-top version of, like, “Glory Days” or "I Dreamed a Dream" or something. But coworkers and readers alike can breathe a sigh of relief, as I've instead channeled my oncoming grief into a roundup of some of the show’s best celebrity-guest stars. Constructive, right?
Britney Spears: Killer matchup with Brittany!
John Stamos: The perfect prop for Brittany’s Britney fantasy scene.
Kristin Chenoweth: An amazing nostalgia scene-setter.
Lindsay Lohan: Self-deprecation at its best.
Olivia Newton-John: Genius “Physical” duet with Sue Sylvester.
Ricky Martin: Hot for teacher.
Sarah Jessica Parker: Kurt’s dream boss in the big city!
Demi Lovato: Santana’s new lesbian love interest. Love it.
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