Blog Posts by Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff

  • Royal Family Down Under: Burning Questions Answered

    The royal family arrives at Wellington Airport in New Zealand. Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImageThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touched down in New Zealand on Monday morning to kick off a much-anticipated three-week tour of New Zealand and Australia — the couple's first official trip with Prince George. And though it's only day one, there's already been a swirl of information to keep up with. Here's what you need to know so far:

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    Why is this a big deal?
    Besides the fact that any royal movement is always a major event, this trip holds particular significance. That’s because, while the British monarchy still reigns in New Zealand and Australia — both are part of the Commonwealth of Nations — it’s unclear how relevant the monarchy still is in both countries, and this trip will provide insight into that. Recently, a former prime minister of New Zealand noted that it was “inevitable” for the country to become a republic; in Australia, meanwhile, recent surveys have found that a third of citizens would be upset if

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  • Women Don't Apply to 'Male-Sounding' Jobs

    Photo: Getty ImagesWomen account for only 4.6 percent of Fortune 500 company CEOs. And although theories abound as to why the number remains stubbornly low, a new study has gotten to a possible, if surprising, root cause: job ads worded in such a way as to seem “male-sounding,” thus discouraging women to apply from the start.

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    “I was surprised that such a small difference in the wording has a significant impact on women's willingness to apply,” lead researcher Claudia Peus, of the Technical University of Munich (TUM), tells Yahoo Shine.

    For the study, which was presented this week at a business-leader conference in Munich, the scientists showed fictional employment ads, including those for management training programs, to 260 men and women. The women were less inclined to respond to that ads included the words “determined,” “assertive,” “aggressive,” “independent” and “analytical" because those words are linked to male stereotypes. But they were

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  • Mom Grateful for Stranger Who Paid for Family Groceries: 'You Didn't Judge'

    The receipt, for $17.38 in groceries. Photo: True Stories of a Midwest YankeeA simple, generous act of kindness can be so life changing — especially when it means the difference between kids going hungry or having full bellies. A poignant blog post written by a mother of five made a beautifully honest illustration of that recently.

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    “To the Woman Behind Me in Line at the Grocery Store," posted on March 19, was republished by the Huffington Post on Thursday. In it, the woman, who identifies herself only as Andrea, thanks an unknown fellow shopper for paying for her groceries, which totaled just $17.38, after being faced with an out-of-service EBT machine and an empty wallet. Her tale has captured public empathy, with many readers commenting with supportive sentiments and even job offers. "I am overwhelmed. I am humbled. I am awed," she tells Yahoo Shine about the positive response. "I am also amazed. I am honored that people trust me with their stories. I am pleased that the vast majority are

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  • Clueless Sports Commentators Need a Primer on Paternity Leave

    Daniel Murphy. Photo: Chris Trotman/Getty ImagesHere’s why gender roles in relation to American child-rearing are so hopelessly steeped in sexist tradition: because of guys like radio hosts Mike Francesa, Craig Carton and Boomer Esiason, all of whom, if you’ve not yet heard, have slammed Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy for daring to take a three-day paternity leave (after missing opening day on Monday, God forbid, for his son Noah’s birth).

    Thankfully, Murphy spoke up eloquently in defense of his decision on Thursday. “The awesome part about being blessed, about being a parent, is you get that choice. My wife and I discussed it, and we felt the best thing for our family was for me to try to stay for an extra day — that being Wednesday — due to the fact that she can't travel for two weeks,” the ballplayer told ESPN. “It's going to be tough for her to get up to New York for a month. I can only speak from my experience — a father seeing his wife — she was completely finished, I mean, she was done. She had surgery and she was wiped.

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  • A Facebook Photo May Have Saved a Girl's Sight

    Tennessee mother of two Tara Taylor may have very well saved the vision of her 3-year-old daughter simply by posting her photo on Facebook. That’s where two observant friends saw the picture and noticed a strange glow in little Rylee’s left eye, prompting the eye exam that revealed she had Coats disease, a rare retinal disorder.

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    “They said, ‘Hey, I’m sure it’s nothing. It’s probably the lighting, but your daughter’s eye is glowing and you might want to have it checked out because it’s a sign there could be an issue with her eye,’” Tara told WREG Memphis. After a trip to the doctor, she discovered her friends' instincts were right.

    “Anything that happens in the retina will alter that red reflex, or ‘red eye,’ which is a reflex from the back of the retina,” Dr. Jorge Calzada tells Yahoo Shine. While Rylee's right eye did have the typical red eye, the left eye had a larger, more yellowish glow to it, because “she had a scar in

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  • Women in the World Summit 2014

    Meryl Streep and Tina Brown at the Women in the World Summit 2013. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/Getty ImagesThe Women in the World Summit, currently underway in New York City, is a female-powered gathering like no other, inspiring global change through an impressive lineup of speakers including Meryl Streep, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Katie Couric, and Diane Von Furstenberg this year. Founded in 2010 by Tina Brown, who recently left the Daily Beast to found Tina Brown Live Media, the summit has a focus on live storytelling and interviews about courage and resilience. By the time it wraps up at the end of Saturday, it will have covered topics from Rwandan women and Uganda’s persecution of gay citizens to environmental activism and Pussy Riot’s legal struggles.

    As Clinton noted in her powerful address to the summit last year, “There is a powerful new current of grassroots activism stirring, galvanized by events too outrageous to ignore, and enabled by new technologies that give women and girls voices like never before. That’s why we need to seize the moment.” This year, the former Secretary of

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  • Men in Pink: A Fashion Evolution

    John Wayne in pink. Photo: Silver Screen Collection/Getty ImagesSociety’s aggressive marketing of pink as a color for girls, starting with the hue of balloons at a baby shower, has been endlessly railed against. But, while pink has been slowly but steadily finding its way back into male wardrobes and onto male runways over the past few decades, it remains stubbornly fixed in the “daring fashion” category. Which is strange, considering that, in the early 1900s, pink was actually the proscribed color for boys, while baby blue, seen as more “delicate and dainty,” was pushed on girls. There’s also plenty of evidence from earlier in history, particularly in the 18th century, that males of all ages wore various striking shades of pink. But at some point, certainly by the 1950s, the switch had been codified, a move that’s been party blamed on retail decisions. “Think Pink,” a new exhibit currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, explores the social history of the color, through portrait paintings, clothing and photography. Some of the most

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  • Rachel Canning, Teen Who Sued Parents, Reports She's Won College Scholarship

    Rachel Canning in court. (AP Images)Rachel Canning, the 18-year-old New Jersey high school senior who made worldwide headlines after suing her parents for financial support before eventually dropping the case, has apparently chosen the college she will attend in the fall. “Decision made,” Canning posted on Facebook on March 30, according to the Star Ledger (the post is only visible to her approved Facebook friends). “WNE U class of 2018 BME Major w/ 56,000$ [sic] scholarship.” That’s Western New England University, in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she’ll study biomedical engineering.

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    WNEU’s student body is small, at just 3,800, and the cost for tuition and fees for full-time engineering undergrads is currently $32,606, plus room and board, which is an additional, $12,688, according to the school's website. (Canning's scholarship would more than cover one year's fees.) The various athletics offerings include lacrosse and football

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  • Getting Your Kids Off the iPad Is Worth the Fight

    Photo: Getty ImagesAny parent who knows the particular hell of child tantrums in response to a set of screen-time rules may eventually begin to wonder: Is it really worth the fight? But a new study wants to assure you that yes, it really is. So stand your ground, moms and dads. The research, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, found that parents who set limits can count on some seriously positive results for their kids — including improved sleep, better grades, less aggressive behavior, and lower risk of obesity.

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    “Parents often feel out of control when it comes to screen time — like they’re either taking a shot in the dark or should just give up,” lead researcher Douglas Gentile, a developmental psychologist and assistant professor of psychology at Iowa State, tells Yahoo Shine. “But what this study shows is that even that shot in the dark is really powerful. Parents have a much more of a profound effect on their child’s wellbeing than

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  • 5 Things You Need to Know About the Obamacare Deadline

    A Miami woman waited for the ACA website to come back online Monday while trying to purchase a plan with an agent's help. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesAttention, fellow procrastinators: Monday night, as you probably know by now, is the deadline to sign up for health insurance at, and already, that’s led to an estimated 9.5 million newly insured Americans. But if you’re anything like me, what you’re wondering about is how firm this deadline really is. Well, I’ve got great news: There’s wiggle room. Lots of it, actually. Here’s the deal, in five easy pieces:

    1. You only have to start signing up by 11:59 p.m. That’s right—you don’t have to finish. Thanks to the White House’s announcement of a “special enrollment period,” you’ll have until about mid-April to complete your enrollment and still be covered as of May 1 (an official date will be decided upon once it’s clear how many slackers, in total, have yet to finish enrolling). By starting the process, or ensuring your place “in line,” you’re still good to go. The prescient idea here is to help out folks who tried to enroll on Monday but were thwarted by expected technical

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