Blog Posts by Elise Solé, Shine Staff

  • Kirsten Gillibrand: 'The American Dream Is Not True for So Many Women'

    The second day of the 5th Annual Women in the World Summit brought more women's issues to the forefront, including the lack of female representation in Congress and the need to raise the minimum wage, topics touched on by U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)  and Susan M. Collins (R-Maine). The senators shared the stage to chat with moderator Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments.

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    When asked about the difference between the attitudes of men and women who are running for office, Collins shared this example: “I always hear women say, 'I’m not ready,' ... If a woman is running for office, she feels she has to have a PhD in international economics to talk about trade policy. A man just feels he needs to drive a Honda.”
    When Hobson asked, “Kirsten, did you ever feel you weren’t ready?” Gillibrand quickly answered, “Not me! Women are made differently [than men], and because of those differences, we can offer

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  • Long-Lost Sisters Find Each Other on Instagram

    If you use Instagram, it's probably for sharing photos of your travels or that amazing sushi roll you ordered last night, but two long-lost sisters got much more out of the photo sharing app recently: They found each other after 18 years apart. 

    Nia Edwards, a 22-year-old customer service rep from Hazlehurst, Mississippi, has four siblings but was separated from them as a child because, though they all shared the same father, some had different mothers. “I was so young when we all split up, but I knew about my siblings because I had family photos,” Edwards tells Yahoo Shine.   

    It was only during high school when Edwards started getting more curious about her family roots. She joined MySpace, Twitter, and Facebook and began searching for her siblings, but she never found a trace of them online. “My mom and I even paid for a few of those ‘people finder’ subscriptions but we didn’t have luck and because I didn’t have contact with my father, I couldn’t ask him for help,” she says.

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  • Hillary Clinton: 'Women Sell Themselves Short'

    Double standards in the workplace, advice for young women starting their careers, and whether or not Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016 all sound like pretty typical topics for a women's conference. The difference at the 5th Annual Women in the World Summit, which kicked off in New York City on Thursday, however, was that it was Clinton herself discussing them. She and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde both sat for an interview with Thomas L. Friedman, a columnist at The New York Times and didn't hesitate to share stories about the sexism they've both seen and experienced over their careers.

    When asked whether female politicians experience public life differently than men, Clinton shared a memory of when she was a young lawyer, reading an advice column in an Arkansas newspaper. One of the questions was, "I got a promotion and will have my own office and don’t know how to decorate it. Any advice?" The columnist responded with the advice

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  • Kids on Juice Cleanses (Yes, It's a Thing)

    CorbisToday in horribleness: Kids are doing juice cleanses, according to a story published in the New York Post.

    Juice cleanses — short-term liquid-only diets (a.k.a., "detoxes") that rid the body of so-called toxins — have always been controversial. The general idea is that organic pressed juices, often comprised of raw fruit and vegetables, flush the body of chemicals, rid the digestive system of unhealthy fats and preservatives, and provide renewed energy, weight loss, and sounder sleep. Meanwhile, trendy (and pricey) juice cleanses such as Organic Avenue and the Blueprint Cleanse have been popularized by celebrities from Gwyneth Paltrow to Blake Lively.

    The problem: According to Michael D. Gershon, M.D., professor of pathology and cell biology at Columbia University, liquid cleanses are based on “quack science.” And because many of them cause people to use the bathroom more often than they normally would, they wind up flushing out important nutrients and electrolytes that help keep their

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  • Army's New Hair Guidelines Spark Backlash

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    The U.S. Army is catching heat for encroaching on unfamiliar territory: beauty routines.

    On Monday, it released a memo titled Regulation 670-1, which outlines new appearance guidelines for men and women that some say discriminate against female African-American troops. Those updates have quickly spurred some heated backlash, as well as a petition, posted to the White House website, urging for changes to the rules "to allow professional ethnic hairstyles. As of Wednesday had received more than 7,400 signatures. Petitions require 100,000 signatures in order to receive a response from the White House.

    The petition, created by an Army sergeant named Jasmine Jacobs of the Georgia National Guard, specifically takes issue with the fact that, under the new rules, hair twists (defined by the Army as “two distinct strands of hair twisted around one another to create a rope-like appearance”) and dreadlocks are not authorized. Multiple braids and cornrows are OK, as long as they’re bigger than a

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  • Running May Not Be So Good for You, And Other Questionable Healthy Habits

    CorbisBad news for running fanatics: The sport hailed for losing weight, reducing stress, and lowering blood pressure may also end your life early. High-mileage runners (those who run more than two and a half hours per week) as well as  non-runners die earlier than moderate runners, (those who run about two and a half hours per week), according to a study of almost 4,000 men and women presented Sunday at the American College of Cardiology's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

    "Moderate runners can reduce their mortality rates by anywhere from 25 to 40 percent and could add as many as six years to their life," study co-author James O'Keefe, director of preventive cardiology at the Mid-America Heart Institute in Kansas City, Missouri tells Yahoo Shine. One theory is that too much running puts stress on the body, which can kick off a domino effect of damage. And that chronic, extreme exercise may “remodel” the heart, which could cancel out some benefits of running. "We absolutely don't want to

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  • 5 Health Rules You Can Ignore

    Corbis If you own a trendy fitness-tracking device such as the Fitbit or the new Vivofit, you’re probably diligent about getting your recommended 10,000 steps per day (the equivalent of five miles). But you might not need to move as much as you think.

    According to Catrine Tudor-Locke, director of the Walking Behavior Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, taking 10,000 steps isn't really necessary. “I wouldn't discourage people from taking 10,000 daily steps, but it’s not a magic or even scientifically proven number,” Tudor-Locke tells Yahoo Shine. The number originates from the 1960s, when Japanese pedometers were marketed under the name "manpo-kei" which translates to "10,000-steps meter." And as fitness trackers took off in the United States, companies adapted the goal of 10,000 steps.

    A number that better aligns with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is between 7,000 and 8,000 steps. “The CDC says people

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  • Teen Takes On Surfer Sexism in Awesome Letter to Mag

    CorbisIt's girl power at its best: A 13-year-old with a passion for surfing has a major problem with what she calls rampant sexism in the sport. Not about to keep her feelings to herself, she recently criticized a popular monthly surf magazine in her home country of Australia by writing a letter to its editor in chief, scolding him for the way women are portrayed in the magazine’s pages.

    Her claim that the magazine applauded men for their surfing skills, while delegating women to scantily clad decoration, began circulating in the Australian media a few days ago. In the letter, the girl, Olive Bowers, writes, “Dear Tracks Surf Magazine, I want to bluntly address the way you represent women in your magazine. I am a surfer, my dad surfs and my brother has just started surfing. Reading a Tracks magazine I found at my friend's holiday house, the only photo of a woman I could find was ''Girl of the month''. She wasn't surfing or even remotely near a beach. Since then I have seen some footage of

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  • Finally! Long-Awaited Rule Meant to Prevent Back-Over Accidents Passes

    A sobering thought: Each week, 50 children are accidentally backed over by a vehicle and 228 are killed annually by those accidents, which typically occur in parking lots or driveways, according to statistics compiled by public safety awareness nonprofit That’s why Monday’s passing of a rule issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)that would require most new vehicles — cars, SUVs, vans, and light trucks — to come equipped with "rear visibility technology" (which will allow the driver to see a 10-foot by 20-foot zone behind the car) by May 2018.

    "Safety is our highest priority, and we are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of backover accidents — our children and seniors," U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday in an NHTSA statement. "As a father, I can only imagine how heart wrenching these types of accidents can be for families, but we hope that today's rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing

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  • See the New Royal Family Photo (Prince George Got So Big!)

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    There's a new photo of Prince George! On Saturday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge released an official family photograph to mark the beginning of their three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand, which kicks off on April 2.
    In the photo, the family is leaning out the window of their home in Apartment 1A in Kensington Palace. Kate Middleton is wearing a cream-colored top and William is wearing a pale blue shirt. Prince George, eight-months-old, is also wearing a pale blue sweater and looking to his left at the family dog Lupo, who makes a surprise appearance.
    The image was shot by Jason Bell, 44, an award-winning British photographer and Oxford University graduate who has photographed celebrities including Claire Danes and Scarlett Johansson, among others, for publications such as Vogue and Vanity Fair. Bell also has royal ties — he shot the famous family for their official christening photo in October and his work is on permanent display at the National Portrait Gallery in

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