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Sheryl Sandberg’s Moving Facebook Post About her Late Husband Dave Goldberg

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s wrenchingly honest account of the aftermath of her husband’s unexpected death is not only incredibly insightful in regards to understanding others’ grief, but it will also make you stop and truly appreciate today.


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: My Father’s Kidnapping

Feminist author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s account in the New York Times of her 83-year-old father’s kidnapping, ransom, and, thankfully, release is harrowing and haunting. 


I Slay My Grief in the Digital Fields of Slaughter

DAME contrib Jenni Miller is ashamed of her gaming. But, as she writes for Playboy, around the anniversary of her father’s death, it’s the only thing that gives her comfort.


I Have Been Sitting on Manspreaders for the Last Month and I Have Never Felt More Free

THIS is the best response to subway manspreaders we’ve seen: Cassie J is hilarious and inspiring over at xoJane.


Actress Ellen Page Shares a “Love Letter” to her Friend Peaches

“For a 16-year-old gay person, she offered something that I could not find elsewhere.” Ellen Page’s tribute to Peaches, excerpted in Out from the new book What Else Is the Teaches of Peaches, is a sweet reminder of how music can change you.


Amy Schumer: “I’m 160 lbs and Can Catch a Dick Whenever I Want”

We hope Amy Schumer’s tear never ends—she is the only person who could get away with this scandalizing acceptance speech at a Glamour event. Please, go on.


The Women Who Face More Traumatic Brain Injury Than NFL Players

The traumatic brain injuries of abused women is a “public health epidemic,” as this HuffPo piece outlines. Thank goodness a domestic violence shelter in Arizona is launching a program to address it.


I’m a Plus-Sized Woman. I Never Want to Hear ‘I’m Proud of You’ for Exercising

At the Washington Post, Allison McCarthy bravely explains a thing she shouldn’t have to: why praising overweight friends for working out is an exercise in condescension and body shame.


Farewell, My Lovely Cigarettes

“Quitting smoking is the khakis of existence. Quitting smoking is the Chipotle on St. Marks Place.” Over at the New York Times, Choire Sicha drolly details his breakup with his beloved cigarettes, something many of us can relate to more than we care to admit.  


8 Transgender Women of Color Who Are Doing More Than Just Being Visible

We were happy to say hello to Caitlyn Jenner this week. But let’s now turn our attention to these eight inspiring transgender women of color in the Root, who didn’t get anything close to Vanity Fair cover treatment.


We Will Keep On Providing

A riveting and important account of courageous abortion provider Jennifer Conti that vividly describes the horrors and dangers of her determination to do a job that is quickly being legally dismantled by a GOP-led Congress, bit by bit.


Photo via Sheryl Sandberg’s Facebook page.


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