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Dolls do menstruation right
The Lammily dolls - also known as the "normal Barbies" because they are made with measurements based on the Center for Disease Control's data on the average American woman - came with add-ons like cellulite, acne, stretch marks and more when they were created in 2014.

Now, creator Nickolay Lamm is also offering the Period Party add-on pack, which includes 15 doll-sized, colorful sanitary napkins, one pair of panties, a calendar with dot stickers and an educational pamphlet.

"Menstruation is still a taboo in our society," Lamm said. "More than that - sometimes it's still used as an insult. I just don't think that something as core to a women's life and health as menstruation should be seen as embarrassing in any way, shape or form."
Source: Huffington Post Women and lammily.com

Compiled by Andrea Plaid


Gender influences philanthropy
Previous research on heterosexual couples and charity- giving examined them as a financial unit. A new study by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy inquired about the partners as individuals - and the results may be surprising.

According to the study, when a man's income increases, the couple tends to give to religious, youth, international and 'combined purposes' organizations such as the United Way or Catholic Charities. When the woman's income increases, the couple gives to charities geared toward handling basic human needs, such as a the American Red Cross or a homeless shelter.

Women are more likely then men to say that they give because of their political or philosophical beliefs or give spontaneously in response to a need.
Source: Women's Philanthropy Institute, Indiana University

Latest stats on pregnant women, alcohol
While more women are increasingly aware of the dangers of drinking while pregnant, the Center for Disease Control reported in fall, 2015, that:
• One in 10 pregnant women in the United States drank alcohol in the last month.
• One in 33 pregnant women binge-drank at least once in the same period.
• Pregnant women who did binge drink did it more frequently than women who weren't pregnant.
Source: www.cdc.gov and mofas.org

Teen girl bests Ebola
Olivia Hallisey's project won Google's Science Fair and $50,000 in scholarship funding. The sixteen-year-old created a test that quickly and cheaply detects the Ebola virus. Her test detects the virus in 30 minutes, while most catch it in 12 hours.
Source: New York Times

Female showrunners = More female casts and crews
A new study confirms that when a woman helms a TV show, more women get jobs in front of and behind the camera.

According to Martha Lauzen of San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, when there is at least one executive producer or creator, her staff will average:
• 23 percent of female directors.
• 36 percent of female editors.
• 50 percent of female writers.
When there's no woman showrunner, the percentages drop to
• 10 percent of directors.
• 14 percent of editors.
• 15 percent of writers.

However, even as TV has seen jumps in women running programs in the last few years, the number of women creators over the last 20 years has risen only 5 percent since the study began.
Source: Ms.

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