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Women’s News: 50 Things Every Woman Should Know How To Do By 50

Women’s News: 50 Things Every Woman Should Know How To Do By 50

Women’s News: Mean Girls Exist After High School, Research Attempts To Explain Why

Women’s News: Mean Girls Exist After High School, Research Attempts To Explain Why

Women’s News: Mean Girls Exist After High School, Research Attempts To Explain Why

2 women arguing

By Nina Bahadur

Thought that you were free of mean girls after high school?

Think again.

New research from sociologists Elizabeth Armstrong and Laura Hamilton found that the social groups so prevalent in high school don’t dissolve after you graduate. More specifically, there are still mean girls in college.

Armstrong and Hamilton observed the lives of 53 female undergraduates over the course of 5 years at a middle-tier public university. In a press release for EurekAlert, the authors said: “the high school peer culture that divides studentsinto homecoming queens, wannabes and nerds thrives in college, to the disadvantage of many.”

After college, things don’t necessarily improve. Armstrong said: “The pressures these young women encounter make it very difficult for them to focus on academics. For many, the experience is not a good one, and we found that it can affect the trajectories of their lives for many years to come.” Sometimes, girls just can’t get along.

In her 2005 book “Mean Girls Grown Up,” women’s studies and relational aggression scholar Cheryl Dellasega explores what happens to mean girls when they grow up. She concluded that a significant number of women continue to act aggressively in their interpersonal or professional relationships, playing power games and aiming to put other women down.

All of that said, some argue that we focus too much on how women undermine each other. Earlier in 2013, Jessica Chastain, the who was nominated for a best actress Oscar, was accused of “hating” Jennifer Lawrence, a fellow nominee who went on to win the award. Chastain responded on Facebook, “I’ve done two photo shoots with Jennifer Lawrence over the years and have found her to be utterly charming and a great talent. I’ve told her how beautiful her film work is. Please don’t allow the media to perpetuate the myth that women aren’t supportive of each other. Every time an actress is celebrated for her great work, I cheer.”

HuffPost Blogger Laura Sessions Step wrote in 2012 that reality TV encourages the idea that women are prone to be at each other’s throats. She wrote, “It’s not surprising that some women assume the worst about other women. Female nastiness is celebrated on television these days in shows such as “Real Housewives Of…” (name your city).”

But Meghan Casserly of Forbes argued in April 2012 that women do have a tendency to be cruel to each other: “It sucks to say, but sometimes women really are just mean. And I don’t mean ‘some women are mean.’ I mean sometimes all women can be mean. Most often to each other.”

If we admit that some female relationships are destructive — even if, as Sessions Step put it, “Women are multi-dimensional, sometimes warm and generous, sometimes cold and conniving. We should expect no more from them than from men — and no less” — the big question is this: How can we steer clear of toxic bonds with other women and focus on the healthy, mutually enriching ones? Research has shown how much women need friendships. Mean girls might always exist in the world, but how much we interact with them is up to us.

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/03/mean-girls-exist-after-high-school_n_3008807.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women

Women’s News: 50 Things Every Woman Should Know How To Do By 50

50th birthday cake

Shelley Emling

Editor, Post 50

No doubt many people believe that wisdom comes with age. Indeed recent research shows that people believe those in their 50s and 60s to be pretty darn capable. (Unfortunately, other research shows that wisdom starts to decline at around age 75.) But is it really true? What do you know now that you didn’t know 20 years ago?

The Huffington Post previously published an article on the “30 Things Every Woman Should Have And Should Know” by 30. We decided to take that a step further and ask our readers what every woman should know how to do by 50. Our Facebook fans offered a variety of opinions. Kim Shaw Bussey said women should know how to “date men under 40.” Melanie Springer responded “pay bills (on time).” And Brian Friesen said women should know how to “have an orgasm. If you’ve never figured it out before, now is the time.”

After much discussion, those of us at Huff/Post50 compiled our own list of 50 things we believe every woman should know how to do by the age of 50. Is there anything you’d add? Let us know in comments!

By 50, women should know how to:

  1. Say “no” without feeling guilty
  2. Book their own travel
  3. Say “I’m sorry” and mean it
  4. Laugh at themselves
  5. Change a tire
  6. Take themselves out to dinner and/or a movie — on their own
  7. Get around in a foreign country
  8. Program and operate their TV (this is easier said than done!)
  9. Mix at least a few classic cocktails
  10. Do their own taxes
  11. Invest in the stock market
  12. Make themselves and their own needs a priority
  13. Sew — at least a little
  14. Defend themselves against an attacker with at least one signature self-defense move
  15. Perform CPR
  16. Carve a turkey
  17. Choose their own wine
  18. Light a grill — and then cook on it
  19. Swim
  20. Order a credit report — and then be able to read it
  21. Examine their own breasts
  22. Graciously accept a compliment
  23. Flip their own breaker
  24. Plunge a toilet
  25. Properly hang photos and artwork
  26. Whip up a signature dish that’s not spaghetti or meatloaf
  27. Walk away from a situation or relationship when it’s not working
  28. Tell off at least one person who deserves it
  29. Say what they really want in bed
  30. Put together a piece of “some assembly required” furniture
  31. Apply makeup without a mirror
  32. Buy something crazy expensive just because they want it
  33. Ask for a raise
  34. Mow their own yard
  35. Unclog a drain
  36. Tell which direction they are facing
  37. Tell at least one really good joke
  38. Make small talk with just about anyone
  39. Know when to reveal personal information — and when not to
  40. Think critically and independently when hearing speeches and listening to the news
  41. Paint a room
  42. Buy the right-sized bra
  43. Beautifully wrap a present
  44. Hail a taxi
  45. Reach out to an old friend
  46. Jump a car battery
  47. Show love with actions and not just words
  48. Put together a real retirement strategy
  49. Look good in a photo
  50. Open a bottle of champagne

Read More:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shelley-emling/what-every-woman-should-know-by-50_b_2991864.html?utm_hp_ref=women&ir=Women


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