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In an inspiring speech for Glamour’s Women of the Year Summit, the “Black-ish” star opened up about the way some people respond to her being a 45-year-old woman who is not married and does not have kids. I is really interesting to be a woman and to get to 45 and to not be married yet and to not have kids — especially when you have just pushed out your fifth kid on Television. I grew up planning a wedding. My dress was going to be corseted with multiple victorian camisoles spilling off my shoulders and I would change into a white double breasted suit with big cuffs for the reception. And then I’d dreamed about being chosen by a powerful and sexy and kind man who had full lips and gave really good hugs. And having a little baby boy. But I also dreamed of...

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Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist responsible for leading a women's peace movement, Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Her efforts to end the war, along with her collaborator Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, helped usher in a period of peace and enabled a free election in 2005 that Sirleaf won. She, along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman, were awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work." Born in central Liberia, at the age of 17, she was living with her parents and two of her three sisters in Monrovia, when the First Liberian Civil War erupted in 1989, throwi...

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Anyone longing to be a writer knows it's a solitary vocation. Hours upon days upon months are spent alone with one's own mind, leading to doubts, fears and overall consternation. But that's the life you have chosen. That's the price to pay for a great work of literature -- to have your words read by strangers, carried through subways, added to favorite lists. So for all of you aspiring writers or published professionals, here's some words of wisdom by some of my favorite female authors. Don’t romanticize your “vocation.” You can either write good sentences or you can’t. There is no “writer’s lifestyle.” All that matters is what you leave on the page. Avoid your weaknesses. But do this without telling yourself that the things you can’t do aren’t ...

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