A Termite Queen And Her Ultimate Sacrifice

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People have long speculated about why girls love horses, according to Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture. She says that by identifying with these dynamic, strong animals, girls are expressing their own power. Corbis hide caption

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Why Do Girls Love Horses, Unicorns And Dolphins?

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Theresa Sparks is running for a spot on San Francisco's board of supervisors — and if elected, she will become the city's first transgender supervisor. Today, Sparks is open about her background — but for many years, she had a secret life. Courtesy Frank Gaglione/frankgaglione.com hide caption

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From 'Secret Life' To Public Service

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Laren Weddell (left), Yasmeen Sandoval (middle) and Brittany Poor Bear (right) completed their womanhood ceremony this summer. Nikki Silva hide caption

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Four Days, Nights: A Girls' Coming-Of-Age Ceremony

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After Mother's Murder, Artist Photographs Prisoners

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In Secret World, Girls Of The '60s Advised The Beatles

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When Chris Abani was a boy, he toured the Nigerian countryside as an interpreter for his mother, Daphne Mae Hunt, who wanted to teach women about their menstrual cycles as a form of birth control. Courtesy Chris Abani hide caption

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A Woman's Mission: To Teach Birth Control In Nigeria

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Helen Connors (right), who is part of a Traveller family, says she started school when she was 4 years old. But the community didn't take Traveller girls very seriously — and she says she was called a "knacker" and a "pikey." Nikki Silva hide caption

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For Traveller Women In Ireland, Life Is Changing

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Stubb Stubblefield: Archangel Of Barbecue

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Birth Of Rice-A-Roni: The Armenian-Italian Treat

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London's Gardens: Allotments for the People

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The Sheepherder's Ball: Hidden Basque Kitchens

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Broncos and Boudin: The Angola Prison Rodeo

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Sugar in the Milk: A Parsi Kitchen Story

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Hercules and Hemings: Presidents' Slave Chefs

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