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    Dog Is My Copilot (Download PDF)

    Real Simple // December, 2015

    Sheri Soltes and her team train shelter dogs to become service animals, then pair them with just the right humans. When it comes to matchmaking love stories, it doesn't get any better than this.

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    Getting Jobbed

    Harpers // October, 2015

    The real face of welfare reform.

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    The Dairy Debate (Download PDF)

    SELF // October, 2015

    We grew up believing that milk does a body good. Now a dairy backlash is causing a stir. SELF investigates who, if anyone, should be giving it up.

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    Women Working Wonders (Download PDF)

    More // July/August 2015

    Intractable problems. Impossible situations. Giant barriers facing kids around the world. These five crusaders refuse to stand by and do nothing. (Guest-Edited by Michelle Obama)

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    What Happens When Your Body Image Nightmare Comes True

    BuzzFeed // March, 2015

    I’d always been self-conscious about my abdomen. When I got endometriosis, everyone else became conscious of it too.

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    Let's Get Together and Feel All Right (Download PDF)

    Real Simple // April, 2015

    Have we replaced real friendships and civic participation with Facebook likes and hashtag activism? And are we too far gone to fix it? Here’s the expert take on why face-to-face connections are so crucial (particularly now)—and some inspiration to make more of your own.

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    Legacy of Campus Rape (Download PDF)

    More // February, 2015

    Sexual assault at colleges isn't new. And it's not about young women who binge drink or wear tight clothing. Here, a prominent feminist examines the phenomenon—and survivors of all ages reveal how an attack changed their lives.

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    Pleasure In A Pill? (Download PDF)

    Marie Claire // December, 2014

    Fourteen million American women struggle with a low sex drive, yet the FDA hasn’t approved any medications to help them. But is women’s sexuality just too complicated for a pill?

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    Saving The Smallest Hearts (Download PDF)

    Parade // August, 2014

    Virginia Sole-Smith thought her baby was healthy—until a routine doctor’s visit revealed a heart defect so severe it could have been fatal within hours. The screening test every parent needs to know about.

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    Can You Be Heavy And Healthy? (Download PDF)

    Marie Claire // August, 2014

    Are BMI charts a load of BS? New research shows that good health may have nothing to do with your body mass index.

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    Wonder Drug (Download PDF)

    Elle // November, 2013

    Birth control pills are prescribed for every female trouble known to, uh, man. While their benefits are undeniable, some are questioning the explosion in their use.

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    The Last Mermaid Show (Download PDF)

    New York Times Magazine // July 7, 2013

    At a venerable roadside attraction in the shadow of Disney World, an endangered species is practicing the old secrets of the deep.

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    The Pink Pyramid

    Harpers // August, 2012

    Paying to play in Mary Kay.

  • Parents: "The Hungry House" by Virginia Sole-Smith, July 2011

    The Hungry House (Download PDF)

    Parents // July, 2011

    Right here in the United States, one in four children don't have enough to eat. The impact this has on their health, their development — their future — is staggering.

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    My Year in Waxing School

    Slate // November, 2010

    The $1.8 billion business of hair removal is our most intimate and uncomfortable form of beauty labor.

  • The Progressive: "Mexico's Squid Sweatshops" by Virginia Sole-Smith, May 2010

    Mexico's Squid Sweatshops (Download PDF)

    The Progressive // May, 2010

    Much of the squid sold in the USA was processed in horrendous conditions in Mexico. (Research supported by The Investigative Fund.)