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Weekly Wrap 2.14.14: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week

This Valentine's Day, we're highlighting stories about women or written by women. Did you know Sojourners has its own section dedicated to issues surrounding women and girls? Check it out HERE and follow @SojoWomen on Twitter.

1. Getty Images Creates the 'Lean In' Collection of Stock Photos
The Sojourners Web Team constantly sifts through stock photos to run along with blog posts. It's always a mind-numbing endeavor trying to find appropriate, non-condescending, or non-sexualized images of women. Enter Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In, and Getty Images to create this fantastic collection that lifts up both women in the workforce and men in the home. Check out the gallery at the link.

2. Amy Poehler's Smart Girls #GalentinesDay 2014 Round Up
Thanks to the brilliance of funny gal Amy Poehler and her show "Parks and Rec," Feb. 13 is now known as Galentine's Day: "ladies celebrating ladies." If you missed the festivities, head on over to this link for the full round up: Galentines Google Hangout, memes, Galentine's Day e-cards, and more.

38 Women. 8 Dreams of Gold.
ESPN is highlighting the journey of 8 women Olympic hopefuls in a special section. Check out the photo feeds from athletes like figure skater Ashley Wagner and skier Emily Cook.

4. WATCH: Breaking the Habits of Machismo
Some churches continue to act as if women are second-class citizens in the kingdom of God— despite what the Bible says. Together, Jim Wallis and Dr. Michelle A. Gonzalez discuss what the Bible really says to encourage, affirm, and empower women and girls in their call to be leaders.

5. Hillary Clinton Launches Global Data Project on Women and Girls
"With the 20th anniversary approaching of a historic 1995 women’s conference, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation is partnering with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to gather and study data on the global progress of women and girls and the gaps that remain. The 'No Ceilings' project will aggregate data from traditional sources, such as the World Bank, as well as less traditional ones, such as Google, to document progress since the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing."

6. A Psalm for Nobel Nominee Dr. Catherine Hamlin, 90, Who's Still Operating
Rachel Marie Stone sings the praises of Dr. Hamlin, who at the age of 90, still performs fistula surgeries at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia — a hospital she and her husband founded after moving from Australia in 1959. Read her tribute at RNS.

7. Sugar Todd is the Games' Sweetest Olympian
Not many people would celebrate a 29th-place finish in speed skating, but Sugar Todd of Wisconsin is thrilled to be at the Olympics. Check out her sweet Tweets, highlighted at Mashable.

8. V-Day: When Was the Last Time Your Pastor Preached on Violence Against Women?
Tragically, violence against women is all too common in our world — affecting up to 70 percent of women, the UN estimates. Odds are it has affected the lives of many sitting in the pew beside you on Sundays. It's time to talk about it and become a place of healing. Don't know how to get started? Here's a FREE toolkit with a draft letter to your pastor, social media prompts, and educational articles for study.

9. Questions About Egalitarian Dating
Kate Wallace writes for the Junia Project: "In theory, all you have to do is find someone who you can love and who can love you back. But if you’re a Christian you also have to find someone who loves Jesus and the Church. And, if you are an egalitarian Christian, you also have to find someone who truly thinks of you as an equal and can live that out in everyday ways."

10. Elizabeth Gilbert's Advice to Women: Get Out of Your Own Way
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love writes for ShriverReport.org: "Many of the big external obstacles (political, legislative) have been cleared for us by the great and brave women who came before us. We stand on their shoulders and should be grateful. But now we are left to battle the lingering prejudices in our own minds that say we are not worthy — not good enough, not strong enough, not talented enough, not brave enough."

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