Inspiration & Motivation

New Barbie Commercial Encourages Girls to “Be Anything”

Mattel’s new ad inspires them to “imagine the possibilities.”

“You Can’t Change Women’s Roles Without Changing Men’s Roles”

Anne-Marie Slaughter on why we need to celebrate and support stay-at-home dads, the one question men and women should ask their employers, and why she hates the term “work-life balance.”

My Neighbor Burned Down My Apartment Building. I Wish I Had Been Kinder to Her.

When the troubled woman in the apartment upstairs started a lethal fire, writer Lisa Gornick found herself without a home—and wondering if a few small kindnesses might have made a difference.

Question Everything

Real Simple editors seek out the answers to life’s debatable moments—both big and small. For more thought-provoking debate, visit sister sites, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, and Sports Illustrated

6 Surprising Facts About Women in the Workplace

Spoiler: They’re still not getting the top jobs. 

5 Things Powerful Women Can Teach Us About Ambition

Advice from an ambassador, a senator, a journalist, and more.

How to Bounce Back from a Major Mistake at Work

Failure can actually be a rewarding experience.

10 Books Every College Freshman Needs to Read

Need something extra to throw in your college student's care package? These inspirational books will help them feel right at home on their new campus.

6 Things to Really Know About Life After College Graduation

A few pieces of advice for those navigating their "Freshman Year of Life."

7 Secrets for Launching a Business You Care About

When lawyer Reshma Saujani lost a primary bid for Congress in 2010, she didn’t miss a beat: She wrote a book about how fear of failure holds women back and founded Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that has taught computer science to thousands of kids. She’s on a mission to build the next generation of female tech leaders. Saujani, 39, spoke with Real Simple about closing the gender gap and the value of a “try, try again” attitude.