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My dad remains one of the most important advisers in my life — he has always given me solid guidance when I need it (never unsolicited) and his values are ones I have tried to emulate in my own life. I love watching my own toddler daughter begin to admire my husband in this way. Both men recognize the importance of empowering women, and that means raising their daughters with that idea in mind.

This weekend on Motto we are featuring ten women on what their fathers have taught them. How about you? Are you celebrating Father’s Day?


1) Melinda Gates Shares the Essential Quality She Inherited From Her Father

‘His need to uncover the world’s mysteries was infectious’

2) Andy Grammer Writes a Heartwarming Letter to His Daughter, Due in July

‘I promise you: I will not let you down’

3) Martha Stewart Shares the Most Powerful Words Her Father Ever Said to Her

‘He recognized my enthusiasm and encouraged me’

4) Actor Stephanie March Shares the Life Motto She Learned From Her Father

‘The truth needs no defense’

5) J.P. Morgan Employee Files Sex-Discrimination Claim Over Parental Leave Policy

Fathers are considered ‘secondary’ caregivers and granted less paid time off, the charge says

6) This Conversation Trick Will Help You Avoid Awkward Silences

Never run out of things to say

7) My Mother Died at Sandy Hook. Megyn Kelly Has ‘Profited Off My Pain’

‘Sandy Hook truthers have terrorized my family’

8) Orange Is the New Black’s Dascha Polanco on the Pressures on Being Latina in Hollywood

‘When you look at Latinas who are succeeding in Hollywood, they’re super thin’

9) Sexism on Display at Uber’s Meeting to Address Company’s Sexist Culture

‘Sadly, you could not make this up’

10) The 11-Minute Outdoor Workout a Fitness Guru Swears By

Perfect for summer mornings

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