Portfolio: CosmoGIRL!

A selection of feature articles, profiles, and essays written by Jessica DuLong. 

The Gender Spectrum

Sometimes checking off just one box, "male" or "female," doesn't tell the whole story.

From the minute we're born, we get labeled pink or blue, girl or boy. That label is supposed to indicate who ...

Hot For Teacher

What happens when the people you're learning from are abusing their power?

Police in Wilmington, Delaware, won't say exactly what happened between 34-year-old science teacher Rachel Holt and her ...

Faces of War

The war in Iraq can feel like it's a world away. But for millions it hits close to home.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our day-to-day lives, it's hard to pay attention to what's happening in the ...

Ultimate Rebellion: Girls Who Kill Their Parents

Dressed in a baggy orange prison uniform, her ankles cuffed together with a short chain, 15-year-old Kayla LaSala takes baby steps down the hallway of the Mercer County Courthouse in Princeton, West Virginia. As she approaches the courtroom, she sees her grandmother Betty Johnson sitting on a bench.

Are Schools Invading Your Privacy?

At 8:15 a.m. on April 16, 2004, sophomore Heather Gore was in art class painting when a familiar voice rang out over the loudspeaker. "The school is on lockdown," announced the principal of Maryland's Kent County High School. Police officers lurked in the hallway with dogs, waiting to search for drugs.