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Yemen's Sacrificial Child Brides

(10) Comments | Posted April 14, 2010 | 11:04 AM

The Yemen Observer reports that Elham Madhin al Assi, a 12-year-old Yemeni girl, died from internal bleeding just three days after her March 29th wedding. She was swapped in exchange for her brother's bride -- given to a man twice her age. The medical report released by the...

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When a Girl Dies

(5) Comments | Posted March 22, 2010 | 1:42 PM

If a 19-year-old girl had brutally stabbed her 19-year-old boyfriend to death, it would be national, front page news. But when girl is murdered, it can simply fall by the wayside. Should we be expected to acknowledge the 579 girls and young women murdered annually in America? I...

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Cyberspace, Bullying And Suicide -- Again

(17) Comments | Posted February 3, 2010 | 2:23 PM

Phoebe Prince was a 15-year-old honor student originally from Ireland. She lived in South Hadley, Massachusetts with her family until she committed suicide two weeks ago. Her younger sister found her body hanging in a closet. I'm not trying to be eloquent, wax poetic, or paint...

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Democracy 911: Calling Women to Media and the Public Debate

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2010 | 12:15 PM

As a woman, mother and activist, to me, one week in American life and politics is like seven dog years. Women don't need to worry about keeping up with the Joneses. Keeping up with the news alone is a daunting task.

Here are a few stories that have stirred...

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A Book of One's Own: The Myth of a Top Ten

(10) Comments | Posted November 16, 2009 | 4:52 PM

When asked to come up with a list of the top 10 books for 2009 to counter Publisher's Weekly all male Top Ten Best Books of 2009, our group of over 5000 women writers at She Writes decided not to make a list. What point could be made by...

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When Abortion Is "Gendercide"

(5) Comments | Posted October 28, 2009 | 2:11 PM

As we face health-care reform, we face new debates about abortion. And in Oklahoma a court battle rages over the strictest abortion laws in the nation. The opposed Oklahoma law, H.B. 1595, changes definitions of abortion terms, seeks to publicize women's reasons for abortion, and aims to ban abortions...

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Ending Childhood Marriage Will Save Lives

(6) Comments | Posted August 13, 2009 | 9:23 PM

Nike Foundation's campaign, The Girl Effect, introduced me to 13 year-old Kidan from Ethiopia. "I'd like to go to school," she says smiling. "My dream? A doctor. I'd like to be a doctor." She stares wistfully into the distance while grinding meal on her hands and knees. That...

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