It could be argued that gun violence is a public health issue. But, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has not studied gun violence since funding was stripped some 20 years ago due to lobbying efforts by the National Rifle Association (NRA), which feared that research would be used to advocate or promote gun control.
Our culture's current lack of understanding of women as full human beings must evolve into a conviction that indivisible rights include freedom from unfettered male sexual access, from female genital mutilation to child marriage; from reproductive health to sexual violence; from sexual harassment to prostitution. Achieving equality depends on it.
Imagine a world where a poem was judged by the number of characters per line or the font in which it was published, or a violin concerto reviewed in terms of its precise conformance to metronomic beats or the posture of the violinist. This is what we are doing to education: Trying to measure beauty with a ruler.
Even though I've always made a point to talk to all three of my kids about my work at the Gates Foundation and my commitment to advocating for women and girls, this conversation felt special. Jenn asked great questions, touching on everything from my experience balancing work and being a mom to whether I'd ever treated my son Rory differently than my daughters.