Summer is in full swing, and that means some downtime to unwind (if we're lucky) and get wrapped up in a good book. Here are six women-focused reads on my list this year, some political, some personal and one perennial favorite to celebrate the season.
"I owe this group so much," says Alexandra Saali, a founding member from 2008 who now serves as a Young Professionals "Amplifer" for Girl Be Heard. Hearing about the plights of Congolese women and the other girls gave her "purpose, mission, and the drive that kept me on track through the crazy years of growing up.
I was reading an article on Louise Cady-Fernandes' blog, Lines of Beauty, about this week's fascinating TIME magazine piece, Nip. Tuck. Or Else: Why You'll be Getting Cosmetic Procedures Even If You Don't Really Want To. Everything from the cover photo to the subtitle had all my jingly flesh up in arms.
Feminism has become a dirty word. For many, it can alienate. For some it conjures up images of people demanding opportunities that they do not deserve. It's a complicated topic with which this generation of women struggle. Knowing they are capable, the suggestion that special treatment is required, mocks the very concept that women are trying to overcome. Judge each person on their ability.
How about we stop selling the idea of doing it all and start telling each other the truth? Much of motherhood is all-consuming. If you don't have the time, energy or mere desire to start a business, run a blog/lifestyle website/marathon or even cook dinner, that's okay. Mothering IS a marathon.
"Adult women's writing isn't that much different from what they wrote as angsty teen girls. Boo-hoo, sorry you didn't get Prince Charming."
Dear fellow white feminists, we need to talk about Sandra Bland. More specifically, we need to talk about why we aren't talking about Sandra Bland.
I can't help but be irritated by the general population's tendency to celebrate this mainstream feminist neophyte and ignore, or worse, lambaste, Nicki Minaj, who has proven herself a well-informed feminist and articulate representative for women of color and women in general.
Though I am still young, I've mentored a couple (even younger) women already, not because I'm a saint but because I'm a feminist. Mentoring other women allows women to get ahead and bring more equality to this unequal world.
The Republican attempts to legislate lies into the science of prenatal consciousness demonstrate GOP's political ineptitude, not its principles. Even with the Republicans' pseudoscientific notions aside, they have refused to adequately consider the impact of their ideology on complex and real families.
A blue-eyed blonde pop star collided with a buxom Black rapper on Tuesday and in doing so, in tweeting at Nicki Minaj, Taylor unwittingly stumbled upon an aspect of feminism she might not have considered yet: a feeling of being marginalized because of your race as a woman.
I steer clear of weighty labels and propaganda. But if knowing this and teaching this small and enormous lesson to my lovely, sensitive, strong, artistic, athletic, sweet, funny, smart and undeniably cute daughter bears the label of feminism, that's fine with me.
As I write this, my children are asleep in their room, Loretta Lynn is on the stereo, and my wife is out on a date with a man named Paulo. It's her second date this week; her fourth this month so far.
Midwives and doctors working together seems like a welcomed change that will greatly help to support families in pregnancy and birth.
On a recent morning on a farm outside of Charlottesville, Virginia, I woke up to the faint sound of a summer's rain. My friends--two sisters who said the farm had been in their family for more than 200 years--made me breakfast using eggs from their hens and vegetables from their garden.
Are you sorry? Next time you apologize, ask yourself what you are apologizing for, then consciously think of a different way you will approach that same situation next time. Because it will come up again, you can be sure of that.
There's this misguided feminist idea that to be truly free/strong, you have to be able to treat men the way men sometimes treat women -- like used toilet paper. You want to call yourself a feminist? Conduct your life from a place of power.
While the profession of architecture discriminates against women, the rest of society objectifies women through the image of architecture. "She's built" is a common expression, and in a 1957 interview journalist Mike Wallace asked Frank Lloyd Wright, "What do you think of [Marilyn] Monroe as architecture?" Replied the architect, "Extremely good."
Whoever coined the phrase, "glass ceiling" isn't a mom to five, a host, chef, food blogger and columnist. Another life ago, I inhabited Corporate America.
There are some cut-and-dried scenarios where the word "sorry" is never, ever needed -- and some where it is. Let's review them, shall we?