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Employers, Here's Your 2015 Wake-Up Call

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 01.28.2015 | Women
Susan Bulkeley Butler

The typical cost to a company to replace an employee is about 20 percent of the employee's annual salary. Simple programs that support women employees -- programs such as flexible work schedules and family leave; mentoring and coaching programs -- can be much cheaper.

Pushing Back Abortion Laws Pushes Us Back to the '70s

Rob Stephenson | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Rob Stephenson

The U.S. is not alone in restricting access to abortion; many other countries have far more restrictive and even punitive legislations. But 41 years on, we are still grappling with providing access to an essential reproductive health service. And that feels so 1970s.

UN MDGs: The Making of a New World

Yen To | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact
Yen To

In September 2000, 189 UN member states and more than 25 international organizations of public and private scope, committed themselves to the complex cause of extreme poverty reduction on a global scale.

How Star Trek Deepend My Support for Women in Tech

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.26.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

I started as a hardcore nerd whose wish for fairness and equality was deepened by watching Star Trek.

Biblical Case for Inclusion

Marci Auld Glass | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion
Marci Auld Glass

But there is no biblical mandate to deny LGBTQ Idahoans equality under the law. Adding the Words will not require religious organizations to change their theology or practice. It will prevent people from denying housing, employment, or services to people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Women Shaking Up Elections in Israel

Elana Maryles Sztokman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Elana Maryles Sztokman

It's still too soon to know what the final Knesset will look like. But what is for sure is that calls for gender change are echoing everywhere and are getting harder for the male establishment to ignore. Regardless of the final tally, the fact that feminists are having such a presence is nothing short of exciting.

Let's Put Our Money Where It Matters to Our Daughters

Ginny Gilder | Posted 01.21.2015 | Sports
Ginny Gilder

I don't pretend to know the answer to the NCAA's mess regarding the big money that men's college basketball and football bring. But I do know that, nearly four decades since I started college, women's athletic programs are still underfunded and undervalued.

Focus on the Finances of Sexual Health

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Tewodros Melesse

Just imagine how different Marites Garcia's life could have been if she had been able to stay at school to finish her education and had been able to plan her family so she'd only have had two children. She would have been able to get a job to feed and educate them.

New Year, New Chance to Tackle the Old Problem of Workplace Inequality

Susan Bulkeley Butler | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Susan Bulkeley Butler

January always presents a fresh start to tackle old problems. And unfortunately, we still have our work cut out for us going into 2015 when it comes to tackling the problem of gender inequality in the workplace, according to a just-released report from Pew Research.

Global Leaders, Over 1,000 Charities Declare 2015 The Year To Focus On Poverty Eradication

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.15.2015 | Impact

For the first time in history, eradicating extreme poverty around the world is on the horizon, according to one campaign for progress -- and 2015 is a...

Why Most Women Don't Want a Feminist Boyfriend

Karin Agness | Posted 01.14.2015 | Women
Karin Agness

I'd guess that the original feminists -- fighting for women's equality decades ago -- wouldn't have recognized today's gender wars. And even they probably wouldn't have wanted a man who would appeal to today's self-proclaimed feminists.

The Peaks Unclimbed: Former President Joyce Banda on the Unmet Goals for Girls and Women

Adam Lewis | Posted 01.15.2015 | Impact
Adam Lewis

If the MDGs are Mount Everest, we're currently sitting on a plateau somewhere halfway up: Progress is as undeniable as it is unprecedented, yet most of the goals remain unfulfilled.

Why I Call Myself a Feminist

Catriona Pollard | Posted 01.13.2015 | Women
Catriona Pollard

will continue to call myself a feminist and fight to keep women's issues on the agenda, along with so many other women and male leaders who know the world will be a better place when we all have an equal voice.

Ladies, It's Now Your Turn to Pay On the First Date

Dawoon Kang | Posted 01.09.2015 | Women
Dawoon Kang

When it comes to dating, we still have a lot of work to do. If we, as women, don't want to live with expectations of how ladies should behave or look, we should equally refrain from having expectations of how men should behave or look.

Bummed That You Didn't Ring in the New Year With a New Ring? Time to Think Outside the Jewelry Box

Christina Pesoli | Posted 01.09.2015 | Weddings
Christina Pesoli

When it comes to decoding your gift, I can help. If you got earrings or some other nice-ish piece of jewelry, that probably means your boyfriend genuinely cares about you and is not looking to breakup. But it also likely means he knows that you want a ring, but he is not ready or willing to go there.

How Vine Taught Me to Accept Myself

Jeffrey Marsh | Posted 01.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Marsh

With each video I make, I hope to give people, including parents, additional tools. I make silly, happy Vines and sincere, touching Vines, all trying to show the humanity of someone who is different. There is nothing wrong with me (and it only took 37 years to figure that out).

How to Talk to Women

Judith Humphrey | Posted 01.07.2015 | Women
Judith Humphrey

When talking with women, keep these five pointers in mind. You'll find you will create stronger rapport and trust. You'll develop the very best relationships with women -- whether in the board room or in your personal life.

Gender Equality Isn't Just A Women's Issue': Interview With Elizabeth Nyamayaro, UN HeForShe Founder

Ravishly | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Ravishly

You can't talk about any violence against women and not talk to the men who are mostly perpetuating the violence. You can't talk about access to equal pay for women without talking to men; no country in the world has been able to achieve that without speaking to the men.

When Being Trans Is Not Trans Enough

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 01.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Let us not forget that transgender is an umbrella that encompasses all persons whose authentic identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female genders and assigned gender at birth. Male and female are increasingly being presented as two distinct states, with nothing between.

Mom And Dad, Please Explain This One to Your Daughters

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 01.02.2015 | Politics
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Some months back, Senate Republicans blocked -- for the third time -- the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill proposing to close the pay gap between men and women. The goal of the bill -- the attainment of equal pay for equal work -- seems like a no-brainer, right? Yet not a single Republican voted in favor of the Act.

Massachusetts Singles Out Gender Equity in the Workplace as Its Next Big Challenge

Lisa Levey | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business
Lisa Levey

Massachusetts is known for being in the vanguard on controversial issues. Same-sex marriage in 2004. Check. Health care reform in 2006. Check. Next up on the list: gender equity in the workplace.

Promise Me Humanity

Melis Figanmese | Posted 12.31.2014 | Impact
Melis Figanmese

So this is the day, the last of days. Three hundred and sixty-five days of protests, lay-ins, new laws, broken laws, innocent jailing, pride, nationalism, fear and hope. This day, without failure, wipes the windshield of mud and dirt, eternally with the promise of change.

5 Powerful Reasons to Be a Woman in Japan

Amy Chavez | Posted 12.31.2014 | Women
Amy Chavez

You may think Japan isn't a very good country for women, but you'd be wrong. While there are huge shortcomings in gender gaps in the workplace, economy and politics, in other sectors of Japanese society some would argue that Japanese women have "too much" power.

The Gender Bias World of Toys

Jill Topol | Posted 12.25.2014 | Parents
Jill Topol

While I'm not saying every little boy should drop their race car in exchange for a princess; I long for the day when Cinderella can hop into a Hot Wheels and drive off into the sunset... and it will be no big deal.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Gender

Joselyn DiPetta | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Joselyn DiPetta

Often when we talk about gender equality what we really mean is women's rights, empowerment and opportunities. What we don't talk about is the role that men can play in enabling greater equality and the benefits that accrue to men as a result.