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On Gender, Violence, and the Right to Education

Randal Mason | Posted 11.25.2015 | Education
Randal Mason

The threat and reality of violence hinders girls' access to education and undermines their ability to learn. Children and youth of all genders have a right to inclusive, quality education--the foundation to improving people's lives.

Expanding Gender and Making It Roomier for All Of Us: three from Daylight Books

Janet Mason | Posted 11.25.2015 | Books
Janet Mason

Gender has always been on my mind -- or in my face -- whether I like it or not. As a budding feminist and then a young lesbian with short hair, I was called "Sir" on more than one occasion. I didn't like it, but was happy to have the privileges that being perceived as male brought. I am over six feet tall and trained as a martial artist.

Sexism Is Not Dead

Tova Payne | Posted 11.25.2015 | Women
Tova Payne

As a woman there's no getting away from it -- you are WAW: Walking As a Woman, and that means you are treated differently every step you take.

Special Invitation to "Orange the World": Ending Violence against Women Once and For All!

Nausheen Khan | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Nausheen Khan

November 25th marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Although violence against women and discrimination against women is prevalent in law and in practice/society all around the world, it does not mean that it is inevitable.

Trans* Women Are Not Freakshows and Drag Queens: The Problem With the Transgender Umbrella

Nikki Araguz Loyd | Posted 11.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Nikki Araguz Loyd

As a child, all I ever wanted was to be considered a "normal" girl. I didn't want to be different and when I found out I was, I took all steps to assimilate into the gender role I most identified as.

Why Women Are Dominating Thought-Leadership Across All Fields

Erin McKelle | Posted 11.24.2015 | Women
Erin McKelle

When you envision a thought-leader, what first comes to mind? For me personally, I get a mental image of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg giving a speech ...

Priorities in Paris: Our Plans for Supporting Gender-Responsive Action at COP21

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 11.24.2015 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

Now, in the final push to Paris, GGO is preparing for a packed schedule of commitments, support to negotiators, launching new knowledge products, and more. Here's our priority line-up,

Stop saying that women are beautiful

Matthew Dicks | Posted 11.23.2015 | Women
Matthew Dicks

Pay attention to the way women are introduced at events like this in the future. Their physical appearance is often mentioned as a part of the introduction, and almost always by other women.

Teacher's Comments About Legos Cause Controversy In School District

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 11.23.2015 | Parents

A Washington State school district is denying reports that a kindergarten teacher banned boys in her classroom from playing with Legos. The Bain...

Genderqueer And Trans Artists Breaking Down Barriers In Art

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.20.2015 | Arts

This week is Transgender Awareness Week, an initiative that aims to raise visibility of trans and gender non-conforming people and communities and ac...

Finding Myself in a Book

Kelly Haworth | Posted 11.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Kelly Haworth

Writing this book let me express the emotions of trying to figure everything out -- the pain, the awkwardness and the strength -- and I emerged on the other side knowing that this pendulum inside me, this duality of male and female was exactly who I was.

Is Religion the Only Protected Class That Is Aggressive?

Mike Zimmerman | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
Mike Zimmerman

In a recent discussion about religious freedom, I helped students explore the hidden dissonance of different forms of identity. The many hats we wear and aspects to our identities as we live our lives can sometimes be compartmentalized, but the major markers of who we are cannot.

A Different Kind Of Peep Show Explores Sex Before The AIDS Crisis

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.16.2015 | Arts

Somewhere in New York City right now stand two dark booths, reminiscent of the Times Square peep show booths of yore. Above them reads a red neo...

A Trans Sisterhood

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 11.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

Throughout our lives, all I ever wanted was to be a big sister. As I was wheeled into my gender confirmation surgery, I took comfort in knowing that my family was there.

Promoting Peace: From Board Rooms to Refugee Camps

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 11.14.2015 | Impact
Melissa Jun Rowley

Social equality has the greatest chances at being achieved when all sectors at the corporate, government and grass roots level work together. That's a lot of ecosystems with different geopolitical agendas to fit under one Utopian umbrella. So what's the solution?

Does Having Good Manners Make Me a B*tch?

Erris Langer Klapper | Posted 11.11.2015 | Women
Erris Langer Klapper

The day was young and I'd already been called a bitch twice. Why is it that when others act inappropriately, I react and then I look like the b*tch? Where's the justice in that? Perhaps not reacting is the answer, but that goes against my grain.

An Open Apology To Smart Women Everywhere

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business

Last night I was in one of those hip Manhattan restaurants where the tables are crammed so close together you are basically on top of the neighboring...

Registration Games: Gender, Race, Age

Kimann Schultz | Posted 11.11.2015 | Women
Kimann Schultz

I get that stats are constantly being compiled for this n' that, and I get that this n' that is often a multi-nuanced gathering of positively skewed info posturing, when often the tabulation of who knows what is in the end financially founded, as are all things in this capitalistic land of ours.

12 Reasons Why Gender Matters to Understanding Teenage Sexting

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 11.10.2015 | Parents
Soraya Chemaly

Sexting becomes a problem of safety when teens, regardless of gender, coerce, share and sell images with no respect or regard for the feelings or rights of the people in them. Sexting illustrates the tremendous pressure kids feel to act sexually -- either coercively, dominantly, or submissively, as an exhibition of gender status.

Let's Talk About Sexism in the Black Church

Eboni Marshall Turman | Posted 11.09.2015 | Religion
Eboni Marshall Turman

Without black women administering the ministry, praying for the pastor, teaching the children, singing in the choir, cooking in the kitchen, answering the phones, photocopying the bulletin, and testifying to the goodness of the Lord on Wednesday nights, there is no Black Church.

What I Learned About Privilege The Night I First Passed

The Establishment | Posted 11.09.2015 | Gay Voices
The Establishment

The night of my "passing," I realized I'd achieved in six months what some never achieve their entire lives. And in that moment, I recognized that I had a very specific type of privilege; a type that carries with it painful implications.

Meet The Men Moving The Needle For Gender Equality

Melissa Jun Rowley | Posted 11.10.2015 | Good News
Melissa Jun Rowley

As despondent as my current description of the here and now sounds, I believe we're living in a golden age of activism and social change.

Kellogg Exec Wendy Davidson: Bring Your Whole Self to Work | Posted 11.09.2015 | Women

Wendy Davidson is president, U. S. Specialty Channels for The Kellogg Company. She began her career with Tyson Foods, where she worked from 1993 until 2009. She joined McCormick as VP- Consumer Food manufacturing for the U.S. and Latin American Region in 2010, and then Kellogg in 2013.

Casual Transphobia in My Media?

Delia Melody | Posted 11.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Delia Melody

You might not want to harm trans people, but that's the thing about casual transphobia; It doesn't need to have true hate behind it to be real and harmful.

My Update -- and What I Learned From a Transgender 4-Year-Old

Joy Chen | Posted 11.06.2015 | Women
Joy Chen

I want to live in a society which values each human being and which is ruled by love and empathy instead of hatred and cruelty.