As I heard Leymah Gbowee and her daughters describe, there is undoubtedly more than one way to be a woman. Maybe we can one day unite around our internal beauty and forget the rest. Ultimately, some women feel empowered naked and some feel empowered clothed, but all women have a right to express and celebrate what empowers and inspires them, without being shamed for that either.
Some observers have pointed out that the new Curvy Barbies are not really mirrors of overweight women and like traditional Barbies, are still prettified: The Barbies will have thicker thighs, and broader hips -- but will still look attractive in their specially designed fashionista clothes to fit their broader shape.
Life has improved in concrete ways for millions of children around the world, and the progress for girls is especially notable. Despite these improvements, however, there is much to do, and the work is complex because the challenges girls face are unique. In too many cases, a school is not a safe haven of learning but a place of harassment and exploitation.