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Congo's Hero Women: Creating A Different Future

Neema Namadamu | Posted 04.18.2014 | Impact
Neema Namadamu

Our extended family and community would continually challenge her investment in me, my mother brazenly, if not defiantly, went to great lengths to support me and protect my opportunity for a different future to the one they all expected.

Protect, Nurture, Love: The Shared Stories Of Women

Anne Geddes | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Anne Geddes

Protect. Nurture. Love. That has been my mantra for the past 30 years of my career as a photographer. I believe that all moms change lives -- and together, we have the ability to change the world for the better -- one newborn at a time.

When Moms Get Out Front

Kelsey Wirth | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Kelsey Wirth

As mothers, we are called to protect, and our protective force has never been more needed.

The Universal Truths Of Motherhood

Devi Ramachandran Thomas | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Devi Ramachandran Thomas

Describing motherhood properly is like trying to describe Persephone's emergence from Hades and feeling the warmth of the sun's rays for the first time. Motherhood has warmed my heart and tickled my soul in ways I hadn't even imagined, in ways I am still too tongue-tied to describe.

Learning From Strong Women

Nigel Barker | Posted 04.10.2014 | Impact
Nigel Barker

Watching my mother and grandmother taught me so much -- seeing them nurture people and animals showed me, through their actions, what mattered most. They made so many sacrifices for our family, and they set the standard. They inspired me from childhood to volunteer and advocate for those less fortunate.

Women And Girls Are The Power And Potential For Positive Change

Pat Mitchell | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Pat Mitchell

We see so many girls and women making huge positive changes in their communities. When doors are closed to women, those societies and the world are losing.

Girl Up Teen Advisors Surprise Their Moms In The Most Beautiful Way

Melissa Hillebrenner | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Melissa Hillebrenner

Girl Up is dedicated to improving the lives of girls around the world and empowering them to give their hearts to make this world a better place. We asked our Teen Advisors about their mothers.. and then filmed the answers with their mothers watching.

The Best Way To REALLY Protect Your Kids

Kate Carr | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
Kate Carr

Parents should not have to choose between keeping their kids safe and inspiring their kids to explore, discover and take chances. There's plenty of room in the world for both.

Mothers Give Possibility And Hope

Monique Coleman | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
Monique Coleman

It is embedded in the fabric of so many mothers to instill this idea that anything is possible for their children, by being willing to do everything they can to get those kids on the right path.

Motherhood Is A Woman's Greatest Challenge

Angélica Fuentes Téllez | Posted 04.03.2014 | Latino Voices
Angélica Fuentes Téllez

The birth of our children is a miracle of love that transforms us, our daily routine, thoughts, hierarchies and interests. Despite all of this, I wanted to be the same woman as I had always been. I could only begin to guess that this challenge would bring me the greatest learning of my life.

Community Action To Save And Improve The Lives Of Mothers And Their Children

Fatima Shahryar | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Fatima Shahryar

Life seemed to have lost its meaning for Zareena Bibi. Her babies died, one after the other, very soon after they were born. Her family had become distant, and she too became convinced that God was unhappy with her. Access to a doctor changed Zareena's life.

Bring Every Good Thing To Our Children

Melinda Gates | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Melinda Gates

Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good in the world.

Always Start With The Girl

Maria Eitel | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Maria Eitel

Whether dancing with a giggling group of girls in rural India, or across from an embarrassed, Hawaiian-shirt clad legion of middle school boys in a gym, I know that my mom is there for me, and all girls, by inspiring creative solutions through honest dialogue.

Changing The Game For Female Farmers

Dr. Beatrice Sakwa | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Dr. Beatrice Sakwa

If you saw Aqwalina's lush farm today, you would be shocked to learn that it was basically barren just a couple of years ago. But when her abusive husband abandoned the family, she turned a challenging situation into a new opportunity.

Girls Who Dream Become Women With Vision

Queen Rania of Jordan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Queen Rania of Jordan

What unites them is their strength, resilience and resourcefulness. They're all role models. They are blazing trails. I couldn't be prouder of them. So, the "baton" that I pass to all of you is their stories, their example.

A Common Theme Of Our Best Days Ever

Nicole Wickenhauser | Posted 03.21.2014 | Impact
Nicole Wickenhauser

Often times, we can't anticipate the happiest days of our lives. Sometimes they will burst upon us like a surprise present, and other times we barely recognize when we are in the throes of one.

Why Moms Matter

Aaron Sherinian | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Aaron Sherinian

Even with more than 8,000 miles, an ocean and harsh daily realities dividing them, Felisa and Nyanwour have more in common than you would realize.

The Benefits Of Community For Infant Health

Linda Pfeiffer | Posted 02.20.2014 | Impact
Linda Pfeiffer

When a mother dies in poor communities, her older children often leave school to care for the younger children, making it nearly impossible for the next generation to escape the cycle of poverty. The fact that all of this is preventable is tragic--but it also means there is hope.

Johnson & Johnson Reaches Major Settlement

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson said late Tuesday that it will pay $2.5 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits brought by hip replacement p...

The 2 Things That Could Keep Premature Babies Alive

Dr. Jennifer L. Howse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jennifer L. Howse

More than 15 million babies are born before 37 weeks of pregnancy every year, and one million of those babies die before they are one month old. Here's how you can help.

Drugmaker To Cough Up Billion-Dollar Fine

AP | By MATTHEW PERRONE and PETE YOST | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay more than $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil allegations that the company promoted...

How A 9-Year-Old Girl From Guinea Finally Got The Medical Care She Needed

Catherine Murphy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Catherine Murphy

There is a universal principle of childhood physics that we all remember well: the joy of spinning in circles. Perhaps it was spinning while locking hands with a playmate, in a teacup at Disney World, dancing in pirouettes, or simply turning in place -- it was a thrill to send our surroundings into a kaleidoscopic blur. This was followed by a dizzy fit of giggles until our internal compasses caught up, and the world came back into focus.

A Bold New Path To Educating Girls

Conrad Person | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Conrad Person

As International Day of the Girl Child approaches, I think of the obstacles that stand in the way of girls and their education. But I also imagine things the way they should be: with them attending university, speaking boldly and confidently, and being valued by all of us for the full spectrum of who they are.

For Ethiopian Mothers, A Fate Worse Than Death

Kelly Yee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kelly Yee

We know that obstetric fistula is easily preventable. And yet, millions of African women suffer from the condition. As we help mothers around the world improve their lives through education, resources, and other aid, we need to first convey the basic underlying tenet to the mother: She is worth it.

The Best Investment You Ever Sat On

John Kluge | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
John Kluge

The Water for the World Act currently before Congress puts the power of the U.S. government behind those efforts. It supports effective, localized sanitation improvement programs with transparent monitoring systems, all without adding a dime to the deficit. It deserves your attention, and your support.