Wherever she lives, no matter what country, when a woman controls her own finances she invests that money in ways that can bring about long-term change -- education for her children, health care and better housing for her family. But low-income women around the world are routinely denied access to the basic financial products that most of us take for granted.
It has been a year since the white smoke poured forth from the chimney erected atop the Sistine Chapel signaling the election of Jorge Bergoglio as Pope Francis. Pope Francis, with his "Who am I to judge?" has opened the door.
Why are media stories on poverty in America so insufficient? Stories that showcase the faces of poverty do not grab the public's attention the way that entertainment, political and economic stories do -- unless poverty stories are controversial or negative, that is.
People from multinational corporations head off and volunteer for weeks or months in another country, leaving their work behind for others to do. Building a better world is good for business.
The SAT would again be transformed. Back to the old 1600 score. No more obscure vocabulary. No specialized math. No penalties for wrong guesses.
[This week every year Graduation Day reverberates through the Klong Toey slums of Bangkok, Thailand for hundreds of poor students (nearly 1,000 this y...
For too long we have depended on the idea of innocent suffering to provoke our compassion, while we look away from complex suffering. As poverty retreats to the fragile states, now more than ever we need to overcome suffering with understanding, generosity, and perseverance. Turning our heads away from human suffering should never be an option.
D.C. has reverted back to a practice that it conceded was unacceptable, even when the District was mired in financial strife: Placing children and their parents in makeshift shelters at rec centers.
Having worked to end hunger and poverty for the last 40 years, I know that the passage of a new farm bill is a time of great change -- sometimes for the better; usually, in the recent era, for the worse.
Immediately upon entering adulthood, Americans are forced to compete for increasingly-scarce employment. The purpose of most employment isn't to create value for society or future generations, but to create profits for a scant few executives and shareholders.
Empathy is having the capacity to share and understand the feelings of another person. Could you imagine how different our world would be if the left would empathize with the right, or vice versa?
We are at a loss as to what we will do now that the unemployment has just run out. We live month to month. We really do not want to become homeless, but if something doesn't give, that is where we will end up, without even a vehicle to sleep in. In Ohio, in winter.
According to the International Labor Organization, only 20 percent of the world's population has adequate social security coverage such as a pension or health insurance and more than half lack any coverage at all.
Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey fail in their newly-released film The Son of God, because their interpretation of Scripture is simplistic and triumphalist. Where there are choices to be made -- and with the Gospels, the choices abound -- Burnett and Downey have an unerring urge to favor the safe ones.
Stevon Cook, 28, a candidate for the San Francisco Board of Education election on November 4, took some time to talk with me about the crucial debate in education over how to help failing schools, along with other issues prominent in the campaign.
It's a detailed, serious look at the issue but is beset with misleading evidence and conclusions. There's also something that I found fundamentally odd about the report.