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Finding My Political Voice

Kathleen Matthews | Posted 05.10.2016 | Politics
Kathleen Matthews

I believed that it was important for more women to run for office to address the gender gap in Congress, where fewer than one in five representatives are women. Only by getting off the sidelines will women change the dynamic and make sure their voices are added to the mix.

The U.S. Approach to Fighting Violence Against Women

Cindy Dyer | Posted 01.04.2017 | Women
Cindy Dyer

Coordination between government and civil society can take strides towards remedying this immense problem. True collaboration between these sectors is imperative to stop violence against women, and in the United States, it has led to a significant decrease in the rates of domestic violence and gender-based violence.

The 1 Minute Blog. The 9-Year-Old and the Uzi Outcry.

Peg Melnik | Posted 10.28.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

If this country fears the proliferation of paramilitary police forces, it might want to consider our growing gun culture. The 9-year-old who accident...

The 1 Minute Blog. Earthquake, Close Call.

Peg Melnik | Posted 10.28.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

While Napa continues to pick itself up, people seem to be sizing up their homes as if they were the enemy. As quake stories continue to circulate, he...

The 1 Minute Blog. The Ice Bucket Challenge.

Peg Melnik | Posted 10.26.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

I was excited to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge in spirit, but I wasn't eager to feel the rush of chilled water overhead. That's when I had an epiph...

The 1 Minute Blog. Befriending the Enemy.

Peg Melnik | Posted 10.25.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

Foto and Ahmed were supposed to be enemies, soldiers at war when Ethiopia and Eritrea were embroiled in battle. Destiny had other plans. The Eritrea...

The 1 Minute Blog: Boy Flees War

Peg Melnik | Posted 10.24.2014 | Good News
Peg Melnik

The Eritrean said growing up in a war made him feel like he was a 30-year-old man when he just was 16. "War matures you," he told me.

The Juror Voices Project

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

Every year millions of Americans are summoned to jury service. Yet, no organized, centralized space exists to collect or share what jurors think about this experience. Juror voices are lost. And, this is a loss for the court system and American democracy.

A Day for All Mothers

Anita Casalina | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Anita Casalina

Mother's Day, as we know it, grew out of a charitable group. In the 1850s Ann Reeves Jarvis held what she called "Mother's Day work clubs" in order to improve health and sanitary conditions.

A Place Where Every Young Person Has a Chance to Be a Leader

Global Kids | Posted 06.09.2014 | Impact
Global Kids

In a Global Kids workshop you learn, but you don't know that you're learning. You'd start off with something that feels like a game, and then that game evolves into a discussion.

Memories of Mexico City

Shelly Porges | Posted 05.24.2014 | Impact
Shelly Porges

When I arrived in Mexico City, I didn't realize what a transformative experience this would be, not just for the mentees but for the Global Ambassadors. We all came as strangers and left as friends, ready and eager to support the advancement of women in this network and beyond.

On Mentoring

Alyse Nelson | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Alyse Nelson

I think one of the myths about mentoring is that it's about a person standing in front of you, holding your hand and guiding the way. In reality, I believe it's about the person who's ready to stand behind you, who believes in your vision and is ready to help you move forward.

Invest in Women. Improve the World

Alyse Nelson | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Alyse Nelson

The truth is deep investments take time, but we've seen this strategy yield significant returns. Women leaders in our network are transforming communities, countries, even cultures.

Girls Leading Change: Malala Yousafzai

Alyse Nelson | Posted 05.17.2013 | Impact
Alyse Nelson

We invest in women and girls because they pay it forward. When you train, mentor and support a woman, you're reaching her family, her community, and her country.

Commit to Reading More in 2013!

Claudia Chan | Posted 03.14.2013 | Home
Claudia Chan

I confess I was Miss CliffsNotes in school and usually took the easy way out, charming teachers by echoing their own lectures. It wasn't until my late quarter-life crisis that I really got into non-fiction reading and realized it was like all the best parts of therapy and even better in a few ways.

Helping Women Leaders Around the Globe Reach Their Full Potential

Julie Fasone Holder | Posted 02.09.2013 | Impact
Julie Fasone Holder

My time in India reaffirmed my understanding that all around the world there is a momentum among women that is undeniable. However, women have to remember that we can and should reach out to each other for guidance and support -- and, in turn, help others whenever we can.

All It Takes Is a Walk in the Park

Geraldine Laybourne | Posted 01.12.2013 | Impact
Geraldine Laybourne

If mentoring has taught me one thing it is this: our investments in young women today will yield the next generation of inspiring leaders tomorrow -- and all it takes is a walk in the park.

Why We Love Men Who Love Women

Christine Horansky | Posted 08.18.2012 | Impact
Christine Horansky

Growing up, I was blessed to have an encouraging dad along with male teachers and bosses who took the time to invest in me.

Can Leadership Be Mentored?

The Levo League | Posted 07.09.2012 | Impact
The Levo League

Without mentorship, education, and development, there would be very little continuity of culture over history. Those who strive to teach us have a permanent impact on the future.

Roots and Wings

Emmie Twombly | Posted 09.14.2011 | Women
Emmie Twombly

Vital Voices, Rising Voices Contest Every day, every woman should wake up asking who can I bring with me? Who can I empower? As each woman extends h...

Invest in Women to Improve the World

Emmie Twombly | Posted 09.05.2011 | Impact
Emmie Twombly

The women of Vital Voices show that you cannot let obstacles big or small keep you down. The women and their stories taught me that you cannot use your past or circumstance to hide behind.

Look out! Here Comes The Mom Bandwagon

Jamie Bechtel | Posted 07.03.2011 | Impact
Jamie Bechtel

If the difference you want to make is to improve the lives of women and the communities they support, then make sure you are getting the real deal.

The Strength of Our Voices

Haydee Morales | Posted 06.01.2011 | New York
Haydee Morales

On April 8, our government will be deciding whether or not to leave millions of women, including many Latinas, without basic health care, with no provider to turn to.

Women in the World: Stories and Solutions Summit 2011

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marcia G. Yerman

Women In the World: Stories and Solutions continues to lead and lay the groundwork for amplifying concerns that have too long remained out of view.

Women In Haiti See New Opportunities Post-Earthquake

Huffington Post | Cassandra Dunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Prior to the January 12 earthquake, almost half of the households in Haiti were exclusively matriarchal, at least in terms of management. Though accus...