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I Performed FGM For 30 Years. Now I'm Committed To Ending It

Mariam Damba | Posted 02.05.2016 | Impact
Mariam Damba

The link between female genital cutting and cases of keloid, dysmenorrhea and urinary incontinence became clear. Five years ago, I decided not to practice excision any more. Soon after, my village decided to ban FGM.

We're Falling Behind on Family Planning: 5 Ways To Get Us Back On Track

Melinda Gates | Posted 02.04.2016 | Impact
Melinda Gates

While progress is possible, it is not inevitable. If we're going to keep the promise we made in 2012, it's time to step up and get to work.

Yes, I Self-Sabotaged Myself. Here's Why and How I Let it Go

Yasmine Cheyenne | Posted 01.25.2016 | Women
Yasmine Cheyenne

It's one of the hardest things I've ever typed. And I'm sharing it not only as a reminder to my own humanness, but as a reminder to you to not let this world convince you that the gifts you were given, the ideas you create, the love that you have and the spark that is within you is not enough.

12 Ways My Entrepreneurial Spirit Helps Me Cope With My Debilitating Chronic Illness

Sigrun Gudjonsdottir | Posted 01.19.2016 | Business
Sigrun Gudjonsdottir

Since my Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) bulldozed into my life and turned it up side down and shook it sideways, my life has taken several drastic tur...

How Practicing Sisterhood With Your Yoga Makes You a Better Woman and a Better Yogi

Angela D. Coleman | Posted 01.13.2016 | Women
Angela D. Coleman

There's a tangible energy that resides in a room where people come together to practice, and it ebbs and flows between each session. It fluctuates as the days pass, as emotions are brought into the room and released.

10 Life Lessons Only Strong Women Understand

Rachel Wolfson | Posted 01.12.2016 | Women
Rachel Wolfson

A strong woman isn't afraid of failure, because she has experienced it before.

Star Wars, Women and Sleep: The Common Thread

Karen Brody | Posted 01.08.2016 | Healthy Living
Karen Brody

When my kids were young I didn't sleep well for years. Sometimes I'd go a night or two without ever going into deep sleep. I used to joke with m...

From Hate to Hope: A Roadmap for 2016

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 01.05.2016 | Women
Susan M. Blaustein

The year closed in an epidemic of fear and displacement. Fear of terror, of violence, of speaking up, of being gunned down -- in church, in the street, in a park, at an office party, in one's own home. Displacement, due to barrel bombs and cluster bombs, terrorist thuggery and the very real threats on multiple continents from dictators clinging to power.

Going Against the Flow: Selina Tobaccowala, President & CTO of SurveyMonkey

Charu Sharma | Posted 01.03.2016 | Technology
Charu Sharma

Selina Tobaccowala is President and Chief Technology Officer at SurveyMonkey. Previously she cofounded Evite, and she was Senior Vice President of Product and Technology at Ticketmaster's Europe division.

My 2015 Year in Review: Mind, Body and Soul

Bisila Bokoko | Posted 12.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Bisila Bokoko

How time flies! It seems just a moment ago I was back home in Spain enjoying a Christmas dinner with relatives from all over the world. It's been a ye...

Eating the Sun: How Solar Power Feeds the World

Robert A. Freling | Posted 12.18.2015 | Green
Robert A. Freling

Bill Leak's cartoon about Indians trying to munch on solar panels isn't just offensive, it's also just plain wrong. He appears to be utterly clueless...

Going Against the Flow: Craig Newmark and Allyson Kapin

Charu Sharma | Posted 12.17.2015 | Technology
Charu Sharma

Craig Newmark is the founder of Craigslist and Craigconnects. Allyson Kapin has founded Women Who Tech and Rad Campaign. They are committed to leveraging technology for philanthropy and social good.

What It's Really Like To Be A Volunteer Escort At An Abortion Clinic

Lauren Rankin | Posted 12.02.2015 | Women
Lauren Rankin

Volunteering as a clinic escort is the most fulfilling, important thing that I do. The screams and the shaming and the cruel signs are just a reminder that the work that I do is meaningful and necessary. Clinic escorting is not about abortion; it's about humanity.

The Thing All Women Do That You Don't Know About

Gretchen Kelly | Posted 12.04.2015 | Women
Gretchen Kelly

There's this thing that happens whenever I speak about or write about women's issues. Things like dress codes, rape culture and sexism. I get the comments: Is this really that big of a deal? Aren't you being overly sensitive? Every. Single. Time. And every single time I get frustrated. Why don't they get it?

My Opinion Doesn't Justify Your Rape Threats

Nora McInerny Purmort | Posted 11.06.2015 | Women
Nora McInerny Purmort

I'm alive and I'm a person. I don't like when a**holes tell me to smile. I don't like being told to be quiet, and I don't like having to turn the other cheek because strangers on the Internet could light me up all day long because they don't like big mean feminists. You don't get to make me afraid.

The Collateral Damage of Being at Average Risk of Breast Cancer and Having Dense Breasts

Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D. | Posted 10.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy M. Cappello, Ph.D.

A woman cannot participate in shared decision making about her values and preferences of screening without weighing the pros and cons of over-diagnosis, false positives and missed positives.

Why the United States Has Never Had a Woman President

Anamika Ojha | Posted 10.15.2015 | Women
Anamika Ojha

It has been six months since I came to the United States (US). Ever since, I have found quite a lot to admire in this country of Uncle Sam. People from various ethnicity and cultures blend in here, the 'world's largest melting pot,' adding a rich cultural diversity to the United States of America.

Protect Project Empower

Susie Wolbe | Posted 10.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Susie Wolbe

My children are now adults, some with children of their own, and, I must admit, time passed faster than I had ever imagined it could or would. If gi...

10 Tweets That Show Why the World's Top Diplomat Has to Be a Woman

Ernesta Redi | Posted 10.07.2015 | Impact
Ernesta Redi

Whilst this topic might not be on the official agenda of the General Assembly, you only need to look at social media to see where the real support lies for the next world's top diplomat to be a woman.

35 Powerful Quotes From Women in Hollywood

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.09.2015 | Women

The following are thoughts, tips, warnings and encouragement -- in no particular order -- from some kick ass women in the film and television industry. Only nine women have won Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars -- EVER.

Illuminating Women's Voices From Within

Mariane Pearl | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Mariane Pearl

Bonding through our stories is crucial because it can create a global dialogue in which each voice matters as opposed to the cacophony of opinions we tend to replace them with. Connecting the dots between your life and those of others is what women do well. Now is the right time to help women and girls tell their stories.

Why I'm Done Saying Sorry

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 09.28.2015 | Women
Danielle Campoamor

I'm done saying sorry for the way in which I've used my body. I won't apologize for the number of lovers I've had or how much sex I've enjoyed or how promiscuous I've been. I won't apologize for expressing a very natural part of myself, especially when it makes me feel beautiful and exotic and fulfilled.

Women Deserve To Be On The $20 Bill

Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics
Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr.

On Women's Equality Day, we write to echo the hundreds of thousands of grassroots activists who support the Women On 20s campaign. As we continue making progress for the cause of women's rights, we hope to preserve Alexander Hamilton's place on our currency while elevating a woman to a place she deserves.

Global Challenges and Blah Blah Blah

Miri Ben-Ari | Posted 08.18.2015 | Impact
Miri Ben-Ari

I've always been touched by socially relevant films and documentaries, realizing the importance of social issues and current events which is the goal and essence of Skoll's production company. However, on that very rainy day in Oxford, seated at the New Theatre, I realized that just like the film and its soundtrack, live music could turn into a very powerful tool to deliver a message about social and environmental issues.

The Work of Feminism Is Far From Over

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 08.07.2015 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Trainwreck is predictable in part because it's Hollywood, but if you peel away the layers, it sends a message that is not at all untrue. Even--spoiler alert--Amy learns about her own double standards.