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Tackling the Taboo of Menstruation

Chris W. Williams | Posted 03.18.2015 | Impact
Chris W. Williams

One of the least discussed, yet most pervasive stigmas in gender equality is female menstruation. In every country, the veil of silence around menstruation contributes to sexism that can hold women back in their personal lives and professional careers.

Still Lagging After All These Years

Martha Burk | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Martha Burk

March 8 is International Women's Day, so it's time to check in on where the good old U.S. of A. stands in relation to the rest of the world when it comes to gender equality. Spoiler alert: We're not number one.

Shark Tank? More Like Piranhas.

Ted Barber | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment
Ted Barber

"I think it's so ludicrous, and so frivolous, and so mindless... that it has merit." That was shrewd venture capitalist Kevin O'Leary talking about the Gold Rush Nugget Bucket, a fun way to pan for treasure. Though he could have been talking about any number of products on the market.

Empowering Girls in the Worst Countries for Gender Equality

Lebogang Keolebogile Maruapula | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Lebogang Keolebogile Maruapula

A nation's competitiveness relies heavily on whether and how it educates and utilizes its female talent. To maximize its competitiveness and development potential, each country should strive for gender equality.

Why Women Entrepreneurs Matter

Lori Sokol | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact
Lori Sokol

Upon first glance, you would think we would never have anything in common. As a child she attended a private, prestigious girls' school in Greenwich, CT, whereas I walked a mile each day to a public school from my home in the Brooklyn Housing Projects

From Desperation to Education

Lori Sokol | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact
Lori Sokol

The Women's Forum created The Education Fund in 1987 to provide annual awards to encourage mature women in need to fulfill their potential through the pursuit of an undergraduate college education.

The Other Malalas

Sahar Taman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Sahar Taman

Malala is truly a voice of the voiceless; millions of girls and women without access to education in both the development world, and yes, even in the West. However, there are those among the voiceless who have dared to give themselves a voice.

5 Reasons Why You Should Apply to a Women's College

Gianna Sen-Gupta | Posted 12.01.2014 | College
Gianna Sen-Gupta

ith such a high volume of women already exceeding the rigorous demands of higher education, why should young women consider attending an all-female college? Here are the top five benefits of attending a women's college.

Building the Next Generation of Brave Girls

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 11.05.2014 | Women
Ola Ojewumi

Braveness means accepting rejection but treating failure as an essential part of success. True bravery is the realization that other women are not your competitors and that we can all assist one another. It's also about wholeness.

Why Should We Invest in Girls' Education?

Megan Foo | Posted 10.11.2014 | Impact
Megan Foo

If we educate a boy, we educate one person. If we educate a girl, we educate a family -- and a whole nation."

Michelle Obama Tells Men To Ask Themselves If They 'Truly View Women As Their Equals'

Reuters | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

By Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) - First lady Michelle Obama embraced her family's African roots in a speech on Wednes...

I Refuse To Let My Mom's Sacrifices For Me Go Wasted

Tanya Devani | Posted 08.25.2014 | Teen
Tanya Devani

Instead of a porcelain piggy bank most American kids have, my mom and her friends made small pots out of clay to store the coins they saved. While her friends would buy candy for themselves with their money, my mom would save up her own coins to buy a novel from a small bookstore.

Let's Work Together to Get Every Child in School by the End of 2015

Gordon Brown | Posted 08.24.2014 | World
Gordon Brown

While the world promised that by the end of next year every single child would be at school, the total figure for children who are being deprived not just of an education but of the oxygen of opportunity was 57 million last year.

First-Generation Student Graduates With Honors and Shares Her College Experience

Diane Propsner | Posted 08.09.2014 | College
Diane Propsner

College graduation was especially sweet for Jennifer Eadie. A first-generation student, she's the first woman in her family to graduate from college.

Are We Afraid to Educate Girls Beyond Secondary School?

Barbara Bylenga | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Barbara Bylenga

Although tragic, the schoolgirl kidnapping by Boko Haram is also compelling because it allows the world to see the fear of educated women.

The African Women's Education Terror Antidote

Pius Kamau | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
Pius Kamau

Despite a certain degree of activism by some women leaders, the progress of girls' education across Africa still lags behind that of boys at all levels and is particularly bleak at the postgraduate level.

Some Countries Spend More On Domestic Violence Costs Than On Primary Education: Report

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.16.2014 | World

A report out this week from the World Bank Group examined some of the challenges facing women around the world and uncovered some unequivocally devast...

A Month After 276 Nigerian Girls Were Kidnapped, Now Is Time to Act

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda

These young girls are still being held captive, their condition is unknown, they are at extreme risk of being sexually abused and trafficked and the leaders of Boko Haram have threatened to sell them as slaves and into child marriages.

A Tribute to My Mother, Who Taught Me to Succeed Against the Odds

Angelique Kidjo | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact
Angelique Kidjo

For this Mother's Day, I want to pay tribute to my mom Yvonne. She still has a great influence on my life.

A Letter to My Granddaughter: Bossy Can Be Beautiful

Helen Drinan | Posted 05.21.2014 | Parents
Helen Drinan

Your generation has opportunities that I never imagined when I was your age. You are able to connect in ways I never dreamed possible. I want you to soak up all of this and think about what you have learned about being a strong, educated, thoughtful young woman.

A New Script for Women: Education Over Adversity

Emily Leys | Posted 05.06.2014 | Women
Emily Leys

In many societies around the world, the current generation of young women are paving a new path for themselves and for those who will follow.

4 New Year's Tips For College Students In 2014

Helen Drinan | Posted 04.07.2014 | College
Helen Drinan

In the spirit of new beginnings during this traditional time of reflection, I'd like to offer four tips for college students in 2014.

Let's Talk About This

Alecia DeCoudreaux | Posted 02.10.2014 | College
Alecia DeCoudreaux

We teach our students to think for themselves and to express their opinions. We also ask that they recognize other points of view.

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.

Let Girls Lead Video Contest: Nafkot Aschenaki

Let Girls Lead | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

Millions of girls around the world are unable to go to school. Fortunately for Nafkot Aschenaki, this was not the case. At the age of 24, Nafkot graduated from her local university in Ethiopia with a law degree.