I had always dreamed of being a writer, but to take that leap would mean abandoning the comfort zone of guaranteed income.
There are still too few women in elective office, and too few running Fortune 500 companies. Until this year, no woman had ever won an Oscar for Best Director. And only one has ever been awarded a fourth star in any branch of the United States military.
You'll remember everything about the day when you reveled in your own strength, the power of your own spirit.
The bill would benefit millions of hardworking individuals and families across the country, many of whom have faced devastation as a result of not having paid family leave. These include individuals and families whose stories I will never forget.
If I see one more 35-year-old model advertising anti-aging cream I am going to scream! As a 60-year-old woman, I have already changed my own language to a paradigm of "pro-aging" instead of "anti-aging." I don't want to look younger. I want to feel and live better.
The Bureau reports that the largest gain in women's participation in the workforce happened between 1970 and 1980 and has since slowed down, averaging an increase of only 0.4 percentage points between 2000 and 2006-2010.
Women like to help other women. According to a 2011 survey by Georgetown University, women are the strongest believers in the power of supporting causes. I see this statistic in action each day in my local community.
January 2013 should have been the beginning of the best year of my life. Everything looked as if it was finally coming together, and then that dreadful day came that changed my life forever.
Last week, the Women's Health Caucus of the Pennsylvania legislature announced the first phase of a comprehensive Agenda for Women's Health. It is a groundbreaking approach to addressing the unique health needs and concerns of women that could serve as a model for other states who seek to improve the lives of women.
Activists in Saudi Arabia face a repressive and intolerant government as they advocate popular political participation, judicial reform, and an end to discrimination against women and minorities. Authorities have responded by arresting, prosecuting, and attempting to silence rights defenders and to quash their calls for change.
What was especially infuriating was the trivialization of women's rights to the canned, flawed perception that it was about getting dinner paid for on dates... as opposed to, oh, sexual assault or equal pay or street harassment or gender parity in Congress... you know, meaningless stuff, right?
The sad thing is that women are not only reduced to their sexuality when they're on the shoreline. Even in our Christian theology, we have a terrible tendency to distill the complicated facets of a woman -- her intelligence, creativity, energy, talents, and fortitude -- into one aspect.
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It may seem a no-brainer to put a woman in charge of a car company when women buy more than half the new cars in America, influence 85% of all automobile purchases and spend $200 billion a year on new cars and servicing, but it's taken over 100 years!!
Whoever you are and whatever you do, make sure you use any experience you have -- good or bad -- as the clay you need to transform your sculpture into a piece of art.
Mary Barra's appointment as CEO of General Motors is clearly a milestone for both women and the auto industry. This is a business, after all, where it's more likely to see a woman draped across a car hood at an auto show or in a pin-up calendar than sitting in the executive suite.