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.
I questioned why I continued to stay. Was it habit? Some sadistic sense of comfort? Did I think we'd change back into the people we once were? I'm not a weak person. I grew up in such a loving home. My parents have a beautiful marriage. What's wrong with me?
What happens when 2,000 kids from around the world show up in Ames, Iowa to solve world problems? They get solved, and by some of the brightest kid's who are between 10 - 18 years old!
The arrest In June of 25-year old Ghoncheh Ghavami together with more than a dozen other women as they tried to enter a stadium where the Iranian national men's team was playing Italy was first disclosed earlier this month by The Guardian.
In today's global business climate, women continue to strive to breakthrough barriers that keep them from achieving their professional potential -- their male counterparts need to step up to the plate to help them get there.
Being a feminist has nothing to do with how you look, what you wear, who you date, or how often you have sex. Being a feminist doesn't mean you think women deserve special rights; it means you know we deserve equal ones.
I was 12 years old during the historic Year of the Woman in 1992. I remember the sense of hopefulness my Mom and her feminist friends had as they talked about the possibilities for discussion, action and policy around women's equality.
My daughter's view of herself and her place in this world will first be shaped at home. But the world she encounters online, in television, print and music will also have an influence on her perception of self and others.
There is statistical evidence showing that adult women read more novels than men, attend more book clubs than men, use libraries more than men, buy more books than men, take more creative writing courses than men, and probably write more works of fiction than men. If women suddenly stopped reading, the novel would nearly disappear.
Some people here might not appreciate how blessed they are, because they've never lived in a repressed society, but, for me, every time I tune in to Howard Stern -- I think of how lucky I am to live where freedom and liberty exist, especially for women.
Honor killings might not be preventable among the current generation of adult men, but certainly we can bring the new generation of young boys closer to understanding themselves and the other half of the universe made up of women and girls.
The world needs to embrace a global conversation about how women have been disempowered in most of the areas central to meaningful human experience. It needs a global conversation about how the empowerment of women is the central social challenge facing humanity today.
It is well-recognized that gender inequalities exist around the world. Evidence has also mounted showing that the marginalization and neglect of the needs, roles and potential of women and girls are key factors limiting advances in human health and development outcomes for all -- women, men, boys and girls.
It's OK that I'm not where I want to be with my business. It's OK that I hide like a coward from taking that bigger step. It's OK that I still occasionally believe the crappy thoughts I think about myself and others. I am where I am, I'm on my way. I'm noticing. I'm realizing my self.