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 had a college degree, but suddenly I had no car, no income and few alternatives. To keep our family going, I was forced onto welfare and relied on food stamps to keep food on the table. In the blink of an eye, my aspirations for achieving a middle-class life for my family were shattered.
I'm pretty damn fat and unabashedly so. I eat well enough, I shop at our local food co-op and I own a juicer. I'm constantly on my feet at work, attending intensive African Dance classes (which I'm really f*cking great at), riding bicycles and having a sh*t ton of sex.
"The best development has been the growth of a democratic political atmosphere. We now have the elections, human rights laws and standards, democratic structures, civil society and institutions that can manifest a democratic rule."
Divorced after 20 years of marriage, I find traveling as a single woman a doorway to self-discovery. Without having to compromise, I'm free to live life on my own terms. Despite loneliness at times, I am pleased to have found a whole new world and a whole new me.
"Women want to uproot illiteracy, have a self-sufficient economy, and see the consolidation of women's struggles into a solid social movement."
For those committed to empowering girls and women, and to achieving gender equality, we must re-double our efforts to right the balance of perceptions: ensuring that images of girls and women reflect their strengths and contributions.
"My greatest fear is the fear for my own life. In this country, you cannot live two minutes without fearing suicide bombings and explosions."
Desire or attractiveness is not objectification. Just the same, sexualization may or may not be a bad thing. We must look at intent and context and then make a true informed judgment before we challenge something that may be benign and /or potentially positive.
Interviewed by Beverly Bell, Edited by Jessica Hsu April 22, 2014 The Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) is one of the largest small-farmer ass...
In truth, these mothers suffer so many hidden, silenced injuries. But, at least we are closer today to giving mothers behind bars the opportunity that every mother deserves -- to give birth to their children with dignity.
"In some educational institutions, women make up 50 percent of the student population. We have never had so many female students."
Blaming a narcissist for behaving like a narcissist is like blaming a tree for behaving like a tree. If you get angry that the tree drops it's leaves in fall, who suffers -- you or the tree?
It's no easy feat to admit to flaws, because that means they're real and we have to confront them. Accepting our mistakes or shortcomings -- choices that may not have served us well, unflattering ways others may perceive us, or subtle imperfections that gnaw away at us -- is uncomfortable in the short-term, but acknowledging them can ward off long-term problems.