My life was split between the loving, supportive, encouraging homes that were made by my mother and my grandmother. Neither of them allowed the societal definition of "woman" to define their place in life.
The question should not be, "Why must we pay attention to women's economic empowerment?" Instead, the question should be, "How can we afford to not pay attention to women's economic empowerment?"
In Burkina Faso, dancer Salimata Wologem fills the room when she moves. Whatever the choreography, the forcefulness of her dancing depicts an individual conquering the limitations of space and society.
I recently sat down with Joy Hoover, Founder of The Cupcake Girls, a non-profit that brings non-judgmental support, consistent caring, community resources, peace, love, and cupcakes to women in the adult entertainment industry.
Heartiest congratulations on your recent election and historic win; a phenomenon that reaffirmed our democratic beliefs! Obviously, several things in India need to change; and if there is one person who has the courage, dedication and vision to put our country on the path to greatness, my hope is that that person is you.
It is not to say that there aren't many demanding and also harmful expectations equally projected upon men. Stereotypes hurt everyone, but men have not had to face quite the same inequality as their female counterparts.
While most exonerations involve a crime where someone else is responsible, this often does not hold true in women's cases. For the majority of female exonerations, no crime occurred in the case at all.
When I hear that girls are stolen from their school, I lose sleep. When I read about children being ripped from their families and trafficked for sex, I am haunted. But my true pain comes from knowing the countless people who remain bystanders.
So what is behind this painstakingly slow progress on maternal health in Kenya, especially in light of the enlightened approach to many development issues, including infant mortality?
We keep telling ourselves that we should be flawless. When our lives falls short of our imaginary utopia, we get scared and lash out at ourselves and those we love. Our society worships perfection, photoshopping out wrinkles and bulges of our starving models.
I love my looks, and quite frankly, I could care less if it matters to anyone else. It took me many years to reach that place of confidence, despite irregular features. But my own concept of beauty allows me to be as beautiful as I want to be, and I've noticed that the world responds on my terms.
Can we still use the term "slut shaming" to describe a very specific mindset we see exhibited from sexists so frequently without reclaiming it? When we use this term are we inherently using the language of oppressors?
The recent passing of the iconic author and poet, Maya Angelou, closed the chapter on one of the most enduring and prolific personal brands America ha...
Hurt and unmet expectations are inevitable in any mother-daughter relationship, and the way Maya and Vivian were able to bridge them is a beacon of hope for all mothers and daughters.
Their transformative power is tied to the fact that when these brave women seek justice, they don't seek revenge. There lies women's potential for greatness and our source of tangible hope.
"I don't understand. I'd feel better if you wore a reflector." It's because you're 6'4" and 220 pounds and a man. You think about getting hit by a car. I think about being attacked. I think about it every time I step out of the door to run alone... whether at 3:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m.