It seems I continually fight The Battle of the Bulge and the winner is the Bulge. Why, oh why, am I cursed with a slow metabolism, willpower that fails at the least temptation, and mood swings that are dependent on the bathroom scale?
It has been said that women hold up half the sky. In fact, women and girls account for nearly half of our global population and yet, even in 2014, women's empowerment is of vital importance.
Western readers need to understand the context of violence against women in Pakistan, and to realize that violence is not limited to Pakistan. It is a global issue.
"Rather than trying to establish security, the men restrict women. The insecurity they feel might not even be real, but it creates some kind of psychological insecurity in women nonetheless."
When women are asked what we are doing all day, the next question, sometimes silent but almost always present, is, 'Why aren't you doing more?'
"My greatest fear is that the international community may leave us. We saw what happened when the Russians left. Whenever the international community leaves us, women's rights, the freedom of the media, and human rights are endangered."
Why are we still having this conversation in 2014? At the rate we're going, we won't be seeing equal work be compensated with equal pay until 2058.
Imagine if Kendall Jenner, who was part of TIME Magazine's Most Influential Teens in 2013, was cast in a role as a computer programmer. How many young girls would want to learn to code? Scoff if you will, but it's true.
One of my questions for Madame Lagarde was to ask her to define what it means to be a woman. "It means lots of things," Madame Lagarde responded. "It means being happy with yourself, being satisfied that you are helping other people and are giving love to other people."
Everyone seems to think that for change to occur, it has to be something outside of us that needs to happen. That only someone greater than yourself can really make a huge difference in the world.
It's great that Maryland is tied for having the lowest wage gap between our working men and women of any state in the nation, but there's more work to do to eliminate that gap entirely.
Picture yourself in an office. The person next to you started the same day you did. You have the same job. You are equally qualified. You work just as hard. Your output is equal. Yet, you earn 23 percent less than he does. Welcome to life as the "average woman" in America.
Confession: I grew up believing that women had mostly achieved equality in the workplace and the world. But when my first child was born, I quickly learned that I was mistaken. For too many, motherhood is a barrier to equality, to pay, and to economic security.
You're a manager.The last thing you would ever do is consciously compensate your team members unfairly based on their gender, sexual orientation or color of their skin. But are you implicitly perpetrating the wage gap on your own team?
Billions of the poorest people throughout the developing world know in a terrible and personal way the same truth the Rwanda genocide taught me: Violence has the power to destroy everything -- and is unstopped by our other responses to poverty.
It's not that those of us who value our cultural and charitable institutions aren't grateful for the good work of the men interviewed. But it's appalling and unfair that even in non-profits where women are outstanding leaders, men still get the spotlight!