The joy I feel in being a regular person in my full-time job and not a trophy employee for some disgustingly inappropriate male boss, shouldn't be uncommon -- it should be the standard. But being a "body" instead of a worker has been a common instance for me in my employed life.
In a world of difficult choices, access to sexual and reproductive health is the one bet we can count on for the dignity and improvement of women's lives and for our collective future.
I'll light a candle, turn down the lights and put my wiggly, jiggly, fabulous body parts into whatever makes me feel sexy.
"Women's issues can wait--there are more pressing issues at hand." That's the mentality I sometimes come across in my work as Ambassador for Global Women's Issues--and it could not be more wrong.
How you treat your aging mother is an example to your own children on how to treat you as you enter you final lap, a passage that can be physically painful and lonely. Be consistently grumpy around your old mom and your kids may do the same when you are their old mom- and stick you in a nursing home far away from your grandchildren.
My mother had a fierce drive, a value in accuracy, a keen ability to listen and a unique gift of being able to create effective solutions to challenging problems
Today I encourage you to look in the mirror and tell yourself "I am pretty, I am worthy, and I love Me!" and then go tell someone else, and even more I ask that the next time you encounter a transgender individual offer them a kind word about their appearance.
I never talk at things like this, but I have to tell you something. When I told my daughter about this event, she responded, 'Well that should be easy to plan, just ask the host for a table for 5.' And just look at us now!" A fellow woman in roofing shouted from the crowd: "Table for 74!"
It astounds me that in a parallel life I could have been a mother to an 18-year-old. I am thankful that I was not forced to be her mother. These days, I am learning compassion, for the naïve young girl I was, for the baby girl who was never born and perhaps even for that tortured man.
The U.S. stands alone with Papua New Guinea in having no paid leave program for new mothers. By comparison, all of the countries we trade with and a total of 178 nations across the globe have a form of paid family leave, usually for women after childbirth but in many countries, for men as well.
Advocates for women have pointed out the error of the first NHAS in not addressing the urgency of the HIV epidemic for Black women, among whom HIV rates are far higher than any other group of women.
Pubic hair runs deep in my family... and probably long. Our history is bushy with secrets and revelations. In the 50s, my mother didn't hide her pubic...
Women and children in Afghanistan suffer every day from abuse, poverty, lack of health care and other horrors. But their plight is only heard when the situation is gruesome enough to merit media coverage.
When it comes to athletic achievement, the Seven Summits Women Team from Nepal is second to none. This elite group of female mountain climbers have scaled the highest peaks in the world, including Everest.
A number of research studies prove that male sponsors are key to women advancing into positions of leadership. I've been fortunate to have a sponsor for the last couple decades of my career. And I am not the only one.
Achieving gender equality requires determined action at all levels. It is important to focus not only on ensuring that women can participate in the decisions which affect their lives, but also on eliminating discriminatory institutions, attitudes and practices.