All the years of my misconceptions about what other people thought of my naked body disappeared. All my scars and stretch marks that told my life story took on a badge of honor, instead of the shame game I had been playing with myself all those years.
Well-intentioned efforts to "cheer me up," reminders to be strong, and curiosity-fueled questions were all unhelpful at that time. What, then, are some helpful responses for someone suffering as a result of trauma, sexual abuse, assault, or other forms of violence?
I love being a woman in business, and accepting my ability to utilize the gifts that God has blessed me with, has been one of the most exciting parts of this journey. But I can honestly say that the best part of my journey has been creating, invaluable connections with some amazing women.
To help lessen the economic barrier that so many domestic violence victims face, YWCA USA is working to pass the Healthy Families Act. While the bill's core component ensures the accrual of seven paid sick days for all workers, it also provides for "paid safe days" so that victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking can seek out safety and assistance without the threat of lost wages
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, which will swiftly be followed by the 50th anniversaries of Medicare and Medicaid, and the 80th anniversary of Social Security. Yesterday, I was honored to join hundreds at the White House Conference on Aging to celebrate these key programs and look ahead to the next decade of issues impacting older Americans.
The lack of acceptance that far too many woman have for her own vagina and the lack of knowledge about the incredible potential of embodying the creative life force energy these spaces hold, continues to disturb me as I encounter this all over the world.
There's a reason that the majority of diets fail: They focus on the wrong thing. If you struggle with food, focusing more on the food isn't the so...
Born in Russia and raised in Chicago, Dr. Geynisman founded the Survivor Clinic in July 2013 to serve women who have survived or are surviving gender violence, including sexual violence and female genital mutilation.
It's that feeling that the world is vicious. Like in a scary movie, trees and cityscapes come to life with grimaces and cackling laughter. Life sudden...
Mariemae Stationary and Mariemae Business School founder Jillian Ryan partnered with No. 41, a Rwanda-based social enterprise, to offer business training to the organization. No. 41 employs 21 women from the Noel Orphanage and the surrounding area in the small village of Gisenyi.
Understanding the science of the brain just might help conservatives and liberals get along with each other a little bit better.
Too often the initial choice to punish and incarcerate an abused girl sets in motion a vicious cycle of abuse and imprisonment that continues throughout her life. In fact, a girl with a history of sexual abuse is five times more likely to be re-arrested once released.
If we are unable to say No from a position of health, then we will also be unable to say Yes from a position of health. There is a relativity of health within this balance. We need both. When we are able to embrace this dynamic fully, we can begin to navigate our lives from a position of deep internal knowing and deep internal truth.
Challenges like #DontJudgeChallenge have become another form of pressuring young adults, especially females, to strive for an imperfect standard of "perfection." Let's break the cycle and end this madness by practicing confidence and self-love.
Love never really held much meaning for me. I wished and yearned for freedom instead. And maybe I just was more bereft of one than the other, but growing up in a big house in India with first and second cousins, taking the toys no one else wanted and the blames no else would, I had embodied love only as freedom.
What is there in common between an Egyptian Pharaoh, a Swedish zoologist, a Bolivian lawyer, a Chilean war hero, a Nigerian bank manager, a tenth century Korean king and Mahatma Gandhi? The image of all of them is on a banknote. Oh, yes, and of course they all are (dead) men.