Now with this fresh, open wound in the "city that never sleeps" we have an opportunity to never fall asleep again and become conscious to our own source of power that gives us life to speak and act in truth that sets every person free.
As we approach the 20-year anniversary of Beijing, discrimination and violence against women, and the stereotypes that confine them into narrowly fixed roles must end. Women have the right to make their own decisions about their lives and their bodies.
A radiant light escaped earth when a woman named Efua Dorkenoo, fighting cancer, took her last breath in her husband's arms on October 18, 2014.
After nearly a month of forensic analysis, the 2014 midterm elections are shedding more clues than a late-night CSI marathon. While the initial diagnosis spelled disaster for Democrats, a more nuanced examination reveals encouraging data for progressive candidates running in 2016.
I've been working on this piece for over a year and it's gone through many incarnations. Throughout the process, I've learned that silence doesn't make things better, but knowing that silence isn't the answer wasn't enough to get me to speak out. Rather, it was you.
Sixty percent of the world's hungry are women. Local organizations are caring for women by providing resources and a means to make a living. These organizations are stopping the cycle of poverty by teaching women how to work their way out of poverty.
The need to humanize teen parents -- both globally and domestically -- is urgent. The discourse surrounding teen pregnancy and parenting is too often shortsighted, lacking the broader context of the lived realities that are essential to helping young people reach their goals.
It took 72 years for women to get the right to vote in this country. Will it take that long to build a museum on the National Mall exploring and celebrating the contributions of American women?
Radical self-care is a practice, meaning it needs to be done over and over again until it becomes part of your lifestyle. But here is the most important step to living a life of self-care and self-love, self-forgiveness. Please, be kind to yourself. Be patient.
When women stand up and defend themselves, it works. Remember -- in 1975, 98% of women were mutilated just like I was. Today, it is 27%. That's 27% too many, but it's also the sign of a revolution. It wasn't handed down on high.
Most SAHM's have lives very different from those of the women depicted on The Real Housewives. The majority of SAHM's do not enjoy daily wine fueled lunch dates with friends or are SAHM's who indulge in weekly shopping sprees and spa treatments.
Somehow, I had the impression that an elective mastectomy was different, less invasive than one performed when cancer is present. I convinced myself that the surgery would be more like the cosmetic breast reduction I had four years ago.
Then I stepped out of my comfort zone and did it! I laughed out loud as my left eye twitched uncontrollably. I smiled big and crooked, and had a blast disconnecting from the worry about whether my face was in compliance or not.
I don't know exactly when I decided to ditch my husband, but my plan was to be free of him as soon as our youngest child graduated from high school. Now, a few years later, we're thriving together.
The Women's Forum created The Education Fund in 1987 to provide annual awards to encourage mature women in need to fulfill their potential through the pursuit of an undergraduate college education.
I travel all over the world meeting women and girls, and no country is immune to gender-based violence. An estimated one in three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime.