The nation has gone too long without a real commitment to the health and welfare of children and youth. Too many children live in poverty or suffer from lack of access to regular health care, dental care or mental health services.
I've wanted to lose weight since my son was born in 1992 -- and before that, too. I haven't had much success, probably because I haven't worked that hard at it. Weight loss takes a lot of attention and dedication, and I've never been able to commit to it that way.
Malala is an icon for the struggle which seems so foreign to girls like me, comfortable in our "normal" while girls our age must fight and sacrifice and face seemingly insurmountable odds to change theirs.
What is it about politics in our country that makes it so easy for our leaders to decide which issues they will decide for us and which they should leave alone?
It seems unbelievable that 40 years after Roe v. Wade, we're still fighting for a woman's right to choose.
To paraphrase actor-activist Alec Baldwin, you know your country is in trouble when people ask, 'Did the rape guy win?' and you have to respond, 'Which one?' The candidates' offensive and absurd comments should not be laughed off as an aberration.
When I read and see how the millennials conduct themselves, how they date, socialize and lead their lives, I have nothing in my own history to compare it to. That piece on "The End of Courtship" made me feel from another era.
Today, 75 percent of HIV infections among 15- to 24-year-olds in Sub-Saharan Africa alone are young women, and up to one-half of girls in developing countries become mothers before the age of 18. The network of young leaders in the World Economic Forum can be instrumental in changing that.
At the center of our global health partnerships are strategies and innovations to prevent the needless deaths of women and families, whether from childbirth, HIV/AIDS, malaria, infection or cervical cancer.
The more I sit and consider what the Roe v. Wade decision means at 40 years, the more I am sure that it actually means the same thing now as it did then. The question isn't what does Roe mean at 40. The question is who is the new Roe?
Every year, Congress uses the annual budget process to deny women access to a critical reproductive health service -- abortion. We must allow medical standards of care -- and not politics -- to dictate coverage once again.
Over the past few years, more and more Americans have felt less comfortable having their personal beliefs about abortion be put into a box. What does "pro-choice" or "pro-life" even mean? And why can't I be both?
Roe v. Wade has had a huge impact on the health and safety of women. In 1965, illegal abortions contributed to nearly one-fifth of all pregnancy- and childbirth-related deaths. Today, less than 0.3 percent of women who end a pregnancy sustain a serious complication.
Women didn't ask our politicians to make the personal political. But we must continue to fight back by making the political personal. This is about choice and it's about justice -- for every woman, no matter her story.
Forty years after Roe v. Wade, pro-choice Democratic women have had unprecedented electoral success, and have been given a mandate to continue fighting for equal pay, education, and access to affordable healthcare that benefit women and families.
This year, when the president submits his budget proposal to Congress, he can omit the restrictions on coverage of abortion. This small but bold act would send a strong signal to Congress and to women and families around the country.