At this key time, when so many are embracing women's empowerment, others are afraid to be associated with feminism. When did we get so afraid to call ourselves feminists?
As our nation's first popularly elected African American Senator, Senator Brooke claimed his seat at the table of government and paved the way for the election of African Americans across the country, including President Barack Obama and me.
Yesterday in Silicon Valley, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stood before an audience of 5000 women in the tech industry, eager to hear her perspective on advancing women's leadership, advocating for themselves and other women in the workplace.
This catastrophic event indicated to us once more that enacting rules or making reforms cannot by themselves help to empower women and prevent violence. The government of Turkey should focus much more on internalization of the reforms (like those it pioneered once upon a time) to prevent them from being merely cosmetic.
Last Wednesday, Mississippi petitioned the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision that is keeping the state's only remaining abortion clinic open--for now. The clinic is under threat of closure, thanks to a 2012 state law that requires abortion clinic doctors to gain admitting privileges at local hospitals.
Social media is abuzz with the story of the well-respected scholar at the Islamic institute in Elgin, Illinois, who is accused of abusing his female students. When I read the story, I got flashbacks to that painful moment in my childhood when one of my religious teachers tried to violate his boundaries with me.
Identifying as a feminist doesn't mean we need to cancel our waxing appointments and trade in our stilettos for sensible shoes; nor does it mean we need to bash men and question gender differences.
Beginning on 7 February and continuing throughout the year, activists are RISING to end violence against women and girls, and calling for a radical shift in consciousness to end the global epidemic of abuse that one in three women face worldwide.
The fact is, Susan B. Anthony was a remarkable woman, and as February 15th was her birthday, it seems a good time to honor her lifetime of advocating for women's rights by sharing a bit about her in this week's post.
The public space between social activism, advocacy and art can be profound. In their own ways, art and social justice are universal languages. The idea that all people should be treated fairly and respectfully transcends backgrounds and cultures.
As an organization with a 50-year history of ensuring that the gender and economic security lenses are included in policy and budget discussions, Wider Opportunities for Women, had one question in reviewing the President's proposed budget, "Are there opportunities for women?"
New bills introduced in state legislatures in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri would outlaw the safest method of second-trimester abortion in America. Known as dilation and evacuation (D&E), this procedure is also the most commonly used.
This legislation not only attacks women's rights, but it discriminates against people with low income and impedes other healthcare services as well.
The 20-year-old psychology student at Çağ University allegedly resisted a rape attempt only to be stabbed, hit with an iron pipe and have her fingers cut off before being burned and having her body discarded. Three men are in the custody of Turkish police in connection with this brutal killing.
Selma is rightfully centered on Dr. King, and has been rightfully criticized for the way it portrays LBJ. But there's another slight that also distorts history, and that's the role King's wife Coretta played in the civil rights movement.
Self-confidence is a matter of perception, and the good news is that if one does not have it naturally, it can be developed.