Western readers need to understand the context of violence against women in Pakistan, and to realize that violence is not limited to Pakistan. It is a global issue.
"Rather than trying to establish security, the men restrict women. The insecurity they feel might not even be real, but it creates some kind of psychological insecurity in women nonetheless."
"My greatest fear is that the international community may leave us. We saw what happened when the Russians left. Whenever the international community leaves us, women's rights, the freedom of the media, and human rights are endangered."
One of my questions for Madame Lagarde was to ask her to define what it means to be a woman. "It means lots of things," Madame Lagarde responded. "It means being happy with yourself, being satisfied that you are helping other people and are giving love to other people."
Everyone seems to think that for change to occur, it has to be something outside of us that needs to happen. That only someone greater than yourself can really make a huge difference in the world.
Picture yourself in an office. The person next to you started the same day you did. You have the same job. You are equally qualified. You work just as hard. Your output is equal. Yet, you earn 23 percent less than he does. Welcome to life as the "average woman" in America.
Confession: I grew up believing that women had mostly achieved equality in the workplace and the world. But when my first child was born, I quickly learned that I was mistaken. For too many, motherhood is a barrier to equality, to pay, and to economic security.
You're a manager.The last thing you would ever do is consciously compensate your team members unfairly based on their gender, sexual orientation or color of their skin. But are you implicitly perpetrating the wage gap on your own team?
Billions of the poorest people throughout the developing world know in a terrible and personal way the same truth the Rwanda genocide taught me: Violence has the power to destroy everything -- and is unstopped by our other responses to poverty.
"There is a pervasive societal ethic, culture, and attitude that rejects the presence of women who work and are active in civil society."
Last summer, one song in particular began enraging and re-traumatizing rape survivors, but that didn't stop it from going all the way to the Grammys.
When women do well, our families, communities and local businesses do well. These steps by the president are important to ensure that women and families have the money needed to make ends meet and contribute to the economy.
There is no question that women and minorities are not at salary parity with white males in our business culture. But the prevailing myth that this is an evil plot to oppress us doesn't fly with me, because things get much more complex.
"The women's movement needs to evolve beyond its current membership of elite women. It must extend to all pockets of society; we need to establish some kind of unity among women."
In this day and age, it is unfair, unacceptable and astounding that there is still such a disparity between women and men. Although women have made steady progress in education and in the workplace, the pay gap hasn't budged in a decade.
Last week saw two media flare-ups related to how we think and talk about rape. The first erupted over a statement made by Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) to the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault.