All the women in my life are smarter and more hardworking than men. They take on more responsibility and claim no credit for all their work. They are caring, compassionate and willing to sacrifice their needs for others. Aren't these qualities that we would look for in a President?
For most of my adult life, I have been aware that Republicans have sought to regulate my body through criminal punishment. But until Tuesday, I did not realize that they had it mind to criminally regulate my gaze as well.
Unlike the 2012 presidential campaign, in which much of the "war on women" rhetoric employed by Democrats hinged on reproductive health politics and the birth control mandate, next year's presidential race will address a broader array of economic concerns for women, at least if Hillary Clinton has a say.
More than 15,000 women and girls have been helped through the organization's efforts, and more importantly, they have become a voice for women who otherwise have been silenced or marginalized due to pressure from or stigmas within their own community.
Nope, Hillary wasn't the first. Before her there was Victoria C. Woodhull. I hear you asking, "Victoria who?" Most people haven't ever heard of this 19th century female suffrage icon, but she was a revolutionary woman before her time. Here are seven things she can teach us about being strong, modern women.
Abortion transgresses three "feminine" ideals: That female sexuality should only be for the purposes of procreation; the inevitability of motherhood; and that women are inherently and instinctively nurturing.
A woman president will only make a difference if that woman, while in office, stands for the rights and equal representation of women and girls, without apology, without dilution, and without her actions contradicting her words.
There have been long strides made in the past decade in the aforementioned areas, and there are more strides to be made by policymakers and the youth alike. However, Washington can no longer overshadow the youth voice with its constant bickering and gridlock partisanship.
The women and children of South Sudan, are amongst the most vulnerable. The protracted emergencies and complete absence of social services is destroying the human capital base and potential of the youngest country in the world.
New York-based writer/performer Aizzah Fatima produced a one-woman comedy show called "Dirty Paki Lingerie" as a result of her growing frustration with the limited perception other have of her as a refugee or a victim.
We think we need to move the debate even further so we can try to tackle these challenges and at this moment, we have a golden opportunity to do that.
While we focus on the present and the future of equal rights, we must acknowledge that we aren't the first people to demand equality and many of our freedoms were provided by strong women of the past who deserve to be remembered in these kinds of celebrations.
The past two decades have shown that it pays to invest in girls and women, and we have seen tremendous improvements in some areas. However, challenges remain, and progress has been uneven across regions and within countries.
The inspirational workers that I met there provided me with an even sharper reminder of how far we still have to go to protect women and girls (and boys) from violence and to help empower them to live a life without discrimination.
My recent semi-memoir "The Burden of My Red Lips in Tehran" is an eye-opener to what life really entails for female teens in the most heated years of Iran's modern history and it also serves as a weapon and shield to help teenagers move through the limitations and roadblocks.