Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...
"A major problem is the conservative interpretation of women's status in religion, which views women as a second, inferior sex. Women's presence in society is another challenge. The prevailing norms still see women's employment outside of the home as a shameful thing. On this view, women's work indicates a lack of honor for men."
Did you know that the United States, which was founded on the principle of religious freedom, has now become a bastion of religious persecution? It's true -- at least according to couple of cases the Supreme Court will address next week.
I was 27 years old. I had become enraged... as enraged as Gloria Steinem or Betty Friedan had been and it took me months to shake that part of it. Maybe that's why the young women are afraid of it. The rage is real.
No matter how many times and ways we look at it, we always end up comparing the self worth of a woman with our "traditional" understanding of what it means to be a woman. But what does it mean to be a woman?
"The underground mines that have been discovered in Afghanistan bring hope to all Afghans for a prosperous future. I hope that those mines will be operated effectively in accordance with international law in order to guarantee the economic future of the people of Afghanistan."
If half of the human species are endangered sexually and psychologically in our society, it is not the responsibility of them to stand up against this blight alone. They not only need our help, but deserve it. Not just for their sake, but for ours.
"Like most other Afghans, I am afraid of a return to the past, to that tension-fueled political, social and religious environment. For now, the positive cooperation between Afghanistan and the international community is keeping that at bay. But if this cooperation ends, we cannot rule out the possibility of returning to the dark days of the past."
Many women of my generation grew up learning to be quiet. We were told when we were young that children were meant to be seen, not heard. Then, with the start of the Vietnam War and the Women's Movement, we started to see the value of having a voice and having that voice heard.
Today -- and on any other day -- millions of women around the world fall short from realizing their full potential.
Women are regarded more favorably in the workplace if they defer to others, if they are collaborative and soft. Women who are direct and strong are not valued as much as humble and demure women. This is what Ban Bossy is all about.
We are fortified by evidence that equality for women is progress for all.
This Women's History Month, it's worth remembering that women have served in the United States military since its very inception -- and in nearly every conflict thereafter.
How could I sufficiently thank her for all she has given me -- particularly as a teenager growing up in the 1970s -- which included my very first glimpse of a future free from the conventional constraints of housewife and mother?
Perhaps it's no coincidence that the month of March, named after Mars, the Roman god of war, is widely recognized as Women's History Month. While women are rarely battle-hungry, the war between the sexes has continued to transcend time, technology and tastes for generations.
"The youth give me hope. They refuse to bow their heads and submit like the generations before them did."