"The search for a better world is one of the oldest and most important of all instincts." For Birgitta Ohlsson, Sweden's Minister for European Union Affairs, this quote defines the daily drive she feels in her professional and personal life.
Today, I am proud to have been part of 105 very courageous women, many noncitizens, who put a human face on the fight for just and humane immigration reform that keeps families together and creates a road to citizenship for millions of aspiring Americans.
In order to change corporate America -- for the good of not just corporations, but for the good of society -- women of course must take charge of their own destiny.
It was a classic case with an atypical witness -- a young man, that rare witness to a rape, who exposed to us all the elements of what was so deeply broken in our criminal justice system when it comes to women and sexual violence. He was indeed the hero amongst us all.
As a long-time writer, but a much more recent radio talk show host, I have found that there are simply some things that are spontaneously said aloud that, if given more time, would not only never have been said, but certainly never written down.
Pondering this question about Molly Ivins several times a day has become a new hobby of mine since the spectacular Senator from Fort Worth, Wendy Davis, stood up for 13 hours and basically destroyed the Republican Party in Texas.
For centuries, women have been looked down upon in almost all cultures, societies and countries. We forget, or ignore, that women are children of the same God as men.
The subjects that Girl Be Heard have explored are wide-ranging. Race, sexual orientation, body image, drugs and alcohol, suicide, trafficking, child marriage and physical abuse are all themes on the agenda.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai should take urgent action to fight child marriage and domestic violence or risk further harm to development and public health in Afghanistan.
We just passed an historic marker on the path to equality. Care to guess what it was? Given the worthy attention, it's not surprising if you guessed the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. But there is another anniversary that just passed too.
Imagine the unimaginable. Think for a moment of a world without pictures. Assume that cameras were no more, that humanity had lost the power to document reality with images.
As we celebrate Labor Day today, we should reflect on how far we've come as a nation since 1882. And yet how far we need to go to keep improving the lives of vulnerable American workers. That's particularly true of our growing labor force of unmarried mothers, who are just barely managing to get by.
Women must commit to negotiating for higher pay and advocating for themselves. Organizational leaders must commit to hiring, giving raises to and promoting women at the same pay levels as men.
Of the different terms used in the West, at least "female circumcision" should be abandoned. At best, it is inaccurate. At worst, it inches the practice into the realm of the medicalized or sanitary, obscuring aspects that still undermine girls' and women's human rights.
Can nothing be done? Are women being sent home disfigured unnecessarily? Are we as women and physicians uninformed of available procedures? Do the majority of plastic surgeons choose not to make breast reconstruction a part of their practice?
On this Women's Equality Day - the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote - I'm struck by all the ways in which women have ...