If we all adopted Malala's attitudes, we'd be much closer to protecting and empowering women and girls around the globe. Yet, here's the great news: we don't have to endure personal tragedy in order to take a stand for equality. Even simple actions can create change.
I always take in a person's looks first; I suppose we all do. My own insecurities are numerous, and it is impossible for me not to focus on other women and to compare myself to them, at least a little.
Imagine how the world would change if we saw every mother as a sister. Christy Turlington Burns travels the world to bring us examples of brave and dynamic women who see strangers -- mothers everywhere -- as their sisters.
Without transport, women can't get to a healthcare facility unless they walk. For anybody who has been through labor, ask yourself this: Could you walk 5k, 10k, even up to 40k when you're nine months pregnant or in labor? Why should any mother have to?
Why are some people seemingly hard-wired for compassion, while others hardly notice suffering? Is generosity the by-product of a virtuous upbringing, a quality we learn primarily through early observation?
Often the biggest barrier to getting help to these women is lack of awareness and distance in terms of miles, which is why fifty runners, including Jennifer Carpenter, are running for Every Mother Counts in the 2012 ING New York City Marathon.
Buying art over the internet has never been so easy -- or so overwhelming. So the recent launch of crowd source-chosen art and photography prints on Minted.com came with some winnowing by well-known tastemakers.
Every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from a pregnancy-related complication. This isn't just a "third world" problem. The United States currently ranks 50th in the world for maternal health. It is safer to give birth in Bosnia or Kuwait than in California.
It's a day to think about the past and remember the incredible women who came before us -- our mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers. And it's a day to think about the future, and how we want the world to look for mothers and mothers-to-be all over the world.
The media seems to focus exclusively on celebrity mothers' post partum exercise routines or nursery décor! Personally, I am not so interested in how fast so-and-so got back into shape after baby -- but I am REALLY interested in hearing about other women's births.
For our final blog on Haiti we wanted to focus on the future of this beautiful country that is full of untapped natural and human resources. Many readers may ask, what is the silver lining to Haiti's story?