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Men Must Play Their Part in the Battle for Arab Women's Rights

Ziad J. Asali, M.D. | Posted 04.18.2014 | World
Ziad J. Asali, M.D.

The culture that marginalizes women is largely the product of men. Therefore, the onus is on Middle Eastern men to be the first to demand and create changes in this unacceptable situation.

Why Being Called 'Woman' Isn't a Bad Thing

Ashley McDonald | Posted 04.17.2014 | College
Ashley McDonald

One time, I asked my mom if the fact that my dad called her "woman" bothered her. "No," she replied. "Why would it? I am a woman, after all."

The HIV Equal Campaign: We All Have a Place at the Table

Gary Nelson | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Gary Nelson

Scanning the site's collection of photos, you will see celebrities sharing the stage with just plain folk. The captions underneath the photos say "Modern," "Genuine," "Activist," "Lover," "Visionary." In other words, we are not defined by our HIV status. We are more than that, much more.

Dozing Through 'The Great Moving Right Show'

David Coates | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
David Coates

The greatest danger currently facing all of us in America, and particularly progressives, is one of drift. As an economy, the United States is drifting along a low-growth path that is acclimatizing all of us to levels of unemployment which only a decade ago would have been treated as an outrage. As a society, the United States is drifting towards levels of income and wealth inequality so large that, if left unchallenged, will soon become irreversible. And as a political system, the United States is drifting towards a Republican sweep of both the House and the Senate in November unless the democratic left acts now to reverse what is in truth a carefully orchestrated and heavily funded great moving right show. Those of us of a progressive predisposition are drifting towards a political defeat of historic proportions -- one underpinned by an economic and social settlement of a highly conservative kind -- and we are doing so with what would appear to be only the slightest sense of alarm.

New Survey Can Help Us Demand Change

Areva Martin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Education
Areva Martin

You, too, can use a personal situation to change an entire system.

A Year Later, I'm Still the Same Person. But With a Blender.

Levi A. Miles | Posted 04.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Levi A. Miles

Dear Grandma, Hey. It's your grandson Levi. You probably don't remember this like I do, but one year ago, I 'came out' as a gay man to the world in a story published on the Huffington Post.

A Time for Action

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

This week, all roads lead to National Action Network's 16th annual convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square hotel. We have undoubtedly progressed as a society, but until social justice and fairness are achieved across the board, we cannot rest. The time for action is now, and you're all invited.

Uniting Disability. Let's Create Change

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

We as humans have the technology, and the ability. Apparently not the desire. We could be transforming sick , injured, and disabled people into healthy, happy, accommodated, valuable, and contributing members of society.

A God Who Hates Bribes: A Religious Response to the McCutcheon Ruling

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 04.04.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

The impact of this phenomenon on politics and on our society is the same as bribery's. To argue otherwise reflects either a profound naïveté or the total divorcement of law from real life.

Building the New Populism

Bob Burnett | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Although Americans are concerned about lots of issues -- the minimum wage, decent jobs, healthcare, education, and protection of the environment, to name only a few -- what they crave is a reassertion of fundamental American values: fairness, justice, and equal opportunity for all.

Real Housewives: Stay the Course or Create a New One?

Desiree Michael | Posted 04.03.2014 | Women
Desiree Michael

HuffPost blogger Rachel M. Martin recently asked, "when did making fun of each other become OK?" Unfortunately, it seems that it became OK when Hollyw...

You Didn't Show Up for Your Stoning

Nathalie Vassallo | Posted 03.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathalie Vassallo

Leaders of various LGBT groups gave speeches, we all sang, we hugged, we held up a huge rainbow flag, we took photos and we proudly protested against hate.

Catch Up With Grammy Wedding Couple Yawar Charlie and Jason Miller -- SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 03.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

They were one of 33 couples -- including same-sex couples -- who said "I do" in a mass wedding at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

Ella Baker: My Civil Rights Generation's 'Fundi'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

During this last week of Women’s History Month, I wanted you to learn about Ella Baker, a transforming but too-little-known woman and overpowering justice warrior for my generation of civil rights activists.

Saying "I Do" To Equality

Abby Heugel | Posted 03.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Abby Heugel

There's an African-American president who raps on late night talk shows and an ATM that will dispense a cupcake. Yet in 2014, there are same-sex couples that can't legally bind their union because they're a same-sex couple. It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.

How Much Do You Value Your Freedom?

Jo Warwick | Posted 03.25.2014 | Women
Jo Warwick

With each surrender of your attention, energy and time accepting other people's expectations, regulations and perceptions without question or resistance, you're slowly building a prison for yourself.

Here's What An Equal, Mature Partnership Consists Of

Deborah Hecker, Ph.D. | Posted 03.19.2014 | Divorce
Deborah Hecker, Ph.D.

We are told that great relationships are based on realistic expectations, communication know-how, and gender-fluidity when it comes to who manages the household , and who earns the money. But... is there more to it?

Why Legal Equality Isn't Real Equality

Brian Stone | Posted 03.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

Despite all of the recent progress on gay marriage, we are still living in a country that is deeply, deeply ignorant. The fact we have to live in a system where our skill as parents is even a question should tell all of us how far we are from equality.

Accommodating People With Disabilities

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

After two years of deploying every considered option, I was on a road to nowhere, all because I needed to find a way to acquire a wheelchair accessible vehicle now that I am permanently wheelchair bound.

Six Reasons to Cheer for Unions This International Women's Day

Mary Kay Henry | Posted 03.08.2014 | Politics
Mary Kay Henry

In spite of these strides, millions of female workers are getting the squeeze in today's economy. Even as women break the glass ceiling in business and politics, they still earn on average, 77 cents to every dollar earned by men -- and unions are a big part of the solution.

International Women's Day: Sexual Violence and 'Honor Inequality' in India

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 03.07.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

March 8 is an important day in the calendar, but it is rendered meaningless by the grim reality that India is still a state where the rights of women remain vastly unequal; where institutions work to assist those who have money and influence, but remain utterly impervious to the misery of millions of women.

Using Technology to Close the Education Gap for Girls

Joel Lamstein | Posted 03.06.2014 | Impact
Joel Lamstein

In March 2011, to mark International Women's Day, I wrote a blog post asking, "Can Technology Close the Gap for Girls and Women?" The ConnectEd progra...

Women in Business: Q&A with Geri Thomas, Chief Diversity Officer and Georgia State President, Bank of America

Laura Dunn | Posted 03.06.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Geri Thomas is Chief Diversity Officer and Georgia State President for Bank of America. She serves as the chief strategist and leader for diversity an...

Booker T. Washington Inspires Barack

William H. Turner | Posted 03.04.2014 | Black Voices
William H. Turner

President Obama encouraged the likes of the young men of color staged behind him last week at the White House to turn adversity into advantage.

When Will the Oppression Stop?

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Communication is especially important in situations which are already traumatic, isolating and stressful. Times of personal crisis are not when we want to be advocating for our basic human rights.