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Equality

Has the Arab Spring Been a Disaster for Women?

Monique Villa | Posted 01.12.2013 | World
Monique Villa

Hopes were high that the Arab Spring would bring not just political change, but greater gender equality, too. But despite the major role they played in the uprisings, many activists worry that women are being left out of the political process.

Why Women Should Demand Payback for Helping President Obama

Barbara Hannah Grufferman | Posted 01.07.2013 | Women
Barbara Hannah Grufferman

I don't mean to sound ungrateful. President Obama has shown a great deal of support for women on many levels, starting with the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. However, it's time for the President to go beyond that.

Do Women Care About More Than Children, Lovelife and Fashion?

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Dr Layla McCay

As a woman who very much believes that men and women are equal in most respects and ought to be treated as such, I feel sorry to call foul on actress Maria Bello, recently named goodwill ambassador for women by Haiti's president, for her advocacy work with women since the Haiti earthquake in 2012.

'We Have Decided to Turn the Pain Into Power'

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.26.2012 | Crime
Marian Wright Edelman

The goal of equal rights, equal justice, and equal opportunity for every child in America may not have been realized yet, but it's still the goal we have to meet in order for America to finally live up to its promise. Let's all make sure that happens in Trayvon's case.

A Greek Movement for a Better World

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 12.26.2012 | World
Evaggelos Vallianatos

The Greeks invented epic and tragic poetry, history, philosophy, science, political theory and democracy, the civilian control of the military, secula...

Stuck in the Middle

Warren Adler | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Warren Adler

Call me dumb and dumber but I intend to stay right here in the middle. Believe me, it's the hardest spot to be in, especially during a presidential election. Worse, there is no candidate to vote for in the middle.

Are Women Less Entrepreneurial?

Steven Bartlett | Posted 12.17.2012 | Small Business
Steven Bartlett

The fact remains that there are far less female entrepreneurs than male. I believe the reasons for this are largely socially constructed; women's lack of confidence in their abilities, their fear of failure, and their cautiousness are all relics of many hundreds of years of patriarchy.

The End Of Sexism

Maria Rodale | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

"For thousands of years, males have seen women not as women could be, but only as males want them to be." Marvin Harris, Anthropologist Lately, I'v...

'Gaycism' and The New Normal: The 'Hot' Trend on TV Is Bigotry

Nico Lang | Posted 12.01.2012 | Chicago
Nico Lang

As gay parenting is the central subject of the show, The New Normal is (whether I like it or not) a landmark show, and how Murphy defines "the new normal" will matter to same-gender parents everywhere.

Is Casting Aside Caste Possible? Can One Reclassify Class?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 11.28.2012 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

Self-proclaimed Hindus ought to have a position on the centrality of class and caste. While Hinduism is known for its tremendous diversity, for "Hindu" to be useful category, there has to be some religious claims and teachings that are agreed upon by all who proclaim to be Hindus.

Can Primates Teach Us How to Do Politics Right?

Kelpie Wilson | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics
Kelpie Wilson

As crazy as politics seems to us these days, politics actually has its evolutionary roots in the primate use of "tactical deception," which is just as it sounds: the use of deception to manipulate your fellows into giving you what you want.

How Equality Impacts Your Search For Love

BuzzFeed SHIFT | Posted 09.07.2012 | Women

Evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanozawa has written that "men in every single culture prefer to mate with younger women, and women prefer to mate w...

Gay Rights, Racial Prejudice, and True Equality

Eric Segall | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Eric Segall

As the Republicans met last week in Tampa and nominated two men to lead their ticket who are opposed to same sex marriage, it is a good time to recognize that this kind of overt discrimination against gays should be no more tolerable than discrimination based on race, religion or gender.

Two Nations, Divided, Under God

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The rhetoric in the 2012 election has been astonishingly divisive and loaded with innuendo, making this not a contest between two candidates or parties but between two "Americas."

Vote as If Your Very Life Depended on It: It Does

Lisa Solod | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Lisa Solod

Were rich men like Romney and Ryan reduced to the kind of life that the huge majority of Americans live, would they dance to a different tune? Would the realization of how fragile life is when one has very little money sink in? Or is even imagining that scenario unthinkable?

Sport: Bridging the Gender Gap

Richard Attias | Posted 10.28.2012 | Sports
Richard Attias

The achievements of women during London 2012 help to make the case for unleashing the potential of women and girls around the world -- a testament to the need for greater participation by females in all fields, from business to politics to health.

I've Been Where No Male Politician Has, and It Matters

Jane Devin | Posted 10.28.2012 | Politics
Jane Devin

I have a lot of stories -- too many stories -- about inequality, injustice, and irrationality, and they go way, way back.

Rape -- A World Issue

Rukhsana Hasib | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics
Rukhsana Hasib

The use of the term "legitimate rape" is utterly bizarre and morally reprehensible. It is a grave and injurious insult to mothers and daughters everywhere.

The Augusta Factor

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 10.24.2012 | Business
Trudy Bourgeois

So what's the take-away from this for us as a society -- including for corporate America? Do the right thing right away.

Assault on the Daughters of Swat Valley

Rukhsana Hasib | Posted 10.10.2012 | Impact
Rukhsana Hasib

The misery in the Swat Valley and the plight of thousands of women and children, who have lost husbands and fathers, gave birth to Swat Relief Initiative.

When a Lie Is No Longer a Lie, What Happens to America?

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

Through the years, we've become accustomed to a little political sidestep, where politicians don't answer the question asked and respond with a totally irrelevant answer. But lately this sidestep has morphed into outright lying.

Sikhism, Identity And Where I Stand In Light Of The Wisconsin Shooting

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 10.06.2012 | Religion
Sahaj Kohli

I am defensive and on edge. I want the world to know that I am a Sikh. I want to stand tall, not down. Not only on the behalf of the Sikh community but even more so for Americans who are subjected to religious persecution.

Packing the Invisible Knapsack

Ernestine Hayes | Posted 10.01.2012 | Home
Ernestine Hayes

People of color had been talking and writing about white privilege for years, but when the emperor himself realizes he's naked, everyone checks their pants.

The Boy Scouts' Futile Isolationism

Zinnia Jones | Posted 09.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Zinnia Jones

If the Boy Scouts don't want to talk about sexuality, they certainly don't have to, but removing so-called "known or avowed homosexuals" isn't going to make anyone forget that they exist.

Richard Noble, a Man You Should Know

David Duran | Posted 09.11.2012 | Gay Voices
David Duran

Richard Noble reflects on his journey of being the first "out" gay man to walk across the country, covering 10 states and more than 2,700 miles in 15 months.