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Good Advice for Twenty-Somethings: Life Is Happening Now

Karin Agness | Posted 07.31.2013 | Women
Karin Agness

We need to act now to take steps toward becoming the adults we want to be. Not when we reach 30, 40 or some other supposedly magic age when everything will just work out.

She's Too Tired to Push -- That's Why We Must

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

I know our agenda is demand-driven. More than 200 million women in the developing world want access to contraception that they cannot get.

What the World Needs Now Is Girl-Centered Advocacy

Denise Dunning | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Denise Dunning

Following a gradual evolution of development priorities, the global community now recognizes that investing in girls is one of the most successful strategies to alleviate poverty, reduce infant and maternal mortality, and improve health and educational outcomes.

Women Deliver. How About Men?

Robert Walker | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Robert Walker

Gender equality is a moral imperative, but it is also an economic and social imperative. No country, no society, however industrious or blessed with resources it may be, will ever reach its full potential so long as women are denied theirs.

Time to Bridge the Gap for Women's Health

Serra Sippel | Posted 07.23.2013 | Impact
Serra Sippel

With the post-2015 development goals due to the UN Secretary-General at the end of the month, Women Deliver 2013 will be a rallying call to ensure that women and girls -- and their rights and health -- are central to the future of global development.

Are You Certain That Your Divorce Is All Your Spouse's Fault?

Mark Baer | Posted 07.22.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

If you can think of even one positive thing that ever occurred from blaming others, please continue doing so. We can't change others, but we can change the way in which we act and react. Maybe people would benefit from accepting responsibility, instead of blaming others.

Help Save a Life: Support Family Planning

WINGS | Posted 07.22.2013 | Impact
WINGS

Access to family planning methods can be a powerful force for change in the lives of many families in Guatemala and other developing countries. More than 200 million women in developing countries have an unmet need for contraception.

Family Planning Helps People Thrive in a Changing World

John Seager | Posted 07.23.2013 | World
John Seager

Those likely to face the most devastating effects of climate change are people -- especially women -- in the poorest parts of the world. People already eking out a living will face serious new challenges to their ability to provide for their families. So how can we best help them?

Building a Family: Is Going Into Debt for In Vitro or Adoption Worth It?

Carrie Smith | Posted 07.20.2013 | Parents
Carrie Smith

In the end, it's a personal decision to take on debt to create the family you desire. Beyond the emotional aspects, there are quite a few financial decisions that need to be thought about and carefully planned out.

Women & Sustainability: Why They Need Each Other in a Post-MDG World

Carmen Barroso | Posted 07.20.2013 | Impact
Carmen Barroso

Next week, women and policymakers from around the world will gather in Malaysia to foment a revolution. Their call? Investment of a different kind, investment in girls and women for the sake not only of people, but also for the planet.

Why Delegates at the World Health Assembly Should Double Down on 13

Nicole Schiegg | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Nicole Schiegg

The number 13 has long been linked to a belief of bad luck and misfortune. Well, today that superstition has changed. More importantly, if we do right by the number 13, we have the potential to save six million women and children over the next five years. How is that possible?

Let Them Eat... Insects?

Robert Walker | Posted 07.16.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

I must confess that I was little troubled by a UN report this week that suggested that eating more insects may be just what we need to feed the more than 9 billion people that are projected to inhabit the planet by mid-century.

Prenatal Testing: It's Just Information, Not Answers -- or a Guarantee

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

The pace of genetic research is stunning and exciting. But there is more to life and health than genetics.

Making Mother's Day Special for All Expecting Mothers

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 07.11.2013 | Parents
Dr. Gail Christopher

For most mothers, many of the determining health factors are in play long before the pregnancy. Diet throughout life and the stress level throughout life have a strong bearing on whether the mother has a healthy pregnancy. This is why it's so critical that we have healthy communities.

Jeremy Grantham Has Bad News and Good News

Robert Walker | Posted 07.07.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

Grantham's greatest concern, though far from his only one, is that the world's farmers may not be able to produce enough food at affordable prices to feed the 9 billion or so people that are projected to inhabit the planet by mid-century or sooner.

The Key to Sustainable Development in 2015 and Beyond

Kim Lovell | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Kim Lovell

We've halved the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day, increased school enrollment and increased access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment worldwide. Yet the goal of achieving universal access to reproductive health (MDG 5a) has seen the smallest amount of progress.

120 Million New Family Planning Users: Are We Setting Ourselves Up for Disappointment?

Christopher Purdy | Posted 06.30.2013 | Impact
Christopher Purdy

An analysis of available data on a country-by-country basis suggests that a majority of the women with unmet need for family planning are in the world's middle income countries.

Egypt: Too Big, Too Late to Save?

Robert Walker | Posted 06.29.2013 | World
Robert Walker

With the world's attention riveted on war-torn Syria, far too little attention has been focused on Egypt's economic woes and their long-term implications for the region.

Did I Ruin My Life By Having/Adopting These Kids?

Carrie Goldman | Posted 06.28.2013 | Parents
Carrie Goldman

There is a little-told secret among those of us who adopt or have trouble building a family -- we feel as if we should be grateful for every minute every second of every hour for our children, as if we never have the right to feel overwhelmed by the tasks of parenting.

Holy Holocene, It's the Anthropocene

Robert Walker | Posted 06.24.2013 | Green
Robert Walker

The ongoing debate over the "Age of Man" is a healthy one, but I am more concerned about what we are actually doing to mitigate and cope with the Anthropocene. And, here again, I come back to the importance of empowering women.

Geographic Technology Helps Put Ethiopia on Map of Global Health Success

David J. Olson | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
David J. Olson

In just six years, DKT Ethiopia has transformed its system for tracking contraceptive sales from pins and pencils to computers and satellites and, in the process, helped create a family planning and HIV prevention success story in the Horn of Africa.

Women: At the Center of a Sustainable World

Beka Olson | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Beka Olson

My daughter will grow up lucky, healthy, empowered. But the world she'll live in depends on the decisions we make now about how to empower the rest of the world's women.

Celebrate Earth Day: Invest in Women

John Seager | Posted 06.21.2013 | Green
John Seager

Slowing down population growth won't single-handedly solve the problems of hunger, water scarcity and biodiversity loss -- but it would help reduce the pressures on natural resources.

A Third Child

Lindsey Mead | Posted 06.10.2013 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

I want to feel again that gasping, outrageous miracle of small feet pushing up into my ribs, to sense something somersaulting inside my body, to surrender once more to the incandescent pain of birthing a baby. But all of that is because I don't want this to be over.

A Letter to College Women: On (Not) Finding Your Husband

Cristina Lara | Posted 06.08.2013 | Women
Cristina Lara

Where are the op-eds encouraging men to find their wives in college? Or the op-eds advising men to "be nicer," because the last thing they want is to graduate at 22 sans girlfriend? Those articles, my female friends, don't exist. The very idea of those articles sounds laughable.