We don't need firemen and firewomen -- they're all fire fighters. And all those writers we love? We don't need to call the writer-men and writer-women. We can call them writers. And we can call the novels they write, just that. Novels.
Danielle Paige's Dorothy Must Die is hands down one of my favorite young adult books that I've read this year. Imagine all the magic of Oz mixed with the kick-ass vibe of Kill Bill. It's cool, fun and wickedly entertaining.
Debate continues on the political implications of the so-called Arab Spring, including its impact on women. Less, however, has been said about the changing economic landscape from country to country, especially with regards to women's economic empowerment.
It started to dawn on me that what might have caused the problem was the self-contained world that the women inhabit; how the girls reference each other for an understanding of their bodies and their sexuality.
It was like when you turn on a TV set after spending a significant period of time streaming television online. Suddenly, you're covering your ears and asking why those Kia hamsters can't play a different song. You never used to notice the commercials, but now they're all you can hear.
Sure, ad revenue-generating cover stories often hit on the trifecta of fashion, beauty and lifestyle. But women's magazines are aptly proving that these topics and "serious" journalism can seamlessly co-exist.
As a mom myself, I often encounter other mothers who find themselves lost in the empty nest. Watching Nicole become an author showed me that nothing but time can be an opportunity to do something that will add joy to the world not unlike the way being a mother once had.
Any parent with a special needs child would tell you of the joys and challenges of raising that child. Imagine raising two children with special needs as well as two other children. Deborah French has captured that in her powerful memoir A Brief Moment in Time.
The first heckler I ever encountered yelled, "What's your day job?" I replied, "This is the first time I've ever been onstage, could you please come back and heckle me when I'm more experienced?" He shut up.
Most women fight wars on two fronts, one for whatever the putative topic is and one simply for the right to speak, to have ideas, to be acknowledged to be in possession of facts and truths, to have value, to be a human being.