Developing a healthy sense of self takes quite some time, if not a lifetime to accomplish. Rather than waiting for it to strike, though, isn't it better to cultivate genuine self-regard and compassion toward oneself instead of waiting for it to materialize from the outer world?
I thought I had reached my limit when I saw (and ignored) ads in my Facebook feed promoting "sexy eyebrows." But then I read this: a headline for an article promising insight into what my belly button said about me. That may have actually pushed me to the edge.
"Girls are too much drama." "I'm not like most girls." These are seemingly silly, offhand comments that I never took much to heart until recently. Then, I sat and thought about what these women were actually saying.
Bold, brave, smart, sporty and she speaks out against injustice (including unfair bedtimes). That's my nine-year-old daughter. On International Day of the Girl Child, our hope is that all girls will have the freedom to speak out.
Sheryl Sandberg and Ann-Marie Slaughter are 100% half right. Talented women stalled in their career suffer not because they don't lean in enough. It's because leaning in is not enough. I also believe you can have it all; you just can't do it all.
We are living in times where women have more opportunities to bring about change and utilizing this knowledge can help create more peace for ourselves, our families and our communities. Now ladies, I must ask, are you feeling empowered yet?
What dreary lives are we leading where our mothers, daughters and sisters are being shot in the head? They point their guns and the target is shunned. What remains is the voice behind, but if we falter in raising that, we'll lose the battle completely.
Transforming the lives of the urban poor can only happen through women's empowerment -- not only because gender equality is a human right, but mainly because it is fundamental to bringing an entire community out of poverty.
When we wrote about a topic that is usually whispered about in the hallowed halls of the workplace, I fell prey to my own assumptions, believing I knew what the response would be. Thankfully, I was wrong.
I won't be dismissive and say that people like Tina Fey and Ellen Degeneres are not incredible role models, but celebrities provide a much different type of support than women in STEM or climbing the corporate ladder are able to otherwise provide.
There is one universal experience that each one of us on the planet shares -- each one of us was borne of a woman. While it's so obvious that it's almost not worth saying, after having my own son after 17 hours of labor, this fact came to my mind in a very profound light.
With a deliberate, rights-based approach however, sport can help give girls all over the world -- from New England to New Delhi -- a chance to run, jump, throw and swim their ways into safer and more empowered futures.
When women are successful it can be universally felt. No country or border changes the way a woman feels about caring for her children. When women band together under these objectives with the ability to earn a living, serious changes can take place.