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What We Talk About When We Talk About Gender

Joselyn DiPetta | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Joselyn DiPetta

Often when we talk about gender equality what we really mean is women's rights, empowerment and opportunities. What we don't talk about is the role that men can play in enabling greater equality and the benefits that accrue to men as a result.

An Open Letter to Penn's Phi Delta Theta Fraternity for Their 'Beyonce' Blow-Up Doll Holiday Card

Ernest Owens | Posted 12.17.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Sorry doesn't excuse ignorance. Sorry doesn't change rape culture, racist imagery, and misogyny on a campus that represents otherwise.

To End Poverty, We Need to Know What We Don't Know About Women and Girls

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

It is not just data. Sometimes our definitions fall short. Take, for example, the way we view income and labor. It simply doesn't cover enough of the work that women, and in particular poor women, are doing -- especially in their own households and the vast "informal" economy in which most of the world's poorest people work.

A Mother's Perspective on Improving Health Care in Nepal

Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D. | Posted 12.14.2014 | Impact
Elizabeth Enslin, Ph.D.

When I began living in the plains of Nepal in 1987, villagers visited almost daily to ask for advice on health problems. I was studying to be a doctor but not in medicine. I was working toward my PhD in cultural anthropology at Stanford University.

Asking to Be Seen: An Actor Takes on the Role of Eric Harris in the World Premier Play, The Erlkings

Em Grosland | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Em Grosland

I was there in my best teenage boy attire: Baggy jeans, chest binder, crew neck T-shirt, chucks, and no makeup. I knew that I still didn't pass completely from across an audition room, but I walked up to the table, and flashed my equity card.

Why Gender-Neutral Advice Isn't Always Useful

Samantha Rodman PhD | Posted 12.11.2014 | Women
Samantha Rodman PhD

Refusing to acknowledge the impact of biology and innate gender differences on behavior within relationships seems to me to be unnecessarily shooting couples in the foot; why not discuss something that would likely resonate with them and would help them understand the evolutionary and biological explanations for each partner's behavior?

Statement on the Suicide of 12-Year-Old Ronin Shimizu

Lillian Rivera | Posted 12.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Lillian Rivera

Children deserve a world where they can just be; where gender "diversion" or gender "non-conformity" is encouraged in order to move toward a more authentic expression of oneself. Youth should be liberated from the constraints of gender in order to define who they are for themselves.

Feminism Is About Equality, Not a Particular Gender: An Interview With Inga Schowengerdt

George Elerick | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
George Elerick

1. Can you tell us a bit about who you are? I am a social and developmental psychologist passionate about advancing gender equality through research,...

On Gender Day, Peru Steps Forward as the First South American Country to Develop a Climate Change Gender Action Plan

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 12.09.2014 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

A total score of 26/73 places Peru in the Moderate Performers Group, however these findings demonstrate an important opportunity to strengthen and substantiate progress on gender-responsive environment and climate policy and implementation.

When Did the Lines Between Good and Bad Guys Become Blurred?

Tamar Abrams | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Tamar Abrams

We must let go of the labels that artificially divide us if we are to move out from under the cloud of suspicion and fear that hovers over us all these days.

PEPFAR, Nike Foundation and Gates Foundation Partnership Restores Hope for an AIDS-free Future for Girls

Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D. | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D.

No girl anywhere dreams of living with HIV. It's time we come together to prevent HIV and accelerate our efforts to achieve an AIDS-free generation -- and enable girls everywhere to live their dreams.

Needed: A True Diversity Map for America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Sometimes childhood experiences motivate a lifetime of extraordinary work. That is certainly true for Georgetown University Law School professor and bioethicist Patricia King, a brilliant scholar and one of the most effective leaders you may not know.

Peter Pan: My First Lesbian Role Model

Dana Rudolph | Posted 12.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Dana Rudolph

I know J. M. Barrie never intended Peter to be a girl, much less a lesbian. It was hardly a perfect fit then, but my childhood encounter with it remains a bright spot in my memory. Playing Peter was in many ways the beginning of my coming out process

Sex-Segregation in Schools Is Bad Policy

Lucas Waldron | Posted 12.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

Sex-segregation in public schools is not only an archaic policy, it also threatens the safety of trans students and institutionalizes patriarchal definitions of gender that harm our entire society.

Breastfeeding At The Bar Exam?

Alecia Wartowski | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Alecia Wartowski

The Board of Admissions initially decided that Ms. Pagano could leave the room every two to three hours and then return to testing, but that an adjusted time would not be allowed. Why do women, and mothers, need to put their identities to the side in order to be successful?

Why Women in The Executive Suite Are Good, And Where It's Happening

Julie Fox Gorte | Posted 12.02.2014 | Women
Julie Fox Gorte

It is difficult to imagine -- impossible, actually -- that just 12% of the world's management talent is female when the evidence shows that companies with more female managers actually perform better.

The Gender Employment Gap Is Alive and Well, Thank You

Amanda Glassman | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Amanda Glassman

Watching my mother, who had grown up fatherless and put herself through law school, work her way up to a highly-respected leader of a small town, is an ascent which has left a mark on me.

The Time Is Now To Incorporate Gender Considerations Into Environmental Policy

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

Instead of ignoring the differences between how men and women utilize natural resources, women should be viewed as equals and agents of change.

Why I'm Boycotting Movies About Men

Lori Day | Posted 11.30.2014 | Entertainment
Lori Day

I've spent half a century watching films that are by, for, and about men. I've paid too much of my hard-earned money supporting a fantasy world where half the human population has gone missing.

What Is The Dating World Like For The Transgender Community?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.28.2014 | Gay Voices

What is it like to navigate the dating world after coming out as transgender? In this eighth episode of AOL's docuseries "True Trans," Against Me!'...

Mexico as a Shining Example of Gender and Forest Policy

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

Environmental challenges are too huge for just part of the population to participate -- these challenges need to be tackled by both men and women so that the whole community has the tools and knowledge to protect and develop their forests.

Celebrities, Being a Feminist Isn't Just About Sex And Beauty

Ernest Owens | Posted 11.25.2014 | Media
Ernest Owens

op culture has reduced feminism to a fight for body politics and sexual liberation only. It makes us forget about equal employment opportunities, equal access to medical health protection and benefits, sharing parenting responsibilities, and sexual assault and abuse prevention.

African Youth Launch New Alliance Against Gender Violence

Randal Mason | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Randal Mason

There were eight of them from Botswana, the DRC, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Uganda. Changu had worked in a women's shelter. Brian used sports to teach alternatives to violence.

People in High Profile Careers and Unfulfilling Relationships: Why It's Your Fault for Marrying a "Jerk"

Thuy Sindell | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business
Thuy Sindell

Any woman or man who complains about their partner not stepping up to support them has no one to blame but themselves. If you never communicated what you wanted or needed from the start of the relationship, you have trained them that you will take on more than your share.

Choosing Authenticity

Stephanie Mott | Posted 11.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

It is not a choice about being male or female. It is a choice about being true to myself or not. It is a choice between living in the sunlight or dying in the shadows. It is mine and mine alone. It is the absolute, uninhibited truth. I choose authenticity.