Why is it that women and girls around the world so often lack the opportunity to be seen and heard? What is it about being born a girl that instantly places you in a category of second class citizenship? Who has the power to lift this unfair marginalization of women and girls?
Sex. One of the greatest motivational forces in life. Our sexual impulses control so much of what we do, how we act, and the choices we make. But if not properly harnessed, they can lead to great destruction.
Perhaps Peter Heck is not simply an ultraconservative rural voice, but an indication of the veiled, and even subconscious, distress of men who are encountering a growing number of financially independent women.
Thanks to technology, millions of voices that once could not be heard now have access to the global community. Never in the history of the world has the opportunity to accelerate the process for the empowerment of girls and women been greater.
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.
The causes for income inequality and the gender pay gap are many and varied, and the solutions should be the same. We, as a nation, cannot just pass one limited pay equality bill and sit on our hands, saying that we fixed the problem.
We, as a society, are moving in the right direction. We are seeing more women taking on leadership roles and paving the way for the next generation. We cannot let sexuality stand in the way of our progress.
Speaking out, taking risks and being willing to rock the boat is what distinguishes campus leadership. In an information economy, a woman's skills will not be enough; her inner resume -- the personal authority and confidence to advocate for herself -- are essential.