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Women Empowerment

Is Creating Economic Opportunity for Women a Lie? Why This Egg Is Going Bad Fast!

Juliet Asante | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Juliet Asante

It is not rocket science to deduce that on a continent that has an abundance of natural resources, but highly challenged with human resources, the first focus of any development policy should be the economic empowerment of women! No, this is not a cliché. It is a life and death situation.

Radically Peaceful: Humanizing Oakland's Youth

Lila Igram | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Lila Igram

Young men and women all over the world should be in charge of telling their own stories.

Women Just Want More than F..un.. Gather at UN

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 03.17.2014 | Women
Nancy Cohen-koan

Without going into UN-speak and trilling off lots of initials for groups that I'm only just becoming familiar with, let me say that events at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women this week and next is a welcome energy in our all too male-centered consciousness.

Husband and Children: Is a Woman Just Meant for Handling Them?

Devanik Saha | Posted 03.06.2014 | Impact
Devanik Saha

Although many women choose to leave their careers only for a short time and want to return to work, when these professionals make a decision to comeback, they face huge opposition and a cold attitude from employers and therefore, opportunities for them are very limited.

Research: Online, the Message to Women Is Shut Up!

Caryl Rivers | Posted 02.27.2014 | Media
Caryl Rivers

While some dismiss this growing problem of online harassment as simply harmless male trolls spewing their venom, such abuse is driving women journalists off the web. Why the differential between threats to women and men? The answer lies in persistent stereotypes about women, power and speech.

Why the Feminist Conversation Needs to Stop Touting Absolutes

Caroline Van Dyke | Posted 02.19.2014 | College
Caroline Van Dyke

Let's stop bashing women for choosing to stay home or choosing to marry young, just like we stopped telling women they can't do what men can. Let's make full acceptance the only standard.

Don't Date a Girl Who Wants to Change the World, Join Her

Dina Khayal | Posted 04.05.2014 | College
Dina Khayal

Like everyone else, she has her flaws, but that doesn't matter because she defines her own definition of beauty -- you know, the real raw beauty that exists in all of us, that we sometimes often hide from others, in order to blend in with the norms.

Why Men Need to Start Making Waves Too

Hayley Miller | Posted 04.05.2014 | Media
Hayley Miller

Dylan has confided in us. And it's our duty to understand the gravity of her allegations; just as it should be our duty to show compassion to all sexual assault survivors by default.

Women Presidents Outperform Their Male Counterparts in Complex Economies

Nicholas A. Pearce, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Nicholas A. Pearce, Ph.D.

Despite their increasing presence on the global stage, the relative effectiveness of women national leaders in growing the world's toughest economies compared to their male counterparts was largely unknown -- until now.

No Shame: Being Female at USC

Francesca Bessey | Posted 03.30.2014 | College
Francesca Bessey

Since publishing an op-ed in which I discussed my rape by a fellow student at the University of Southern California, I have been asked by many a reporter how it feels to be a rape survivor on a college campus. They're asking the wrong question.

The Sexist '80s Commercial That Ruined Everything for Women Today

Emma Nicholson | Posted 03.26.2014 | Comedy
Emma Nicholson

My day started with the realization my computer was infected with a nasty virus just after I planted my foot down into a fresh pile of dog shit. It could only get better, right?

President Obama's Task Force on College Sexual Assault

Malika Saada Saar | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Malika Saada Saar

It is incomprehensible to me that college and university campuses remain unsafe places for young women. How is it that in 21st century America, when more and more women are entering institutions of higher learning, we are still so vulnerable to sexual violence?

In War on Poverty, Women Are Losing

Lynn Yeakel | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Lynn Yeakel

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the "War on Poverty" announced by President Lyndon B. Johnson in his State of the Union speech. Victory has not been declared.

Free Speech Elitism: Harassment Is Not the Price 'We' Pay for Free Speech

Mary Anne Franks | Posted 03.25.2014 | Women
Mary Anne Franks

In the midst of these exchanges about online and offline harassment, there have also been many solemn declarations that such abuse is the "price we pay" for free speech, or even more grandly, for a free society. There's much to be debated in this assertion.

Weaving Together Women on Two Continents

Erin Levin | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Erin Levin

Brittany Merrill Underwood had planned on spending the summer in Europe, but instead found herself in a rural Ugandan village with no running water or electricity. At a time in her life when she could only think about herself, Brittany was inspired by a woman who sacrificed the little she had to care for others.

Professional Events Can Be Personally Meaningful

Spark Camp | Posted 02.11.2014 | Women
Spark Camp

Our world views shrink as we see the same people talking about the same topics, again and again. We're both experiencing and seeing evidence of a growing event fatigue, with little on the horizon to replace the meaning and intellectual nourishment that a great gathering can provide. There are ways to buck this trend.

Why You Need to Support a Female Entrepreneur

Catherine Mandler | Posted 02.09.2014 | Small Business
Catherine Mandler

Half of small businesses fail within five years. Couple that with additional biases women face in obtaining critical capital to get them started, and it's astounding that women-owned businesses are outpacing the national average.

Putting Women in the Driver's Seat... Literally

Lynsi Freitag | Posted 10.24.2013 | World
Lynsi Freitag

When I think back at the child I was when I earned my own driver's license and the pride I felt of being able to drive to school, the store or just around the neighborhood, it makes the injustice of the adults, mothers, and professionals in Saudi Arabia who are refused a license all the more insufferable.

What Does It Mean to Be a 'Girly' Feminist? Can a Woman Be Macho and Feminine?

Juliet Asante | Posted 12.15.2013 | Celebrity
Juliet Asante

There are many things that are unique to women and remain the core of our strength. The female instinct can be very spot-on; the female way of doing business might bring more humanity and motivation into the work place.

You're Not a Nobody.

Miriam Khalladi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Miriam Khalladi

Why do we believe we can't do certain things? I guess it remains one of the mysteries of the human mind. Luckily I have found that the solution can be quite simple.

How to Overcome Procrastination

Tara Marino | Posted 10.06.2013 | Style
Tara Marino

Yesterday my parents left France after a visit and I woke up this morning feeling a little bit sad and more impacted than I thought I would. I was supposed to be in my office two hours ago working on a project, but I found myself dragging my feet this morning.

What Boys Hear

Adrienne Becker | Posted 09.14.2013 | Media
Adrienne Becker

What boys hear does make a difference, and those of us in the media have an obligation to remember this as we create films, television shows, web series and all formats of popular culture.

This Women's Ventures Fund Is Helping the Islamic Fashion Industry Grow

Romanna Bint-Abubaker | Posted 08.11.2013 | Small Business
Romanna Bint-Abubaker

The billion dollar Muslim fashion industry today may be one of the most talked about subjects but what commercial activity is really happening?

Entrepreneurship for Rural Women, Brought to You by Coca Cola

Kay Koplovitz | Posted 06.09.2013 | Impact
Kay Koplovitz

Women living in rural areas of Africa and India are getting a boost into entrepreneurship by Coca Cola's Mutar Kent teaming up with inventor Dean Kamen to distribute clean water distillers.

Lean In -- Is that the Magic? The Choices and Challenges in Attaining Happiness and Success

Marilyn Tam | Posted 06.01.2013 | Women
Marilyn Tam

Midway in my ascent to upper management, a male colleague called me "the lady without a life." It was supposed to be a compliment of sorts -- I was at work from 7:30 a.m. till close and brought work home on nights and weekends. It was an unconscious tradeoff -- until my husband died.