On International Women's Day I will be celebrating the many women I have met in Nepal who are challenging inequality by fighting for their rights. I am volunteering with international development charity VSO to help women from poor and isolated communities own the land they work on.
Bringing about change is a long-term task, in which girls' education, economic opportunities and women's representation and rights are all key. This is why the UK's programmes and the benefits they bring to Afghan women and girls will continue long after British troops come home in 2014.
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Every day, lesbians and bisexual women become victims of forced marriage, forced impregnation, honour killings and other violent attempts to either change their sexual orientation or punish them for it. Many feel unable to seek justice, fearing that in doing so they may disclose their sexual orientation, putting themselves at risk of reprisals or even prosecution.
I am not treated differently to anyone else on the team and I was given an opportunity to take on a role that would be tough whether you are male or female. I am very lucky to work in such a technical field that is truly challenging and I hope that what both Teena and I do can open up the world of engineering and high performance to a wider audience.
Friday is International Women's Day. And it is an opportunity for us to celebrate women in all walks of life. It is a chance to look at where we are now, how far we have come, and what needs still to be done. It is also a time to reflect on the work which is improving the lives of women across the world. It is also an opportunity for us to reflect on the vital role women are playing in our own society, be it in business, education, entertainment, public service or in the home.
Australia’s Convict Women,
Elizabeth Gurney Fry,
International Women’s Day 2013,
Van Diemen’s Land,
The Angel Of The Prisons,
Violence Against Women,
“One Woman: A Song For UN Women”,
Elizabeth Fry challenged her nation's moral compass. Understanding that poverty is neither a choice nor a crime, she tirelessly worked to educate women in low-paid jobs, in workhouses, in halfway houses and in prisons.
The progress that those who have gone before us have made. The progress that seemed impossible, but was fought for and obtained. The progress I've personally witnessed, just in my lifetime. But there is much progress needed -- much still ahead of us.
Signs Of An Abusive Relationship,
Signs Of Emotional Abuse,
I stayed because I thought that if you love someone, you should take the good with the bad. I stayed because at those times when the rest of the world didn't understand him, he said he needed me. I stayed because the prospect of being alone was scary. It felt too hard to climb out.
Health And Human Services,
University Of Notre Dame,
Birth Control Mandate,
Federal Contraception Coverage Rule,
Gender And Religion,
In its legal complaint, the University claims that it is "unapologetically committed to the moral principles and ethics of the Catholic Church," but the truth is that it has chosen to live out its Catholic mission selectively, and in a way that exacerbates existing equity issues on campus.
Gender And Religion,
New Delhi Gang Rape,
For too many centuries, sometimes under the guise of culture and tradition, sometimes with the excuse of blaming foreign cultures, we have allowed the essence of the Vedas and the essence of womanhood to be muddied by society's bullies. How long will we tolerate it?
"Hello." Have you ever thought about how you say that all-important word that starts every single chat?
Celebration Of Life,
The Last of the Mohicans was made in 1992, just after my mother (the next to the last of my Mohicans) succumbed to cancer. Very much in Chingachgook's moccasins, I am the last, now, of the Boleman-Herrings.
...Is it just me, or does it look like Cinderella's been making pies outta that pumpkin carriage?
...More like "Beauty and the BEEF," know what I'm saying???
Just as Hannah herself resists typical far-fetched sitcom stereotypes -- she's not model thin, she struggles with her finances and her career choices-- her OCD symptoms are presented in a way that resists the low-hanging fruit of a kooky character most of us never encounter in our day-to-day routine.
My husband and I are constantly struggling to get our children to realize how lucky they are to be living in the U.S. Prior to moving here, we spent five years living in China and traveling Asia, where we saw extreme poverty and witnessed many of the issues that children in developing countries face.
Work At Home,
Working From Home,
Everyone is pissed off about Yahoo's new ban on working from home. Or at least, that's what the media coverage seems to suggest. But none of these news articles have asked a basic question: What does the research show?
Melissa King shot her porn scene -- which, despite being all smiles for, she admits on-cam was done mostly for the money -- then probably figured she'd just get on with her life.
Kate Hudson Topless,
Kate Hudson Glamour,
Kate Hudson Lauren Conrad,
Lauren Conrad Glamour,
Lauren Conrad Topless,
Lena Dunham Naked,
Lena Dunham Topless,
Topless Cover Models,
Women In Media,
I'm not sure that Glamour's topless cover shots are appealing to women because the cover models' breasts are "average."
American Jewish Archives,
The Feminine Mystique,
Women's Rabbinic Network,
Gender And Religion,
In reflecting on the 50th anniversary of "The Feminine Mystique," Stephanie Coontz wrote that "readers who return to this feminist classic today are often puzzled by the absence of concrete political proposals to change the status of women. But The Feminine Mystique has the impact it did because it focused on transforming women's personal consciousness."
Sheryl Sandberg Lean In,
Women And Work,
Women In Journalism,
We noticed it only superficially, at first. We'd spot a story we'd suggested under the byline of a more respected male colleague. Other times, one of us would be asked to rewrite somebody else's sloppy draft -- only to notice how he rose above us on the masthead.
My 5-year-old daughter's birthday assembly at school would be taking place at exactly the same time that our CEO would be addressing us. I remembered a piece of great advice and asked myself, "In 10 years, who will remember where you were on this particular morning?"
According to every single woman's magazine on newsstands today, it's spring cleaning time. With that wardrobe change comes the inevitable metaphor of tidying up the wintry wreckage of worn-out mating habits. Here are seven essential tips for spring cleaning.
Marissa Mayer Yahoo,
Women And Technology,
Work At Home,
Do you remember when female leaders at the top of Silicon Valley companies were hard to find? Well, they still are. But at least now, there are a few more than there were. Only 14 years ago Carly Fiorina was the first.
Equal Rights Amendment,
MAKERS: Women Who Make America,
Roe v. Wade,
Stop The ERA,
The New York Times,
Women's Liberation Movement,
Women's History Month,
That social disconnect between the rhetoric of the woman's liberation movement and the realities of suburban life led me to wonder about women across the country who were also beginning to change traditional roles. As a journalist I I had to find out.
Bringing Your Work Home,
Career Advice For Women,
Leaving the profession of medicine and "leaning back" would mean I would tell my girls, "I was a different person because of you." Now I will tell them, "I was made to be a doctor, and I am a much better one because of you."
My specific anxiety revolves around spaces I can't get out of, but the tendrils are far-reaching. There was a point in my life where a low-level terror had an effect on everything I did, and I was too ashamed to talk about it -- even with people who were close to me.
The Top 10 guys of "American Idol" gave it their all and it was ... alright. While a few performances brought the house down, most fell flat and left me (and the judges) wanting a bit more.
Brazil's success in reducing poverty and income inequality has been widely reported in recent years. What is less known is that there has also been progress in lessening gender inequality in the past two decades.
Some lesbian women, in particular, often feel compelled to conform to gender stereotypes by wearing attire that is considered "sexy" and "feminine." Some women have "sham" relationships with men, just to avoid these social sanctions.
Sheryl Sandberg Lean In,
Doing It All,
Having It All,
On The Brink,
The Shriver Report,
Women And Politics,
I hope that as we continue this conversation, we do so with the understanding that no one woman's experience is the same, that we all have different choices to make, and that we all have something vitally important to bring to the table.
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Genderless clothing is a serious need. One morning we complained about it over brunch, but we realized that A) we aren't the only ones with this need, and B) if you want something badly enough, you just have to do it yourself. Thus veer nyc was born.
In 2005 my life was very different than it is now. A job in advertising afforded me a very indulgent lifestyle and I spent every cent on purses, high heels, and enjoying myself. Having a child was the last thing on my radar. Life never goes the way we plan it. Today, I have a 10 month old, a husband and a house in Toronto.
My friend Tammy had troubles, but it took me awhile to figure it out. She was a redhead who smoked menthols, loved music, dancing and beer. Her father was a judge, a real one, but she herself was totally non-judgmental.
My first instinct was to tell her that she's too young. That they're moving too fast. I wanted to tell her to slow down.