Human Trafficking Hits Close to Home For One Blogger: 14-Year-Old Jewel Fitzgerald Missing

Human trafficking is something we often imagines happens in other countries, or at least far from where we live. But yesterday, the issue hit close to home for blogger (and former BlogHer Health Editor) Renee J. Ross, who reported that her teenage cousin had disappeared on her way to school on Wednesday morning. ...more

Sarah Jones's 'Women Can't Wait': One Woman, Many Voices

I would like to introduce you to Sarah Jones...and Lorraine and Nereida and Habiba and Anna and Praveen... and a dozen others.I want to introduce them all to you because they all deserve to be seen and heard, and they are—through Sarah Jones. Image Credit: United Nations via YouTube ...more

What Spanx Has to Do With Shaping Women's History

It’s Women’s History Month and I have a personal question: are you wearing Spanx? Me too. And yes, there is a connection.In the 1970s, feminist leader Betty Friedan urged women to throw away their girdles and we cheered. Today, Sarah Blakely has become one of the few female billionaires by getting us trussed up once again—in Spanx....more

Being Sexually Submissive Doesn't Make Me A Bad Feminist

I would passionately state that I am a feminist. From day one, my mother raised me and my three sisters to believe that women could not only do anything, but that we could do it better than boys. She was pro-choice and discussed abortion at the dinner table. She marched in protests for the union she worked for. She encouraged her closeted lesbian friend to “come out.” ...more

Human Trafficking Hits Close to Home For One Blogger: 14-Year-Old Jewel Fitzgerald Missing

Human trafficking is something we often imagines happens in other countries, or at least far from where we live. But yesterday, the issue hit close to home for blogger (and former BlogHer Health Editor) Renee J. Ross, who reported that her teenage cousin had disappeared on her way to school on Wednesday morning. ...more

Sarah Jones's 'Women Can't Wait': One Woman, Many Voices

I would like to introduce you to Sarah Jones...and Lorraine and Nereida and Habiba and Anna and Praveen... and a dozen others.I want to introduce them all to you because they all deserve to be seen and heard, and they are—through Sarah Jones. Image Credit: United Nations via YouTube ...more

The Single Story: The Eastern Woman through the Western Lens

“So that is how to create a single story, show a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over again and that is what they become.” Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieI was watching Ted talks on Netflix to see what all the hullaballoo was.  I listened to rich, successful people talk about what they thought is going to inspire the rest of us to miraculously achieve something similar and solve the world’s problems. I dozed into (an uninspired) sleep, but that is another discussion altogether....more

What Spanx Has to Do With Shaping Women's History

It’s Women’s History Month and I have a personal question: are you wearing Spanx? Me too. And yes, there is a connection.In the 1970s, feminist leader Betty Friedan urged women to throw away their girdles and we cheered. Today, Sarah Blakely has become one of the few female billionaires by getting us trussed up once again—in Spanx....more

Rape Culture at the Department of Veterans' Affairs

Survivors of rape should not have to hear rape jokes at medical facilities that treats rape survivors. But they do. What is the Department of Veterans’ Affairs doing to combat its rape culture?I like to think of myself as a strong, courageous and resilient woman. After a very brutal rape in 2006 while serving in the United States Coast Guard I founded the Military Rape Crisis Center and with my wonderful team we advocated and helped thousands of military rape survivors....more

Angelina Jolie's Moving Essay About Removing Ovaries and Fallopian Tubes

I didn't think I would cry reading Angelina Jolie's essay in the New York Times about the surgery she recently had to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. But the tears started coming mid-essay. ...more
I'm not a big movie watcher or a fan of her movies but you know what? Anything she does for ...more

Leave Eva Alone, They're Just Sweatpants

And it starts the rumblings of Angry sweatpants wearers everywhere. There might as well be a crowd of Angry SAHM’s holding pitchforks surrounding this woman, ready to burn her at the stake. She said what? Sweatpants are the leading cause of divorce. Gasp Whatever shall we do?...more