INTERVIEW: Aisha Saeed's Debut Novel 'Written in the Stars' Tackles Forced Marriage

BlogHer Publishing Network member Aisha Saeed has had a busy year: in addition to being one of the main team members of the We Need Diverse Books campaign for more inclusivity in children's and Young Adult literature, Aisha has just published her first novel, Written in the Stars....more
Great interview, Grace. Thanks for introducing Aisha. I've heard of the diverse books movement ...more

Beyond Ellen Pao: How the Male-Dominated Silicon Valley Culture Hurts Us All

While a San Francisco jury sided with venture capital giant Kleiner Perkins in Ellen Pao's gender discrimination lawsuit, the four-week trial has given us a peek into exactly what kind of obstacles women face at big Silicon Valley venture capital firms and the broader startup world....more
Thank you so much for sharing your story. I've been a startup founder and co-founder several ...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?   Image Credit: Bob Shepard via Flickr ...more
As executive director, how much power/influence do you have over things like this in practice?more

Yes, There Are Woman Atheists! 15 Famous Female Atheists

We hear a lot about how “white men are the face of atheism” and “why women don’t subscribe to atheism” and shit. Truth is, there are plenty of women who are atheists, even ones in the spotlight....more
Thank you for this list.  Many of the woman you featured feel the same way I do.  I don't need ...more

SpeakYourStory

We passionately believe in a future where all women, from all walks of life, are empowered to say, “I exist and my stories matter.” Our story sharing platform is designed to be inclusive, compassionate and safe. We don’t edit your stories and we publish everything that we receive. We honor every woman’s unique voice and encourage all forms of self-expression. Your story may be a song, poem, audio recording, video, painting, written words, photographs, sculpture – literally anything that speaks to your true self has a home at speakyourstory.org....more

INTERVIEW: Aisha Saeed's Debut Novel 'Written in the Stars' Tackles Forced Marriage

BlogHer Publishing Network member Aisha Saeed has had a busy year: in addition to being one of the main team members of the We Need Diverse Books campaign for more inclusivity in children's and Young Adult literature, Aisha has just published her first novel, Written in the Stars....more
Great interview, Grace. Thanks for introducing Aisha. I've heard of the diverse books movement ...more

Amazing Women: Cathy Chester

You may, or may not, know of Cathy Chester, the esteemed author of the blog, An Empowered Spirit.  Cathy writes about health, midlife, and living a vibrant, enriching life. At the core of the blog, however, is Cathy’s ongoing struggle with MS (multiple sclerosis). Cathy was named one of the “Top 10 Social HealthMakers in Multiple Sclerosis” by Dr....more

Maybe I Really Am Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed Like the Authors in this New Anthology...and That's Okay

There's an overlooked back alley of the "Mommy Wars" that doesn't involve mommies, but is directly impacted by the embattled culture. Though women are no longer raising broods of children in heels and pearls, societal expectations exist to the point that couples who choose to forgo parenthood are barraged with questions and expected to explain their decision. ...more

Beyond Ellen Pao: How the Male-Dominated Silicon Valley Culture Hurts Us All

While a San Francisco jury sided with venture capital giant Kleiner Perkins in Ellen Pao's gender discrimination lawsuit, the four-week trial has given us a peek into exactly what kind of obstacles women face at big Silicon Valley venture capital firms and the broader startup world....more
Thank you so much for sharing your story. I've been a startup founder and co-founder several ...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?   Image Credit: Bob Shepard via Flickr ...more
As executive director, how much power/influence do you have over things like this in practice?more

Why Isn't There A Federal Holiday Named After A Woman?

Carol Olmertcolmert.wordpress.com...more

#changethedialogue

I recently wrote an article about something that happened to me 16 years ago.  I was raped.  Sexually assaulted.  Molested.  There are so many words to describe what happened to me that night.  I had been drinking, and drunkenly went to the hotel room of an NHL referee, where he prevented me from leaving and forced himself on me, ignoring my attempts to stop him.  It has been republished on Huffington Post and in Australia on Mamamia....more