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

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
This is a great example of tone being very important. A lot of times, I read essays that have ...more

Is Going Niqab Just as Extreme as Going Topless?

Every issue we come across or have to face today is at an extreme. There is no longer such a thing as being balanced, just a lot of bickering about who is right. And one of the most visible examples of this is when it comes to how we choose to dress — or not — such as in the case of Zunera Ishaq, a Pakistani immigrant who is appealing the ban on wearing a niqab to her Canadian citizenship ceremony. ...more

The Simple List of 229 Things Women Should NEVER Wear

It has recently come to my atten...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
This is a great example of tone being very important. A lot of times, I read essays that have ...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

Jumping From an Empty Career to a Full Life

         Pictured Center: Sangita Kumar, Founder of Be The Change Consulting ...more

Is Going Niqab Just as Extreme as Going Topless?

Every issue we come across or have to face today is at an extreme. There is no longer such a thing as being balanced, just a lot of bickering about who is right. And one of the most visible examples of this is when it comes to how we choose to dress — or not — such as in the case of Zunera Ishaq, a Pakistani immigrant who is appealing the ban on wearing a niqab to her Canadian citizenship ceremony. ...more

Women and Aging: An Age Old Problem

Growing up, being an “older” woman was not a pretty picture - literally....more