What Being a Survivor Taught Me About Love

There is a richness that comes with survival, an appreciation of life that marks time. A before and after. ...more
Thank you, calmabrave. It is my deepest honor to work with Dr. Mukwege, and be a part of this ...more

Abortion Law Death Sentence In Ireland

This post isn't about abortion. It's about choices. It's about choosing one life over another, and who makes that choice....more

Why do Americans Fight More about Abortion than the Rest of the World?

When I hear or read people proclaiming their pro-life views on behalf of American unborn fetuses, my response is a bone-deep weariness. Cut to the recent comment trail in response to Erica Holloway's "Liberals Don't Own Women's Rights" Election 2012 post, which has spawned some discussion about reproductive rights and what they mean. ...more
 @the.me.i.be Thanks for this example.more

What I Want You to Know: The Fistula Epidemic

This post is written in response to some that I’ve read at my new favorite blog, Rage Against the Minivan.The idea here is that when we share our personal stories, we bring greater compassion and awareness to the unique issues that we individually face. Reading these posts made me think long and hard about my story. What one thing would I want to tell other women? What is it in my life that needs to be told?I want you to know about an epidemic called fistula. Not because it’s something that I am facing myself; I only became aware of it this year. But once you know, if you are like me, you will carry this story of heart break and tell it with passion....more

A Month of Awesome Women: Yvette Mulongo

Don't let Yvette Mulongo's big brown eyes or soft-spoken voice fool you. She is one awesome woman, determined to change one of the most dangerous places to be a woman -- one girl at a time. Mulongo is a healthcare advocate from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a country known as the "ground zero of rape." Maternal death, lack of access to basic education and contraception, and a destructive disease called fistula are also commonplace in Mulongo's home country. ...more

Thank you, Grace, for sharing Ms. Mulongo's story with us. As awful as it is for me to say this, ...more

How Will the World Change for Women in the Next Decade?

At the end of 2009, I breathed a sigh of relief. I was too young in the 1980s to experience the wrath of the backlash against feminist achievements, but the revival (and worse, implementation) of Reagan-era policies and ideas in the first decade of the 21st century shattered my faith in humanity. I know that the arrival of a new decade and political cycle doesn't mean that progress is back in terms of feminism and gender (history is a pretty good indication that another anti-woman, anti-gender equality shit storm will hit again), but at least the attack on women's rights and gender issues is not relentless right now. ...more

That line jumped out at me from a talk given by Kathy Schaaf describing her "Gather the ...more

Finally, Global Women's Issues Get Some Attention

Lilly Ledbetter. Coverage of pregnant women under SCHIP. And now, the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women's Issues. ...more

Thanks so much for writing this up on BlogHer, Joanne. Maybe it's just that I'm wonky or ...more