Angelina is Fighting Sexual Violence

By Paula Kweskin Armed conflict continues to fill the news, and with it, stories of a grim humanitarian crisis, both among refugees and local civilian populations. Though warfare affects everyone it touches, it has the potential to unleash particularly catastrophic effects on women.  Vulnerable to sexual aggression – whether from combatants or unsavory elements in an unstable society – women are at special risk....more

Buffer Zones and Birth Control

This post has been clawing at my brain. Have you ever delayed writing something because you know it’s going to make you feel all the feels and then you’ll need a stiff drink and to kick about 27 dogs? (I would never kick a dog. Well, I did once but it was loose and charging my baby in his stroller…that dog got it right in the ribs.) What I mean to say is I would like to kick several Supreme Court Justices. Right now. I would totally kick at least five in the ass....more

But what about the women who WANT to have babies?

With all the news lately about “women’s issues” and women’s rights, there is an important point that is severely lacking attention and leaving me feeling frustrate, saddened and even angry....more
TerriLynnMerritts Unfortunately your story is similar to many American women, except you had the ...more

Supreme Mistake by Court

The Supreme Court just made a supreme mistake:  They decided employers don't have to pay for birth control....more

Women are Humans Too

By Suna AkyuzThe problem perhaps with women’s rights issues is the use of the word women. It is a simple problem with detrimental effects to the cause. The word women is alienating to half the world population, and misleading to even its proponents, because the fact is, and let’s be clear, the issue of women’s rights is a human rights issue....more

The Battle Against Child Marriage: One Step Forward

Many little girls in the western world dream of the day when they will become brides, imagining themselves the most beautiful, special, and celebrated person in the world on that magical day.However, for many girls around the world, marriage is not far away – and with it, all the responsibilities and duties of a wife....more

Equal Pay Day Controversy

So, Tuesday was equal pay day. For those of you who somehow don't know about this, it represents the day women have to work up to before they've made as much as men made the previous year.At 77 cents to the dollar, we have to work an extra 98 days....more
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If Men could Menstruate

I have something to say to all the men out there:  I can be sexist too but I'm a work in progress.  Just be a work in progress you don't need to be perfect.  Like today, I was trying to post something on a website run by women for women and for the life of me it would not work, I thought to myself, well, no wonder women are doing the tech work for this.  ...more

Collecting herstories in Egypt

In the words of Maissan Hassan, a 29-year-old Egyptian woman who is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Cultural Heritage Studies. She is Programme Manager for the Women and Memory Forum (WMF), a grantee of UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality. ...more

So Much More Than the "Right Thing" To Do

My colleague and great friend Sarah Bibler wrote this week's post.  She's an expert in how gender issues fit into a nation's economic growth, and how US foreign policy can do both good and ill for women around the world.  She turns her focus towards the US in this piece, and explains how we could use our public policy to empower women and invigorate the economy at the same time.  Welcome, Sarah! ...more