Doing my best: Bloghers Act

I have tried so hard to do my best by Graham It hasn’t always been easy. Especially when he was an infant, the realization that almost every aspect of his day-to-day health and well-being was under my control was overwhelming. But with love in my heart and a terrifying sense of responsibility on my shoulders, I dug in and vowed to consistently do the right thing for him. ...more

Please Share Your Story on October 24th

Mothers who place their children for adoption are often overlooked in many areas. However, one area I think that we need to be paying special attention to is how post-partum depression is effecting the lives of these new birth mothers. Often times the emotional ups and downs are written off as a normal part of the grieving process that follows the relinquishment of a child. While this may be true in some case, it's not the case for some women. ...more

When Is Sad Too Sad?

I’ve written a lot before about my bouts with depression and eating disorders . I have spent a lot of my adult life trying to understand the depression and anxiety of my childhood and learning how to stave it off when it knocks at the door now. ...more

Thank you, Rita for writing this and linking to others' words about depression. I think the ...more

SCHIP: We're All One Horrendous Medical Bill Away from Needing Government Aid

The other day I opened my e-mail to see this note from MomsRising. ...more

BlogHers Act is taking on healthcare this year, and our administration needs to hear more of our ...more

Change Status: Facebooking and Twittering for a better world

Alexandra Samuel of Social Signal has an excellent post about of how to use your Twitter and Facebook status messages to change the world, one tweet at a time.   In the nonprofit sector, many people work long, hard hours on behalf of larger movement.   Alexandra asks, "What can we do in between those milestones to track our progress, boost our morale, build community, and celebrate our successes?"   ...more

Day after tomorrow we are sending out emails to thousands of people to start promoting JUST ...more

Sexual Assault Survivors: SPEAK OUT! Together We are Strong!

It amazes me that even in the year 2007, we, as a society, are still "not speaking" about Rape/Sexual Assault/Child Abuse as if it remains a taboo topic! We women as a whole have fallen into the unstated mentality that if we don't speak of it, or if we pretend it doesn't exist, it will never affect us or a beloved family or friend. Not true! According to RAINN, the nation's largest Anti-Sexual Assault association: *Every 2 minutes, in America, someone is sexually assaulted. *1 in 6 American women are victims of sexual assault, and 1 in 33 men! ...more

I was abducted, beaten and raped by a stranger. It wasn’t a neighbor, a coach, a relative, a ...more

The Clinton Global Initiative - Maternal Health and A Final Round-Up

At the Clinton Global Initiative, I got into a conversation with a reporter (from a big U.S. media outlet) about the statistics on maternal health, a recurring topic of the three day event – that more than 500,000 women die from pregnancy or childbirth complications every year -- and he said, "Isn't that a form of population control that the world needs?" ...more

I think that comment absolutely highlights the cultural misogyny that persists despite feminism. ...more

Live-blogging the Clinton Global Initiative with Former President Clinton, Angelina and Brad

Here's some of what's happening today at the Clinton Global Initiative ... 10:03 - They've just announced the names of all the heads of state who are here today (52 of them), representing 72 countries. Former President Clinton just came on stage. "More than 600 commitments have been made. 20 mllion tons of greenhouse gases avoided, 3 million more micor-entrepreneurs have accessed capital." ...more

A couple of other points. I LOVE -- it's AMAZING, and everyone should go ...more

BlogHers Act: Important Facts on Maternal Health

BlogHers Act has some great things in the works for our year-long campaign to make a difference in maternal health around the globe. We will have an announcement on our first actions very soon. In the meantime, following are some of the key statistics on the issue. As you can see, this is just the tip of the iceberg with lots of potential to help, and many other project areas we can and will take on. Because the BlogHers are on board, you know it will be a big, effective, action-oriented, productive, inspiring year! ...more

I just wanted to direct your attention to this week's Newsweek (Oct. 1) - the cover ...more

BlogHers Act Canada September Challenge: Back to School/Work/Daycare With Less Packaging

The AWESOME bloggers of BlogHers Act Canada have kicked off their 12-month initiative to make a difference on their chosen issue - the environment. This month their theme is "less packaging." From the site: ...more

Thanks C&E. I've seen some great posts inspired by their first challenge. I think if you go to ...more