Four years ago, Michelle Obama kicked off the Let's Move! Initiative with intent to help roll back the childhood obesity epidemic in our country. Today I joined a conference call with Sam Kass, Executive Director of Let’s Move!, to talk about how things are going. Just yesterday a study published in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical association, stated that obesity in children ages 2-5 has dropped a whopping 43% from 2003 to 2012. That's dramatic and incredible news for everyone around the country -- especially our youngest kids.
I shaved under my arms last Saturday.
That’s not a happening that generally merits a tweet, or for that matter an Instagram post. For me, though, it’s a pretty big deal. Because years ago, in my impressionable and dogmatic twenties, I resolved that I would never again shave where the sun don’t shine.
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The South Dakota House has passed an anti-abortion bill that's supposed to protect against sex-selective abortions, but based on racial stereotypes about Asian women. Republican supporters of the bill cited the state's growing Asian population (up to a whopping 1.1%, as of the 2012 Census) and their observations while serving overseas in the military as reasons the law is needed.
Was 2013 a good year for female writers? Well, it depends. If you're looking at the big literary magazines -- The Atlantic, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic -- it was terrible. So says VIDA, a group that painstakingly tallies the gender disparity in major literary publications and book reviews.
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We’re poised at a sweet spot between the release of The Shriver Report in January, and the arrival of March as Women’s History Month. Momentum is growing for paid leave and paid sick days, candidates for the 2014 mid-term elections are shaping their campaigns, and think tanks in DC are churning out data on women at a furious pace.
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It’s hard to imagine a comic book could provoke a firestorm of controversy and world-wide media attention, but in November 2013 when Marvel announced the new Ms. Marvel would be Kamala Khan, a sixteen-year-old Pakistani American teenager from Jersey, this is exactly what happened. As a Pakistani American myself, I was both intrigued and concerned by the news. It’s not every day people that look like me are featured in the media in a positive light....more
Less than a year ago, it looked like 2013 might have been the year for a broad overhaul of U.S. immigration law. After a bipartisan bill easily passed the Senate last June, the end of the year came and went before a bill could be introduced in the Republican dominated House.
tippity tap tap tap *pause* tippity tap tap tapSo went the sounds of me Facebooking, hunched over the laptop while awkwardly standing up, one foot through the doorway and in to the kitchen so that I felt that I was successfully multi-tasking. And then came these words:"Mom? What's raping?"...more
Unbelievable as it sounds, five years have passed since I started the series of BlogHer.com posts I wrote about running for City Council in a small Northeast Ohio suburb. I ran, I won, I got more votes than two of three incumbents and I survived a six-month home renovation during the campaign, including three weeks of not living at home and five months of living with four other people (three kids and a husband) based out of one room....more