A Letter to My Niece: You Can Be Whatever You Want to Be

Dear Athena, ...more
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Women and Girls at Risk in Syria

Mothers everywhere love their daughters and every culture values their children. But some cultures value their girls less. This equation can change during a crisis: a war, a devastated crop, a death of a husband and breadwinner. Everything, in those moments, can change for a family. Girls become a commodity - the cash crop, the way out of a war, the way to earn an income that was lost....more

(VIDEO) Melinda Gates' Message for BlogHers

I'm thrilled to share with you this video from none other than Melinda Gates, who has a message specifically for BlogHers....more
Thank you Melinda Gates for sharing this important initiative with us. I write about midlife ...more

Reporter Helen Thomas Paved the Way

She was a fixture. She sat in the center seat of the front row. She usually asked the first question and then closed the press conference with the simple phrase, “Thank you, Mr. President.”...more

How to Be a Housewife and a Feminist at the Same Time

I am a housewife. Well, I have a set of four-year-old twins, so, technically, that makes me a stay-at-home mom. And I do a lot freelance for pennies from my comfy orange couch in the living room, which I suppose makes me a work-at-home mom. I also go to grad school, so I guess I, instead, could define myself as a student. A studentlike, work-while-staying-at-home mom who cooks and cleans....more
I love this. I don't struggle with being home at all. I love it way more than I ever loved my ...more

Texas, Tampons and Tears: Sister Supplies

[Editor's Note 7/18/13 10:37 a.m.: Texas Governor Rick Perry signed into law sweeping restrictions on abortion that were being protested at the statehouse earlier this month. --Grace] The social media reaction to the Texas State Legislature banning state residents from bringing tampons or pads into the General Assembly buildings during a heated debate on abortion last week really got me thinking. On its face, this is patently absurd – have you ever tried to throw a tampon at anyone? Or a pad? Even drenched in water, they weigh next to nothing – it's like throwing a wet tissue. How much damage can you do? And when you are talking about standing/sitting on a balcony – it's like throwing confetti. From your vagina. I guess....more
@Jennifer Lorenzetti Confiscating health care items because they might be used inappropriately ...more

Malala Day Takes Over the United Nations

Most girls celebrate their 16th birthday by getting their driver’s license, maybe a party. Not Malala Yousafzai. She’s recovered from her horrific head injuries after being shot by the Taliban last year for wanting to go to school, and today Malala spent her 16th birthday by going to the United Nations to rally for education....more
ALLAH is ke Umer lambi kary. May Allah long his life.more

Susan Sarandon Doesn’t Consider Herself a Feminist. Do You?

When did feminism become such a bad word? Susan Sarandon, known for playing tough broads such as a take-no-prisoners waitress in Thelma and Louise, was recently asked by a reporter from The Guardian whether she calls herself a feminist. Her lack of enthusiasm for the term says it all: ...more
There's an old saying that if you don't speak up, you won't be heard. As a firm believer in the ...more

I Went to the Texas Capitol In Support Of Women's Rights

Something seriously interesting is happening at the Texas Capitol. On the heels of last week’s 11 hour filibuster by State Senator Wendy Davis, over 5000 people took to the statehouse to protest the special session called by Governor Rick Perry to vote in the controversial bill severely limiting access to abortions in the Lone Star State. ...more
Dani, believe it or not, I had a girlfriend who didn't know she was pregnant until she was 5 ...more

Thoughts on SB5 From an Anti-Abortion & Pro-Choice Jesus-Loving Feminist

[Editor's Note: The Texas Legislature will revisit a controversial abortion bill Monday afternoon, with a rally already gathering outside the statehouse. --Grace]...more
Thank you so much for sharing this post. As you said,"We cannot save lives by constricting them."more