In the words of Martha Ntoipo, a 33-year-old Maasai activist from Tanzania. She works for the Pastoralist Information and Development Organization (PIDO), a community development organization which she founded in 2010, which works in the fields of health, women economic empowerment, gender equality and human rights, environmental conservation and research.
Innocuous Pharmacy Visit
Yesterday, Sam and I went to Walgreens to pick up a few things: toothpaste, chapstick, shaving cream. She needed new razors (never mind that I am NOT yet adjusted to my youngest baby shaving her legs and wearing bras and being almost as tall as I. Ugh.)
We strolled to the razor and shaving cream aisle, and she started perusing the multiple options. And then she asked a very interesting question....more
The simplicity of an inconsistency in the pricing of shaving products got me thinking about another issue that’s been bothering me for a few months.
A friend of a friend is pregnant with a son after seeing a gender selection specialist. She already has a couple or 3 daughters, but wanted to try again for a boy. They didn’t just try to get pregnant again. No, they paid an insane amount of money to go to an obstetrician who specializes in picking gender.
This isn’t about the money, though....more
March is Women's History Month, and BlogHer had the opportunity to interview Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY's List about some of the major milestones for women in politics in the United States. Schriock is a veteran political strategist and fundraiser.
International Women's Day is coming up on March 8, and I wish the United States made a bigger deal about it. (As Rene Lynch noted a couple years ago in the L.A. Times: "World Celebrates; We Get Google Doodle." Fortunately, working at BlogHer makes one a pro at celebrating women in a hurry. Here's a list so that no matter how busy you are, you can make sure March 8, 2014 does not go unmarked.
In the words of Samantha Ro’otsitsina de C. Juruna (Tsitsina Xavante), a 28-year-old indigenous woman of Xavante heritage from Namunkurá community in the indigenous territory of San Marcos, Mato Grosso state, in the Amazonian region of Brazil. Trained in social services, she has a Masters in Sustainability for Indigenous Peoples and Territories. She is a member of the Comisión Nacional de la Juventud Indígena (CNJI – National Committee for Indigenous Youth) and the Red de Juventud Indígena (REJUIND – Indigenous Youth Network).
The best thing about March is the annual outpouring of information about women. This year's rich harvest includes some terrific profiles of women's work in photography, theater, and museum leadership. Make no mistake - new ground is being broken here, and we are still seeing many "firsts".
What happens when an advertisement does more than promote a product or service? In the case of "Women Should" ad by Ogilvy & Mather, it created quite a stir. The ad in question was a campaign used by UN Women to illustrate how sexism is global as a result of searching key words on Google....more