How I Firmly Said NO to an Early and Forced Marriage

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. ...more

The Dirty F Word: No, the Other One

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 Dirty F Word, Part 2 Gender Selection

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

Thought for International Women's Day

My Thought for International Women's DayAfter all, Gandhi said 'Be the Change You Want to See in the ...more

INTERVIEW: EMILY's List President Stephanie Schriock on Why Women's Milestones Still Matter

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. ...more
I didn't realize that the voter ID law can effect women. Thank you also for the link to EMILY's ...more

10 Insanely Easy Ways to Celebrate International Women's Day

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. ...more
Awesome post! Working on one for Sadie's Gathering as I stop over and jot this down. Please stop ...more

My father told me ‘I want you to be able to help your people one day’

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). ...more

March is for... Women and the Arts

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". ...more
Great idea about the festival. I love it. The amount of female writers/literary artists is not ...more

What the Oscars Tell Us about How Society Views Women

Cate Blanchett, photo UK's Daily MailLast night, at the apex of her career, standing before a TV audience of one billion, Cate Blanchett held the Bes...more

"Women Should" Ad Creates Conversation

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