The changing face of the Middle East involves politics, feminism and religion. And the role of women who continue to push for their rights is an interesting balance of political activism and religious expression. Author Isobel Coleman shares an excerpt from her new book Paradise Beneath Her Feet at Women's e-News:...more
I was born in Guinea, a beautiful, small country on the West Coast of Africa. Green mountains line the landscape, amid waterfalls and forests full of trees that sway with the Atlantic Ocean breeze. But this beauty belies a horrifying statistic: According to the World Health Organization, more than 96 percent of women in Guinea have been subject to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). And a new report from Sanctuary for Families finds that thousands of girls living in the United States have been subject to FGM, brought by their families to countries like Guinea for "vacation cutting."
As a child, whenever you were outside playing and fell off your bike, or fell down as you were running down the block…chances are you ran inside crying, where your mom or dad would say: "What happened? Where does it hurt?" Chances are, a little antiseptic a Band-Aid and a hug (and a little nudge) to get back out there and play is enough to dry your tears and get back in the game.
Can women – or men, for that matter – have it all?
As a hope-to-one-day-be-a-working-mom, I’m wading into this Internet debate. I just can’t help myself. Aside from my firm conviction that “having it all” is an objectionable phrase that should have been retired almost as soon as it came into fashion, I also find this ongoing conversation to be, well, how can I put this? Silly. Not because there’s not a problem here – there is – but because the “solutions” proposed by the parade of working-mothers in glossy magazines are inadequate and incomplete.
If there's one thing that bothers me about the brouhaha surrounding Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In movement, it's that the discussion about work-family balance once again focuses overwhelmingly on white, upper-middle class women. Again, there is no mention of women who must deal with racism, chronic poverty or cultural expectations in the careers. Well, the Latoya Peterson at Racialicious has read my mind, because she's unrolling a new series featuring the voices of women of color sharing their stories....more
Friday nights are a sacred space.I enjoy coming home to do my laundry, tidy up my room…and shamelessly sing off pitched lyrics to ditties that are oddly reminiscent of my high school freshman diary while I simultaneously dance around in my running spankies and jump on top of my bed. Friday night is Taylor Swift ‘n Sing Karaoke Clean-up Nights. Please knock before you enter....more
I thought it was over. I really did. After last year’s obsessive focus by conservatives to restrict women’s rights, to control our personal decisions about our health and our families, I thought they might back off. Get the message. They lost the election, and badly.