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From Iceland to Malawi, UN Gender-Equality Initiative Casts a Wide Net

From Iceland to Malawi, UN Gender-Equality Initiative Casts a Wide Net

The United Nations initiative to improve global parity for women casts a wide net. At one end, Iceland is aiming for full pay equity by 2020. At the other extreme, male leaders in Malawi have agreed to end child marriage.  Both have a place in the HeForShe initiative, a program that has won promises from […]

Can Muslim Feminism Find a Third Way?

RABAT, Morocco — Last month, Asma Lamrabet, a well-known Moroccan feminist, resigned from her position at the Mohammedan League of Scholars, where she headed a center of women’s studies in Islam. She was pushed to resign, she explained in a statement, by the backlash over her support for a demand that remains controversial in the […]

Daily Acts Of Feminism: Seek Out Feminist Heroes

At its core, feminism is about fighting for women’s equality and there are a number of women who have been pushing forward the fight for decades. From well-known and influential women from years gone by, to modern-day champions, our history is full of feminist heroes. Educating ourselves and learning more about these trailblazing women will […]

From A Full Time A HouseWife To An Outstanding Mechanic – The Power Of A Woman

From A Full Time A HouseWife To An Outstanding Mechanic – The Power Of A Woman

 Christine Tokpa, 38, a mother of three, has been a housewife since she got married seven years ago. Now, Christine is breaking gender barriers by training to become a mechanic – a field dominated by males in Liberia. Dressed in blue overall, flowered rubber boots and a blue cap, the beaming Tokpa says nothing can […]

What Feminism Looks Like In 2017

What Feminism Looks Like In 2017

Every day, women are breaking barriers. We’re astronauts and doctors and judges. We raise children and juggle families. We are doing amazing things. Most of us acknowledge that we have a fair way to go yet and, in some places, a hell of a long way. In my professional circles, this acknowledgement that we want […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Thank You Hillary Clinton

LOUD WHISPERS: Thank You Hillary Clinton

I should have known when I went into two wine shops, looking for a half bottle of champagne, with no success. I arrived San Francisco on November 7th, to attend a board meeting at the Global Fund for Women. When the dates were confirmed at our June meeting in New York, I was very pleased […]

Is Feminism In Danger From Unconscious Prejudice In Politics?

  In the wake of disturbing remarks about women from two prominent men in politics in recent weeks, it is more important than ever that society sends a firm global message about the position of women in our world today. Michelle Obama said it best with “the measure of any society is how it treats […]

How To Fight Subtle Sexism At Work Like A (Lady) Boss

How To Fight Subtle Sexism At Work Like A (Lady) Boss

  A man interrupts you as you’re trying to explain an idea at work. You sit down at a meeting only to be told by a male superior that you’re best suited to take notes. You somehow are always the one who gets stuck organizing the office birthday party and running around trying to find […]

Unconscious Gender Bias: We Are All Guilty

Unconscious Gender Bias: We Are All Guilty

“Don’t be such a drama queen.” “Would you man up?” “In this office, it’s every man for himself.” All pretty innocent expressions, wouldn’t you think?  In fact, I can probably bet that each and every one of us has used these words and phrases at some point—as well as others—both in our professional and personal […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Feminism 101: Ten Myths About Feminists

LOUD WHISPERS: Feminism 101: Ten Myths About Feminists

I gave a talk at a forum organized recently to address women’s rights issues in Nigeria. After my presentation, a woman walked up to me to thank me for my presentation which she said she enjoyed, and then said, ‘Listening to you, one would think that you are a Feminist’. I stared at her in […]

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