Does It Matter That Girls Don’t Want To Be President?

What do you want to be when you grow up? Shortly after the 2012 U.S. general elections, pollsters asked kids specifically about growing up and getting one job:  president. Fifty-four percent of 12-17 year olds said they think they could be president – but 8 of 10 said they have no interest in the job. Boys are more apt than girls either to say that it's too much responsibility or too much work. Girls were 15 points more likely than boys to say they're not interested in the country's top job because of other career plans or a … [Read more...]

In America, How Well Are We Caring For One Another?

“I was privileged to participate in the great humanizing movements of the last century, but I can’t recall a time when the issues were so basic, so interconnected. I believe that we are at the point now, in the United States, where a movement is beginning to emerge.” – Grace Lee Boggs (1915 - ) Called a freedom fighter, a feminist, a civil rights leader, a community organizer, a philosopher and an American revolutionary, Ms. Boggs has played a role in every great social movement in America since the 1930s. Today, it seems Americans are … [Read more...]

Do You Talk About Gender Equality?

Storytelling. "Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it." --Hannah Arendt No one can pass up a good story. As neuroscience advances, we've learned there's a good reason. Brain scans are revealing that stories stimulate the brain and even change how we act. What stories have captured your imagination and transformed your thinking? Interviewing women across America for The Flight Patterns of Superwomen was a spine-tingling, life-changing experience for me. Stories of pride and accomplishment, struggle and … [Read more...]

Is There A U.S. Women’s Movement Today?

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed one of the most far-reaching anti-abortion bills in decades. The "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" would ban nearly all abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization. Florida Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said "[t]his bill is extreme, an unprecedented reach into women's lives..." Where Are All the Angry American Women? At the 2012 Women in the World Summit, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Liberian peace activist Leymah … [Read more...]

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