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Women Using Art and Culture to Build Peace in Ukraine

By Nina Grant We want to show that…life will go on. We will win [the war] and we can beat the enemy, whether it’s with a paintbrush or with weapons. Olena Yanko Women play a crucial role in peacebuilding as they focus on reconciliation, economic development, education, and transitional justice,…

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For People With Disabilities, Vacationing is Often Anything But!

By Dawn Grabowski Women with disabilities are even more likely to be victims of violence or rape than non-disabled women, and are less likely to be able to obtain police intervention, legal protection, or prophylactic care. With the summer months fast approaching in the Northern Hemisphere, it is again time…

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Top Strategies for Improving Maternal Mortality: Lessons from Haiti

By David Vanderpool, MD As a humanitarian and medical nonprofit founder working in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, I discovered several issues contributing to extremely high maternal and infant mortality rates in the region we served. By implementing a few key strategies to improve both, we decreased maternal mortality by…

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New Report: Violence Against Women and Girls Needs New Global Policy

By Amie Williams As crises such as conflict, Covid-19 and climate change exacerbate violence against women and girls, why is the world not taking more action? A new report released on February 1, 2023 by a group of women’s rights activists from 128 countries documents a rapid rise in violence…

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How the Climate Crisis Affects Reproductive Rights

By Skye Wheeler This reproductive health crisis, brought about by climate change, can look very different in different regions of the world. Around the world, the climate crisis is worsening the inequities surrounding who gets to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Esther McCant, who works as a doula in…

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Benefitting from Female Governors: Could Your State Be Next?

Understanding how and when women run for office could be a useful exercise as voters consider future prospects for their political leaders. November’s midterm elections produced several landmark election outcomes worthy of celebration. For the first time in history, the United States has entered double-digits and broken its own record…

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Ignoring Precedent: Stop Making Women’s Equality a Political Question Mark

By Don. W. Wilson and Lisa Sales January 27, 2022 (Lisa Sales pictured center.) On January 27, 2022, standing before the White House in below freezing temperatures just as the suffragists had done in 1917, Americans marked the two-year anniversary of ratification of the ERA, which states: “Equality of rights under the law shall…

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Protecting Queer Youth: Why Title IX is Not Enough, but the ERA Is!

By Caitlin Rich This September, the public comment period on proposed Title IX changes ended. The Department of Education will now consider more than 235,000 comments before issuing their final regulations. Many of the comments concern the rules’ interpretation of “sex-based” discrimination, which the Department has said includes discrimination based on sexual…

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From Chloe Kim to Eileen Gu: How does American Society Embrace Asian American Female Athletes?

By Dorothy Du “When I’m in the U.S., I’m American, but when I’m in China, I’m Chinese,” Eileen Gu says. The American-born skier and Olympic champion has become a controversial athlete following her decision to represent the Chinese team at the recent Winter Olympics in Beijing. The world-wide attention she has…

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The Reverse Selfie: Blurring the Lines of Reality and Fantasy

Mackenzie Waterfield “Digital distortion is happening more than ever, and tools once only available to professionals can now be accessed by young girls at the touch of a button without regulation,” says Alessandro Manfredi, executive vice president of Dove.  According to Manfredi, there has been intensifying pressure on young people to “edit…

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