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My Two Cents: United We Stand; Divided We Fall

My Two Cents: United We Stand; Divided We Fall

In recent times, it seems that the women’s conversation has become more fragmented and divided than ever before. Left pitted against right, conservative vs. liberal, stay-at-home-mom and traditionalist vs. progressive careerist, etc. There are those leaning in and others opting out. There are those fighting for change and others whose sense of identity is found in the security of the status quo. Increasingly, people on all sides are both quick to label and quick to judge, often without full  facts, understanding and/or merit. After all, we each view the world through the lens of our own values and experience, and until we stand in another’s shoes, it’s often difficult to shift or consider another perspective. To some, the word ‘feminist’ has become a word of liberation, symbolic of autonomy, equality and the freedom of choice, while to others, it conjures up something altogether different — a feeling often tinged with anger, hate and fear for what it might represent and how it might disrupt the status quo. For some, the women’s movement represents a...

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Influencing Change: Advancing Women’s Voices Through the Political Process

Influencing Change: Advancing Women’s Voices Through the Political Process

Interview with Susan Markham, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) [Editor’s Note: I first met Susan during in her previous role as Director of Women’s Political Participation at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), a time when the Global Girls Project was just a seedling of an idea. Still in the conceptual stages of the project, Susan helped refine my understanding of some of the challenges women face globally and the importance of women exercising their voice through the political process. I’m deeply indebted to her  for her wisdom and generosity in sharing her knowledge and experience with others.] (Sharon): In your role as Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, you oversee efforts to integrate gender equality and female empowerment into USAID’s policies, programs, and strategies. How do you achieve this and what role does gender equality and female empowerment play in ending poverty and promoting resilient, politically stable societies?  (Susan): We cannot achieve USAID’s mission of ending extreme...

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Leaders as Influencers of Change: The Power of Voice in Advocating & Advancing Gender Equality

Leaders as Influencers of Change: The Power of Voice in Advocating & Advancing Gender Equality

Interview with Carla Goldstein, Omega Institute’s Chief External Affairs Officer and Co-Founder of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, on the the power of giving life to a voice in advocating and advancing the agenda for gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment.  [Editor’s Note: I first met Carla in 2014 at Davidson College’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference, where Carla served as keynote speaker. Inspired by her own  advocacy work in support of gender equality and personally influenced by the work of so many of Omega’s instructors, I invited Carla to share her own thoughts on the power of voice and how we can leverage our voices to create positive, collective change in support of gender equality. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, I hope each of you will take a moment to explore and consider the ways in which you might leverage your own voice to support gender equality and work to advance opportunities for women and girls world wide.] (Sharon): As an attorney with 25 years of experience in...

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Equality Is…

Equality Is…

Part of giving life to our own voice begins with the courage to speak up and out about those things we are most passionate about. At the Global Girls Project, we share in the belief that gender equality is central to women and girls’ empowerment and the ability to step up into one’s own voice and leadership. A fellow champion for women’s rights as human rights, we are proud to support the Global Fund for Women‘s most recent campaign, “Equality is…” and share our own thoughts, too. Please consider making your own badge and lending your voice in support of equality for women and girls world wide....

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