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The Male Perspective: My Own Empowerment Came Through Strong Women

The Male Perspective: My Own Empowerment Came Through Strong Women

Guest post on the strength of empowered women to empower men, by international development specialist, humanitarian and human rights activist, Gesù Antonio Báez There’s a question that really bothers me that is unceasingly asked to ambitious women; how will you do it all? The “all” implying she will be both mother, wife and career driven superstar which somehow seems not reasonable….to do it “all”. I don’t get it. I’ve rarely seen such a question presented to leading male professionals and I’m sure there are a plethora of them who juggle their careers in addition to their role as husbands and father. Yet society never asks this of men and by reiterating their question to women, we subconsciously indicate how we don’t expect women to become leaders and “Mavericks” in the boardroom. Women are needed in leadership roles as it is vital in order to eliminate antiquated gender roles which society has tattooed on the general psyche of this generation. We cause a great injustice to ourselves if we doubt and...

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Influencing Change: The Case for Women and Girls’ Empowerment

Influencing Change: The Case for Women and Girls’ Empowerment

Interview with George Ingram, Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at Brookings Institution, and Chair Emeritus and Senior Advisor to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition [Editor’s Note: I first met George in 2012 through my involvement with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and advocacy work in support of a ‘smart power’ approach to foreign policy. A humble and gracious leader, George personifies the core values of this project in his own thoughtful approach, while consistently supporting others and creating openings for deeper dialogue and understanding. This is the first in a series of upcoming interviews that invites key thought leaders in the global development, gender and foreign policy arena to share their own insights and experience in advancing gender equality policies and programs. While the Global Girls Project is primarily focused on developing the inner character and resources that are essential to personal empowerment, this interviews series is intended to provide readers with a global context and framework for understanding the external challenges, issues and opportunities that many women...

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On Being a Man

On Being a Man

Guest post by Bruce Switzer My own visceral reframing of what it means to be a man and why the empowerment of girls and women is critical began many years ago. A friend (another man) suggested that the key to moral and ethical power was to embrace my feminine side. He was referencing the idea of Yin and Yang. He asked me to imagine my mind as a pool of water. He suggested that when I was in a male mode the water would be choppy. Any sunlight hitting the water’s surface would be diffracted in thousands of different directions. However, if my mind was still, the reflection would be clear. He was suggesting that power and accuracy were first dependent on stillness or perfect reflection, followed by action. After thirty years of testing this hypothesis it has remained one of my greatest teachers. It has taught me to listen until clarity emerges. It has also blurred gender roles for me significantly. In 2000 I attended a weeklong Quilt...

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