Spotlight: Becoming “That Girl” With Alexis Jones

Alexis Jones is an author, activist, speaker, and host. Leveraging her entertainment background as a vehicle to empower youth, Lex launched I AM THAT GIRL, and quickly became an internationally recognized speaker, media personality, activist, and author. She has established herself as a thought leader for her generation and an expert on Gen Y. Recently, after […]

How Women’s Health in the U.S. Compares to Europe

How Women’s Health in the U.S. Compares to Europe by Molly Hayward, founder of Cora Mere months after the controversial election of Donald Trump, and with the appointment of, women are standing on fragile ground in the face of drastic changes to our reproductive landscape. With promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act, defund Planned […]

Spotlight: Film, Storytelling, and Social Impact with Christie Marchese

Christie Marchese is the founder and CEO of Picture Motion, where she leads a team of impact producers, marketing strategists and public interest communication specialists in developing social action and grassroots marketing campaigns for films. Working with filmmakers, distributors, brands and NGOs with stories that have the potential to inspire action, Picture Motion educates and […]

Spotlight: Creating Your Personal Brand with Rhonesha Byng

Rhonesha Byng is the CEO and Founder of, a digital media platform for millennial women. As a journalist and entrepreneur, Rhonesha uses her personal motto, “No One Ever Slows Her Agenda,” to frame her work and her personal brand. In addition to her website, Rhonesha won an Emmy award as a field producer with […]

Spotlight: Crowdsourcing The Resistance with Aditi Juneja

Aditi Juneja is a law student and the Co-Creator of The Resistance Manual, a comprehensive, crowdsourced, and non-partisan guide to inform people on issues and keep them civically engaged. With pages ranging from Tools of Resistance to Essential Readings, covering topics from reproductive justice to mass incarceration, The Resistance Manual is a one stop shop […]

Spotlight: Paving the Way with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty represents the 3rd District of Ohio and serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and is a member of two Subcommittees: Housing and Insurance and Oversight and Investigations. We were honored to speak with her about financial literacy, owning a business, and her experience as the first female Democratic House Leader […]

Spotlight: Inclusive Leadership with Leah D. Daughtry

Reverend Leah D. Daughtry was raised in Brooklyn as a constituent of Shirley Chisholm’s district and went on to become the CEO of the 2008 and 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee. In addition, Daughtry pastors the House of the Lord Church in Washington, D.C. We had the honor of chatting with her this week about […]

Redefining Sustainability for Female Artisans in Uganda

By Jessie Simonson For far too long, the fashion industry has been focused on cheap labor, fast fashion, and mass-production. As consumers, we know very little about where our products come from. In 2008, I traveled to Uganda with four friends, and I was fortunate enough to develop a friendship with some female artisans there […]

Spotlight: Activism Then & Now with Gloria Steinem

We’re kicking off Women’s History Month with the trail blazing activist, writer, and feminist, Gloria Steinem! We had the honor of speaking with her at the MAKERS Conference in Los Angeles last month. Find out how Gloria turned her passion into action then and now:

Spotlight: Social Justice Through Storytelling with Jamia Wilson

Jamia Wilson is many things: an activist, a feminist, a storyteller, and a media maker. She is the Executive Director of Women, Action, & the Media, a contributing writer to several books such as Madonna and Me: Women Writers on the Queen of Pop, and I Still Believe Anita Hill, and currently working on her own […]

Spotlight: Running for Office with Wendy Carrillo

Wendy Carrillo is running for United States Congress in the 34th district of California. A journalist and progressive activist, Wendy immigrated to the U.S. as a child escaping El Salvador’s civil war. Between 5 and 13, she was undocumented became a naturalized citizen by her 21st birthday. Learn more about her journey that led her […]

Welcome Jordan Brooks, the newest member of the USOW team!

Hi! I’m a little new here, so let me introduce myself. I just joined the United State of Women team as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer. I know some of you from my previous job in the Obama Administration’s Council on Women and Girls. USOW does some fantastic work lifting up women’s issues and […]

Spotlight: Comedy, Activism, and Shondaland with Luvvie Ajayi

  Luvvie Ajayi is an author, speaker, and founder of In addition to her hit blog, Luvvie is the author of I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, an immediate New York Times bestseller. She is also the co-founder of The Red Pump Project, a nonprofit that raises awareness around the impact of HIV/AIDS on women […]

Spotlight: Confidence Through Sports with Michelle Carter

From winning the gold medal at the Rio Olympics, to becoming a certified makeup artist, Michelle Carter has been a champion in confidence and body positivity both on and off the field. We had the pleasure of catching up with her on National Girls and Women in Sports Day following our Empowerment Forum in Nashville, […]

Spotlight: The Future of Activism with Monique Coleman

Since starring in High School Musical eleven years ago, Monique Coleman has been a fierce advocate for young activists around the world. After attending the Women’s March on Washington, Monique caught up with us to share why she marched, her experience working with young activists, and how she’s going to continue to take action moving […]

Spotlight: Social Justice Through Film with Amy Ziering

Amy Ziering is an Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated Producer and Director. Her documentary films, The Hunting Ground and An Invisible War, sparked nationwide conversations around sexual assault on college campuses and in the military. As a teacher, an academic, and a filmmaker, Amy has dedicated her life to pursuing social justice. Your […]

Spotlight: Challenging Cultural Norms on Television with Jennifer Kaytin Robinson

At just 28 years old, Jennifer Kaytin Robinson is taking the television world by storm. As the Creator of MTV’s new Comedy/Drama, Sweet/Vicious, Jennifer is challenging rape culture by creating a story for survivors. Sweet/Vicious follows the story of two students/vigilantes, Jules, a campus sexual assault survivor, and her partner in crime, Ophelia, as they […]

Spotlight: Access to Justice with Attorney General Loretta Lynch

As the first African-American woman to serve as Attorney General of the United States, Loretta E. Lynch knows a thing or two about breaking barriers. Sworn in as the 83rd Attorney General in 2015, Ms. Lynch received her A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College in 1981, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1984. […]

Spotlight: Digital Activism with Ashleigh Axios

  Ashleigh Axios — Strategic Creative & Advocate for Design’s Ability to Break Barriers & Create Positive Social Change Do you remember where you were when you saw the White House lit up in a beautiful rainbow following the nationwide legalization of same sex marriage? We sat down with the woman behind this creative vision, […]

Spotlight: Hosting a #UnitedDayofWomen Strategy Session with Ciara

Ciara is a Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, producer, actress, model, and entertainer. Ciara has released six studio albums since her debut in 2004, selling over 23 million records and 16 million singles worldwide.  Ciara hosted her own #UnitedDayofWomen strategy session on December 3rd! Find out what her group discussed and get inspired for your next group’s meeting. What role has […]

Recapping the #UnitedDayofWomen

We’re inspired by all the people who organized their community for the United Day of Women on December 3rd! Thank you to everyone who shared their photos, ideas, and suggestions  – we love seeing individual passion turn into collective action. Here’s what inspired us: We kicked off our day of action with a strategy call […]

Spotlight: Community Organizing with Brittany Packnett

Brittany Packnett’s activism took off on the front lines of the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson, MI, and has dedicated her life to fighting for racial and social justice. As an educator, she is the vice president of national community alliances for Teach for America. As an activist, she is the co-founder of Campaign […]

Spotlight: Creating Safe Spaces with A’Dorian Murray-Thomas

A’Dorian Murray-Thomas is the Founder and Executive Director of SHE Wins Inc., an organization that seeks to create a pipeline of college and career-ready young women leaders for girls affected by violence. A 2016 graduate of Swarthmore College, A’Dorian was recently named a White House “Champion of Change for College Opportunity” for her work at SHE Wins […]

Spotlight: The Women Heading to Washington

The presidential election wasn’t the only race that took place on Tuesday. The 2016 election produced four new female Senators who have broken barriers of their own! Overnight, the number of female senators of color jumped from one (Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii) to four. This week, we’re spotlighting Tammy Duckworth, Kamala Harris, Maggie Hassan, […]

Spotlight: Closing the Wage Gap with Equal Pay Today! State Leads

The Equal Pay Today! Campaign, a project of the Tides Center, is an innovative collaboration of women’s legal and worker’s rights organizations working at state, regional, and national levels to challenge the legal, policy, and cultural barriers that have allowed the gender wage gap to persist. Their state projects are currently in California, Illinois, Minnesota, […]

Spotlight: Promoting Sex Positivity with Emily Lindin

Emily Lindin is the Founder of The Unslut Project, an online storytelling platform that promotes gender equality, sex positivity, and comprehensive sex education for all ages. Emily started The Unslut Project by publishing her own diary entries from ages 11-14 documenting her feelings and experiences after being labeled the school “slut.” The Unslut Project quickly […]

Spotlight: Challenging Gender Stereotypes with Jess Weiner

Jess Weiner, Founder and CEO of Talk to Jess, partners with global brands and businesses to help challenge gender stereotypes and shape the messages they send to women and girls. You’ve seen her influence everywhere from Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty to Barbie’s new and much-needed makeover. FORBES magazine recognized Jess as one of the […]

Spotlight: Raising Muslim Voices with Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh has been changing the conversation around Muslim women in mainstream media since starting MuslimGirl when she was just nineteen years old. Along the way to amplifying other women’s voices, Amani’s writing has since been published in the New York Times and The Guardian, and her social commentary can be seen on CNN and […]

Spotlight: Changing Rape Culture with Michele Dauber

This week, Rachel Birnam, a United State of Women Intern, sat down with Michele Dauber, a Stanford law professor, to talk about the epidemic of rape culture on college campuses. Rachel is a recent graduate of the University of California, San Diego, where she raised awareness as a student activist around sexual assault on campus, […]

Spotlight: Empowering Girls to Dream Big with Valerie Jarrett

On Wednesday, Dana Kirk had the opportunity to sit down with Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President to talk about Valerie’s commitment to empowering young girls to dream big. Dana serves as the Senior Entertaining Partnerships Executive at Tumblr.   If you think about who has the ear of the President, most people think […]

One Strike, You’re Out

By Amanda Harnisher This is a story about workplace sexual harassment.  But lucky for me, and for my readers, our protagonist is a heroine!  Makes for a much more rewarding tale, don’t you think?  Unfortunately, I’m no stranger to being on the receiving end of sexual harassment.  Fortunately, I knew I needed to take action, […]

When your compass points to “Why Not?”

By Heather D. Blease, mother of four, entrepreneur and CEO of SaviLinx, a certified Women Owned Business. When I think of the United State of Women today I think about the role that parents play in our lives and how as mothers we too often dismiss the gravity of child rearing. I was just doing my job, we […]

Why Don’t More White Women Fight for Me?

By Gerry Valentine Originally published on Conscious Company.    Sometimes living your values can leave you feeling not valued. I had that experience recently in my work as a male ally for gender equality. I was speaking on a panel at a gender diversity event when a woman in the audience raised a challenging question. She explained […]

5 ways women can stop paying more than men to finance their homes

By Shally Venugopal, Founder, Myolo In 2008, with the housing crisis in full swing, my fiancé and I bought a small condo not too far from downtown D.C., Though it was small, not in a fancy neighborhood, and a long walk from a real grocery store, to me it was mighty. And it was home. […]

Thanks, Birth Control! You Have Given Women the Power to Decide Their Futures

Ginny Ehrlich, Chief Executive Officer, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy   As we celebrate Women’s Equality Day—the game changing anniversary of women being afforded the right to vote—it is also important to celebrate other transformational advances that have supported women. Legal access to effective contraception is one such advance, which, believe […]

YOUth Can Change the World

By Katie Curran, Founder & President,, Columbia University student You are never too young to create change. In fact, the brains of young people are biologically engineered to find innovative solutions to today’s pressing problems.  Youth offer an unparalleled perspective that we should share with others. I am making my mark on gender equality.  In […]

The United State of Women: Another Perspective

  A video about the United State of Women recently appeared on my Facebook page. The video featured such luminaries as Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, and Tina Fey. When women come together, they are an incredibly powerful force that has the ability to change the world. During the second Liberian civil war, it […]

Want to Change the World? Be a mentor!

By Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, author of Mentor for Life and Visionary Founder of Leadership LINKS, Inc. I am an African American woman, a wife, mother, and friend. I am also a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, former Marine Corps officer and federal employee of the Department of Homeland Security. Today, I am a […]

Amplifying Women’s Voices

By Jenni Prisk, Co-founder, iVOW A woman’s voice is the first that a newborn baby hears. The child listens for love, guidance, and wisdom. Women are wise, and yet so often our voices are shut down or suppressed! It is time for change! iVOW was founded in May 2016 with the mission to tell the stories […]

Facing a Pay Gap? 6 Salary Negotiation Tips to Get the Salary You Deserve

By Dawn Lyon, Chief Pay Advocate and VP of Corporate Affairs at Glassdoor Glassdoor recently released the Glassdoor Global Gender Pay Gap Survey, which reveals employee perceptions of the gender pay gap across seven countries including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland. The survey found that an overwhelming majority […]

How Athletes Can Carry the It’s On Us Torch

By Cody McDavis, It’s On Us Student Advisory Committee Regional Advisor, NCAA SAAC Member. Athletes around the world answer to a higher calling and carry a heavy burden to perform in their respective sport. Everyday athletes push their limits to be greater than they were yesterday — this is especially true for Olympic athletes. Why? […]

Life after Gym Class

By Catherine Basu, Owner of Fit Armadillo® Growing up, I hated gym class. If you had told me in Kindergarten that I’d spend most of my 20s working in gyms, I would have run away from home. Luckily, I didn’t meet any prophets in grade school. Instead, I spent my days dreaming up ways to […]

Coding (and Coloring) the Universe

By Kimberly K. Arcand, Chandra X-ray Center/Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory When people ask me what I do for work, I often say that I’m a storyteller. It’s not that I stand on a stage with a microphone and narrate long tales to a rapt audience. My stories are told differently, not through voice or music, but […]

Embracing Our Strength

By Barbara Queen, owner of Grip Fitness I have been a personal trainer for over twenty years. During the past two decades I have observed the gradual recognition of women in the fitness industry. The perception of a woman’s role has expanded in exciting ways, yet women everywhere still face intense scrutiny about their appearance…especially […]

3 Ways We Can Empower Women Entrepreneurs

By Sabrina Parsons, CEO of Palo Alto Software, @mommyceo Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart once said, “the most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.” Women are challenging the existing norms, and finally seem to be making more headway in leadership in business and politics in the United States. Everywhere you […]

How to close the opportunity gap for women entrepreneurs

By Gina Harman, CEO of Accion’s U.S. Network Women are key drivers of economic growth and community revitalization. Yet, women entrepreneurs face substantial hurdles in accessing the resources they need to launch and sustain their businesses. Closing this financial inclusion gender gap is an important goal in itself – and it is also sound economics. […]

What do you think the little girl will do?

By Tara Chklovski, Founder and CEO of Iridescent Imagine a little girl and a little boy ready to play. Imagine saying to them both “Come. See this machine here.” What do you think the little girl will do? I was that little girl once, and I was lucky. Lucky to have a mentor who believed […]

Enhance Women’s Leadership in Seven Easy Steps: The ElevateHER Challenge

By Caitlin Fellows, Women’s Leadership Institute In just one year, the Women’s Leadership Institute of Utah has been making great strides for women in business and politics. With the revolutionary launch of the ElevateHER Challenge, the Women’s Leadership Institute challenged organizations throughout the state of Utah to take the pledge to enhance women’s leadership in […]

Four Women Who Can Speak to the United State of Older Women

By Kevin Prindiville, Justice in Aging Executive Director 1 in 5 women over age 65 who lives alone in America is living in poverty. That’s because the same challenges that affect women in their younger years, follow them and become magnified as they age—income inequality, low-wage jobs, discrimination, societal expectations of women as caregivers, and […]

“I Don’t Want to Die”

By Linda Dooley Johanek, Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center, CEO *This post includes accounts of sexual assault and violence that may be triggering to some readers.* “NO”, said the court; “You cannot have a protection order”. These are the words that 18-year old Johanna heard from the judge when she asked for a protection […]

Girls don’t run the world, but lead the way

By Odile Ntakiyimana  I come from Gicumbi, a rural area in Rwanda. My mother was a farmer. She supported me to go to school and complete high school. I did lots of small jobs too, like selling potatoes to earn money to pay for my school materials. Now I work as a journalist for Ni […]

Singles are the New Majority, and We Want to be Heard

By Michele Keegan, Founder of You’re Single, We Get It There are now more single adults than married adults in the United States.   Yet, the singles community, which is inclusive of intentionally single, circumstantially single, newly single, single parents, etc, has not found our collective voice and power. You’re Single, We Get It is a podcast […]

The World’s Largest Investment Opportunity

By Neelam Brar, Founder at Empress Capital Fund It would seem that startups founded by women, that target women, would be flourishing in the current economy. But sadly, this is not the case. Despite the massive economic opportunity women represent, and the advantages that women founders bring to the table in terms of empathy, insights, business […]

We want YOU to find your political identity

By Sonia Schmidt, Cored News We were frustrated. Every day we were asked to understand politics and the world around us. Every day, we were supposed to make informed decisions, and have sources to substantiate these claims, beyond hearsay. All while doing well in school and keeping up with extracurricular activities, of course. There wasn’t […]

Taking action to end violence against women

By Lisa Nitsch, Director of Training and Education, House of Ruth Maryland In the recent sexual assault story involving Stanford student Brock Turner, two bystanders intervened and as a result, the offender was caught and authorities brought the victim to safety during a critical time. Many stories of violent crimes against woman, and more specifically, […]

The United State of Women: Full Speed Ahead

By Julie Harris, Exceptional Women’s Network. Women have been trying to buy the right seat on the right train for decades. After waiting so long, have we finally arrived? Nearly 30% of all businesses are now female-owned. Today, women bring in a respectable $1.5 trillion in revenue, according to Forbes. Beyond generating sizable economic contributions, […]

Gender Equality Starts With…

By Yumhee Park, Engagement and Mobilization Associate at National Women’s Law Center A staggering wage gap. Sexual assault across U.S. campuses and k-12 schools. All the glass ceilings. Clearly we have our work cut out for us when it comes to achieving gender equality. These issues are just some of the topics being covered at […]

Community, not competition: How Women SPEAK is fostering an environment for change

By Danielle Cooney, Director of Program Development for Women SPEAK, a national girls’ empowerment initiative based in Los Angeles cultivating campus dialogue and mentoring relationships between high school and college students on gender, identity, and social justice.    Everyone knows what the issues are. We (feminists) are seeking one thing: WORLD DOMINATION. Right? Nah. Beyonce […]

Finding the Value in Diversity

By Crystal Arredondo, NAWBO National Chair No matter what your company does, the people are the most important asset to a business. For companies to innovate and succeed, they must retain the right skills and resources – and that requires diversity. It’s important to consider the beauty and strength that diversity brings to our lives […]

What’s Next For Women in this Election?

By Antonella Iannarino, The Women’s Debate Whether you intend to vote for Hillary Clinton or not, a woman becoming the presumptive presidential nominee is a historic milestone. But it won’t magically solve the many issues that disproportionately affect women and girls, even if it gives women a seat at the table they’ve never had before. […]

Mommas Supporting Mommas

By Brooke N. Hawkins, Mocha Moms, Inc. When I became the editor of a newspaper, I thought I had reached the pinnacle of my career. The work gave me a purpose and it was a surreal feeling to know that so many people were listening to me and valuing my opinion. When I got laid […]

Donut Ignore Sexism

By Nikita Verma, Donut Ignore Sexism I’m part of the new generation. The generation where the wage gap is no longer a problem. The generation where there is an equal number of male and female bosses. The generation where females are not discriminated against in the workforce. Right? Wrong. Contrary to what many people think, […]

Meeting the needs in a bold, strategic way

By Judy Vredenburgh, President and CEO of Girls Inc. Every day, in communities across the U.S., girls encounter significant obstacles to their well-being and success. They are confronted with messages that their looks determine their worth. They are overlooked in the classroom. They balance school work with supporting parents and caring for siblings. And they […]

Breaking Out of the Silence

By Amanda Hedgecock, Breaking Out, Duke University *This post contains information about sexual assault that may be triggering to some readers.* In 2012, a group of Duke students started a new initiative called Breaking Out to raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault on our campus. Four years later, the 2016 edition of Breaking Out […]

it’s lit! 3 ways the #ybwtfc will impact young black women

By Jayda Imanlihen, Founder The Young Black Women in TV & Film Conference Viola Davis said in her history-making 2015 Emmy Award winning speech that, “You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there. So here’s to all the writers, the awesome people that are Ben Sherwood, Paul Lee, Peter Nowalk, Shonda Rhimes, people […]

A room of her own

By Amy Wheeler Up in the pacific northwest corner of the US, on an island with towering cedars and prehistoric ferns, you’ll find a piece of land that looks out across the glittering waters of Puget Sound where a quiet (r)evolution is taking place. The place is Hedgebrook, a writer’s colony on Whidbey Island, Washington, […]

Victim, to Survivor, to Advocate

By Venkayla Haynes *This post contains references to sexual assault that could be triggering for some readers.* Growing up I loved watching shows such as Law & Order SVU. I admired Mariska Hargitay who played Sergeant Olivia Benson. She is such a powerful woman who helps solve cases of sexual assault victims both men and […]

Re-writing women’s role models in Latin America

Written by Clarissa Rios Rojas, founder and Director of Ekpapalek and Ekpapalek Women (Ekpapalek Mujeres) The name Ekpa’palek is taken from an indigenous language called “Shiwilu” from the Peruvian jungle and means ‘to help a person walking.’ There is a big problem in Latin America, which is the lack of resources (money), knowledge and opportunities […]

Giving Voice to the Unheard Worker

By Shamini Dhana, Founder and CEO, Dhana Inc., Associate Producer of the True Cost movie, Climate Ride Ambassador and Executive Council Member of Ellevate Where is the connection and conversation today between the end customer and the people behind the scenes who make the products we consume daily? This is a question that is being […]

The 5 Word Kiss of Death

By Frederique Irwin, Founder and CEO of Her Corner When discussing the topic of what obstacles keep women entrepreneurs from growing their companies, researchers often point to: Inability to access financing, whether through lines of credits from banks, angel investors, private equity or venture capital firms. A lack of organic networking and collaborative opportunities. A […]

The $10,000 lesson: Bridging the wage gap

By Dima Ghawi “How do you recommend that I explain to my daughter about the gender wage gap and the inequality that she will face in the workplace?”   Mary, a young woman who appeared to be in her early twenties, posed her question to me with a sincere concern and conviction. When I inquired about the […]

Where have all the architects gone?

By Ileana Schinder I am an architect. I am an immigrant. I am a mom. I am a business owner. My name is Ileana Schinder, I am from Argentina and I live in Washington, DC. I want to tell the good, the great and the advantages of being an architect today in the United States. […]

Genuine Self-confidence

By Thubten Chodron We all have amazing potential because the fundamental nature of our mind-heart is pure and untainted. It is wide-open and spacious like the sky. The disturbing emotions are temporary—they are like clouds in the sky. Just as the clouds aren’t the nature of the sky, our faults and disturbing emotions are not […]

Female Cartoonists are Saving the World!

By Melanie Florencio, General Dynamics When I was 10 years old, I knew I wanted to be a cartoonist. After going through phases of wanting to be a nurse, veterinarian, and even a Catholic nun, it was decided my fate was to create comic books the rest of my life. What I didn’t know at […]

Equal Means Equal

by Elnora Mae Phillips *This post contains accounts of violence that could be triggering to some readers* “You don’t understand how the system works, and you don’t stand a chance! You’ll have no choice but to come crawling back to me!” He said those words as he towered over me lying on the floor. He […]

Women Are Just as Awesome as…

I have always believed in the power of a woman. We were given some of the most empowering traits that are warranted to establish order on all levels and platforms. I believe in God’s divine order and His choice to make us a help that was meet and necessary for a man to thrive and […]

Closing the Gender Gap

    Closing the gender gap can create an economic advantage in communities but this is not recognized nor explored by political leaders and societies. While a fair amount of progress has been made, we still have our work cut out for us in closing the gender gap.   Sadly… Across the globe every day, women […]

Moving Toward the Mission

The Women In Trucking Association’s primary purpose is to increase the percentage of women in the trucking industry. In an effort to provide exposure to young girls who might not have considered a career in trucking, we initiated a Transportation Patch for the Girl Scouts of America. In partnership with the Girl Scouts of Greater […]

No Tax on Tampons

By Hannah Holzer, Granite Bay Gazette The debate over the so-called “tampon tax” –  the argument over whether or not feminine hygiene products should be exempt from sales tax – has inspired two female members of the California State Assembly, Cristina Garcia and Ling Ling Chang, to introduce a bill which would eliminate the sales tax on […]

Solutions for the Gender Gap in Venture Capital Must Come from Within

By: Erica Swallow During the summer of 2014, I interned as an early stage investment associate, learning exactly how alienating it can feel to be a woman in the male-dominated venture capital industry and also how taboo it is to speak up about this seemingly pervasive, but unspoken issue that women are severely underrepresented in venture capital.   Since speaking […]

Financial Literacy is King (I mean, QUEEN!)

By Sheena Williams One of the first rules of Accounting we’re taught in college is, “Cash is King!”  As an Accountant, my job is to record all income and expenses for an organization.  The problem was, I got paid to do a job that I didn’t do for myself.  Sort of like, the hairstylist that […]

Diary of a Mad Black Woman Without VC Funding

By DeShuna Spencer, Founder/CEO of kweliTV Recently, Fast Company published “Black, Female Funding Stories,” an article that chronicled two of the 11 black female founders who have raised $1 million in funding. As a black female founder, I was eager to dive into how these women were able to pull off what most of us […]

Sexism in Mental Health Practice

Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. Science Isn’t Golden It should have been a sign that not all was what it seemed: During the middle of the 20th century, when the stay-at-home wife and mother was said to be serene and happy, some psychiatrists and other physicians prescribed for women vigorously- marketed tranquilizer pills in huge quantities. Unhappy […]

4 Ways We Can End Abortion Stigma In This Country

By: Sasha Bruce, Senior Vice President, NARAL Pro-Choice America The stigma around abortion is pervasive. Society tells us at basically every point in our lives that abortion is bad or, at the very least, shameful. That even if your own life is at risk, choosing to seek out abortion care is a net-negative to yourself […]

“Boys Don’t Like Smart Girls”

By Molly M. Cantrell-Kraig (@mckra1g), Women With Drive Foundation (@WWDr1ve) “How much longer will you go on letting your energy sleep? How much longer are you going to stay oblivious of the immensity of yourself?” ~ Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh The significance of this quote and its meaning really hit me between the eyes when I first […]

The rise and rise of girls: celebrating our successes

By Keshet Bachan, Plan International USA On a rainy November day in 2007, Plan International launched a new campaign named after a report they has just published called ‘Because I am a Girl’. The launch was held at the offices of Marie Claire Magazine, and it featured Cherie Blaire as a guest speaker. At the […]

We Need To Start Talking About Mental Health

By Myya Donnella Jones People are often surprised when they find out I’m from Detroit. “The hood,” they call it. Or, my personal favorite, “the ghetto.” I am the product of a two-time teen mother who never graduated high school. You see, I can’t tell my story if I don’t tell my mother’s first: My […]

Why We Need To Talk About Class At Work

By Marah Lidey I live in an apartment in Bedstuy, Brooklyn that was built three years ago. It has a gym, game room, and furnished rooftop. The place is bougie — and out of place. It’s grey, freshly painted lacquer shines from the outside, standing out as a painfully obvious token of gentrification amongst the […]

8 Ways to Create Gender-Balanced Panels

By Stephanie Goodell Twitter: @itsgoodell I’ve been responsible for planning global events for women for Fortune 50 companies, elite institutions of higher education, and have worked with the top organizations that support women business owners and entrepreneurs. I’ve booked enough speakers to know that there are plenty of incredible experts on every subject who are […]

What would it take to close the Gender Pay Gap?

by Ms. ElsaMarie D’Silva Two important elections are being politically played out in the international arena, the American Presidency and the United Nations Secretary General. Neither position has ever been held by a woman. In the first, there is clearly a frontrunner woman candidate in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and in the second, […]

A House Divided: Exploring Rifts Within The Black Community

By Elaine Fletcher Seven is my lucky number. Seven was also the number of Black students in my 400-person graduating class in high school. I never found myself held back academically on account of my skin color. But it was difficult not to be keenly aware of the fact that the individuals sporting a complexion […]

The F-word, and Why 20-Somethings Should Use It More

by Amanda Florian The Stampede, Editor USA TODAY, Collegiate Correspondent Musician | Cinematographer | Journalist You probably read that headline and wondered, “Can she really say that?” Yes, I can. But, the F­ word I’m referring to is most certainly not the one you’re thinking of. This one is filled with ambiguity and layers of […]

Women, Undoubtedly the Strongest Pillars of our Society

By Meera Satpathy, Founder & Chairperson, Sukarya Since my childhood days, I was acutely and consciously aware about women’s physical and emotional issues. I routinely observed my mother, members of our extended families, and women around my neighborhood being less attentive to their own physical well-being than to taking care of their daily chores. And […]

Our world needs you to care

  by Lindy Li Keynote address to the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations   Once this Summit ends and we depart this chamber of hope, we will return to our everyday lives, the everyday grind. The hustle and bustle may make us forget our determination to do things differently. So the same problems […]

Secrets of women who have successfully turned around their health and wellness

Author: Meena Malhotra, MD Board Certified obesity medicine physician, specializing in weight loss. ABOM: American Board of Obesity Medicine ABIM: American Board of Internal Medicine Medical Director, Heal n Cure Medical Wellness Does this describe you? As women, we accept the responsibility for the health and nutrition of our families. We are always engaged, playing […]

Modern Slavery: Uncharted Waters

by Natalya Wallin It was a humid 95 degrees in Yangon. Sweat trickled down the back of my neck as I sat cross-legged on the floor. Across from me sat a weather-beaten boy with dark scars on his small hands and arms. Lured from home by a recruiter’s false promise of a good job paying […]

Reflecting the Light of Everyday Heroines

by Cheng-Ling Chen Creator and writer, When I was a corporate attorney many years ago, I worked with tall, well-bred, smart, Caucasian men.  I wasn’t like the status quo.  I had worked hard to get my law degree from a top law school, and I was well-liked by my colleagues and clients.  Still I […]

For poor women, the answer is their own key

By Grace Virtue My mother, to me, was quintessentially the face of poverty—and the struggle against it. She led our family’s effort to feed, clothe, educate and secure a dignified and productive life for ourselves and future generations. The epic struggle, though, was to acquire land, build a house and secure the ultimate liberation against […]

Male Feminism 101

Male Feminism 101 Written by: Jamilah McMillan Founder and Former President of Students Advocating Girls’ Education at Monmouth University   I am an unashamed twenty-year old feminist. Last fall I did a campaign at my university where myself and other feminist students (mostly women) attempted to get male college students to take a pledge stating that […]

The Gender Gap Nobody’s Talking About

By: Melinda Gates According to the writer Malcolm Gladwell, 10,000 hours of practice is what it takes to become world class at most things. Part of the reason the Beatles were the Beatles, he says, is that they spent so many hours playing dingy rock clubs first. Gladwell’s principle comes to mind when I think […]

Cultivating Greatness: 5 Empowering Tips For Women Entrepreneurs

By: Teri Nichole Harrison Now, more than ever, women are re-defining what’s possible and making powerful strides in business. This year alone has been a break out year for women entrepreneurs. From the Forbes billionaire list to the feminine footprints on the economy, it’s clear women-owned businesses are making a powerful and historical mark. But don’t get too comfortable. There’s still […]

When will change happen?

By: Kirthi Jayakumar In addressing gender equality, one of the biggest concerns remains the perpetuation of “gender norms.” Heteronormativity has come to define what is, otherwise, a social construct. Sex is a biological dimension of the human body: the presence of genitalia, chromosomes, hormones, gonads and reproductive organs. Gender is a range of characteristics that pertain to […]

Bugged by a Fixed Mindset about Science

Bugged by a Fixed Mindset about Science By: Angela Cleveland School Counselor at Hillsborough Township Public Schools (NJ) Organization: Co-Founder, ReigningIt Call to Action: ReigningIt was co-founded by Angela Cleveland and Saqi Mehta. It is working to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurial women to delve into STEM. By profiling inspirational women in STEM, we offer a unique opportunity to see […]

Moving Toward the Mission

By: Ellen Voie President/CEO The Women In Trucking Association’s primary purpose is to increase the percentage of women in the trucking industry. In an effort to provide exposure to young girls who might not have considered a career in trucking, we initiated a Transportation Patch for the Girl Scouts of America. In partnership with the […]

Sexual Violence Is Not Inevitable

By: Kirat Sandhu former ItsOnUs Student Advisory Committee. On June 14, the White House will convene people from around the world for the United State of Women, a large-scale effort to both celebrate how far women and girls have come and highlight all that still remains to be done. This post is part of a series […]

Operation HOPE, Inc.

Operation HOPE, Inc. National Small Business Empowerment Program For Inspiring Entrepreneurs focuses on exposing Women Small Business Owners with women federal and local government initiatives and resources By Jena Roscoe, Operation HOPE Government Relations, Public Policy (GRPP) During March 2016 Women’s History Month, we were honored to have HOPE Small Business Empowerment Program Graduates to visit […]

The Military Women

By: Therese Agnes Hughes The Military Women: WWII to Present Project began in August 2010. It was an effort to learn about my mother’s service in the USN during WWII. She died when I was in my twenties and I never thought to ask her why she served and what it meant to her. It […]

The White House Council on Women and Girls’ Women and Entrepreneurship Event

By: Dolores Rowen Research Manager at the National Women’s Business Council On Thursday, May 26th, over 150 people gathered at the White House South Court Auditorium for The White House Council on Women and Girls’ Women and Entrepreneurship Event. We often hear, You can’t be what you can’t see, and attendees of this event bore […]

Together, We are Stronger

By: First Lady Michelle Obama Medium Post On June 14th, the White House Council on Women and Girls, together with the Department of State, the Department of Labor, the Aspen Institute and Civic Nation, is convening the first United State of Women Summit, a large-scale effort to rally together advocates of gender equality to highlight […]

Ending FGC Amongst Dawoodi Bohra Communities in India and Abroad

By: Mariya Taher Co-founder of Sahiyn My name is Mariya Taher and at the age of seven years old I underwent female genital cutting (FGC). I was born in the United States, but taken back to India to have it performed. At that time, there was no federal legislation in place in the United States […]

Changing the Face of Sound

Changing the Face of Sound: The Top 4 Ways Women’s Audio Mission is Tackling the Lack of Women in Creative Technology By: Noelle Duncan Organization: Women’s Audio Mission How many of us listen to media on a daily basis? The startling fact is that less than 5% of the people creating the sounds, music and media […]

3 Ways to Respond to a Rape Joke

By: Amy Logan Founder & CEO, Gender Innovation Though I doubt it was the first rape joke I heard, the first I remember was told by a stand-up comedian at a comedy show in 1988. He said the reason guys have female friends is because they’re just waiting until she gets drunk someday to get […]

Women in Trades Fight Occupational Segregation

By: Molly Martin Tradeswomen Inc. Tradeswomen have long been virtually invisible on the front lines of the Feminist and Civil Rights Movements. We still are the ones who daily confront the most aggressive kind of sexism and racism in our traditionally male jobs. For going on five decades now we have been devising strategies to […]

Every Woman, Every Story

By: Dorie Hagler If I can’t be a Super Hero with flying powers than being the founder of me&EVE and meeting the women I meet everyday is the next greatest thing. I photograph and interview “everyday” women who I meet throughout my day. And during our few minutes together, I shine a spotlight on their […]

Lessons in being a Social Entrepreneur

By: Elsa Marie Managing Director & Co-founder of Safecity @pinthecreep A little over 3 years ago, I decided to take the plunge and move to the development sector after a very successful 20 year career in aviation. This move was triggered by many things — my quest for my purpose in life, stagnancy due to a glass […]

Women Belong at the Center of the Environmental Justice Movement

By: Tianna Scozzaro From May 16 to 19 this year, advocates from around the world came together in Copenhagen for the Women Deliver conference. As they work to improve the lives of women and girls, we’re spotlighting their work and experiences here on the Ms. blog. At Women Deliver, there’s a phrase we hear repeatedly: “Women […]

Hertford County Women’s Project

By; Caroline Stephenson Como, NC May 26th, 2016 The Hertford County Women’s Project is a documentary media series about women in rural, impoverished Northeastern North Carolina. This area of NC is often referred to as the Lost Colony. Not only because the first English settlers vanished here, but because women here have been left out […]

Local Celebrations Call for Federal Paid Sick Days Law

By Ellen Bravo, Director of Family Values @Work The sign said it all: “Vermont won paid sick days. My uncle in Pennsylvania didn’t. We all need paid sick days.” The momentum for paid sick days is inspiring. As of today, thirty-two locations in the U.S. have won such policies, bringing access for the first time […]

18 Amazing Women Fighting for Latinas Everyday

By: Cindy Nava Latinas today work an average of 22 months to earn what it takes a white, non-Hispanic man to earn in a year. Where white, non-Hispanic men make a dollar, Latinas earn an average of 54 cents. This has been the case for decades, since data exists to quantify Latina pay. But the status […]

One City Takes a Giant Step for Equal Pay

By: Martha Burk Money Editor, Ms. magazine; national gender pay equity consultant, Director, Corporate Accountability Project, National Council of Women’s Organizations Too often when Albuquerque, New Mexico, makes headlines, it’s bad news — a police department under scrutiny by the Justice Department, or a seemingly unsolvable homeless problem. But recently the city made news for something good — especially […]

Four Ways Addressing Gender Makes Maternal and Child Health Programs More Effective

By: Sruti Ramadugu, MCSP Communications Specialist Myra Betron, Jhpiego Senior Gender Advisor Gender has become a major issue for donors, organizations and governments the world over. Every few weeks, related initiatives launch – just recently this includes Let Girls Learn, CHARGE, and the Girl Effect Accelerator. The reason? These stakeholders recognize that promoting gender equality […]

One Innovative Method for Tackling Gender Biases

By: Natalie Runyon Director Thomson Reuters Legal Everyone thinks they are fair and objective, but the reality is that everyone has biases. As humans, we are biased without knowing when we are and in what situations the bias may show up, which is commonly termed as “unconscious” or “implicit” bias. To mitigate the impact of […]

Investing in Women

By: Noa Gafni Fello of Social Innovation at the University of Cambridge Written on 03/05/2014  With International Women’s Day only a few days away, it’s important to assess where we stand in terms of gender equality. How are women and girls faring globally? The statistics are striking; whilst the issues themselves vary from the least […]

Vague Feedback is Holding Women Back

By: Sarah Cone I’m obsessed with this Harvard Business Review research showing one reason women aren’t rising to executive levels is that they receive different types of feedback than men. The authors of the study found: [W]omen are systematically less likely to receive specific feedback tied to outcomes, both when they receive praise and when […]

HIV/AIDS Among Black Women and Girls: Understanding the Context of Their Lives to Provide Effective Interventions

By: Dr. Ivy Turnbull VicePresident and Chair of Public Policy for the National Black Women’s HIV/AIDS Network, Inc. The National Black Women’s HIV/AIDS Network (NBWHAN) was developed in 2006 in response to the alarming disparity in HIV infection rates between black and white women, and the lack of policies to address the disparity. At the […]


By: Rosieda Shabodien OOOOOO OOOOOO OOOOOO OOOOOO OOOOOO OOOO Each of these circles represents the thirty-four weeks we have left until we welcome 2017 into our lives. The refrain I hear most often coaching women towards achieving their goals is, “I do not have time.” Or the past tense version, “I did not have time.” […]

Sister to Sister

  By: Yvonne Singleton Davis Sister to Sister: One in the Spirit, Inc. At the Forefront of a Movement to Empower The Sister to Sister: One in the Spirit, Inc. Organization, affectionately referred to as “Sister to Sister,” is an Organization dedicated to the empowerment of girls and women. Sister to Sister is a fully […]

A love letter to moms

By: Faith Winter I’m a state legislator, often working long hours at the Capitol in Denver. I’m a wife and mom, often working long hours at home here in Westminster, too. I know I am not alone. I salute the moms who balance picking kids up for swim lessons, sending the right gift on the […]

Where are the Women In the Room?

By Diana D. Price, CEO Diana Price and Associates Women must use everything we have to get what we want. We need more access to sponsors, economic opportunities, resources, top level mentoring, financing, education and transformational learning to get in the spotlight. Women are to silent in business and politics. We need more women in top […]

The Pathway to Transforming Women’s Place in Leadership

By: Kristy Wallace President of Ellevate Network The Thomson Reuters Women’s Transformative Leadership Forum brought together visionaries and thought leaders from a variety of sectors to discuss ways to close the gender achievement gap in business. At Ellevate Network, a global professional women’s network, we regularly poll our members on topics pertaining to gender parity and we […]

I Love My Boobies!

By: Dr. Toby S. Jenkins, Assistant Professor Georgia Southern University As a breast cancer survivor, my boobies have taught me a lot about leadership. Yes, leadership. What do boobs and bras have to do with leadership? A lot! My Story I am a chronic over achiever-a very hard worker. In college, I was involved in […]

5 Ways to For Teens to Advocate for Women’s Rights

By: Lauren Rothschild Girls Learn International Sometimes the idea solving global gender inequality can seem difficult for a few teenagers to pull off. Taking the first step can lead to great strides in the future and this list can help get you started.   Start a club at the high school or middle school level! […]

This Is the Time For Women, And We’re In a Fight For Our Lives

By: Shay Chan Hodges In the summer of last year, I was invited to attend the White House Summit on Working Families and had the good fortune to meet dozens of amazing women, a few of whom I was able to interview and add to my multi-media ibook, Lean On and Lead, Mothering and […]

The United State of Women. Where Do We Stand?

The United State of Women. Where Do We Stand?  Have you seen Jedidah Isler’s TEDTalk, “How I fell in love with quasars, blazars and our incredible universe”? Have you read about Fei-Fei Li teaching computers to think in Wired or The New York Times? What about the work Kimberly Scott is doing to introduce girls […]

“I have alopecia! There, I said it!”

By: Tanya Barnett Tanya Xchange I have alopecia! There I said it! Five years ago, those three words stuck in the back of my throat. I could barely whisper them without tears streaming down my face. Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that attacks the hair follicles. What does this mean? It means I live with […]

On 2nd Thought

By: Diane Powell We invite you to screen and post the link and description of “On 2nd Thought”, a film conceived of by Black Women for Positive Change, based on a true story.  Link below: Black Women for Positive Change, a national, volunteer, civic organization has produced “On  2nd Thought,” a short‐film tool to be used for youth violence prevention. The film based on a  true story, urges young people to have a “2nd Thought” before committing acts of violence. Quotes from youth viewers: Derrick, 17 yrs, “Consequences come from one not using their second thought…”      Cheyne, 17 yrs, “Events such as teen pregnancy, gun violence and domestic violence and  abuse can all be prevented and eventually stopped….” We encourage all participants in the United State Summit on Women to show “On 2nd Thought”  to youth and hold post‐movie talks about how to stop violence. To acquire DVDs and After Movie Guide email:     Visit website:‐responsible‐media/

A National Monument for Women’s Equality

By: The White House April 12, 2016 May it stand for years and years to come, telling of the work that the women of the United States have accomplished; the example we have given foreign nations; and our determination that they shall be — as ourselves — free citizens, recognized as the equals of men. — Alva Belmont, January 4, […]

It’s On Us to Make an Impact on Sexual Assault

By: Samantha Franks, Student Advisory Committee In the past two years, sexual assault prevention became ubiquitous. In part, we can thank the White House. In September of 2014, President Obama and Vice President Biden launched the It’s On Us initiative, born out of the bold — if not simple — idea that preventing sexual assault on […]

Honoring the Contributions of Women to the Defense of Our Nation

By Secretary Ashton Carter, Secretary of Defense Last week, I visited the United States Military Academy at West Point and spoke to the 4,400 cadets there who will help lead our force of the future. I thanked them for answering the noble call of service and for embracing the awesome responsibility of leadership. While on […]

Great Strides for Women’s Health Under the Affordable Care Act

President Obama has said repeatedly that “when women succeed, America succeeds.” And over the past few years, millions of women have gained the security of knowing that their professional, academic, financial, and personal dreams will not be put in jeopardy if they face a health challenge.

Let Girls Learn Anniversary

First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated the one-year anniversary of Let Girls Learn, the Obama Administration’s initiative to help adolescent girls worldwide attend and complete school. As part of the event, the First Lady welcomed young girls from Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, to tour The Girls’ Lounge Let Girls Learn bus on the […]

Unlocking Export Opportunities for Women-Owned Businesses

It is important for women-owned businesses and firms to be able to export their products. Why? Studies have found that women-owned firms that export not only earn more, but also employ more people and are, on average, more productive than women-owned firms that do not. In addition, women-owned businesses that export their goods and services average $14.5 million in receipts, compared to just $117,036 for women-owned businesses that do not export. Clearly, exporting has very real advantages.

Promoting Equal Futures Across the Lifespan

Too often, conversations about women and girls do not include older women. If we look across the lifespan, however, we see that many of the challenges older women face are the same barriers they encountered earlier in their lives: wage discrimination; unequal expectations of caregiving and raising children; higher costs of health care; violence and abuse. Gender disparities exist regardless of age and can be intensified by discrimination based on disability, sexuality or gender identity.