Archive for June, 2012

My interview with Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK Women for Peace, has been published in the McGraw-Hill Anthology, WOMEN: Images & Realities. I am truly honored and happy to be part of such a wonderful publication which includes writers such as Betty Friedan, Bell Hooks, Naomi Wolf, and a host of others who I greatly admire. — Angelina Perri Birney

Pure Vision

       Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke. That’s their natural and first weapon. She will need her sisterhood.  — Gloria Steinem

A radical, a crazed lunatic, unpatriotic, a communist. . . perhaps even a sorceress.  

Strong women speaking truth to power have always received some form of derogatory press. By the time either the media or more conservative, political zealots are through, an outspoken intelligent woman can be portrayed as the next Medusa.  

Medea Benjamin is no exception to the rule. Brushing past the slurs, an intelligent observer quickly concludes that Medea is no ordinary woman. With a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and another in economics from the The New School, Medea has worked as an economist and nutritionist in Latin America…

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The empowerment of women and girls is essential for a more just and balanced world. Let’s create real change — a new paradigm where girls are valued and given a fair chance to flourish.

Girls' Globe

Author of this post is Elisabeth Jessop, the U.S: Delegate at the G(irks) 20 Summit. 

I’m number 4,541. What’s your number?

There are 3.5 billion women and girls in the world…and therefore, 3.5 billion ways to change the world.

And I will be the change. I will be an advocate and an inspiration to girls and women around the world.

In about three weeks, the G20 summit will take place in Mexico where the world’s most influential leaders will make important decisions regarding economic investment and policy that affects women and girls.

The G(irls)20 Summit brings together one girl, aged 18 to 20, from each G20 country and one girl from the African Union, to discuss the economic impact women and girls have on the global economy. On the agenda this year, the summit focused on food security and violence against women in terms of opportunity gained and lost.

The formal presentation…

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